[01/25/13 - 11:04 PM] Development Update: Friday, January 25 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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BELIEVE (NBC) - Mark Friedman and Alfonso Cuarón's drama - about "the unlikely relationship between a girl in possession of a great powers and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down" - has been given a pilot order from the Peacock. Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions is behind the hour, with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk executive producing alongside the aforementioned duo. (Deadline.com)BOOMERANG (UNTITLED DAVEY HOLMES PROJECT) (FOX) - The Davey Holmes-penned drama - about "a family who serve as assassins for the federal government" - is moving forward to pilot at the network. Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour, with John Wells and Andrew Stearn executive producing via their John Wells Productions banner. (Deadline.com)DOUBT (ABC) - The David Shore-penned hour - about "a former cop who's now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife" - is the latest to snag a pilot order from the Alphabet. Said effort is set up at Sony Pictures Television, home to Shore's overall deal. (Deadline.com)FLEMING (BBC America) - Lara Pulver, Samuel West, Lesley Manville, Rupert Evans and Anna Chancellor have all been cast in the four-part drama, "a no holds barred look at Ian Fleming (Dominic Cooper), the man behind the James Bond legend whose real life was as exciting, eventful and sexually charged as his famous creation." Pulver will play Ann O'Neill, Fleming's wife; with Manville as Fleming's mother Eve; and Evans as his brother Peter. Rounding out the cast are West as Admiral John Godfrey, the inspiration for the M character; and Chancellor as Lieutenant Monday, an inspiration for Miss Moneypenny. Mat Whitecross is directing from a script by John Brownlow and Don MacPherson with production set to begin next month. (Deadline.com)HUNDRED, THE (The CW) - The post-apocalyptic drama - about 100 juvenile delinquents tasked with re-colonizing the planet 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization - has earned a pilot commitment from the netlet. Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour, which is based upon the upcoming young adult book series by Kass Morgan. Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)INFLUENCE (ABC) - The drama, about "two brothers - a bipolar genius in human psychology and a slick ex-con - who head a unique agency designed to solve their clients' problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation," has been ordered to pilot by the Alphabet. Kyle Killen is behind the hour, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)THE JOHN MULANEY SHOW (NBC, New!) - John Mulaney ("Saturday Night Live") has booked a pilot order from the Peacock for a young ensemble comedy loosely based on his life. The multi-camera project, from Universal Television and written by Mulaney, is being executive produced by Broadway Video Television's Lorne Michaels and 3 Arts Entertainment's Dave Becky and David Miner. (Deadline.com)KILLER WOMEN (ABC) - Hannah Shakespeare's drama - about "the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers: a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there" - has scored a pilot commitment from the network. Ben Silverman, Martin Campbell and Latin World Entertainment's Sofia Vergara and Luis Balaguer also serve as executive producers on the hour, which is set up at ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)OXYGEN (The CW) - The Meredith Averill-penned drama - "an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp" - has booked a pilot commitment at the netlet. Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst and Daniel Gutman also serve as executive producers on the hour, which is set up at CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)REIGN (The CW) - Stephanie Sengupta and Laurie McCarthy's drama - a fantastical reimagining of the teenage Mary Queen of Scots - has booked a pilot order at the netlet. CBS Television Studios is behind the hour, which opens as "she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting." (Deadline.com)SPY (ABC) - The Alphabet's import of the U.K. comedy - about "a well intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son, who also happens to be his complete opposite, who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father" - has been given a pilot commitment. Simeon Goulden penned the ABC Studios-based half-hour with Hat Trick Productions' Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)UNDATEABLE (NBC) - Adam Sztykiel's multi-camera comedy - about "two very different guys who are bonded by their common inability to attract women" - has been added to the Alphabet's pilot roster. Warner Bros. Television-based Doozer is behind the half-hour, which is based on Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle's book of the same name (subtitled "311 Things Guys Do That Guarantee They Won't Be Dating or Having Sex"). Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold are also executive producing. (Deadline.com)UNDER THE DOME (CBS) - Britt Robertson ("The Secret Circle") is the latest to board the upcoming drama, the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. She's set as Angie, "an attractive young waitress and aspiring nurse who's always dreamed of escaping the town of Chester's Mill." Alex Koch, Colin Ford and Natalie Martinez also star in the project, from Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios and based on Stephen King's best-selling novel. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED CULLEN BROTHERS PILOT (ABC) - James Caan ("Magic City") is in final negotiations to star in the comedy, about "a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father, a beer-swilling former baseball player." Robb and Mark Cullen are behind the single-camera project, which has landed a pilot order at the Alphabet. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the half-hour with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment executive producing alongside the Cullens. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED J.H. WYMAN PROJECT (FOX) - J.H. Wyman's near future drama - in which all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids - has been greenlit to pilot by the network. J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk also serve as executive producers on the hour, which is set up at their Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot banner. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - FOX has halted production on "Ben & Kate" after 16 episodes (THR.com); and AMC and Michael Davies's Embassy Row banner are gearing up for "Talking Bad," a companion talk show for the final season of "Breaking Bad," in the mold of their "The Walking Dead" aftershow "Talking Dead" (Deadline.com).