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[04/09/07 - 04:35 PM]
Development Update: Monday, April 9
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!


BORN IN THE U.S.A. (FOX) - Tembi Locke ("Windfall"), Jon Rowland ("Campus Ladies"), Rod Rowland ("Veronica Mars"), Scarlett Chorvat ("Freedom") and Diego Serrano ("Time of Your Life") have all been cast in the pilot, a blue-collar soap set in Philadelphia. Locke will play the mother of Lisa Tucker's character, an outspoken, larger-than-life character. Chorvat and Serrano then will play an engaged couple with Jon Rowland as a young Catholic priest and Rod Rowland as a divorced father.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Diego Serrano, Jon Rowland, Lisa Tucker, Rod Rowland, Scarlett Chorvat, Tembi Locke
Writers: Mal Young, Simon Fuller
Director: Simon Curtis
Executive Producers: Mal Young, Simon Fuller
Studio: 19 Entertainment


DASH 4 CASH (The CW) - Cynthia Addai-Robinson ("Dirt") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about the behind-the-scenes of a reality competition series. No details about her role were released.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Bert Belasco (Durkin), Brianna Brown (Noelle), Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Janina Gavankar (Melaie), Johann Urb (Rick), Jonathan Chase (Michael), Jud Tylor (Dottie), Kevin Christy (Ronnie), Kyle Bornheimer (Nick), Maulik Pancholy (Pablo), Rick Hall (Calvin), Serah D'Laine (Meredith)
Writers: Boyce Bugliari, Jamie McLaughlin
Director: Betty Thomas
Executive Producers: Kelsey Grammer (Grammnet Productions), Steve Stark (Grammnet Productions)
Co-Executive Producers: Boyce Bugliari, Jamie McLaughlin
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (The CW) - Mario Lopez ("Dancing With the Stars"), Johnny Lewis ("The O.C.") and Robert Ri'chard ("One on One") have all landed roles on the comedy pilot, about four twentysomethings who work under the top movers and shakers in New York. Lopez will play one of the bosses, an impeccably dressed wunderkind with a cell phone attached to his ear, while Ri'chard is set as his a BlackBerry-wielding assistant. Lewis then will play another assistant, a struggling rock musician who works for a big-name rock-band publicist. Lopez's casting is tied to a talent holding deal the actor signed with the network earlier this season.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Anna Chlumsky (Riley), Christina Milian (Olivia), Johnny Lewis, Mario Lopez, Robert Ri'chard, Rosa Blasi (Randi)
Writers: Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender
Director: Arlene Sanford
Executive Producers: Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender, Sean Hayes (Hazy Mills Productions), Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills Productions)
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


HELL ON EARTH (The CW) - Kyla Pratt ("One on One") has been tapped as the lead role in the comedy pilot, about a spoiled, rude, privileged girl who dies in a crash, goes to hell but is sent back to Earth as an ordinary girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She'll play Keri, said girl.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Brian Palermo (Luc), Dawnn Lewish (Amber/Jessie), Kim Coles (Sera), Kyla Pratt (Keri), Lamont Thompson (David/Dino)
Writers: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
Director: Dennie Gordon
Executive Producers: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


TRUE BLOOD (HBO) - Stephen Moyer ("The Starter Wife") and Brook Kerr ("Passions") have each landed roles on the drama pilot, which is based on the "Southern Vampire" book series by Charlaine Harris about a world in which vampires can buy Japanese-made synthetic blood. Moyer will play Bull Comton, a vampire who becomes involved with Anna Paquin's character. Kerr then will play a beautiful, smart, articulate young woman who works with Paquin's character.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Brook Kerr, Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Stephen Moyer (Bull Comton)
Writer: Alan Ball
Director: Alan Ball
Executive Producers: Alan Ball
Producer: Carol Dunn-Trussell
Studio: N/A


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





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· BORN IN THE USA (FOX)
· CAMPUS LADIES (OXYGEN)
· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· DASH 4 CASH (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIRT (FX)
· EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (CW)
· FREEDOM (UPN)
· HELL ON EARTH (CW)
· OC, THE (FOX)
· ONE ON ONE (UPN)
· STARTER WIFE, THE (USA)
· TIME OF YOUR LIFE (FOX)
· TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
· VERONICA MARS (CW)
· WINDFALL (NBC)









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