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[12/16/11 - 11:13 PM]
Development Update: Friday, December 16
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AMERICAN DREAM (NBC, New!) - Writer Paul Kolsby ("Spread"), director Steve Shainberg ("Secretary") and producer Andrew Lazar ("I Love You Phillip Morris") are set to team with actress/producer Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU") for a potential dramedy about the inner workings of reality series. Said hour, which Kolsby penned on spec, would revolve around "the symbiotic relationship between network executives and the 'talent' in a reality television series." Shainberg is attached to direct the project, which he'll executive produce alongside Kolsby, Lazar and Hargitay. No studio was indicated. (Deadline.com)


ANIMAL KINGDOM (Showtime, New!) - David Michod's 2010 Australian feature - about a 17-year old "as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him" - is being developed as a TV series at the pay channel by John Wells Productions ("Shameless") and Warner Bros. Television. Jonathan Lisco is on board to pen the adaptation with Michod, Wells, Andrew Stearn and Liz Watts also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


RAY DONOVAN (Showtime) - Allen Coulter ("Damages") has signed on to direct the Liev Schreiber-led drama pilot, about Hollywood's best professional "fixer," the one called in to solve the complicated, confidential and controversial problems of the city's elite. He'll work from a script by Ann Biderman, who's executive producing alongside Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "General Hospital" alumnus Julie Mond will guest on "House" as a nun who Chase (Jesse Spencer) treats when she comes into the clinic (TVLine.com); Matthew Del Negro is set to recur on "Ringer" as Agent Machado's (Nestor Carbonell) nemesis at the FBI beginning with the March 6 episode (EW.com); John O'Hurley has been tapped to host Mark Burnett's "Fortune Hunters" pilot at TNT (Variety.com); plus Gage Golightly and Sinqua Walls have both landed arcs on "Teen Wolf" as new Beacon High students (Zap2It.com).






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· AMERICAN DREAM (NBC)
· ANIMAL KINGDOM (SHOWTIME)
· DAMAGES (DIRECTV)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FORTUNE HUNTERS (TNT)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· RAY DONOVAN (SHOWTIME)
· RINGER (CW)
· SHAMELESS (SHOWTIME)
· TEEN WOLF (MTV)









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