[04/05/13 - 11:18 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 5
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BONE WARS (HBO, New!) - The Incredible Burt Wonderstone co-stars Steve Carell and James Gandolfini are set to reteam for a potential docudrama at the pay channel about the rivalry between Edward Drinker Cope (Carell) of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia and Othniel Charles Marsh (Gandolfini) of the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale during the post-Civil War birth of American science. Gandolfini and Alexandra Ryan of Attaboy Productions and Carell and Thom Hinkle of Carousel Television are executive producing. The search is underway for a writer. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Mark Cuban will guest on "American Dad" as "an evil genius named Mark Cuban who's hell-bent on being the No. 1 force in the universe" with Gillian Jacobs, Becki Newton, Thandie Newton and Megalyn Echikunwoke as "four sexy flight attendants with a Charlie's Angels vibe" who team with Stan and Francine to stop him (EW.com); Sara Bareilles won't return for the recently revived fourth season of "The Sing-Off" (EW.com); Anna Camp will reprise her role of anti-vamp puritan Sarah Newlin on the new season of "True Blood" (TVLine.com); Diedrich Bader likewise will return to "The Exes" as Holly's boyfriend (TVLine.com); Tim Matheson is bound for two episodes of "CSI" as "a handsome, sophisticated and highly intelligent Ph.D. and M.D. who emerges as a suspect in a series of Dante's Inferno-themed killings" (TVLine.com);

Julian Sands has snagged a three-episode arc on "Banshee" as "Rabbit's (Ben Cross) equally as dangerous younger brother who also happens to be a devout and amoral Ukrainian priest" (TVLine.com); Richard E. Grant will guest on the season premiere of "Girls" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (THR.com); Shannon Elizabeth and Marla Sokoloff will both guest on the upcoming season of "Melissa & Joey" (THR.com); Bianca Santos will recur on ABC Family's "The Fosters" as the best friend to Cierra Ramirez's Mariana (THR.com); and Laura Benanti is bound for "Royal Pains" as "the dynamic new Senior VP of a health care company trying to buy Hamptons Heritage Hospital" (TVGuide.com).

  [april 2013]  


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