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[09/10/12 - 11:13 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 10
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!


ANONYMOUS (FOX, New!) - Jason Katims ("Parenthood") has scored a put pilot commitment for a new drama at the network about "a rebellious, hot-shot wunderkind who is plucked as the CIA's latest recruit and teamed with a seasoned handler with whom he forms an unlikely father-son relationship." Feature writer Simon Kinberg ("Sherlock Holmes") will executive produce the hour alongside Katims for Universal Television with Michelle Lee serving as a producer. (Deadline.com)


HOLIDAY (NBC, New!) - Gina Fattore ("Californication") is developing a new drama at the Peacock billed as "the story of a large extended multi-cultural family told only through the holidays." Universal Television, home to Fattore's recently signed two-year overall deal, is behind the hour with Dawn Parouse Olmstead also attached as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED HOBERTS PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Tim and Michael Hobert have sold a semi-autobiographical comedy to the Eye about "a newly married man who happens to be from a big family... he just doesn't know it yet." Warner Bros Television is behind the multi-camera project with Tim Hobert ("The Middle") executive producing and Mike Hobert serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED NASTARAN DIBAI PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Nastaran Dibai ("Retired at 35") has booked a script commitment from the Alphabet for a new comedy about "a widow who is trying to move on with her life." Dibai herself lost her husband/writing partner Jeffrey Hodes a year ago. The presumably multi-camera project comes from ABC Studios with Aaron Kaplan, Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel executive producing alongside Dibai. (Deadline.com)


WHITE HOUSE CONFIDENTIAL (NBC, New!) - Sri Rao ("General Hospital") has landed a potential drama at the Peacock described as an "Upstairs, Downstairs"-esque soap "set in the White House, told from the point of view of a young female doctor who has a secret from her past." Storyline Entertainment's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are also on board to executive produce the hour alongside Rao for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Simon Cowell wrote on his Twitter feed that he "just heard Randy [Jackson] is back" on "American Idol" (@SimonCowell); "Beauty and the Beast" executive producer/pilot director Gary Fleder has inked a two-year deal with CBS Television Studios, ending his Mojo Films' six-year run at ABC Studios (Deadline.com); and Liza Minnelli will reprise her role as Lucille Austero on Netflix's revival of "Arrested Development" (TVGuide.com).






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· ANONYMOUS (FOX)
· ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (NETFLIX)
· BEAUTY & THE BEAST (CW)
· CALIFORNICATION (SHOWTIME)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HOLIDAY (NBC)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· RETIRED AT 35 (TV LAND)
· UNTITLED HOBERTS PROJECT (CBS)
· UNTITLED NASTARAN DIBAI PROJECT (ABC)
· WHITE HOUSE CONFIDENTIAL (NBC)









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