[10/25/10 - 07:25 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 25
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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THE CITY (MTV) - Whitney Port has confirmed "The Hills" spin-off won't be returning for a third season. "As of right now it doesn't really look like we're doing it anymore," she told Ryan Seacrest on KIIS-FM radio show, adding that that no efforts are underway to find the series a different cable home. "I'm working on some other things," Port said. "It's OK -- one door closes and another opens."

FAMILY GUY (FOX) - Alex Borstein has inked both a talent holding and a development deal with 20th Century Fox Television. The latter calls for her to write and executive produce two comedy projects that she would potentially star in - one animated and one live-action - while the former will see other writers develop for the actress or cast her in an existing property. No other specifics were given.

LIFE IS GOOD (NBC, New!) - Chris Pappas and Mike Bernier ("Unhitched") are developing a new comedy at the Peacock about Andy, "husband and father of two young girls, whose mellow suburban family world is thrown into chaos when he is found by Dru, the 19-year-old mixed race son he never knew he had." The pair will write and executive produce the half-hour, which is set up at Universal Media Studios. American Work's Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan, who have a first-look deal with the network, are also on board as executive producers.

LOCKE & KEY (FOX) - The network has greenlit production on the drama pilot, about the Keyhouse, "an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all." Josh Friedman is penning the hour, which is based on Joe Hill's comic of the same name and received a blind series commitment earlier this year. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Heather Kadin are likewise on board to executive produce via their 20th Century Fox Television-based K.O. Paper Products banner alongside DreamWorks Television's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and IDW Publishing's Ted Adams.

THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING (ABC Family) - Skyler Samuels ("The Gates") has snagged the title role on the drama pilot, about a 16-year-old girl who "starts developing heightened abilities (super speed, agility, hearing...claws)" and learns "she's part of an ancient race who have been hunted by human assassins for millennia - and that she may be their only hope for ultimate survival." Dan Berendsen is behind the hour, which is based on Celia Thomson's novels of the same name. Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo also serve as executive producers.

NURSE JACKIE/SHAMELESS (Showtime) - Robert Knepper ("Prison Break") has landed a two-episode arc on the upcoming drama. He'll play "a goon who is chasing William Macy's alcoholic patriarch character because of a scam they had going together." Meanwhile, Judith Light and Swoosie Kurtz have snagged roles on "Nurse Jackie's" third season. They'll play the lesbian mothers of Peter Facinelli's character. Kurtz previously appeared as said character during the first season alongside Blythe Danner, who wasn't available to reprise her role.

ROYAL PAINS (USA) - Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch have each inked two-year overall deals with Universal Cable Productions. The pacts, financial details of which weren't released, will keep the pair at the helm of the USA series for the foreseeable future. The back half of the show's second season kicks off Thursday, January 20 at 9:00/8:00c.

THE SAME NAME (CBS, New!) - VH1 staple Cris Abrego ("Rock of Love") has scored a pilot commitment from the Eye for a potential self-contained reality series in which "a celebrity switches lives with an everyday person who happens to share their same name." Eugene Young will also serve as an executive producer on the hour, which is set up at Abrego's 51 Minds banner.

TOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL (NBC, New!) - The potential drama - about an orphaned young girl "raised in a Mafia family who, now an attorney, has a double life as an assassin avenging her family's murder as she attempts to locate her last living relative" - has found a home at the Peacock. Jamie Foxx and Deon Taylor are behind the hour, a trailer for which was shot over the summer starring Selma Blair, Paul Sorvino, Tony Sirico and James Russo. Said actors are expected to remain on board the project, to be supervised by Jorge Zamacona ("Outlaw") for Universal Media Studios. Foxx and Taylor then will executive produce via their recently launched No Brainer Films.

WAITING... (Comedy Central) - Rob McKittrick's small screen take on his 2005 feature, about "young and not so young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant as they gossip, make fun of customers, and avert boredom and adulthood with their antics," has been ordered to pilot. McKittrick, Thomas Augsberger and Jeff Balis are executive producing the half-hour. Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Justin Long co-starred in the original film, a direct-to-video sequel ("Still Waiting...") of which was released last year.

THE WHOLE TRUTH (ABC) - Co-executive producer KristieAnne Reed has indicated on her Twitter page that ABC won't order any additional episodes of the series. "ABC gave us the word," she writes. "We will only make 13 episodes of #thewholetruth." To date, four episodes of the series have aired.

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