LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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DAVE'S DEAD (FOX, New!) - Eric Siegel and Eric D. Wasserman ("Traffic Light") have booked a new comedy at the network billed as "Shaun of the Dead" meets "My Name is Earl." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the single-camera project, which is also being executive produced by Elizabeth Banks and her author/producer husband Max Handelman. (Deadline.com)
DOWNWARDLY MOBILE (NBC, New!) - Roseanne Barr's proposed multi-camera comedy, about a lower middle class family living in a mobile home community, has found a home with the Peacock where it has a script commitment with a penalty attached. Eric Gilliland ("Mr. Sunshine"), Barr and her boyfriend John Argent all co-created the half-hour and will likewise executive produce alongside Steven Greener ("Roseanne's Nuts"). 20th Century Fox Television is producing. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED W. MERRITT JOHNSON/LEE DANIELS PROJECT (Showtime, New!) - Writer W. Merritt Johnson ("Temple Grandin") and director Lee Daniels ("Precious") are developing a new drama at the pay channel "set in New York City and centers on the disenfranchised multicultural transgender youth of the Ball subculture, previously portrayed in Jennie Livingston's 1990 documentary 'Paris Is Burning.'" The duo will executive produce with Daniels on board to direct from a script by Johnson. (Deadline.com)
AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Downton Abbey's" Rose Leslie has been tapped as Ygritte, a Wildling woman that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) meets during his adventures beyond the Wall, on "Game of Thrones" (EW.com); Kevin Sorbo and Dean Cain will play themselves on ABC's upcoming "Apartment 23" (EW.com); Emma Caulfield is set as the Blind Witch from Hansel and Gretel on ABC's "Once Upon a Time" (TVLine.com); Anika Noni Rose will return as Wendy Scott-Carr on "The Good Wife" (TVLine.com); Meredith Eaton likewise will be back Abby's lab tech bestie, Carol Wilson, on "NCIS" (TVLine.com); plus Susie Abromeit will visit "CSI: Miami" as Kayla, a folk-singer turned activist, in this season's ninth episode (TVLine.com).