[11/26/13 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 26
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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THE CODE (FX, New!) - James McBride's Harriet Tubman-esque book "Song Yet Sung" is being developed as a limited series at the cable channel. Said effort centers on Liz, "a black woman making a desperate dash to freedom, on the run from a torn white waterman and able slave catcher, who takes on one last job - only to find himself in a war against a notorious female slave stealer." McBride himself will pen the adaptation and serve as a co-executive producer. Brian Taylor then will executive produce alongside Kelsey Grammer, Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov of Grammnet NH Productions. (Deadline.com)

DOC FORD (CBS, New!) - Chris Gerolmo ("The Bridge") is looking to bring Randy Wayne White's book series - about "a retired NSA agent-turned-marine biologist who gets justice for those in need on the Gulf Coast of southern Florida" - to the small screen at CBS. Said hour is set up at CBS Television Studios with Gerolmo and Jeffrey Kramer executive producing and Rick Rosenthal as a supervising producer. (Deadline.com)

RUSH (USA/Fox 21; W: Jonathan Levine; D: TBA) - Tom Ellis and Rick Gonzalez are the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about Dr. William Rush (Ellis): not your average on-call doctor - he's not attached to any hospital, he's highly discreet no matter what the ailment as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium and the doctor can party with the best of them. Gonzalez then is set as Manny Maquis, "a well-connected dealer, who considers Rush a friend, as well as a client." (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED NAPOLEON BONAPARTE PROJECT (HBO, New!) - Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) is in talks to helm a mini-series for the pay channel based on an un-produced Stanley Kubrick screenplay about Napoleon Bonaparte. Steven Spielberg is behind the project, additional details of which weren't released. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - John Corbett is the latest "Parenthood" alum set to return to the NBC series (TVGuide.com); Adam Brody will guest on "New Girl" as "a long-ago ex-boyfriend of Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) who's now a married stay-at-home dad" (TVLine.com); Mark Valley is bound for an upcoming crossover between "Hot in Cleveland" and "Kirstie" as the boyfriend of Kirstie Alley's character (TVLine.com); and Pablo Schreiber will reprise his role of sadistic villain William Lewis on "Law & Order: SVU" early next year (TVGuide.com).

  [november 2013]  


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