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[09/02/14 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, September 2
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!


BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (NBC, New!) - The Peacock has given a cast-contingent series order to a new travel show based on CJ Entertainment & Media's hit South Korean series "Grandpas Over Flowers." Said effort will track "four veteran actors go backpacking across Asian countries with a young guy who does chores for them along the way." Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are executive producing alongside Small World IFT. (Deadline.com)


DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS, THE (NBC, New!) - Conn and Hal Iggulden's famed guidebook is being developed as a single-camera comedy - about "an irreverent family comedy about three teenage boys who are given a dad's guide to living lives full of adventure after he passes away" - at the Peacock. Writer/director Greg Mottola (Superbad) is spearheading said effort, which has a penalty attached, with Moon Shot Entertainment's Bryan Cranston and James Degus also executive producing for Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)


DECALOGUE (NBC, New!) - Todd Ellis Kessler ("Pan Am") is spearheading a domestic take on the Danish mini-series of the same name, which "examines the Ten Commandments in a modern setting, with each short exploring one or several moral and ethical issues." Steve McPherson is also on board to executive produce the project. Currently no studio is attached. (Deadline.com)


KIDS IN AMERICA (NBC, New!) - "The Voice" mainstay Adam Levine is developing a single-camera comedy at the Peacock "inspired by his real-life experiences and centers on an unconventional family as seen through the eyes of a teenager with the dream of becoming a rock star." Aaron Blitzstein ("Family Guy") is attached to pen the half-hour for Universal Television with Levine, Jordan Feldstein and Josh Gummersall executive producing via their 222 Productions banner. (Deadline.com)


MEMBERS ONLY (ABC/ABC Studios/CTS; W: David O. Russell & Susannah Grant; D: R.J. Cutler) - John Stamos is the latest addition to the drama series, an "Upstairs, Downstairs"-esque soap set at a private country club. He'll play Randy, "Mickey's (Natalie Zea) fast-talking hedge-fund billionaire husband whose marriage to Mickey has bought him what his money never could: membership." Betsy Brandt, Boris Kodjoe, Callie Hernandez, Chris Conroy, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Luke Mitchell, Michael Landes and Rebecca Forsythe also star. (Deadline.com)


ONE THAT GOT AWAY, THE (NBC, New!) - Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger ("Cougar Town") have scored a put pilot commitment from the Peacock for a new multi-camera comedy which "tells the story of a woman who, 15 years after high school, moves to Miami and rejoins her old group of friends to try to spark a romance with her high school crush." 20th Century Fox Television-based Small Dog Picture Co. is behind the half-hour with the company's Jason Winer and Renate Radford also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


POSSESSION OF MAGGIE GILL, THE (NBC, New!) - John Glenn (Eagle Eye) is developing a new drama at the Peacock about "a loving a middle-class family in Eugene, Ore., who find themselves in the midst of crisis when paranormal occurrences begin to affect the everyday fabric of their home. At the same time, a series of brutal murders is being investigated by two local detectives. The storylines converge as those involved slowly realize that the murders and hauntings may have a common link: Maggie Gill, 15-year-old daughter of the Gill family, who might be possessed by demonic attachments." Matt Luber, Adam Kane, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Harris Fishman will also executive produce for Amblin Television . (THR.com)


UNTITLED JERMAINE FOWLER PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Jermaine Fowler (truTV's "Friends of the People") has booked a semi-autobiographical comedy at the Alphabet which "would star Fowler as a college dropout who winds up living with his estranged grandmother, a former DC cop who provides the perfect mix of parenting, laughs and adventure that gets him off the couch and out into the world." ABC Studios is behind the project with 3 Arts Entertainment's Avi Gilbert and Michael Rotenberg likewise executive producing. (THR.com)


UNTITLED JUDAH MILLER PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Judah Miller ("Playing House") is the latest to land a put pilot commitment at the Alphabet, this time for a single-camera comedy about "a Tony Award-winning mother and a cerebral, risk-averse father blessed with a natural-born athlete for a son. They are forced to come to terms with the fact that raising their only child won't come as easily as they thought." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the project with 3 Arts Entertainment's Tom Lassally and Jonathan Berry likewise executive producing. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - TBS has canceled its freshman entry "CeeLo Green's The Good Life" (Deadline.com); Mike Cahill has been tapped to helm Syfy's drama pilot "The Magicians", based on Lev Grossman's best-selling book series (THR.com); Paul Sorvino, Rob Huebel and Dan Bakkedahl are among the latest faces bound for the new season of "The Goldbergs" (THR.com); Nico Evers-Swindell will recur on ABC's "Manhattan Love Story" as "an attractive senior editor at a New York publishing firm" (THR.com); Laverne Cox, Yvette Monreal and Keith Powers will all drop by season two of "Faking It" (THR.com); Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to new drama "Gotham" in advance of its premiere (Deadline.com); Latanya Richardson Jackson, Natalie Paul, Clarke Peters and Daniel Stern have all landed roles on HBO's "Show Me a Hero" as Norma O'Neal, Doreen Henderson, Robert Mayhawk and Oscar Newman, respectively (Deadline.com);

Fox Television Studios and Blumhouse Productions are developing the mini-series "Son of Sam", based on David Berkowitz's infamous murder spree (Deadline.com); John Stamos, Daniel Chun and Dan Fogelman are developing a comedy series with ABC Studios in which Stamos plays a version of himself (Deadline.com); Torrey DeVitto, Alex Carter and Carlos Bernard will all guest on "Major Crimes" later this season (EW.com); Tyne Daly will visit "Modern Family" as "Lilly's stern, old-school teacher" (EW.com); Sara Rue has booked an arc on "Mom" as "the girlfriend of Matt Jones' Baxter" (TVLine.com) Brendan Hines has been cast as Drew Winters, "father of Paige's (Katharine McPhee) genius son, Ralph" on "Scorpion" (TVLine.com); and Chris Perfetti and Bashir Salahuddin will both be featured on "Looking" this season (TVLine.com).






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· BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (NBC)
· CEELO GREEN'S THE GOOD LIFE (TBS)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· DANGEROUS BOOK FOR BOYS (AMAZON)
· DECALOGUE (NBC)
· DELORES & JERMAINE (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIVA THE DOC AND THE JOC, THE (ABC)
· FAKING IT (MTV)
· FAMILY GUY (FOX)
· FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE (TRUTV)
· GOLDBERGS, THE (ABC)
· GOTHAM (FOX)
· GRANDFATHERED (FOX)
· KIDS IN AMERICA (NBC)
· LOOKING (HBO)
· MAGICIANS, THE (SYFY)
· MAJOR CRIMES (TNT)
· MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (ABC)
· MEMBERS ONLY (ABC)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· MOM (CBS)
· ONE THAT GOT AWAY, THE (NBC)
· PAN AM (ABC)
· PLAYING HOUSE (USA)
· POSSESSION OF MAGGIE GILL, THE (NBC)
· SCORPION (CBS)
· SHOW ME A HERO (HBO)
· VOICE, THE (NBC)





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