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[09/06/12 - 11:14 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, September 6
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


ALL IN (FOX, New!) - Allan Loeb ("New Amsterdam") has scored a put pilot commitment from the network for a single-camera comedy about Tommy Vigorish, "a compulsive gambler trying to get back in the game with the help of his family... as long as that game does not involve the exchange of money." He'll write and executive produce the half-hour via his 20th Century Fox Television-based DarkFire banner alongside Ryan Reynolds, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl. (Deadline.com)


AMAZON (The CW, New!) - Allan Heinberg ("Grey's Anatomy") is the latest to take a stab at bringing the DC Comics heroine Wonder Woman to the small screen. The Warner Bros. Television-based hour is billed as a "Smallville"-esque take on Diana of Themyscira's formative years when she was "a young, budding superhero, rather than a fully formed defender of liberty." Said script order comes just 16 months after NBC passed on its take on "Wonder Woman" from David E. Kelley. (Vulture.com)


BASTARDS (FOX, New!) - Writer Jason Micallef ("Butter") and director Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") are set to team for a potential half-hour at the network "described as an unconventional family comedy about a family who has never met." Sony Pictures Television-based FanFare Productions is behind the project, with Gordon, Micallef, Jamie Tarses and Underground Films' Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire executive producing. (Deadline.com)


BOILING POINT (The CW, New!) - Craig Sweeny has booked a potential drama at the netlet about "two former members of the boy band Boiling Point°, who, desperate for income after their fifteen minutes of fame are up, open a private detective agency." Said hour is part of a two-year overall deal the writer/producer has signed with CBS Television Studios. Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst of the studio-based Olé are also executive producing. (Deadline.com)


DIVA. CLOWN. KILLER. (FX, New!) - Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy") has booked a single-camera comedy at the cable channel about "an 80's has-been rock diva, her dysfunctional son who makes his living as kid's party clown, and of course, an assassin." Said half-hour, presumably based at Fox 21, is understood to be a potential starring vehicle for Sutter's wife Katey Sagal. No other details were given. (TVLine.com)


HANNIBAL (NBC) - Scott Thompson ("The Kids in the Hall") has scored a role on the upcoming drama, a contemporary take on the Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) characters from Thomas Harris's novels. He'll recur as Jimmy Price, "the third member of the FBI crime scene investigation team headed by Laurence Fishburne's Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI's behavioral science unit." Aaron Abrams, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Parkm and Lara Jean Chorostecki also star in the project, from Gaumont International Television and creator Bryan Fuller. (THR.com)


I SUCK AT GIRLS (FOX, New!) - Justin Halpern's book of the same name is heading to the small screen with a pilot production commitment from the network. Halpern and Patrick Schumacker ("$h*! My Dad Says") will co-write the single-camera project, "the story of a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google." Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold are also on board to executive produce via their Warner Bros. Television-based Doozer banner. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED CEE LO GREEN PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Cee Lo Green ("The Voice") has inked a first-look deal with the network, where he's on track to land an untitled half-hour loosely based on his real-life relationship with his ex-wife and children. Ali LeRoi ("Are We There Yet?") is penning the multi-camera comedy, which would star Green as "a version of himself as he tries to balance his career as a top recording artist and his frenetic home life." Sony Pictures Television-based Happy Madison Productions is behind the project, which Doug Robinson, Andrew Jameson and Larry Mestel will executive produce alongside LeRoi and Green. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk's Bad Robot Productions has reupped its overall deal with Warner Bros. Television for another three years (Deadline.com); "The Big C" showrunner Jenny Bicks has inked a new two-year overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television (Deadline.com); Susan Misner will recur on "The Following" as a survivor type with a link to Ryan Hardy's (Kevin Bacon) past (EW.com); Olympian Ryan Lochte has filmed a cameo for an upcoming episode of "30 Rock," while creator Tina Fey will lend her voice to an installment of "The Simpsons" (EW.com, NYMag.com); Roger Rees will guest on "Elementary" as "an important figure from Holmes' mysterious past" (EW.com); Brenda Strong is bound for "Scandal" as the wife of a governor (TVGuide.com); Relativity and the Bandito Brothers are prepping to make the rounds with a small screen take on their Navy SEALs feature "Act of Valor" (Deadline.com);

Enrique Iglesias has received a firm offer to serve as a judge on "American Idol" (EW.com); Matt Long will recur on "Private Practice" as a new doctor at St. Ambrose hospital (TVGuide.com); Rita Wilson and Colin Quinn are the latest faces bound for season two of "Girls" (TVLine.com); Brian Dennehy has booked a guest spot on "The Good Wife" as "a folksy lawyer with close ties to military contractors" (TVLine.com); Blake Hood and Alyssa Diaz have been tapped to play Klaus's latest minions on "The Vampire Diaries" (TVGuide.com); Chris Zylka has quietly been dismissed from "American Horror Story" after hesitating to shave his head for the two-episode role (Zap2It.com); and Rob Riggle will drop by "New Girl" as "Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) competitive cousin and rival" (TVLine.com).






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· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· ALL IN (FOX)
· AMAZON (CW)
· AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)
· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
· ARE WE THERE YET? (TBS)
· BASTARDS (FOX)
· BIG C, THE (SHOWTIME)
· BLEEP MY DAD SAYS (CBS)
· BOILING POINT (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIVA CLOWN KILLER (FX)
· ELEMENTARY (CBS)
· FOLLOWING, THE (FOX)
· GIRLS (HBO)
· GOOD WIFE, THE (CBS)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HANNIBAL (NBC)
· NEW AMSTERDAM (FOX)
· NEW GIRL (FOX)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)
· SURVIVING JACK (FOX)
· UNTITLED CEE LO GREEN PROJECT (NBC)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)
· VOICE, THE (NBC)
· WONDER WOMAN (NBC)











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