[05/24/12 - 11:03 PM] Development Update: Thursday, May 24 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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ANIMAL PRACTICE (NBC) - JoAnna Garcia ("Better with You") has been cast as the new female lead in the comedy, about George Coleman (Justin Kirk), a veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners. She'll play Dorothy Crane, George's ex-girlfriend who returns to his life as the new hospital director... with a fianceé in tow. Amy Huberman originated the role in the pilot. Bobby Lee, Tyler Labine, Betsy Sodaro and Kym Whitley also star in the Universal Television-based half-hour, from co-creators Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka. Garcia spent the past development cycle as the female lead of "Oh F---, It's You," a comedy pilot which didn't move forward to series at CBS. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "The Simpsons" mainstay Mike Scully has inked a seven-figure, multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television where he'll develop new series projects as well as join the studio's new NBC comedy "The New Normal" as a co-executive producer (Deadline.com); Grant Bowler has been tapped to star opposite Lindsay Lohan in Lifetime's Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton biopic "Liz & Dick"(Deadline.com); and Vanessa Ray will guest on "Pretty Little Liars" as Jason's (Drew Van Acker) ex-girlfriend and "the person that schooled Alison (Sasha Pieterse) in the wicked ways of the world" (TVLine.com).