[11/16/11 - 11:07 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, November 16 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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GYPSY TEA ROOM (NBC, New!) - Chris Monger ("Temple Grandin") has set up a new drama at the Peacock which "peels back the beaded curtain on a storefront psychic operation on Hollywood Blvd." Universal Television and Working Title Television are behind the hour, which the latter's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Daniel Pipski will executive produce alongside Monger. (Deadline.com)MCMAFIA (NBC, New!) - Matt Johnson and John Turman have snagged a script order from the Peacock for a new drama about "the global, borderless nature of criminal organizations in the 21st century." Said effort, from Universal Television and Working Title Television, is based on the non-fiction book by acclaimed British journalist Misha Glenny. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Daniel Pipski will executive produce with Johnson and Turman serving as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)THE MUNSTERS (NBC) - The Peacock has given a pilot order to Bryan Fuller's revival of the much-ballyhooed 1964-66 comedy. Universal Television is behind the hour-long project, which envisions "Grandpa Sam Dracula is essentially Dracula who assembled Herman because no man was good enough for his daughter Lily, a sexy vamp. Lily's niece Marilyn the freak is actually normal and Lily and Herman's only child, Eddie, has his werewolf tendencies surface in puberty, forcing the family to relocate to their famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address." It's understood said effort is being considered for a summer or other event-style run. (Deadline.com)MY NUCLEAR COMEDY (NBC, New!) - Lucy Dahl has booked a new semi-autobiographical comedy at the Peacock about her own family "which includes seven children, multiple dogs and a pig named Francis Bacon who lives in a closet in the guest room downstairs." Sally Robinson is supervising the Universal Television-based half-hour and executive producing alongside Dahl as well as Working Title Television's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Daniel Pipski. (Deadline.com)OFF THE GRID (ABC, New!) - Eilis Kirwan has set up at a new drama at the Alphabet about "a mother of three who is framed for a crime she didn't commit and subsequently goes on the run to the wilds of Northern California." ABC Studios is behind the hour with Working Title Television's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Daniel Pipski also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)THE OUTSIDE MAN (USA, New!) - Matt Johnson and John Turman are likewise behind a potential hour at the cable channel about "a former black ops specialist who gets divorced and is forced to go back to spycraft in order to support his children and the two households." Universal Television and Working Title Television are behind the hour, which the latter's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Daniel Pipski will executive produce with Johnson and Turman serving as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)WE, THE POTTERS (NBC, New!) - David Sussman has booked a new dramedy at the Peacock about "two candidates as they duke it out in a race for a seat in the US Senate made all the more charged as they are recently divorced and even more recently, sleeping together again." Universal Television and Working Title Television are behind the hour, which the latter's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Daniel Pipski will executive produce alongside Sussman. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - NBC has ordered two additional scripts for its Friday entry "Grimm"(Deadline.com); Nora Dunn will play a tough financial businesswoman June (Dreama Walker) interns for on "Apartment 23"(EW.com); Roger Bart is set as "a rich, pretentious journalist who's written a tell-all book about Long Island high society" on "Revenge"(EW.com); Lance Barber will stop by "The Big Bang Theory" as Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) old high school bully (EW.com); Wendi McLendon-Covey will guest on "Hot in Cleveland" as a nurse in a January episode (EW.com); Becki Newton will recur on "How I Met Your Mother" as a potential love interest for Neil Patrick Harris's Barney (TVLine.com); Grace Gummer has been tapped as the daughter of Angelica Huston and Michael Cristofer on NBC's "Smash"(Variety.com); Australian actor Lachlan Buchanan is bound for "Pretty Little Liars" for at least two episodes (Zap2It.com); Michael Graziadei and Sammi Rotibi will turn up as rival witches on "The Secret Circle"(TVGuide.com); Emily Rose will guest on "Harry's Law" as "a woman who wants to adopt a gorilla that has escaped from a local zoo" (GiveMeMyRemote.com); plus Meredith Baxter will visit "Switched at Birth" as the mother to Lea Thompson's Kathryn (TVGuide.com).