[10/01/12 - 11:18 PM] Development Update: Monday, October 1 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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ABADDON'S JOURNAL (The CW, New!) - Producers Douglas Segal ("Bulletproof Monk") and Bill Haber ("Beauty and the Beast") are set to team for a potential drama at the netlet about "an Angel, empowered with a book that records all those who make a deal with the devil, who sets out to save compromised souls with the help of a sheltered young woman." Segal will pen the script and executive produce alongside Haber via his Ostar Productions banner. No studio was indicated. (Deadline.com)ADULTISH (FOX, New!) - Dan Gregor and Doug Mand ("How I Met Your Mother") have landed a new comedy at the network which "dissects a 30-something-couple's daily battles between the young, immature people they've been versus the adult, mature people they're supposed to become." 20th Century Fox Television-based Imagine Television is behind the half-hour with the company's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)BLACK SAILS (Starz) - Jessica Parker Kennedy ("The Secret Circle") has scored a role on the upcoming drama, a pirate adventure centering on the tales of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men, and taking place 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island." She's on board as Max, "a French prostitute with a cool swagger that matches her stunning beauty." Tom Hopper also stars in the project, from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes banner. Neil Marshall is directing the premiere from a script by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine. (Deadline.com)THE CENTURION (CBS, New!) - Feature writers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides ("Immortals") have booked a potential drama at the Eye about "an elite Force Recon Marine who, after a near-fatal accident in combat overseas, makes a promise to God to clear the debt of the lives he's taken if he safely returns home to his family." Robert M. Sertner ("Mistresses") and Chris Morgan ("Fast Five") are also on board to executive produce the hour, which will then track said fellow as he settles "back into his former career as a police detective, he is making good on his promise, guided by the angel of his best friend who died in the accident." ABC Studios is producing. (Deadline.com)DAKOTA (ABC, New!) - Andrew Chapman ("A House Divided") and John Eisendrath ("Outlaw") have sold a new drama to the Alphabet about how an oil boom in the tiny farm town of Williston, North Dakota affects its residents, both new and old. Said duo will pen the script for the Sony Pictures Television-based One-Two Punch Productions with the company's Maria Grasso and Deb Spera also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)THE FOSTERS (ABC Family) - Maia Mitchell and David Lambert are the latest additions to the drama pilot, about Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) Foster, a mixed race couple who are raising a biological son, along with several adopted children. Lambert will play Stef's biological son Brandon with Mitchell as adopted daughter Callie, a troubled teen with an abusive past. Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige are behind the hour, which comes from Jennifer Lopez and Simon Fields's Nuyorican Productions. (Deadline.com)I HATE L.A. DUDES (ABC, New!) - Issa Rae ("The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl") has booked a new half-hour comedy at the Alphabet about "an aspiring journalist, new to Los Angeles, who becomes the lone female voice on a budding, male-driven Internet talk show, while learning to decode the often humiliating and exasperating rules of the LA dating scene." ABC Studios-based Shondaland is behind the half-hour with Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers executive producing alongside co-executive producer Rae. (Deadline.com)THE MIX (ABC, New!) - Screenwriter John Hoffman ("Igor") has snagged a script order from the Alphabet for a new drama about "the public and not-so-private lives of five very different women who sit in the hot seats as hosts of an influential morning talk show." He'll write and executive produce the ABC Studios-based hour alongside Shondaland's Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. (Deadline.com)MONTAUK (FOX, New!) - Brian Miller ("Apollo 18") has landed a potential hour at the network described as "a family thriller set against one of the biggest conspiracies in American history in the small town of Montauk, Long Island." 20th Century Fox Television-based Ryan Murphy Television is behind the drama, with Murphy and Dante di Loreto executive producing alongside Miller. (Deadline.com)MURDER BITCHES (CBS, New!) - Ashley Gable ("Vegas") and Tom Szentgyorgyi ("The Mentalist") have sold a potential drama to the Eye about "two young female detectives who are complete opposites, their relationship made more complicated by the fact that one of them suffered a stroke two years ago at age 27." Said duo will pen the hour for Warner Bros. Television with Bruno Heller also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED BRIAN GALLIVAN PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Brian Gallivan ("Are You There, Chelsea?") has scored a put pilot commitment from the Eye for a single-camera comedy about "an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family." The semi-autographical project is set up at the Sony Pictures Television-based Olive Bridge Entertainment with the company's Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz also serving as executive producer and co-executive producer, respectively. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED MATT SPICER/MAX WINKLER PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Newcomers Matt Spicer and Max Winkler have sold a half-hour comedy to the Peacock, details of which are being kept under wraps. Said effort comes from the 20th Century Fox Television-based Ryan Murphy Television. Winkler is also attached to direct the untitled project which he'll executive produce alongside Spicer, Murphy and Dante di Loreto. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED MICHAEL COLTON/JOHN ABOUD PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Michael Colton and John Aboud ("The Penguins of Madagascar") have sold a new comedy to the network about "a couple that has their peaceful Brooklyn existence turned upside down when the wife's Uruguayan parents move in to help take care of their kids." Said half-hour - inspired by Colton's relationship with his Uruguayan in-laws - is set up at Sony Pictures Television with Principato-Young Entertainment's Peter Principato and Paul Young executive producing alongside the duo. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Galadriel Stineman will recur on "The Middle" as a tutor for Charlie McDermott's Axl (Variety.com); character details have been released for ABC's Marvel Cinematic Universe pilot "S.H.I.E.L.D."(TVLine.com); Azita Ghanizada will guest on "Up All Night" as "Ava's (Maya Rudolph) yoga instructor and uncharacteristically fast friend" while Tony Hale will appear as Reagan's (Christina Applegate) super flirty dentist (TVGuide.com,TVLine.com); Brad Hall is bound for "Parks & Recreation" as "a gracious architect from neighboring town Eagleton who offers to design a new park for Pawnee" (TVLine.com); Nolan Gerard Funk has been cast as the Warblers' new frontman on "Glee"(TVLine.com);
Ken Leung has landed an arc on NBC's "Infamous" as a fellow detective of Meagan Good's Joanna (TVLine.com); Michael Trucco will recur on "Revenge" as "the street-smart, charismatic and slightly menacing brother" of J.R. Bourne's new Hamptons resident Kenny (TVLine.com); Gerald McRaney is guesting on "Mike & Molly" as "a hard-boiled police captain of Mike's (Billy Gardell) who might want to go on a date with his mom," Rondi Reed's Peggy (THR.com); Cedric the Entertainer will visit "2 Broke Girls" as the son of Garrett Morris's Earl (TVGuide.com); and Paul Telfer has been cast as the "rugged, handsome and charismatic" Alexander on "The Vampire Diaries"(AlloyEntertainment.com).
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