LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF (ABC) - Creator Rod Lurie has filed a lawsuit against Touchstone Television, claiming the studio owes him at least $1 million for his work on the short-lived series. The writer/producer/director states that as a concession for being replaced by Steven Bochco (and subsequently Dee Johnson), Touchstone extended his overall deal by two years. After the WGA strike however, Touchstone allegedly stopped payment on the remainder of his $3 million contract and $100,000 per year overhead for his production banner. Touchstone however has yet to be served with court papers and have declined comment.
KYLE XY (ABC Family) - Executive producers Chris Bender and JC Spink have inked a two-year first-look deal with CBS Paramount Network Television. The pact gives the studio first crack the pair's Benderspink output for the small screen. Best known for their feature work - "A History of Violence," "Monster-in-Law" and "Just Friends" - Benderspink gave television a try with the ABC Family/ABC Studios-based "Kyle XY." Prior to CBS Paramount Network Television, the company had a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television sibling Fox 21 where they shepherded TV versions of "The Butterfly Effect" and "Monster-in-Law."
UNTITLED ROCK BAND PROJECT (MTV, New!) - Reality guru Mark Burnett is apparently casting for a new reality series based on the hugely popular video game from Electronic Arts. Said notice, which first appeared on Craigslist, reads as follows: "MTV's official show for Rock Band 2!!! The creator of Rock Star and The Apprentice, Mark Burnett and MTV bring you the first show based on the new game Rock Band 2. That's right everyone Rock Band 2 is almost here. We are currently looking for a group of 4 people to form their own band and show us their stuff live on stage for the chance to win the Ultimate Rock Band Experience! If you ever dreamed of being a rocker, we're giving you your chance! Are you up for the challenge? Each ROCK BAND must consist of 4 people (lead vocalist, guitarist, bass guitarist, and drummer). NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Also, each member MUST be over the age of 18, and live in the Los Angeles or Southern California area. Does your band have a theme?!? We want to know what sets you apart from everyone else (fire fighters, sororities, fraternities, military, etc�)! If your band has what it takes to compete against other rock bands e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your band members NAME, CONTACT INFORMATION, AGES and RECENT PICTURES. Tell us why your band rocks� and be creative! See you on stage�be prepared to rock!" MTV and Mark Burnett Productions however have yet to confirm the project's existence.
Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters