[07/16/13 - 11:33 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, July 16 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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DOWN DOG (Bravo, New!) - Raymond De Felitta (City Island) has book a script order from the cable channel for a drama about "a female hedge fund trader in New York finds her business and personal life going in the tank. Needing an outlet to calm her anxieties, she turns to yoga and finds inner peace via the teachings of a mysterious male yoga teacher. Together they create a worldwide self-help/religious movement, called 'Humble Tiger.'" Said effort is set up at Warner Horizon Television. (Deadline.com)RAVENSWOOD (ABC Family) - Elizabeth Whitson has exited the "Pretty Little Liars" spin-off while co-star Merritt Patterson will transition to her role. Whitson was originally tapped as Olivia, "a former prom queen who is struggling with a recent fall from grace," while Patterson played her former best friend Tess. A replacement for the Tess character has yet to be cast. "As we dug deeper into the mythology of Ravenswood, we decided to re-conceive the character of Olivia. Merritt Patterson seemed to be the best choice for the direction the character is now headed," the producers said in a statement. Brett Dier, Britne Oldford, Nicole Gale Anderson and Tyler Blackburn also star in the project, which will debut in October as part of its parent series. (THR.com)STEP UP (FOX, New!) - Andy Richter ("Conan") is set to host a potential game show at the network which "offers contestants life-changing amounts of money if they can successfully climb a pyramid, with greater rewards coming with bigger risks as they approach the top." Endemol USA is behind the project, additional details of which weren't given. (THR.com)TOGETHERNESS (HBO; W/D: Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass) - The comedy pilot - about two couples living under the same Los Angeles roof and struggling in their relationships while dealing with their individual problems - has reportedly received an eight-episode order. Amanda Peet, Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey and Steve Zissis all star in the project, which will begin production in Los Angeles in early 2014. Stephanie Langhoff serves as a co-executive producer on the half-hour, which was written and directed by Duplass and his brother Jay. (Deadline.com)WAYWARD PINES (FOX/FX Productions; W: Chad Hodge; D: M. Night Shyamalan) - Toby Jones (HBO's "The Girl") has snagged a role on the upcoming limited series, about Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a Secret Service Agent who drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, to find two missing federal agents. He'll play Dr. Jenkins, a charismatic and mysterious psychiatrist who treats the aforementioned Ethan after he suffers brain damage in a car wreck. Carla Gugino and Melissa Leo also star in the project. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Oxygen has officially pulled the plug on "The Glee Project"(EW.com); The CW has ordered a 13-episode revival of "Masters of Illusion" - last seen on MyNetworkTV in 2009 - from Associated Television International (THR.com); Tom Arnold and Bill Marchant will guest on "Psych" in an episode about a murder at a paranormal consultants panel (Deadline.com); "Castle" star Nathan Fillion reportedly didn't show up to work on Friday as part of a contract dispute with producer ABC Studios but has since returned (Deadline.com);
"The Blacklist" creator Jon Bokenkamp has inked a two-year overall deal with producer Sony Pictures Television (Deadline.com); Kevin Costner's Treehouse Films has entered into a first-look deal with Sea to Sky Entertainment (Deadline.com); Ellie Kemper will drop by "How I Met Your Mother" as "one of the most attractive, available, and unfortunate guests at Barney and Robin's wedding" (TVLine.com); Robbie Kay has been cast as a member of the infamous Lost Boys on "Once Upon a Time"(TVLine.com); and Martin Donovan and Shaun Toub are the latest actors bound for the new season of "Homeland"(THR.com).