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[07/01/14 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, July 1
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!


STILLWATER (HBO, New!) - Writer Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider) and director Howie Deutch ("True Blood") are set to team for a new drama at the pay channel which "follows a New York City cop as his life spirals out of control when he relocates his family to a small town in Minnesota." Actor Colin Farrell is attached as executive producer on the project, alongside the aforementioned Johnson and Deutch, the latter of which recently signed a two-year overall deal with the network. (Deadline.com)


TWENTIES (BET, New!) - Lena Waithe (Dear White People) is looking to bring her YouTube series of the same name - about "the experiences of a few twentysomething black women trying to find their voice and place in society" - to the network. Said effort is set up at Flavor Unit Entertainment with the company's principals Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere executive producing. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Devon Aoki has been cast as Tatsu Yamashiro - better known as Japanese martial arts expert Katana on "Arrow" (Deadline.com); Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg and Tory Kittles have all been cast in HBO's "Bessie" as "famed photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten, renowned record producer and music critic John Hammond, and Bessie's brother Clarence," respectively (Deadline.com); Jamie Bamber will recur on "Rizzoli & Isles" as "a successful prosecutor who is accused of killing his mistress" (TVLine.com);

Tom Irwin has been tapped to play as April's late father Thomas Carver - via flashbacks - on "Chasing Life" (TVLine.com); and Elizabeth Lail is bound for "Once Upon a Time" as Anna, "Queen Elsa of Arendelle's younger sister," with Scott Michael Foster as her beau Kristoff, "a hearty, salt-of-the-earth ice cutter whose sometimes-gruff demeanor can hide his deep love for Anna and her sister Elsa" (TVLine.com).






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· ARROW (CW)
· BESSIE (HBO)
· CHASING LIFE (ABC FAMILY)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· RIZZOLI & ISLES (TNT)
· STILLWATER (HBO)
· TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
· TWENTIES (TBS)





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