[07/22/14 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, July 22
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AQUARIUS (NBC; W: John McNamara; D: Jonas Pate) - Ambyr Childers and Beau Mirchoff are the latest to be cast in 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. She'll play Susan Atkins, "who lures Emma's boyfriend away as part of Manson's plan to recruit her"; while he's set as Rick Zondervan, "a fictitious UCLA student who takes his girlfriend to a drug party in Laurel Canyon where they run into infamous Charles Manson." Chris Sheffield, David Meunier, Emma Dumont, Gaius Charles and Michaela McManus also star. (Deadline.com)

KEN JEONG MADE ME DO IT (A.K.A. UNTITLED ST CLAIR & O'TOOLE PROJECT) (MTV; W: Andy St. Clair & Paul O'Toole; D: TBA) - Ken Jeong ("Community") is set to star in the comedy pilot, about "22-year-old Andy, who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong's fancy car; taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up." Odenkirk Provissiero's Marc Provissiero serves as an executive producer in the project, with St. Clair and O'Toole as co-executive producers. Jeong, whose involvement won't interfere with his duties on "Community," and his manager, Brett Carducci, will also receive producing credits. (THR.com)

WESTWORLD (HBO/WBTV; W: Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; D: Jonathan Nolan) - Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood are the first to be cast - while James Marsden is in talks to star - in the long-in-the-works drama pilot, a small screen take on Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie set at an amusement park. He'll play Dr. Robert Ford, "the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park - and unorthodox methods of achieving it." Wood then is set as "the provincial, beautiful and kind Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West - who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie." Marsden's role wasn't specified. Bryan Burk, J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub are also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Elisabeth Rohm has joined the cast of CBS's "Stalker" as Amanda, "a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney who works with the Threat Assessment Unit and a mother to a 10-year-old boy," succeeding Elizabeth Bogush from the pilot (Deadline.com); Matt Piedmont has been tapped to helm AMC's comedy pilot "We Hate Paul Revere" (Deadline.com); Craig Bierko has boarded Lifetime's "Un-Real" as "the show's sexy and arrogant creator Chet"(Deadline.com); Michael Irby is bound for "The Lottery" as "the older brother to Vanessa (Athena Karkanis) who has made unwise choices that have led to trouble, again and again" (Deadline.com); Ed Helms, Hilary Swank and Ed Harris are in talks to topline MRC's potential series "One Percent" (Deadline.com); Ashley Tisdale's Blondie Girl Productions has signed a multi-year overall deal with Asylum Entertainment (Deadline.com); Miguel Sandoval's Judge Connors has been upped to series regular on NBC's "Bad Judge" (Deadline.com);

William Mapother will guest on "Hawaii Five-0" as "a likable, wealthy business owner who gets entangled in a painful and tense situation but offers his help to the authorities" (EW.com); Carrie Preston will return to "The Good Wife" as fan favorite Elsbeth Tascioni this fall (EW.com); Dee Wallace will drop by ABC's "The Whispers" as a grandmother (NYPost.com); Regina King is set for at least seven episodes of "American Crime" as "the devoutly religious sister of a murder suspect" (TVLine.com); Rhea Perlman will recur on "The Mindy Project" as Danny's (Chris Messina) mother (TVLine.com); Lynn Collins is set for "Covert Affairs" as "a formidable Russian agent who'll continuously cross paths with Piper Perabo's protagonist spy" (TVLine.com); Sarah Lancaster will visit "Witches of East End" as "the stunning Raven Moreau, who arrives in East End as part of a life-long secret mission" (TVLine.com); and Rina Mimoun has joined FOX's "Red Band Society" as an executive producer (THR.com).

  [july 2014]  


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