[10/03/14 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Friday, October 3
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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FAMILY BUSINESS, THE (NBC, New!) - Matt Wheeler has sold a new drama to the Peacock billed as "the birth of a young would-be Godfather, a la Michael Corleone." He'll write and co-executive produce for the CBS Television Studios-based The Dan Jinks Company with Jinks himself executive producing. (Deadline.com)

FIRST LADY (The CW, New!) - Jenni Ross is looking to import Sebastián Arrau's Chilean series "Primera Dama," which "chronicles one woman's rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House, where she battles injustice and her own sordid past which has come back to haunt her." Said effort is set up at the Warner Bros. Television-based Vandalia Films with Jennifer Garner and Tariq Jalil likewise executive producing and Juliana Janes producing. (Deadline.com)

SALEM ROGERS: MODEL OF THE YEAR 1998 (Amazon; W: Lindsey Stoddart; D: TBA) - Toks Olagundoye ("The Neighbors") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a self-centered, arrogant former supermodel (Leslie Bibb) who is forced to leave rehab after 10 years and reunites with her long-suffering former assistant, now a self-help writer using her years with Salem as an inspiration." She'll play Hookah Cartwright, "a beautiful but evil model-turned agent who was Salem's adversary during their modeling days. Now she works at the same agency as Salem's former agent and is looking forward to watching Salem crash and burn again." Will Graham also serves as an executive producer. (THR.com)

UNTITLED JAMES WONG PROJECT (CBS, New!) - James Wong ("American Horror Story") has scored a put pilot commitment from the Eye for a new drama about "an angel who, after losing his wings, saves the life of a female police detective and together they try to uncover the mystery of why the angel is stranded as a mortal on Earth." 20th Century Fox Television-based Teakwood Lane Productions is behind the hour with the company's Howard Gordon and Hugh Fitzpatrick presumably executive producing alongside Wong. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Amazon has commissioned additional scripts of its comedy pilot "The Cosmopolitans" in anticipation of a potential series order (Deadline.com); Ed Begley Jr., Stephanie Hunt and Collette Wolfe have all joined the cast of TBS's "Your Family or Mine," playing Kelli's (Kat Foster) family: father Gil and sisters Dani and Shawni, respectively (Deadline.com); The Weinstein Company alum Meryl Poster has inked an overall deal with A+E Networks, where she'll develop series projects via her Superb Entertainment banner (Deadline.com); Peter and Bobby Farrelly have signed onto HBO's revival of "Project Greenlight" as a part of the judging panel (Deadline.com);

Gilles Marini's Sebastien has been upped to series regular on "Devious Maids" (Deadline.com); Bailey Chase will recur on "Chicago P.D." as the yet-to-be-seen DEA Agent David Lang (Deadline.com); Courtney Ford is bound for "Revenge" as "an FBI agent assigned to investigate Conrad's murder" (TVLine.com); Allison Miller has booked an arc on "Selfie" as a potential love interest for John Cho's Henry (TVLine.com); Daniel Petrie Jr. has departed "The Good Witch" for unspecified reasons (THR.com); and Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston are attached to star in a potential TV adaptation of John le Carre's "The Night Manager" (THR.com).

  [october 2014]  


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