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[08/16/12 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 16
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) - Geoff Pierson ("Dexter") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about the family dynamic between a husband (Josh Cooke) and the eccentric fiancé (Jay Mohr) of his wife's twin sister (Ellen Woglom). He'll play Tom, Cheska (yet to be cast) and Maddie's (Woglom) father, who's "overtly antagonistic towards Cheska's husband Neil (Cooke) but instantly hits it off with Maddie's new boyfriend Van (Mohr) and thinks he is twice the man Neil is." The multi-camera project comes from Stuber Productions and co-creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. (Deadline.com)


THE REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD (A.K.A. HOUSE HUSBANDS) (BET) - Robin Thicke, J.B. Smoove, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin and Faizon Love have all been tapped for roles on the upcoming comedy, a "semi-scripted reality TV spoof of every fill-in-the-blank Wives franchise." Kevin Hart, Nelly, Bobby Brown, Anthony Anderson and Nick Cannon star in the 10-episode series, from showrunner Ralph Farquhar and fellow executive producers Hart, Chris Spencer, Tim Gibbons, Dave Becky, Stan Lathan and Jesse Collins (Variety.com)


UNTITLED DANNY STRONG PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Emmy-nominated writer Danny Strong ("Game Change") and Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell ("The Fighter") are set to team for a new drama at the network inspired by the father-and-daughter defense attorneys Murray and Stacey Richman. Said hour, from the CBS Television Studios-based Tribeca Productions, will feature "a fictionalized version of the Richmans' Bronx firm, where clients as notorious on the street as they are on Page Six." Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Diane Nabatoff will executive produce alongside the duo. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED KARI LIZER PROJECT (CBS, New!) - "The New Adventures of Old Christine" creator Kari Lizer is back in business with the Eye for a new multi-camera comedy about "a guy who finally meets the woman of his dreams but she happens to be his cousin's fiancée." Warner Bros. Television is behind the half-hour, which has a put pilot commitment, with Lizer executive producing via her studio-based Kari's Logo Here banner. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED ZACH FOX PROJECT (Disney XD, New!) - Zach Fox ("Just Kidding") is set to star in a potential comedy at the cable channel about "a fictionalized, younger version of himself, a high-school sophomore who anchors his own show on the school's student-run TV station." David Nickoll ("The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson") is behind the It's a Laugh Productions-based pilot, which "combines semi-improvised and gonzo-style man-on-the-street segments in the same outrageous style that Fox uses in his videos." Casting is underway for an October production start. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Tony Rock, Charlie Robinson and Michole White have all joined the cast of BET's "Reed Between the Lines," which returns for its second season next year (THR.com); Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimiglia have been tapped to take over as showrunners of ABC's "The Family Tools," replacing departing creator Bobby Bowman (Deadline.com); Jon Hamm, Kurt Braunohler, Bob Odenkirk, Will Forte, David Wain and Linda Lavin are among the latest to lend their voices to "Bob's Burgers" (EW.com); David Alpay will recur on "The Vampire Diaries" as "a charismatic and attractive teacher who has ties to one of Mystic Falls important families" (TVLine.com); Jeff Kleeman has been tapped to run Ellen DeGeneres's Warner Bros. Television-based A Very Good Production, succeeding Lauren Corrao (Deadline.com); Tina Majorino will guest on "Grey's Anatomy" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (TVGuide.com); Jeffrey Nordling is bound for "Necessary Roughness" as a media relations guru (TVLine.com); Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa will take over for Hiroyuki Sanada as Emily's mysterious revenge master, Satoshi Takeda, on "Revenge" (TVGuide.com); and Jordan Masterson will likewise assume the role of Kristin's baby-daddy from previous guest Nick Jonas on "Last Man Standing" (TVGuide.com).






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· BOB'S BURGERS (FOX)
· BROTHERS-IN-LAW (TV LAND)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
· GAME CHANGE (HBO)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· JUST KIDDING (DISNEY XD)
· LAST MAN STANDING (ABC)
· NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (USA)
· NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, THE (CBS)
· REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD (BET)
· REED BETWEEN THE LINES (BET)
· REVENGE (ABC)
· UNTITLED DANNY STRONG PROJECT (CBS)
· UNTITLED KARI LIZER PROJECT (CBS)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)









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