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[12/19/11 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Monday, December 19
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


BLOOPERS (Syndication, New!) - Dick Clark Productions is looking to revive its former hidden camera mainstay "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" in weekly syndication beginning this fall. Trifecta Entertainment and Media is distributing the 120-episode package - entitled simply "Bloopers" - which will feature both new and old footage, including user-generated videos. The Tribune station group is already on board, committing to back-to-back hours on weekends. ABC and NBC previously carried various incarnations of the series. (BroadCastingcable.com)


THE CLIENT LIST (Lifetime) - Naturi Naughton ("The Playboy Club") has joined the cast of the Jennifer Love Hewitt-led drama, about "a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, ends up running a massage parlor, which offers more than back rubs." She'll play Kendra, "a beautiful, hard-working masseuse at the parlor." (Deadline.com)


EPICMEALTIME (G4, New!) - The cable channel has ordered a pilot based on the YouTube hit of the same name, in which Harley Morenstein and his pals create outlandishly high-calorie dishes. Comcast Entertainment Studios is behind the project with Jay James, Gregory Heller, K.P. Anderson and Morenstein serving as executive producers, Darren Morenstein and Evan Rimer as co-executive producers and Jake Farrow as a consulting producer. "EpicMealTime" has garnered 275 million views since its September 2010 launch as well as nearly 2 million subscribers to its YouTube Channel. (THR.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - John Cleese will guest as a couples therapist on NBC's "Whitney" (TVGuide.com); Edwin Hodge is bound for "Cougar Town" as Laurie's (Busy Philipps) new beau, a U.S. soldier stationed in the Middle East with whom she communicates via Skype (TVLine.com); Gary Cole will turn up on "Hart of Dixie" for at least two episodes as Zoe's (Rachel Bilson) non-biological father (TVLine.com); plus Amy Acker will visit "Once Upon a Time" as a potential love interest to Lee Arenberg's character Leroy/Grumpy (THR.com).






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· BLOOPERS (SYNDICATION)
· CLIENT LIST, THE (LIFETIME)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EPICMEALTIME (G4)
· HART OF DIXIE (CW)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· PLAYBOY CLUB, THE (NBC)
· WHITNEY (NBC)





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