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[08/06/15 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 6
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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DEUCE, THE (HBO; W: David Simon & George Pelecanos; D: Michelle MacLaren) - James Franco ("11/22/63") is set to star in the drama pilot, which chronicles the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York's Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. Michelle MacLaren ("Breaking Bad") has also signed on to helm the project, with Franco playing "twin brothers who were players in the Times Square world and became fronts for Mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry from its origins." Simon, Pelecanos, MacLaren, Franco, Nina K. Noble and Richard Price are the executive producers for Blown Deadline Productions with Marc Henry Johnson producing. Filming is set to begin this October in New York City. (Deadline.com)


GUILT (ABC Family; W: Kathryn Price & Nichole Millard; D: TBA) - Billy Zane, Daisy Head, Zachary Fall, Katrina Law and Kevin Ryan have all been tapped for roles on the drama pilot, an edgy, soapy thriller that revolves around an American in London who becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate. Head will play said girl, Grace; with Zane as Stan Gutterie, "an American defense attorney working in London"; Fall as Luc, "Grace's boyfriend in London"; Law as Olivia, "Grace's older sister"; and Ryan as Patrick, "Molly's older brother." (Deadline.com)


PATRIOT, THE (Amazon; W/D: Steve Conrad) - Michael Dorman, Kathleen Munroe and Kurtwood Smith are the first to be cast in the drama pilot, which "tells the story of the Allerton family, centering on undercover spy John Allerton, his father Tom Allerton - a State Department director of intelligence - and his congressman brother Edward Allerton." Dorman will play the aforementioned John; with Munroe as Alice, "John's wife and an elementary school teacher who is forced to hold down the fort when her husband is away for long periods of time"; and Smith as Mr. Claret, "a character who has an adversarial relationship with John." Glenn Ficarra and John Requa also serve as executive producers with Steve Conrad directing from his own script. (Deadline.com, THR.com)


UNTITLED CARL BERNSTEIN/DAVID SIMON PROJECT (HBO, New!) - David Simon has scored a second pilot order at the pay channel, this time with veteran journalist Carl Bernstein. The project is described as "a detailed examination of partisanship and the influence of money on national governance" in the present-day world of Capitol Hill. Ed Burns, William F. Zorzi and Nina K. Noble are also on board to executive produce via Simon's Blown Deadline Productions. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Douglas Smith will recur on HBO's new drama series "Vinyl," from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, as Xavier, "a naive and ethereal keyboardist in the party band, Karisma" (Deadline.com); Kenny Johnson is the latest face bound for season two of "Secrets & Lies" (TVLine.com); John Stamos will reprise his role as Sir Jean Hamm on "Galavant" this season (TVLine.com); Tom Everett Scott has signed onto "Reign" as "a really trusted advisor/counselor" for Queen Elizabeth (EW.com); and Madchen Amick will drop by "American Horror Story: Hotel" as "the mother of a boy who becomes ill" (TVLine.com).






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· 11.22.63 (HULU)
· AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)
· BREAKING BAD (AMC)
· DEUCE, THE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GALAVANT (ABC)
· GUILT (FREEFORM)
· PATRIOT (AMAZON)
· REIGN (CW)
· SECRETS & LIES (ABC)
· UNTITLED BERNSTEIN & SIMON PROJECT (HBO)
· VINYL (HBO)





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