LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT (Lifetime; W: Shernold Edwards; D: Stephen Tolkin) - Ving Rhames ("Monday Mornings") has joined the cast of the network's small screen take on Terry McMillan's best-selling book of the same name, about irascible matriarch Viola Price (Whoopi Goldberg), who after learning that her next asthma attack is likely to kill her, sets out to fix her fractured family before she sets a foot anywhere near the grave. He'll play Viola's husband Cecil in the project, which begins production this summer. (THR.com)
HELIX (Syfy/Sony; W: Cameron Porsandeh; D: David Slade) - Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) has been cast in the upcoming drama, about a team of scientists investigate a possible disease outbreak in an Arctic research facility and find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation. She'll play Dr. Sarah Jordan, "who is excited to work for the Center for Disease Control." Also starring are Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyra Zagorsky and Mark Ghanime. (Deadline.com)
HORIZON (USA/UCP; W: Bridget Tyler; D: Yves Simoneau) - Cary Elwes ("Psych") has scored a role on the drama pilot, set at the height of World War II and revolving around a secretary at the FBI (Ruth Bradley) who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename "horizon." He'll play Max Hartman, "a mysterious man who leads a double life in wartime DC." Mark Famiglietti, Meg Steedle and Taylor Handley also star. (Deadline.com)
THE STRAIN (FX/FX Productions; W: Chuck Hogan & Guillermo del Toro; D: Guillermo del Toro) - Roger Cross ("Continuum") is the latest to board the drama pilot, about the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City which is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. He'll recur as Mr. Fitzwilliams, "Palmer's (Jonathan Hyde) Head of Security, as well as, his caregiver." The show's ensemble also includes Corey Stoll, Francis Capra, Jack Kesy, John Hurt, Kevin Durand, Lauren Lee Smith, Mia Maestro, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet and Sean Astin. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED SARAH WATSON PROJECT (ABC/Universal; W: Sarah Watson; D: TBA) - Sarah Watson's drama - about "a woman struggling to get ahead at a Chicago law firm, while dealing with real-world attitudes towards those who are and are not married" - has found a new home at ABC. Jason Katims and Michelle Lee's Universal Television-based True Jack Productions is behind the hour, which was previously set up at FOX. Watson, Katims and Lee then will executive produce. (Deadline.com)
AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Daniella Alonso has joined the cast of NBC's "The Night Shift" as Landry Miller, "a tough Texas girl and the lone Psychiatrist on the weekend night shift" (Deadline.com); Michael Eklund will recur on "Bates Motel" as a new upper level player in Dylan's (Max Thieriot) drug family (Deadline.com); Nicole Ari Parker is bound for "Revolution" as Secretary Justine Allenford, "a strong and smart leader" (Deadline.com); "Friends with Better Lives" creator Dana Klein has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television (Deadline.com); Heidi Klum will guest on "Parks & Recreation" as a mayor from a small town in Denmark that's worshipped in a way that makes Leslie (Amy Poehler) a little jealous (EW.com);
Warren Christie will drop by "Castle" as "a reporter with a penchant for uncovering stories that are detrimental to national security" (EW.com); Luke Roberts and Katie Boland have both landed roles on The CW's newcomer "Reign" (EW.com); Freddie Prinze, Jr. is bound for "Bones" as "an old associate of Booth's (David Boreanaz) who has an interest in Booth and Brennan's current murder investigation" while Mather Zickel will guest as a priest who nurses Booth back to health (@David_Boreanaz, TVLine.com); and Peter Weller has snagged an arc on "Sons of Anarchy" as "a former cop who works at the Stockton port and has a run-in with the SAMCRO motorcycle club" (THR.com).