[04/02/12 - 11:09 PM]
Development Update: Monday, April 2
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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FRIEND ME (CBS) - Nicholas Braun ("10 Things I Hate About You") and Dan Ahdoot ("Kickin' It") have both been cast in the comedy pilot, about best pals Rob and Evan who have just moved to L.A. from Indiana to start new jobs at Groupon. Braun will play Rob, the more enthusiastic of said duo, who's open to what the world has to offer whereas Evan (yet to be cast) is cynical and way, way less open to change. Ahdoot then is set as Reggie, one of their friends from back home - a filmmaker heavily involved in the indie film scene in Bloomington - whom Evan regularly stays in touch with via iChat. Parvesh Cheena and Tim Robinson also star in the CBS Television Studios-based half-hour, from director Pamela Fryman and co-creators Ajay Sahgal and Alan Kirschenbaum. (Deadline.com)

OVER AND OUT (CBS) - Colleen Smith ("The Showbiz Show with David Spade") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about Ray Barker (Martin Lawrence), a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46. She's set as Peg Horst ("cocky, chip on her shoulder"), a fellow cop who attempts to raze him. Fred Savage is directing the CBS Television Studios-based half-hour, which was penned by Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger. P.J. Byrne and Regina Hall also star. (Deadline.com)

THE UNPROFESSIONAL (ABC) - Horatio Sanz ("Saturday Night Live") has booked a role on the comedy pilot, about Hilary Pfeiffer-Dunne (Mary McCormack), a high-powered executive who now faces the biggest challenge of her life when she finds herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two teenagers (Aiden Potter, Sabrina Carpenter). He'll play Jonathan, her put-upon, wry-humored neighbor who's the stay-at-home dad of 20-month old twin girls. Greg Germann and Mo Gaffney co-star in the project, from Warner Bros. Television, director Craig Zisk and writer Kari Lizer. (Deadline.com)

Y.M.O.C. (BET, New!) - Jacob Latimore and Eric D. Hill, Jr. are set to star in a potential spin-off of "Reed Between the Lines" about "15-year-old college prodigy Jacob Matthews (Latimore) who is the youngest man on campus, sharing a dorm at Mt. Pleasant University with his basketball star cousin Marco (Hill)." Said characters were featured in the "Let's Talk About College Boys" episode of the series, which aired in December. Terri Vaughn, Dondre Whitfield and Vanessa S. Simmons are also on board the comedy pilot, as Trishelle, Jacob's widow mom (originally played by Dawnn Lewis); Derek Watson, the professor who discovered Jacob; and Aliyah, a hot girl whom both Jacob and Marco have crush on. Jacque Edmonds Cofer is behind the project, which is being eyed for a 10-episode order. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Josh Duvendeck is the latest performer cast in FOX's "In Living Color" reboot (Deadline.com); Karyn Usher has reupped with 20th Century Fox Television via a new two-year overall deal, the studio behind her untitled drama pilot with FOX (Deadline.com); "The Good Wife" creators Robert and Michelle King have likewise inked a new three-year overall deal with producer CBS Television Studios (Variety.com); Patti LuPone will reunite with fellow "Life Goes On" alum Kellie Martin on "Army Wives" while Anna Chlumsky is also set to stop by the Lifetime drama (EW.com); Kristoffer Polaha is bound for two episodes of MTV's "Awkward." as "a man who figures prominently in the past" of Nikki DeLoach's Lacey (EW.com); and Entertainment Studios has cleared its syndicated offering "America's Court With Judge Ross" for a third and fourth season on stations covering 95% of the country (THR.com).

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[10/26/16 - 11:00 AM]
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