[07/23/14 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, July 23
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) - Chance Kelly ("Legends") has scored a role 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. He'll play Officer Ed Cutler "who works with Duchovny's character at the LAPD." Ambyr Childers, Beau Mirchoff, Chris Sheffield, David Meunier, Emma Dumont, Gaius Charles and Michaela McManus also star. (Deadline.com)

IMPASTOR (TV Land/CTS; W: Christopher Vane; D: Rob Greenberg) - Aimee Garcia ("Dexter") and Mircea Monroe ("Episodes") have both been cast in the single-camera comedy pilot, about Buddy (Michael Rosenbaum), a lowlife on the run from his debts who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he's their newly hired gay pastor. The former will play Buddy's put-upon girlfriend, LeeAnne, "a bartender in San Francisco who is used to Buddy leading a chaotic, trouble-jammed lifestyle." Monroe then is set as Alexa Cummings, "the sexy Head Trustee of Loomis Lutheran Church, who's instantly attracted to the new pastor in town, Buddy." Sara Rue also stars. (Deadline.com)

PINKERTONS, THE (Syndication, New!) - Angus Macfadyen ("Turn") is set to star as Allan Pinkerton in Rosetta Media and Buffalo Gal Pictures' upcoming 22-episode action-adventure detective series, about "Pinkertons follows founder Allan Pinkerton (Macfadyen), his son, William, and America's first female detective, Kate Warne, as they solve crimes throughout the Wild West of the 1860s." Kevin Abrams and Adam Moore penned the pilot with Suzanne Berger, Phyllis Laing, Larry Lalonde and Phil Bedard also among the executive producers. Due to launch this fall, distributor Rohrs Media Group has cleared the series on stations covering 85% of the country. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - FOX has pulled the plug on its "Jump of the Century" special, in which professional stuntman Eddie Braun and daredevil Big Ed Beckley attempt to recreate Evel Knievel's failed attempt to jump across Idaho's Snake River Canyon (Deadline.com); "Justified" co-executive producer Taylor Elmore has closed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios (Deadline.com); Portia de Rossi will recur on "Scandal" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (@TheEllenShow); David Andrews is bound for at least six episodes of ABC's "The Whispers" as the "calmly authoritative, steely and uncompromising" U.S. Secretary of Defense (Deadline.com); Meaghan Rath has booked an arc on ABC's "Secrets & Lies" as Nicole, "the younger but more mature sister of Jess (Natalie Martinez)" (Deadline.com);

Universal Cable Productions is developing potential dramas from Warren Ellis and Evan Daugherty (Deadline.com); Charley Koontz has joined the cast of "CSI: Cyber" as Agent Daniel Grummitz, "a social introvert and a tech genius with a quick wit and self-deprecating honesty" (Deadline.com); Sony Pictures Television has optioned Jenny Mollen's memoir "I Like You Just the Way I Am" as a potential TV series (Deadline.com); Jessica Biel will guest on the season premiere of "New Girl" as "a stunning, super-smart scientist" (EW.com); Maude Apatow is the latest face bound for the new season of "Girls" (EW.com); and Pablo Schreiber's Pornstache won't return to "Orange Is the New Black" for its upcoming third season (NYPost.com).

  [july 2014]  


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