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[01/12/07 - 12:32 AM]
Development Update: Friday, January 12
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!


ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (FOX)/TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS) - "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz is set to team with "Two and a Half Men" executive producers Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum to form a new production company. The trio have signed a three-year pact with Sony Pictures Television to develop new series projects exclusively for the studio via their new banner. Said deal, valued at more than $3 million per year, takes effect in June when the Tannenbaums' current deal with Warner Bros. Television expires.


MARLOWE (ABC) - The Alphabet's 21st century take on Raymond Chandler's noir detective has been ordered to pilot. Greg Pruss and Carol Wolper are behind the Touchstone Television-based hour, which they'll write and executive produce alongside Daniel H. Blatt, Daniel Pipski and LivePlanet's Sean Bailey. Chorion Limited, the rights-holder to the Chandler estate, will also receive a producing credit.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot (previously script)
Cast: TBA
Writers: Carol Wolper, Greg Pruss
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Carol Wolper, Daniel H. Blatt, Daniel Pipski, Greg Pruss, Sean Bailey (LivePlanet)
Studio: Chorion Limited, Touchstone Television


PUSHING DAISIES (ABC) - Bryan Fuller's romance-themed drama, about a man who can touch dead people and bring them back to life, has been given a pilot commitment by the Alphabet. Fuller penned the pilot script to the Warner Bros. Television-based hour and is executive producing alongside Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks via their Jinks-Cohen Company.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot (previously put pilot)
Cast: TBA
Writer: Bryan Fuller
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Bruce Cohen (The Jinks-Cohen Company), Bryan Fuller, Dan Jinks (The Jinks-Cohen Company)
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


ZIP (NBC, New!) - Mark Rizzo has scored a pilot order from the Peacock for a new single-camera comedy about a grifter dad and his kids who try to live the "good life" in Beverly Hills. NBC Universal Television and Ben Silverman's Reveille are behind the half-hour, which will be executive produced by Silverman, Teri Weinberg and Marc Abrams and Michael Benson via their Reveille-based Catapult. Rizzo, who wrote the pilot script, will also serve as a supervising producer.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Mark Rizzo
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Ben Silverman (Reveille), Marc Abrams (Catapult), Michael Benson (Catapult), Teri Weinberg (Reveille)
Supervising Producer: Mark Rizzo
Studio: NBC Universal Television Studio


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





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· ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (NETFLIX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· MARLOWE (ABC)
· PUSHING DAISIES (ABC)
· TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
· ZIP (NBC)









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