[08/08/12 - 11:04 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, August 8
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BROTHERS-IN-LAW (TV Land) - Jay Mohr and Ellen Woglom have joined the cast of the multi-camera comedy pilot, which revolves around the family dynamic between a husband (Josh Cooke) and the eccentric fiance of his wife's twin sister. They'll play the latter couple in the project, which comes from co-creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. Stuber Productions is producing. (Deadline.com)

BUDA BRIDGE (HBO, New!) - Oscar-nominee Michael R. Roskam ("Bullhead") has booked a Belgian-set drama at the pay channel about "a series of violent crimes and strange science that bring mayhem to the dark capital of the European state" after a woman is found dead on Buda Bridge. Roskam will write, direct and serve as a co-executive producer on the potential hour with Michael Mann and Mark Johnson executive producing. (Deadline.com)

CLANDESTINE (Syfy, New!) - Todd Stashwick and Dennis Calero have sold a potential drama to the cable channel "described as a swash-buckling space drama/adventure and revolves around mercenaries who masquerade as part of an Intergalactic fleet." John Shiban is attached to supervise the script and executive produce for Universal Cable Productions with Stashwick and Calero serving as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)

GUN MACHINE (FOX, New!) - Warren Ellis's upcoming novel, about "a beleaguered New York City detective who stumbles upon a cache of hundreds of guns that trace back to a wide array of seemingly unrelated unsolved murders," of the same name is being developed as a drama at the network. Dario Scardapane is on board to pen the adaptation for the 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment, with Ellis, Scardapane, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope all serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

I'M NOT DEAD YET (TV Land) - Ben Falcone ("What to Expect When You're Expecting ") has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot, about a man who finds out that he has a rare heart condition that could cause him to die at any moment, and so he decides to finally start speaking his mind and live life to the fullest. Jon Sherman is behind the single-camera project, which is co-produced by DBS Satellite Services and Electus. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Robert Zemeckis's ImageMovers banner has inked an overall deal with Fox Television Studios (Deadline.com); BET is on track to order its Gabrielle Union-led drama "Being Mary Jane" to series (Deadline.com); Patrick Macmanus and Grant Scharbo's proposed take on "Sleepy Hollow" for The CW has found a studio home at Warner Bros. Television (Deadline.com); "Guys With Kids" consulting producer Betsy Thomas has inked a two-year overall deal with producer Universal Television (Variety.com); Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Frankie Muniz will appear as themselves on the season premiere of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (EW.com); Daniel Sunjata will recur on "Smash" as a new love interest for Debra Messing's Julia (EW.com); Shohreh Aghdashloo is bound for "The Mob Doctor" as a legendary cardiothoracic specialist (EW.com); Pablo Schreiber will guest on "White Collar" as "a brilliant and volatile avant-garde artist who studied under a legendary New York sculptor" (TVLine.com); Michael Des Barres is set to drop by "NCIS" as "an aging has-been one-hit wonder from the late 1970s who lived hard, blew his earnings in the '80s and has been skirting creditors ever since" (TVLine.com); Aubrey Dollar, Mili Avital and Mike Doyle are among the first faces to visit ABC's "666 Park Avenue" (TVGuide.com); and Said Taghmaoui has been tapped as a new series regular on "Touch" with Adam Campbell and Ray Santiago also set to recur (THR.com).

  [august 2012]  


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