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[12/06/10 - 06:44 PM]
Development Update: Monday, December 6
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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10 THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT WOMEN (NBC, New!) - Betsy Thomas ("My Boys") is developing a new comedy at the Peacock based on the Esquire magazine column of the same name in which "famous women to share dating tips and other advice for guys on how to understand the opposite sex." Said half-hour will "revolve around three sisters -- one married, one newly divorced and one perpetually single." Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills are also on board to executive produce for Universal Media Studios.


ARMY WIVES (Lifetime) - Harry Hamlin is set to recur on the show's upcoming fifth season. He'll return as Professor Chandler, a public advocacy lawyer, following a two-episode stint this past season. No other details were given.


BIRD DOG (TNT) - Eliza Dushku has departed the drama pilot, about an unlikely partnership between two cops who happen to be father and daughter. "Hey guys! News to report~ We have mutually & AMICABLY decided to part ways on "Bird Dog" due to creative differences. No worries/fears/tears," the actress wrote on her Twitter page. Mike Robe is behind the Warner Horizon Television-based hour, which also stars Suzy Nakamura, William Ragsdale and Wynn Everett.


HOUND DOGS (TBS) - Megan Ferguson ("Love and Other Drugs") is the first to be cast in the Ron Shelton pilot, about "a minor league baseball team and its general manager as they try to handle life's ups and downs, both in and out of the locker room." She will play the assistant to said general manager. Andrea Buchanan, Michele Weisler and Todd DeLorenzo also serve as executive producers on the hour, which is set up at Sony Pictures Television.


LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (USA) - Chris Brancato has been tapped as the showrunner for the series' upcoming eight-episode swan song, featuring the return of Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe. He'll take over for Walon Green, who supervised season nine. Brancato was previously attached to FOX's upcoming drama "Terra Nova" as a consulting producer.


LIFE UNEXPECTED (The CW) - Creator Liz Tigelaar has confirmed, via her Twitter account, the show's final two episodes will air back-to-back on Tuesday, January 18. When prompted about the abbreviated season, Tigelaar clarified that "yeah. it's called being canceled. which sucks!"


MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE (TNT) - In an interview with TVGuide.com, Ray Romano revealed they'll produce 12 episodes this season, rather than 10 as previously indicated by the network. "I'm the one who insisted on four years and then I'll feel it out. But we also only insisted on 10 episodes a season and they've talked us into 12 this season!" the actor said. "I don't want to overstay our welcome. I still want to be passionate about it and enjoy it. I did realize one thing when Raymond ended: I think I need to do something. Financially, I didn't need another job, but spiritually, I needed one." The series returns for its second season tonight at 10:00/9:00c.


MEET JANE (Lifetime) - Rick Schroder ("24") has joined the cast of the Molly Parker-led drama pilot, about "an unhappily married mother of two daughters in the Washington, DC area is suddenly re-energized and empowered when the FBI enlists her to spy on her husband, a computer technician the government suspects is selling top-secret information to Russia." He'll play the aforementioned husband in the Andi Bushell-penned hour, which comes from Mark Pedowitz's Pine Street Entertainment and Warner Horizon Television.


THE MIDDLE (ABC) - The Alphabet has quietly ordered two additional episodes of the sophomore hit, bringing its season total to 24 episodes. Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn co-star in the comedy, which drew 8.18 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 in its last original airing.


OUTNUMBERED (FOX) - Cheech Marin ("Nash Bridges") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about "parents Sue (Ana Ortiz) and Pete (Cliff Chamberlain) who are often overwhelmed by their three children." He'll play the father of Ortiz's character, "who is taking a pharmacopoeia of prescription pills and believes that sometimes the kids could use a good swat." Barbara Wallace and Thomas R. Wolfe are behind the 20th Century Television-based half-hour, to be directed by Larry Charles.


THE SOUP (E!) - Joel McHale has reportedly inked a new two-year deal with Comcast Entertainment Group to continue as host of the veteran clip show, which celebrated its 300th episode this past Friday. The ever-busy McHale continues to star on NBC's "Community" and will host the Independent Spirit Awards, airing Saturday, February 26 on IFC.






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· 10 THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT WOMEN (NBC)
· 24 (FOX)
· ARMY WIVES (LIFETIME)
· BIRD DOG (TNT)
· COMMUNITY (YAHOO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HOUND DOGS (TBS)
· LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (USA)
· LIFE UNEXPECTED (CW)
· MEET JANE (LIFETIME)
· MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE (TNT)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· MY BOYS (TBS)
· NASH BRIDGES (CBS)
· OUTNUMBERED - 2010 VERSION (FOX)
· SOUP, THE (E)
· TERRA NOVA (FOX)











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