[05/20/11 - 10:59 PM]
Development Update: Friday, May 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ENTOURAGE (HBO) - Alice Eve ("She's Out Of My League") has booked an arc on the show's final season. She'll recur in four episodes as "a journalist assigned to write a profile piece on Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) who subsequently becomes a possible love interest for the actor." Said swan song begins Sunday, July 24 on the pay channel.

FAIRLY LEGAL (USA) - Peter Ocko ("The Office") has joined the Sarah Shahi-led drama as an executive producer. He'll take over as showrunner for creator Michael Sardo, who's stepping down from said post as part of an expected creative overhaul. USA ordered a second season of the series earlier this month. Separately, Sardo is behind fellow Universal Cable Productions-based hour "Normal," a drama pilot starring Carrie-Anne Moss at Lifetime, as well as "America's Smartest Kids," a reality series at Syfy.

HART OF DIXIE (The CW) - Producers reportedly plan to recast the role of Emmeline Hattenbarger on the upcoming Rachel Bilson-led drama. Nancy Travis played said part in the pilot but had to bow out from the series due to her first position status on the ABC comedy "Last Man Standing."

HUNG (HBO) - Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty") has scored a role on the show's upcoming third season. She'll play "a woman with serious anger issues who becomes a client of part-time male prostitute Ray (Thomas Jane)." Other new faces this season include Analeigh Tipton, Kaitlin Doubleday and Stephen Amell.

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABC Family) - Andrea Parker is set to recur on the show's upcoming second season. She'll play the mother of Sasha Pieterse's character, "who returns to Rosewood to oversee a charity fashion show being held in her daughter's honor." Her first appearance is set for the sixth episode this summer.

SUPERNATURAL (The CW) - Co-star Misha Collins reportedly will not be returning as a series regular next season. "When it comes to Supernatural, our philosophy is that everyone moves in and out and weaves in and out of the story, obviously with the exception of Sam and Dean," executive producer Sera Gamble told TVLine.com. "We love Misha. We love and adore the character of Castiel. His character developed to this extent and went in this unexpected direction because we were so inspired by him." He'll presumably still recur as needed.

TERRA NOVA (FOX) - Rod Hallett ("The Tudors") has joined the cast of the upcoming drama. He'll play Malcolm Wallace, a "charming and confident" doctor who becomes Jim's (Jason O'Mara) nemesis as they rival for his wife Elisabeth's (Shelley Conn) affection. The newcomer rolls out on Monday nights this fall.

THE TRANSPORTER (Cinemax) - Chris Vance ("Mental") and Hungarian actress/model Andrea Osvart have been tapped for the lead roles on the upcoming drama, a small screen take on Luc Besson's film franchise of the same name. Vance will play Frank Martin (Jason Statham's character from the features) with Osvart as his handler Carla, an extremely crafty former CIA operative. Production on 12 episodes is set to begin later this year.

TRUE BLOOD (HBO) - Peter Macdissi ("The Losers") is the latest to score a role on the new season, due Sunday, June 26 on the pay channel. He'll play Luis Patino, "a vampire sheriff in Louisiana, who harbors a troubled past with ties to the Spanish Inquisition, torture, and the witches that are settling in Bon Temps."

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