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[04/06/15 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Monday, April 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!


UNDERGROUND (WGN America/Sony; W: Joe Pokaski & Misha Green; D: Anthony Hemingway) - Devon Gummersall and Mykelti Williamson have both been cast in the period drama, set in the pre-Civil War South and following the slaves who set foot on the fabled Underground Railroad, the secret network of men and women who risked their lives aiding them, and the mercenaries tasked with hunting them down at any cost. The former will play John Hawkes, "a lawyer and abolitionist who is trying to reconcile the way things are with the way things should be"; with the latter as Moses, "a fiery preacher for the slaves on the plantation who decides to take his family on the run." Alano Miller, Christopher Meloni, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Aldis Hodge and Jessica De Gouw also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - David Lynch has bowed out of Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival over money issues (@DAVID_LYNCH); Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevino are both set to depart "The Vampire Diaries" following its current sixth season (Instagram.com); A&E has canceled its newcomer "Neighbors With Benefits" after two episodes (Deadline.com); "Madam Secretary" director/executive producer David Semel has inked a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios (Deadline.com); Eliza Dushku is bound for "Banshee" as "a tough, sexy and shockingly reckless FBI profiler with no shortage of personal demons who joins forces with Hood to hunt down a killer" (Deadline.com);

Dallas Roberts will play a suspected serial killer in latest crossover event between "Chicago Fire," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Chicago PD" (THR.com); Melina Kanakaredes is bound for two episodes of "Extant" as "a tightly wound, by-the-book circuit court judge who also happens to be the estranged wife of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's new bounty-hunter character, JD Richter" (TVLine.com); John Noble will drop by the season finale of "Forever" as "the world's foremost expert of antiquities and adventure" (EW.com); and Christine Baranski and Laurie Metcalf will both return to "The Big Bang Theory" for its April 30 episode (TVLine.com).






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· BANSHEE (CINEMAX)
· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)
· CHICAGO PD (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EXTANT (CBS)
· FOREVER (ABC)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· MADAM SECRETARY (CBS)
· NEIGHBORS WITH BENEFITS (A AND E)
· TWIN PEAKS (SHOWTIME)
· UNDERGROUND (WGN)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)





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