[05/10/12 - 11:21 PM] Development Update: Thursday, May 10 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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VIKINGS (History) - Newcomer George Blagden is the first to be cast in the cable channel's first scripted series, which chronicles "the extraordinary and ferocious world of the mighty Norsemen who raided, traded and explored during medieval times." He'll play Athelstan, "an Anglo-Saxon monk captured by Ragnar on his first raid on England." Production is set to begin this summer in Dublin on the 10-episode drama with Alan Gasmer, John Weber, Michael Hirst, Morgan O'Sullivan and Sherry Marsh among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "The Office" co-stars Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer have agreed in principal to return for a ninth season (Deadline.com); Jamie Kennedy will join Tanika Ray and Jessi Cruikshank as co-hosts of The CW's upcoming musical chairs competition "Oh Sit!"(EW.com); Treat Williams and Perry Reeves are both set to drop by the new season of "White Collar"(EW.com); Parminder Nagra is set to recur on "Psych" as "a beautiful and charming woman who Gus (Dule Hill) falls for" (TVLine.com); Johann Urb has booked an arc on "Californication" as "an openly gay movie star who is picked up for representation" by Evan Handler's Charlie (Deadline.com); and Charlie Weber will take over for Chris Carmack as advertising hotshot Todd on MTV's upcoming comedy "Underemployed"(Deadline.com).