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[08/27/15 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 27
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!


CAESAR (ABC, New!) - Matt Lopez has received a put pilot commitment for a new drama "which reimagines Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar in modern-day Los Angeles, where the murder of the powerful Hispanic mayor sends shockwaves through the city's elite circles - and launches the search for a killer." Universal Television is behind the hour with the studio-based John Glenn executive producing alongside Lopez. (Deadline.com)


GALAXY QUEST (Amazon, New!) - Writer Robert Gordon and director Dean Parisot are looking to bring their cult 1999 film of the same name to the small screen. Said effort revolved around "the cast of a cheesy-yet-endearing Star Trek-like series finding themselves abducted and forced to run a real starship by a race of embattled aliens that mistook their show for a documentary." Paramount Television is behind the project, details of which were not given. Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein of Gran Via Productions are also on board to executive produce alongside the aforementioned duo. (EW.com)


URBAN COWBOY (FOX/20th/Paramount; W/D: Craig Brewer) - "The Voice" alum Bryana Salaz has joined the cast of the network's modern reimagining of the 1980 movie, about star-crossed young lovers Kyle (Alfonso Herrera) and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. She'll play Anita, "Kyle's sister who flees with her brother to the U.S. after he upsets the local drug cartel." Jim Belushi also stars. (Deadline.com)


WIZARD OF LIES, THE (HBO; W: John Burnham Schwartz, Sam Baum & Sam Levinson; D: Barry Levinson) - Michelle Pfeiffer and Alessandro Nivola have both signed onto the pay channel's Bernie Madoff movie, starring Robert De Niro as the disgraced financier. Pfeiffer will play his wife, Ruth Madoff, with Nivola as Madoff's older son Mark Madoff, who ultimately committed suicide. In addition, Barry Levinson is set to direct and executive produce alongside De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh with Jason Sosnoff as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have been tapped as the new showrunners of "Chicago Med" succeeding Andrew Dettman (Deadline.com); "Gotham" executive producer/in-house director Danny Cannon has inked a new three-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television (Deadline.com); the BBC has dropped out as a co-producer of "Episodes" leaving Showtime and Hat Trick Productions as the remaining producers (Deadline.com); JoAnna Garcia Swisher will guest on "Grandfathered" as "a cute and bubbly girl who works in the admissions office at a prestigious, selective preschool that Jimmy is trying to get Edie into" (EW.com);

Andrea Savage will drop by "Married" as "an old friend of Shep (Paul Reiser) who has romantic designs on her friend" (EW.com); Julie Benz will recur on "Hawaii Five-0" as "a detective from San Francisco who is heading up a task force modeled after Five-0" (TVLine.com); Allie Gonino is bound for "Baby Daddy" as "a girl who applies for the manager position at Ben and Danny's bar" (TVLine.com); and Shaquille O'Neal will visit "Fresh Off the Boat" in episode three this season (TVLine.com).






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· BABY DADDY (FREEFORM)
· CAESAR (ABC)
· CHICAGO MED (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EPISODES (SHOWTIME)
· FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC)
· GALAXY QUEST (AMAZON)
· GOTHAM (FOX)
· GRANDFATHERED (FOX)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· MARRIED (FX)
· URBAN COWBOY (FOX)
· VOICE, THE (NBC)
· WIZARD OF LIES, THE (HBO)





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