[08/21/12 - 11:07 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, August 21
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) - Kelen Coleman ("The Newsroom") has booked the remaining principal role on the comedy pilot, about "a regular Joe (Josh Cooke) who is repeatedly forced to spend time with the eccentric fiancé (Jay Mohr) of his wife's twin sister (Ellen Woglom), even though the guys share nothing in common." She'll play Cheska, the aforementioned wife of Josh Cooke's character Neil. The multi-camera project comes from Stuber Productions and co-creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. (TVLine.com)

HAVE GUN - WILL TRAVEL (CBS, New!) - "The Unit" creator David Mamet is returning to the Eye with a revival of the network's 1957-1963 series about "a top-notch gunfighter who preferred to settle problems without violence but stood his ground when provoked." Mamet will write, direct and executive produce the potential hour for CBS Television Studios with agent-turned-producer Elliott Webb also serving as an executive producer. Richard Boone starred in the original, from creators Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow. (Deadline.com)

PARK & LEX (ABC, New!) - Maria Maggenti ("Monte Carlo") has booked a new drama at the Alphabet about "a mother and daughter who team up as amateur sleuths" in New York City. ABC Studios is behind the hour with DarkFire Television's Ryan Reynolds, Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl executive producing alongside Maggenti. (Deadline.com)

SHELTER (FOX, New!) - John Hlavin ("The Shield") has sold a new drama to the network about "an ATF Agent whose real working-class Chicago life collides with his flashy Los Angeles cover when his wife is exposed to his criminal world, trapping them both undercover." Said hour is set up at ABC Studios with Mark Pellington and 3 Arts Entertainment's Tom Lassally executive producing alongside Hlavin. (THR.com)

TABOO (ABC, New!) - Sara Goodman ("Gossip Girl") has sold a potential drama to the network about "a stay-at home-mom who goes back to work as an undercover psychological profiler for the FBI, but the job isn't nearly as dangerous as the sexual obsession she falls into with the man she's investigating." Goodman will pen the hour, which is based on idea Anthony E. Zuiker. They'll both then executive produce via the latter's ABC Studios-based Dare to Pass banner alongside JoAnn Alfano and Margaret Riley of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED DAN GOOR/MICHAEL SCHUR PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Michael Schur and Dan Goor's proposed comedy, about "a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City," has found a home at the network with a pilot production commitment. The single-camera project is set up at Universal Television with the duo writing and executive producing alongside 3 Arts Entertainment's David Miner. Schur, the co-creator of "Parks & Recreation," has also inked a two-year overall deal with the studio. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Michael Strahan has been tapped as the permanent co-host of "Live! With Kelly," where he'll join Kelly Ripa beginning September 4 (BroadcastingandCable.com); Jillian Bell is set to recur on "Partners" as Renata, Ali's (Sophia Bush) second cousin/employee at her jewelry store, replacing the originally cast Lucy Davis (TVLine.com); Neal McDonough will guest on "CSI: NY" as a senator who finds himself in the middle of a shootout (TVLine.com); Eva Amurri Martino will drop by "Guys with Kids" as new girlfriend of Jesse Bradford's Chris (Variety.com); Jessica De Gouw has been cast as DC Comics heroine The Huntress, a fellow vigilante bent on destroying her father's organized crime empire, on The CW's "Arrow" (EW.com); Terrence Howard and Kendall Jenner will both visit "Hawaii Five-0" in an episode featuring flashbacks to Danny's (Scott Caan) former life as a cop in Newark (EW.com); Dallas Roberts is bound for "The Walking Dead" as Milton, "one of the residents of the Governor-ruled community of Woodbury" (EW.com); Justin Bieber will lend his voice to an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" (@JustinBieber); and Janina Gavankar will recur on "The Goodwin Games" as the ex-girlfriend/baby mama of T.J. Miller's Jimmy (TVLine.com).

  [august 2012]  


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