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[04/18/14 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 18
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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CUZ-BROS (CBS/CTS/Sony; W: David Caspe & Erik Sommers; D: Pamela Fryman) - Ian Gomez ("Cougar Town") has been cast in the multi-camera comedy pilot, about Nick (Geoff Stults), a successful, suave ladies' man whose perfect life gets turned upside down when Barry (Parker Young), his mess of a cousin, needs a place to stay. He'll guest star in the project as Phil, Nick's boss at the TV station. Debra Jo Rupp and Andrea Anders also star. (Deadline.com)


STITCHERS (ABC Family, New!) - Jeffrey A. Schechter (Overruled) has booked a pilot order from the cable channel for a new drama about "a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be 'stitched' into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave." Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken also serve as executive producers on the hour, which is due to begin filming in June. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Rhys Coiro and Joe Egender have both landed roles on History's "Texas Rising" as Vern Elwood and Beans Wilkins, respectively (Deadline.com); Eion Bailey have snagged an arc on "Ray Donovan" as "a charismatic motivational speaker/self-help guru who needs Ray's help" (Deadline.com); Luke Perry will guest on "Hot in Cleveland" as "Victoria's latest date, who, through cutting edge science, is growing nose tissue on his forehead for humanitarian purposes" (TVGuide.com); and Colin Egglesfield is bound for "Unforgettable" as "a hard-charging agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Services who helps Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) and Al (Dylan Walsh) in their investigation of a boat explosion in New York Harbor" (TVGuide.com).






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· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· CUZ-BROS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HOT IN CLEVELAND (TV LAND)
· RAY DONOVAN (SHOWTIME)
· STITCHERS (ABC FAMILY)
· TEXAS RISING (HISTORY)
· UNFORGETTABLE (A AND E)











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