[06/25/12 - 11:20 PM]
Development Update: Monday, June 25
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CASSANDRA FRENCH'S FINISHING SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTV) - Steve Talley, Lyndon Smith and Abby Pivaronas are the first to be cast in the drama pilot, based on Eric Garcia's book of the same name. Talley will presumably play Owen, the boyfriend of the title character (yet to be cast), whom she locks up in her basement in order to train him to become the perfect gentleman. Smith and Pivaronas then will play her best friends: studio exec Claire, who's sleeping with her shrink, and Lexi, a blond man-magnet of a yoga instructor. Michael Lehmann is helming the hour from a script by Garcia. Krysten Ritter also serves as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)

CRASH & BERNSTEIN (Disney XD) - Cole Jensen ("The Defenders") has booked the lead role on the upcoming comedy, about 14-year-old Wyatt Bernstein, the only son among four kids, who finally gets his dream of having a loud-mouthed brother when his puppet, Crash (Tim Lagasse), comes to life. Bruce Leddy helmed the pilot from a script by Eric Friedman for It's A Laugh Productions. The multi-camera project premieres this fall. (Deadline.com)

WENDELL & VINNIE (Nickelodeon) - Nicole Sullivan ("Cougar Town") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about Vinnie (Jerry Trainor), an irresponsible goofball who becomes the guardian to his conservative genius 12-year-old nephew Wendell (Buddy Handelson). She'll play Vinnie's sister Wilma in the multi-camera project, which comes from creator Jay Kogen and fellow executive producer Aaron Kaplan. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Matthew Gray Gubler has signed a new two-year deal to remain with "Criminal Minds" valued north of $100,000 per episode (Deadline.com); "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek was admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center over the weekend as a result of a mild heart attack but is "up and about and in good spirits" (Deadline.com); HBO has resumed distribution of the much-ballyhooed "Game of Thrones" episode featuring a now digitally obscured mask of former president George W. Bush in a beheading scene (WashingtonPost.com); Sean Gunn is latest "Gilmore Girls" alum bound for "Bunheads" as "an award-winning barista who has a reputation for brewing some damn fine joe" (TVLine.com); and Wolé Parks's music geek Keith won't continue as a series regular on NBC's midseason comedy "Next Caller" (TVLine.com).

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