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[05/08/14 - 07:47 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, May 8 - ABC Continues Series Orders with Quartet
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!

Here are the latest projects being picked up to series by the aforementioned network for the 2014-15 season (via press release):

"AGENT CARTER"

Agent Carter takes place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger and follows Steve Rogers' girlfriend as she builds her career as a secret agent, all while the hero is frozen in ice.

"FOREVER"

Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City's star medical examiner, has a secret - he is 200 years old. At the age of 35, Henry died for the first time, and despite many more deaths, is always reborn at 35 years old, without aging a day. With morbid experiments, he tries to get to the bottom of his inexplicable immortality, but every time he is reborn as the same old Henry. Being immortal can have its advantages. Henry has seen every corner of the world, learned many languages, climbed Mount Everest, and loved many women. But it can have its heartbreaks as well; like outliving the love of his life, Abigail. To Henry, eternity has not been a blessing - it's a curse. Henry has spent many decades getting to know Abe, his 76 year-old friend, and the only person who knows his secret. Abe owns an antique store, which hides Henry's lab where he searches for the secret of his immortality. His experiences with death serve him well as New York's star medical examiner. Henry's skills of observation are remarkable, allowing him to read people, whether dead or alive, with stunning accuracy. Like when he meets 32 year-old Detective Jo Martinez, who is investigating the victims of a fatal subway crash. She didn't have to tell him she is a recent widow who is drinking to mask her pain. He could see that for himself. Each week, a new case and his budding friendship with Jo will reveal layers of Henry's long and colorful life in this drama from Matt Miller (Chuck, Las Vegas) and Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Gangster Squad).

"MANHATTAN LOVE STORY"

Have you ever wondered what your date was really thinking? This romantic comedy explores the differences between men and women by highlighting the disparities between what they say and what they really think throughout the course of a relationship, by exposing their unfiltered thoughts. Southern girl, Dana (Analeigh Tipton), is new to the city and ready to make it big in the New York publishing world. On the outside, she is full of ambition, passion, and confidence. Inside her head, she doubts her outfit, hates her ankles, and is sure she's said and done exactly the wrong thing in every situation. In contrast to Dana's unsettled life, she is temporarily staying with her college friend Amy (Jade Catta-Preta) and her husband David (Nicolas Wright), a seemingly perfect couple who set Dana up on a date with David's brother, Peter (Jake McDorman). Like with Dana, we are privy to all of Peter's inner thoughts. We know how charming and suave he thinks he is on his first date with Dana... and how he is sure it is not his fault when she runs out of the restaurant crying after five minutes. But with a little encouragement from their friends and family, Peter and Dana will try again. And again. And we will hear exactly what they are thinking every step of the way in this romantic comedy from Jeff Lowell (Drew Carey Show and Spin City).

"SELFIE"

Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has come a long way since her dorky junior high days. Thanks to the magic of laser hair removal, push-up bras and filters on photos-she is Instafamous with 143,000 followers. She shamelessly tweets about being pushed in a wheelchair through the airport because her 5-inch Louboutin shoes 'are a kind of disability.' Her nonstop selfies and posts raise her profile and rack up the 'likes.' But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having friends. She enlists the help of marketing guru and buttoned up co-worker, Henry, to 'rebrand' herself and her reputation. In return, Eliza flirtatiously offers to do "almost anything" but Henry just blushes and insists their relationship is strictly business. Eliza fails her first test when Henry catches her playing Candy Crush on her phone during a wedding ceremony-with the sound on. Listening to the vows "gave her the feels" and she just needed an escape. Her disregard for his rules pushes Henry to quit, but Eliza charms him into giving her another chance. Besides, people are beginning to notice the sparks between them. Loosely based on My Fair Lady, Selfie explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline- whether she 'likes' it or not-from writer/executive producer Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory).






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· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FOREVER (ABC)
· MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (ABC)
· MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER (ABC)
· SELFIE (ABC)





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