[04/25/14 - 11:10 PM] Development Update: Friday, April 25 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB, THE (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Stephanie Savage; D: Nick Cassavetes) - Joel Johnstone ("The Newsroom") is the latest to board the drama, which tells the true story of the women behind NASA's early astronauts and the struggles they face when their lives and families are catapulted into the spotlight overnight. He's set as Gus Grissom, "an average student and athlete who may be the least likely astronaut but proves himself to be one of NASA's top men." Aaron McCusker, Azure Parsons, Bret Harrison, Desmond Harrington, Dominique McElligott, Erin Cummings, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Odette Annable and Zoe Boyle also star. (Deadline.com)NAZARETH (FOX, New!) - Feature writer David Franzoni (Gladiator) is developing an event series at the network tracking the formative years of Jesus of Nazareth. Said effort is set up at FX Productions with Landscape Entertainment's Bob Cooper and Eleven Films' Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson executive producing alongside Franzoni. No other specifics were given. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Mimi Kennedy's Marjorie will be upped to series regular for the second season of "Mom"(THR.com); "Gossip Girl" alum John Stephens has inked an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, where he'll join newcomer "Gotham" as an executive producer (Deadline.com); "Scandal" co-star Columbus Short won't return for the show's expected fourth season following his recent brushes with the law (Deadline.com); Desiree Akhavan and Peter Mark Kendall are among the new faces bound for "Girls" this season (Deadline.com); Cloris Leachman and Barry Bostwick will both guest on the upcoming season of "Franklink & Bash"(TVLine.com); and Cameron Boyce has been cast as Cruella de Vil's son Carlos in Disney Channel's "Descendants"(TVGuide.com).