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[10/15/14 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 15
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!


#PEOPLEARETALKING (NBC, New!) - D.J. Nash ("Growing Up Fisher") has landed a script commitment from the Peacock for a new single-camera comedy which "examines sex, race and everything else your parents told you to never talk about." Will Packer is also on board to executive produce via his Universal Television-based Will Packer Productions banner. (THR.com)


LFE (CBS, New!) - Paul Downs Colaizzo has sold a new drama to the Eye about "a group of New York City's wildest and most brilliant doctors as they start their second year of residency in the city's most prestigious hospital." Said effort is set up at CBS Television Studios with The Dan Jinks Company's Dan Jinks also executive producing. (Deadline.com)


MOONE BOY (ABC, New!) - Chris O'Dowd has scored a put pilot commitment for a domestic take on his Irish single-camera comedy, about "12-year-old Martin Moone and the sarcastic, imaginary friend (played by O'Dowd) who helps him navigate the challenges of his eccentric childhood." He'll pen the Sony Pictures Television-based adaptation but is not currently attached to star. 3 Arts Entertainment's Dave Becky and Nick Frenkel will also executive produce with Sprout Pictures, Baby Cow Productions and Hot Cod Productions also co-producing. (Deadline.com)


STRANGE ANGEL (AMC; W: Mark Heyman; D: TBA) - Mark Heyman (The Skeleton Twins) has been tapped to pen the potential drama, based on the life of Jim Parsons, a brilliant rocket scientist and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While a pioneer in research that had only recently been dreamed up in science fiction, his bright future gave way to ruin as Parsons headed down another, darker path into the occult community of mid-century Los Angeles. The project is based on George Pendle's book of the same name, subtitled "The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons." Scott Free Productions' Ridley Scott and David Zucker also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED MARK AGEE/TONE BELL PROJECT (FX, New!) - Comedians Tone Bell and Mark Agee have sold a potential comedy to the cable channel about "four guys from vastly different backgrounds as they clumsily try to figure out how to get by - and get along." Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka and Black Box Management's Lowell Shapiro and Mike Dill will also executive produce alongside said duo. (THR.com)


UNTITLED ROB LOWE PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Rob Lowe is set to re-team with "The Pro" writers Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory for another single-camera comedy about "a worldly, adventurous, and newly sober narcissist whose decision to become a devoted father happens when his son and daughter are already teenagers. He's back in his hometown making amends to his kids, his ex-wife, her second ex-husband and their younger son, all of whom have mixed feelings about his newfound parental enthusiasm." ABC Studios is behind the half-hour, which has a penalty attached. Brillstein Entertainment Partners' Marc Gurvitz will also executive produce alongside said auspices. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED SCOTT SILVERI/SHANA GOLDBERG-MEEHAN PROJECT (NBC, New!) - "Friends" alums Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan are back in business with the Peacock for a new multi-camera comedy about "an uptight family man and his boomer parents who are attacking their golden years like it's spring break." The project, which has received a put pilot commitment, is set up at 20th Century Fox Television with Andy Ackerman already attached to direct. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED TONY PHELAN/JOAN RATER PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Tony Phelan and Joan Rater ("Grey's Anatomy") have scored a put pilot commitment from the Eye for a new drama about "a smart, successful 30-something defense attorney who shockingly falls for one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. While she continues to try a variety of cases at her firm, she pursues her lover's defense as this relationship reverberates throughout her previously well-constructed life." CBS Television Studios-based Timberman-Beverly Productions is behind the project with the company's Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly executive producing alongside said duo. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - NBC has rescinded its series commitment to its midseason comedy "Mission Control," which had yet to film beyond the pilot (THR.com); ABC has picked up three additional scripts from its freshman series "Selfie," "Manhattan Love Story" and "Forever" (Deadline.com); Archie Panjabi will depart "The Good Wife" at the end of the current season, signing a development/holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television to headline a drama pilot for the studio (Deadline.com); HBO's drama pilot "Westworld" is reportedly on track for a series pickup (Deadline.com); Danny Boyle and Christian Colson's Telly Novella Productions has inked a first-look deal with FX Productions, home to their FX limited series "Telemark" (Deadline.com); Mila Kunis, Susan Curtis, Cami Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov's newly formed Orchard Farm Productions has likewise signed a first-look deal with ABC Studios (Deadline.com);

Alexandra Breckenridge will recur on "The Walking Dead" as "an attractive, strong, smart, charming and articulate woman who also has a vulnerable side," a role which has the option to become a series regular (Deadline.com); Sony Pictures Television is making the TV rounds with a revival of "Bewitched" (Deadline.com); Jes Macallan has been cast as Hunter's (Daren Kagasoff) sister on "Red Band Society" (Deadline.com); FremantleMedia North America is looking to bring Ariel S. Winter's "The Twenty-Year Death" to the small screen (Deadline.com); Seth Rogen will appear as himself in an upcoming episode of "The Comeback" (BuzzFeed.com); Mindy Cohn will visit "Bones" as the New Age-focused doula for single-mom Daisy's delivery (TVLine.com); and Kim Dickens will recur on "House of Cards" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (TVLine.com).






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· BEWITCHED (NBC)
· BONES (FOX)
· COMEBACK, THE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DOUBT (CBS)
· FOREVER (ABC)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· GOOD WIFE, THE (CBS)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· GROWING UP FISHER (NBC)
· HOUSE OF CARDS (NETFLIX)
· LFE (CBS)
· MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (ABC)
· MISSION CONTROL (NBC)
· MOONE BOY (ABC)
· PRO, THE (NBC)
· RED BAND SOCIETY (FOX)
· SELFIE (ABC)
· STRANGE ANGEL (CBSAA)
· TELEMARK (FX)
· TRUTH BE TOLD (NBC)
· UNTITLED AGEE & BELL PROJECT (FX)
· UNTITLED ROB LOWE PROJECT (NBC)
· UNTITLED SILVERI & GOLDBERG MEEHAN PROJECT (NBC)
· WALKING DEAD, THE (AMC)
· WESTWORLD (HBO)





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