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[07/14/14 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 14
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!


AQUARIUS (NBC; W: John McNamara; D: Jonas Pate) - Michaela McManus, David Meunier, Chris Sheffield and Gaius Charles are the latest to join the upcoming drama, about the cat and mouse game between serial killer Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony) and the two cops tracking him, Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny) and Brian Shafe (Grey Damon), in 1960s Los Angeles. McManus will play Grace, Hodiak's ex-girlfriend; with Meunier as Manson's minion Roy, "a menacing biker with a personality to match"; Sheffield as Hodiak's son; and Charles as Bunchy Carter, "a former gang-banger who is now a fanatical Nation of Islam adherent whose hatred of the white man is evident." Emma Dumont also stars. Becky Clements, Alexandra Cunningham and Jonas Pate have also signed on as executive producers, the latter of which will direct the premiere. (THR.com, TVLine.com)
BEAUTIFUL & TWISTED (Lifetime, New!) - Rob Lowe is set to star in and executive produce a new original movie at the network "based on the true story of Ben Novack, Jr. (Lowe), millionaire heir to the Fountainebleau Miami Beach hotel fortune, whose brutal murder shook the city's elite to the core." Candice Bergen also stars as Ben's mother, Bernice Novak; with Paz Vega as Ben's wife Narcy, a former stripper. Sony Pictures Television is behind the project, penned by Teena Booth, Inon Shampanier, Natalie Shampanier and Stephen Kay. Judith Verno also serves as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Yahoo is reportedly in talks with 20th Century Fox Television for a second season of FOX's recently axed "Enlisted" (Deadline.com); Kristen Connolly has joined the cast of ABC's "The Whispers" where she'll take over for Brianna Brown as Lena Lawrence (Deadline.com); USA's "Dig" will remain on hiatus and FX's "Tyrant" is moving to Turkey following recent events in Jerusalem, where both series are filmed (Deadline.com); Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke's Compari Entertainment has inked a two-year, first-look deal Paramount Television (Deadline.com); Brooks Wheelan won't return to "Saturday Night Live" for its 40th season (@brookswheelan); Cara Buono will recur on "Person of Interest" as "a femme fatale who's uniquely qualified to navigate the new world order of Season 4 of the procedural drama" (Deadline.com);

Universal Television and Storyline Entertainment are developing a comedy series based on the life of soccer player Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league (Deadline.com); Universal Cable Productions-based Hypnotic is looking to import the Danish family drama "The Legacy" (THR.com); Cynthia Stevenson, M.C. Gainey and Bryan Callen are all bound for DirecTV's new drama "Kingdom" (THR.com); Colin Ferguon will visit "The Vampire Diaries" as "the head of a community militia who will do anything to protect his town" (TVLine.com); Wallis Currie-Wood has joined the cast of CBS's "Madam Secretary" as Stephanie "Stevie" McCord, the eldest daughter of Tea Leoni's Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord (TVLine.com); and Raza Jaffrey will guest on "Elementary" as "the new boyfriend of Joan Watson (Lucy Liu)" (TVGuide.com).






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· AQUARIUS (NBC)
· BEAUTIFUL & TWISTED (LIFETIME)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIG (USA)
· ELEMENTARY (CBS)
· ENLISTED (FOX)
· KINGDOM (AUDIENCE)
· MADAM SECRETARY (CBS)
· PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS)
· SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
· TYRANT (FX)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)
· WHISPERS, THE (ABC)





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