[08/22/12 - 11:03 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, August 22 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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ALL THE SINGLE LADIES (CBS, New!) - "The Big C" creator Darlene Hunt has sold a new single-camera comedy to the Eye about a successful, thirty-something woman who turns down her boyfriend's proposal of marriage "choosing to think of her single life as a destination, not a journey." Sony Pictures Television is behind the half-hour, which has a penalty attached and is based on Atlantic Monthly's November 2011 cover story by Kate Bolick about "the diminishing relevancy of marriage in a society where an ever-growing number of women choose to remain single." Josh Berman is also attached as an executive producer with Bolick receiving a co-producer credit. (Deadline.com)THE HIGH LIFE (NBC, New!) - Brother-and-sister writing duo Will and Robin Reiser has snagged a put pilot order from the Peacock for a single-camera comedy about "the trials and tribulations of a misguided young woman, who's newly sober and trying to navigate motherhood, work and marriage - all of which makes her want to drink." Said effort is set up at 20th Century Fox Television with J.J. Philbin, Jake Kasdan and Thruline Entertainment's Willie Mercer executive producing alongside the Reisers with Melvin Mar producing. (Deadline.com)THE KEYS (FOX, New!) - "Las Vegas" creator Gary Scott Thompson has booked a new drama at the network about "two cops who don't play by the rules" in the Florida Keys. Said hour comes from 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope executive producing alongside Thompson. (Deadline.com)LOW WINTER SUN (AMC) - Sprague Grayden and David Costabile are the latest to board the drama pilot, about Frank Agnew (Mark Strong), a Detroit detective who murders a crooked cop, activating forces that will forever alter his life and pull him into the heart of the city's underworld. She'll play the fierce and ruthless Elena Callis, "Damon's (James Ransone) wife who wants to extend the family's crime networks"; while he's set as David Westwood, "an upright investigator from Internal Affairs who shows up and causes quite a stir among the officers." Athena Karkanis, Lennie James and Ruben Santiago Hudson also star in the AMC Studios-based hour, from writer Chris Mundy and director Ernest Dickerson. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED KAY CANNON PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Kay Cannon ("New Girl") has scored a put pilot commitment from the network for a new single-camera comedy "set in the offices of an NFL-Sunday-type show and has a strong female lead at the center." The ever-busy 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment is behind the hour, with Cannon executive producing alongside Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED MICHELLE MORGAN PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Actress/writer Michelle Morgan ("Imogene") has sold a new comedy to the network about "a couple whose friends and family don't think they are right for each other." 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment is behind the half-hour, which the company's Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope will executive produce alongside Morgan and Kaplan Perrone Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - FX will broadcast its busted pilot "Outlaw Country" as a two-hour original movie this Friday at 10:00/9:00c (Deadline.com); Dee Johnson has been tapped as the new showrunner of newcomer "Nashville," where she'll succeed James D. Parriott (Deadline.com); Lionsgate has optioned Jake Steinfeld and Dave Morrow's book "Take a Shot!: A Remarkable Story of Perseverance, Friendship, and a Really Crazy Adventure" for a potential TV series (Deadline.com); Kevin Sussman, who plays the comic book store manager Stuart of "The Big Bang Theory," has been upped to series regular (Deadline.com); Maulik Pancholy is departing "Whitney" to return to "30 Rock" for its final season (Deadline.com); Bob Costas will guest as himself on the Matthew Perry-led "Go On"(EW.com); Kristina Anapau is bound for "Grimm" as "a quiet, sheepish secretary working at a Wesen church who is actually a sheep-like creature dubbed a Seelengut" (TVLine.com); William Forsythe, Samaire Armstrong, Malcolm McDowell, Gregory Itzin, Michael Gaston and Pruitt Taylor Vince will all return to "The Mentalist" this season while newcomer Dove Cameron will guest as the daughter of Simon Baker's Patrick Jane (TVLine.com); and Netflix and DirecTV are in early talks with Fox Television Studios to pick up a third season of AMC's recently axed "The Killing"(TVLine.com).
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