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[10/01/15 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 1
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) - Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. and Dominique Fishback have all signed onto 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. Levieva will play Abigail "Abby" Parker, "an adventurous college student who strikes up a relationship with nightclub owner Vincent Martino (James Franco) who has ties to the burgeoning sex industry of early '70s Times Square"; with Gilliard as Chris Alston, "an NYPD patrolman working midtown Manhattan"; and Fishback as Darlene, a young, sweet-natured prostitute who's trying to survive on the street while under the thumb of a volatile, violent pimp." Maggie Gyllenhaal also stars. (Deadline.com)


HAPPY PEPPERS, THE (CBS, New!) - Jeff Astrof and Max Mutchnick have teamed up for a new multi-camera comedy at the Eye about Henry and Emily, "an adult brother and sister who move in together after one of their spouses dies. They are each other's shoulder to cry on, best friend, wingman and button-pusher." Warner Bros. Television is behind the project, with said duo executive producing via their respective companies Barge Productions and Too Mutch Ink. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED GENE HONG PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Gene Hong ("Bones") has sold a new drama to the network about "a socially inept billionaire who helps the LAPD solve crimes." Said effort comes from the 20th Century Fox Television-based Far Field Productions with the company's Hart Hanson executive producing alongside Hong. (Deadline.com)


WATCHMEN (HBO, New!) - Zack Snyder is in "preliminary discussions" with the pay channel for a potential TV series based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's comic book-turned-feature of the same name. No other details were given. (Deadline.com)


WILDING, THE (USA, New!) - Writer Silka Luisa (To the Bone) and director Ciarán Foy (Citadel) are set to team for a two-hour backdoor pilot at the cable channel about "the Hayes family - a typical, loving blended family seeking a fresh start after their 17-year-old daughter, Kayla, is released from a mental health institution following ten years of treatment. Their ideals are quickly threatened, however, when Kayla's apparitions of the dead begin to haunt them once again." Universal Cable Productions is behind the project, which is set in suburban North Carolina but will film in Vancouver. Luisa, Bailey Conway, Imperative Entertainment's Tim Kring and Justin Levy; and Automatik's Brian Kavanaugh-Jones are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - USA has pulled the plug on "Graceland" after three seasons (@jeffeastin); El Rey Network has secured the off-network rights to short-lived dramas "Constantine" and "Almost Human" to begin airing in November (@Elreynetwork); Left Bank Pictures is developing a feature film based on "Strike Back," which concludes its TV run next week (EW.com); Joe Naufahu has been cast in a yet-to-be-revealed role on "Game of Thrones" (Deadline.com);

Alexandra Cunningham, Sera Gamble and John McNamara have inked a development deal with Marty Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios, including a remake of the British series "The Persuaders" (Deadline.com); Lionsgate has acquired the TV rights to Patrick Rothfuss's fantasy book series "The Kingkiller Chronicle" (THR.com); Kelly Le Brock will recur on "Shameless" as "an earthy, sensual, flamboyant and joyous woman who had a brief encounter with Frank (William H. Macy) on top of a washing machine when both were high on mushrooms at 16" (THR.com); and Nathan Fielder will visit "The Grinder" as "a Boise policeman who's a big fan of Rob Lowe's character" (THR.com).






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· ALMOST HUMAN (FOX)
· BONES (FOX)
· CONSTANTINE (NBC)
· DEUCE, THE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
· GRACELAND (USA)
· GRINDER, THE (FOX)
· RELATIVELY HAPPY (NBC)
· SHAMELESS (SHOWTIME)
· STRIKE BACK (CINEMAX)
· UNTITLED GENE HONG PROJECT (FOX)
· WATCHMEN (HBO)
· WILDING, THE (USA)





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