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[01/16/07 - 12:11 AM]
Development Update: Monday-Tuesday, January 15-16
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!


DIRT (FX) - Fellow "Friends" alum Jennifer Aniston has signed on to guest star in the show's season finale. She'll play a rival to Courtney Cox's magazine editor character in said installment, which is set to air on Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00/9:00c.


DIRTY SEXY MONEY (A.K.A. UNTITLED CRAIG WRIGHT PROJECT) (ABC) - Craig Wright's drama project, now officially dubbed "Dirty Sexy Money," has been ordered to pilot. The Touchstone Television-based hour revolves around an idealistic lawyer named Nick George, who ends up with the job of taking care of the legal - and sometimes illegal - needs of a wealthy, colorful New York family.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Craig Wright
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Craig Wright, Greg Berlanti (Berlanti Television)
Studio: Touchstone Television


ENTOURAGE/THE SOPRANOS (HBO) - The pay channel's chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht confirmed both series will return on Sunday, April 8 at the network's TCA session. In addition, "Sopranos" creator and executive producer David Chase confirmed he'll be writing and directing the show's swan song - tentatively set for Sunday, June 3. Meanwhile on the original movie front, look for the Tom Hooper-directed "Longford," about the controversial British public figure of the same name, on Saturday, February 17 at 8:00/7:00c. Jim Broadbent, Samantha Morton, Andy Serkis and Lindsay Duncan star. Still to be announced: air dates for fellow upcoming originals "John Adams," "Life Support" and "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."


FOOTBALL WIVES (ABC) - Bryan Singer ("House") has officially signed on the direct the drama pilot, based on the famed U.K. series "Footballers' Wives." He'll work from a script by creator Marco Pennette as well as executive produce alongside Pennette, Chris Brancato, Bert Salke and Shed Productions.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Marco Pennette
Director: Bryan Singer
Executive Producers: Ann McManus (Shed Productions), Bert Salke (Brancato-Salke Productions), Bryan Singer (Bad Hat Harry Productions), Chris Brancato (Brancato-Salke Productions), Eileen Gallagher (Shed Productions), Marco Pennette, Maureen Chadwicke (Shed Productions)
Studio: Touchstone Television


JUDY'S GOT A GUN (ABC, New!) - "In Justice" creators Robert and Michelle King have booked a pilot order from the Alphabet for a new drama about Judy Lemen, a detective who struggles to balance her personal life as a single mother with her job investigating the unusual crimes that take place in suburbia. The pair penned the pilot script and will executive produce alongside Stu Bloomberg for Touchstone Television.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Michelle King, Robert King, Stu Bloomberg (Cabloom!)
Studio: Touchstone Television


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





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· BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIRT (FX)
· DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC)
· ENTOURAGE (HBO)
· FOOTBALL WIVES (ABC)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· IN JUSTICE (ABC)
· JOHN ADAMS (HBO)
· JUDY'S GOT A GUN (ABC)
· LIFE SUPPORT (HBO)
· LONGFORD (HBO)
· SOPRANOS, THE (HBO)









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