[10/08/12 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 8
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!

BAD COMPANY (FOX, New!) - John Eisendrath ("Outlaw") is developing a small screen take on Electronic Arts' hit video game "Battlefield: Bad Company," which drops gamers behind enemy lines as part of a squad of four soldiers - risking it all to go AWOL on a personal quest. Said hour is set up at the Sony Pictures Television-based Happy Madison Productions with Doug Robinson executive producing alongside Eisendrath and EA's Patrick Bach and Patrick O'Brien. Like the game, the potential series will follow "four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector only to realize their commanding officer had used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks." (Deadline.com)

THE BRIDGE (FX) - Annabeth Gish and Ted Levine have both been cast in the drama pilot, which centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico (Diane Kruger, Demián Bichir) who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border. Gish will play Charlotte, "a wealthy ranch wife suddenly widowed when her older husband suffers a massive heart attack while on the Mexican side of the border," while Levine is set as a Lieutenant at the El Paso Police Department, "a veteran cop with a weathered cowboy swagger." Gerardo Naranjo is directing the hour from a script by Elwood Reid and Meredith Stiehm. (Deadline.com)

DIRTY LAUNDRY (ABC, New!) - Amanda Lasher ("Gossip Girl") has booked a new dramedy at the Alphabet "that explores the twisted underbelly of marriage and parenthood." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the hour, which Lasher will write and executive produce. (Deadline.com)

DRACULA (NBC) - Daniel Knauf ("My Own Worst Enemy") has been tapped to oversee the upcoming drama, which follows Bram Stoker's signature character (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society but secretly hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. He'll serve alongside fellow executive producers Anne Mensah, Colin Callender, Gareth Neame and Tony Krantz as well as creator/co-executive producer Cole Haddon. The 10-episode series is co-produced by Flame Ventures, Playground Entertainment, Carnival Films & Television and Universal Television. (Deadline.com)

EXPECTATIONS (The CW, New!) - Screenwriter J. Mills Goodloe ("Pride") has sold a modern re-imagining of Charles Dickens's classic "Great Expectations" to the netlet, about "a small-town girl with big dreams of making it in the city who is quickly disillusioned by the harsh reality of living in San Francisco - until her fortunes unexpectedly turn thanks to an anonymous benefactor." Pacific Standard's Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea are also on board to executive produce the CBS Television Studios-based hour, as are Television 360's Meghan Lyvers and Evelyn O'Neill. (Deadline.com)

GEN MISHIMA/HOOD (NBC, New!) - Ken Sanzel ("NYC 22") has sold a pair of projects to the Peacock as part of his recently signed overall deal with sibling Universal Television. First up: "Hood," which re-imagines Robin Hood as "an Iraq War veteran-turned-outlaw in an upstate New York county besieged by rapacious bankers and a corrupt, privatized police department." Then there's "Gen Mishima," about "a journalist and a FBI agent who investigate an underground culture of a group of brilliant kids who were part of an experimental school training the next generation of leaders which burned down years ago." The latter project - originally set up at mun2 - is based on a Chilean format created by created by Enrique Videla and Vladimir Rivera. Sergio Aguero will also receive an executive producer credit. (Deadline.com)

JOE & JOE & JANE (NBC, New!) - Joe Port and Joe Wiseman ("New Girl") have landed a pilot production commitment from the Peacock for a new multi-camera comedy about "a conflict-avoidant children's book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife and his co-author/best friend." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the half-hour, which is inspired by Port's real-life experiences. Said duo will write and executive produce. (Deadline.com)

THE LAST STAND (NBC) - Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah's drama - about a group of Army doctors who return to work the night shift together at a hospital in San Antonio - is closing in on a pilot order at the Peacock. Sony Pictures Television is behind the project, which was rolled from last season. (Deadline.com)

THE MOTHERLOAD (ABC, New!) - Robert Horn ("Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure") has sold a potential drama to the Alphabet "based on his real-life experiences of what it was like to begin a relationship with his family later in life." He'll write and executive produce for Sony Television. (Deadline.com)

NOBODY TRUSTS MAZ (CBS, New!) - Actor/comedian Maz Jobrani ("Better Off Ted") is set to star in a potential multi-camera comedy at the Eye about a young couple - Irish-American Jenny and Persian-American Maz - living the American Dream with a house in the suburbs and two kids, much to the chagrin of her father and his mother. Phoef Sutton ("The Soul Man") is penning the half-hour, which is set up at the CBS Television Studios-Tannenbaum Co. The company's Eric and Kim Tannenbaum then will executive produce alongside Sutton. (Deadline.com)

RESCUE 3 (Syndication, New!) - Dolph Lundgren ("The Expendables") is set to topline an upcoming action-adventure drama series for the syndicated marketplace about "Southern California's elite multi-agency task force, which consists of the cream-of-the-crop from Los Angeles Lifeguard, Firefighter and Coast Guard agencies." Emmett/Furla Films, Tower 18 Productions and Envision Entertainment are behind the 20-episode series, which has been cleared by Tribune Broadcasting with a 104-week guarantee. Lundgren will play Captain John Mathews, "a reluctant hero and career firefighter and lifeguard." Gregory J. Bonann and Tai Collins co-created the hour with Bonann serving as executive producer. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - ABC has asked for three additional scripts of its recently launched comedy "The Neighbors" (Deadline.com); Morris Chestnut and Marcy Harriell are both bound for the new season of "Nurse Jackie" (Deadline.com); Adrienne Barbeau has been cast as the mother of Madeleine Stowe's Victoria Grayson on "Revenge" (TVLine.com); Tim Meadows will guest on "Suburgatory" as the father of Maestro Harrell's Malik (TVLine.com); Brian Van Holt will drop by "CSI" as the ex-husband of Elisabeth Shue's Julie Finlay (@CBSTVStudios); Chris McKenna is set to appear on "Castle" as a sci-fi superfan who may have been romantically involved with the show's latest victim (TVLine.com);

Judith Light is bound for "Dallas" as "an authoritative and controlling battle-ax who will fight to the death to protect the people she loves" (TVLine.com); Brie Larson will appear in Sadie Hawkins dance-themed episode of "Community" (TVLine.com); Richard Burgi is set to recur on "Body of Proof" as a district attorney with the hots for Jeri Ryan's Kate Murphy (TVLine.com); repeats of Syfy's "Sanctuary" will launch in weekly barter syndication in 2013-14 (THR.com); Currie Graham and Kyle Schmid will play King and Ace from the Royal Flush Gang on "Arrow" (THR.com); and Mike Starr will recur on "The Mob Doctor" as "a wise-guy who's also a wise-ass" (THR.com).

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