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[04/14/15 - 11:24 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, April 14
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!


ALMOST THERE (DirecTV, New!) - Steven Pasquale ("The Good Wife") is set to star in a new 10-episode single-camera comedy on DirecTV's Audience Network, about Jackson Cooper, "a handsome, eternally single psychiatrist living in New York City. Serial dating and workaholic behavior have successfully helped him avoid long-term commitments, until he meets the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately he fails to get her name, number or any other information. The series follows Jackson on his quest to find her and to finally go about the task of finding himself along the way." Christopher Fitzgerald, Susan Kelechi Watson, Maddie Corman, Trieste Kelly Dunn, James McDaniel, Terry Kinney and Jane Alexander are also featured on the series, from co-creators Jace Alexander, Kim Cella and Debbie Baldwin. Pasquale and Jonathan Burkhart will likewise executive produce for Out of Time Productions. (Deadline.com)


SHADES OF BLUE (NBC/Universal; W: Adi Hasak; D: Barry Levinson) - Santino Fontana is the latest to be cast in the Jennifer Lopez-led drama, about a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers, Harlee Santos (Lopez), is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and that of her police family. He'll play Stuart Saperstein, "a tough cop with a lion's heart who is fiercely loyal to both his crew and his mother, with whom he still lives." Drea de Matteo, Gino Anthony Pesi, Hampton Fluker, Ray Liotta, Sarah Jeffery, Vincent Laresca and Warren Kole also star. (Deadline.com)


UNDERGROUND (WGN America/Sony; W: Joe Pokaski & Misha Green; D: Anthony Hemingway) - Amirah Vann has booked a role on 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. He's set as Ernestine, the head house slave, who is an expert in navigating the upstairs/downstairs life on the plantation but will find her status challenged when those close to her run." Alano Miller, Christopher Meloni, Devon Gummersall, Johnny Ray Gill, Mykelti Williamson, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Reed Diamond, Aldis Hodge and Jessica De Gouw also star. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED O'SHANNON & WARREN PROJECT (CBS/CBSP; W: Dan O'Shannon & Peter Warren; D: Pamela Fryman) - Noureen DeWulf ("Anger Management") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. She'll play Sabrina, "Andrew's (Adam Brody) co-worker and good friend at 25, his even closer friend at 40." Kelly O'Sullivan, Tracy Spiridakos and Tyler Labine also star. (Deadline.com)


WRIGHT BROTHERS, THE (HBO, New!) - Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman's Playtone banner is developing a new mini-series at the pay channel which "tells the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, who sold and repaired bicycles out of an Ohio shop to pay for their passion: the invention of flying machines that ushered in the aeronautical age right after the turn of the 20th Century. In 1903 on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the brothers changed history by successfully flying the first heavier-than-air-powered machine that carried a pilot." Said effort will be based on David McCullough's book of the same name. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Writer Hossein Amini, director Cary Fukunaga and producer Eric Roth are spearheading a potential event series inspired by Caleb Carr's bestselling novel "The Alienist" (Deadline.com); Rya Kihlstedt has joined the cast of "Heroes Reborn" in a yet-to-be-detailed role (EW.com); Jane Curtin, Tawny Cypress and Dallas Roberts won't return as regulars on A&E's revival of "Unforgettable" however Roberts will appear in two episodes (TVLine.com); Katherine McNamara, Keean Johnson and Tom Williamson have all booked recurring roles on "The Fosters" (Variety.com); and "Judge Hatchett" alum Glenda Hatchett is set to topline "The Verdict," a new syndicated court series from Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios due in fall 2016 (Deadline.com).






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· ALMOST THERE (AUDIENCE)
· ANGER MANAGEMENT (FX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FOSTERS, THE (FREEFORM)
· GOOD WIFE, THE (CBS)
· HEROES (NBC)
· JUDGE HATCHETT (SYNDICATION)
· SHADES OF BLUE (NBC)
· UNDERGROUND (WGN)
· UNFORGETTABLE (A AND E)
· UNTITLED O'SHANNON & WARREN PROJECT (CBS)
· VERDICT, THE (SYNDICATION)
· WRIGHT BROTHERS, THE (HBO)





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