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[08/05/13 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 5
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!


FREEDOM (ABC, New!) - "Last Resort" co-creators Karl Gajdusek and Shawn Ryan are back in business with the Alphabet for a new drama about "a group of brilliant, eclectic, freethinking Ivy League students who help create the next resistance movement to government and corporate powers modeled after hacker collectives like Anonymous or Wikileaks." Gajdusek will pen the hour, which has a sizable penalty attached, with Ryan and Marney Hochman also serving as executive producers via their Sony Pictures Television-based MiddKidd Productions. (Deadline.com)


RICH KIDS OF BEVERLY HILLS (E!, New!) - ITV Studios America and Leepson Bounds Entertainment are developing a reality series at the cable channel in which "the offspring of the most elite families and billionaire moguls party, play and support each other against a backdrop of wealth." Said effort is inspired by the success of the Rich Kids of Instagram Tumblr blog. No auspices however were given. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Jennifer Lopez has reportedly reached an agreement on the major deal points to rejoin "American Idol" as a judge (Deadline.com); Laura Bell Bundy has joined the cast of "Anger Management" as Charlie's new sex-study research partner, Dr. Jordan Denby, "a brilliant psychologist whose recent divorce, fondness for alcohol and wild mood swings turn Charlie's life into an emotional roller coaster" (Deadline.com); "Blue Bloods" showrunner Kevin Wade has signed an overall deal with producer CBS Television Studios (TVLine.com); Megan Park will recur on "The Neighbors" as "Reggie Jackson's apparent soulmate who puts him in a trance-like state and sends Amber into a rage" (TVLine.com); Billy Eichner has been cast as the latest Eagleton counterpart on "Parks & Recreation"; and All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter has booked an arc on "Parenthood" as "the immature, egomaniacal, tantrum-prone lead singer of a hot new rock band that is recording at the Luncheonette" (TVLine.com).






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· AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
· ANGER MANAGEMENT (FX)
· BLUE BLOODS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FREEDOM (ABC)
· LAST RESORT (ABC)
· NEIGHBORS, THE (ABC)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· RICH KIDS OF BEVERLY HILLS (E)





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