[05/23/12 - 11:08 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, May 23 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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60-MINUTE SUPERSTAR (VH1, New!) - Former MTV Networks entertainment chief Brian Graden is developing a new talent competition at the cable channel that "plucks unsuspecting singers - secretly nominated by loved ones, neighbors, friends and co-workers - out of their everyday lives to give them a shot at stardom." Each installment then will track three aspiring singers as they undergo intensive training for vocals and choreography as well as receive a makeover. Said trio ultimately performs with one winner receiving an unspecified prize. Graden is executive producing alongside Lois Curren and Gaurav Misra via their Sunshine Industries banner. (Deadline.com)MARY & MARTHA (HBO, New!) - Hillary Swank and Brenda Blethyn are set to star in a new film from the pay channel about "two women who emerge from traumatic family tragedy to forge a unique bond while fighting for the eradication of malaria." Director Phillip Noyce ("Salt") and writer Richard Curtis ("The Girl in the Cafe") are spearheading the project with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Liza Chasin, Juliette Howell, Hilary Bevan Jones and Lucy Richer among the executive producers. HBO Films is co-producing alongside the BBC, NBC Universal and Working Title Television. (Variety.com)MOCKINGBIRD LANE (NBC) - Mason Cook ("Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D") has been tapped to play Eddie Munster in the Peacock's reboot of "The Munsters." Eddie is Lily and Herman's (both yet to be cast) only child, "an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf [who's] horrified to learn the truth about himself." Charity Wakefield and Eddie Izzard also star in the Universal Television-based hour, from writer Bryan Fuller and director Bryan Singer. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - AT&T will launch "Daybreak," a series of online films related to FOX's "Touch" - about the exploits of Ben Wilkins (Ryan Eggold) whose life is turned upside down by the dodecahedron - on May 31 at DayBreak2012.com (ATT.net); Amazon and Sony Pictures Television are in early talks to revive ABC's short-lived drama "Pan Am"(Deadline.com); newly tapped "Up All Night" showrunner Tucker Cawley has inked a two-year overall deal with producer Universal Television (Deadline.com); former "Missing" executive producer James Parriott has signed on to oversee ABC's new drama "Nashville"(Deadline.com); NBC plans to recast Andrea Roth's character Rachel Matheson on its new fall drama "Revolution" while Anna Lise Phillips's Maggie is being written out (Deadline.com); the Peacock has likewise passed on the series option for Khary Payton's Don on its freshman comedy "Go On"(Deadline.com); FOX is also recasting two roles: Jeananne Goossen's character, Jennifer Mason, on "The Following" and Felisha Terrell's character, Lucinda, on "The Goodwin Games"(Deadline.com); and Tim Guinee will recur on the second season of "Homeland," potentially as Brody's (Damian Lewis) chief of staff (TVLine.com).