[02/08/12 - 11:16 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 8 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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ARROW (The CW) - David Ramsey ("Blue Bloods") has been cast in the drama pilot, which stars Stephen Amell as DC Comics hero Oliver Queen a.k.a. Green Arrow. He'll play John Diggle, a former Army Ranger-turned-private security expert whom Oliver's mother Moira hires to keep tabs on him following his return, much to his chagrin. David Nutter is directing the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, from executive producers Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim. (Variety.com)CHELSEA GENERAL (TNT) - Alfred Molina and Bill Irwin have both been cast in the drama pilot, about the lives of five surgeons as they push the limits of their abilities and confront their personal and professional failings. The former is set as Dr. Harding Hooten, "the steely-eyed Chief of Surgery at Chelsea General, known for his punishing and outwardly-uncaring ways," while the latter will play Dr. Buck Tierney, "a smug doctor who takes himself very seriously and rubs his colleagues the wrong way." Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnigan also star in the project, from writer David E. Kelley and director Bill D'Elia. (Deadline.com)COUNTY (NBC) - Aimee Garcia ("Trauma") has joined the cast of the Jason Katims-penned drama pilot, about "a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising Los Angeles County Hospital." She'll play Rosa ("Hispanic, ball of fire, sharpwitted and shut down from her emotions"), one of the interns, alongside the previously cast Jason Ritter as Jack Malloy ("smart, compassionate, unexpectedly relentless"). Universal Television is producing. (Deadline.com)CULT (The CW) - Alona Tal ("Supernatural") has been cast in the drama pilot, about "an inquisitive, young female production assistant (Jessica Lucas) on a wildly popular television show called 'Cult' who, after a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, joins a journalist blogger in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program in real life." She'll play Kelly Collins, the fictional star of "Cult," an LAPD detective who's doggedly pursing Billy Grimm, the cult's mastermind. Said role was originally written as a male in its previous incarnation (Matthew Logan/"Eric Collins"). Jason Ensler is helming the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, from creator Rockne S. O'Bannon. (Deadline.com)LADYFRIENDS (NBC) - Andrea Anders ("Mr. Sunshine") has booked a lead role on the comedy pilot, about "two life-long female friends who are living very different lives but can't live without each other." She'll play one of them, Nicole Lambert ("39-ish, pretty, skinny, smart, fun and needy"), in the half-hour, which comes from creator Kari Lizer and Warner Bros. Television. (Deadline.com)LAST RESORT (ABC) - Daisy Betts ("Persons Unknown") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about the crew of a nuclear submarine, who, after disobeying a suspicious order, become fugitives, ultimately take over the NATO Listening Post and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation. She's on board as Lt. Grace Shepard ("new to the sub and to command positions; grew up as a family friend of Chaplin's [Andre Braugher] through her Admiral father; gutsy, a battler"). Daniel Lissing also stars in the Sony Pictures Television-based hour, to be directed by Martin Campbell from a script by Karl Gajdusek and Shawn Ryan. (Deadline.com)REVOLUTION (NBC) - Jon Favreau ("Cowboys & Aliens") has signed on to direct the drama pilot, which follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. He'll work from a script by Eric Kripke, who's executive produce alongside Bryan Burk and J.J. Abrams for Warner Bros. Television. Said development will likely push production on Favreau's comedy pilot "Tweaked" at CBS until later this year. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED KEVIN WILLIAMSON PROJECT (FOX) - James Purefoy ("Camelot") has boarded the Kevin Bacon-led drama pilot, about a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers and a retired FBI profiler (Bacon) who finds himself in the middle of it. He'll play said killer, Joe Carroll ("his eyes are not evil; they're warm; full of easy charm"), in the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, from writer Kevin Williamson and director Marcos Siega (Deadline.com)THE VIAGRA DIARIES (HBO) - Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids") has scored a role on the Goldie Hawn-led comedy pilot, about a woman who, after her husband has a "mid-life crisis" at 65 and leaves her, struggles with being single for the first time in 35 years. She'll play Hope, the therapist daughter of Hawn's character Claire. Paul Feig is helming the half-hour from a script by Darren Star, which in turn is based on the book of the same name by Barbara Rose Brooker. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Jonathan Patrick Moore will join Tori Spelling and Tia Mowry in the ABC Family holiday movie "The Mistle-Tones"(Deadline.com); "Hung" creators Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson have inked a two-year overall deal with Fox 21 (Deadline.com); Nick Offerman will lend his voice to "The Cleveland Show" for a Christmas installment involving "a sexist, philandering department-store owner who requires the female elves (including Roberta) to don hot pants to attract customers" (EW.com); "Friends" alum David Schwimmer has booked a four-episode arc on the Lisa Kudrow-led "Web Therapy"(EW.com); and Michael Chernus is set to recur on "The Big C" as "a dynamic, groovy pastor of a church that Adam (Gabriel Basso) starts to attend" (TVLine.com).