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[08/06/14 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, August 6
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!


UNTITLED GRACE HELBIG PROJECT (E!, New!) - Comedian Grace Helbig is set to topline a potential talk show for the cable channel, which "will highlight Helbig's skills as a pop culture anthropologist." Sony Pictures Television-based Embassy Row is behind the project, additional details of which weren't released. (Deadline.com)


WESTWORLD (HBO/WBTV; W: Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; D: Jonathan Nolan) - Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman have all been cast in the drama pilot, based on Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie set at an amusement park. Wright will play Bernard Lowe, "the brilliant and quixotic head of the park's Programming Division, whose keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life's work: creating artificial people." Santoro then is set as Harlan Bell, "Westworld's perennial Most Wanted bandit"; with Woodward as Elsie King, "a sardonic rising star in the programming division, who's charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park's hosts";

Berdal as Armistice, "a savage fighter and brutal bandit, whose ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws"; Sarafyan as "the beguiling Clementine Pennyfeather, one of Westworld's most popular attractions"; and Quarterman as Lee Sizemore, "the narrative director of Westworld, whose inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests." Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood also star. (Deadline.com)


WHEN YOUR BOSS HAS A VAGINA (NBC, New!) - Writer Hilary Winston ("Bad Teacher") and director Seth Gordon ("Marry Me") are set to team for a single-camera comedy at the Peacock "set in a fratty corporate office that gets polarized along gender lines when a new boss comes to town - a lady boss." Said effort, from Sony Pictures Television, is inspired by a column of the same name Winston wrote last fall for Playboy. Both will serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Aly Michalka has joined the cast of The CW's "iZOMBIE" as Peyton, succeeding Alexandra Krosney from the original pilot (TVLine.com); Ryan Hansen has signed onto NBC's "Bad Judge" as Gary Boyd, likewise succeeding Mather Zickel from the pilot (Deadline.com); Michael Beach is bound for ABC's "Secrets & Lies" as Jim Fenton, "a charming, genuine, trustworthy guy who can make anyone feel at ease" (Deadline.com); Christian Borle is in talks to join NBC's "Peter Pan Live" as "Captain Hook's right-hand man Smee and the Darling kids' father, Mr. Darling" (Deadline.com);

Kate Burton will return as Ellis Grey via flashbacks in the season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" (TVGuide.com); Alysia Reiner will visit Hawaii Five-0" as "an FBI agent who works with McGarrett on an upcoming case with a dangerous man" (Zap2It.com); Monique Curnen will recur on "Person of Interest" as "Fusco's latest (and hopefully not corrupt!) boss at the 8th precinct" (TVLine.com); and Lyriq Bent, Todd Stashwick, Demore Barnes and Romina D'Ugo are among the latest faces bound for Syfy's "12 Monkeys" (TVLine.com).






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· 12 MONKEYS (SYFY)
· BAD JUDGE (NBC)
· BAD TEACHER (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GRACE HELBIG SHOW, THE (E)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· IZOMBIE (CW)
· MARRY ME (NBC)
· PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS)
· PETER PAN LIVE! (NBC)
· SECRETS & LIES (ABC)
· WESTWORLD (HBO)
· WHEN YOUR BOSS HAS A VAGINA (NBC)





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