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[11/16/15 - 11:11 PM]
Development Update: Monday, November 16
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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D, THE (TBS, New!) - Comedian Chris Powell (aka Comedian CP) and Chip Hall ("Blue Mountain State") have set up a potential single-camera at the cable channel about "25-year-old CP and his best friend Reggie Bo - who is essentially an inner-city version of Elmo - as CP fights to earn the respect of his legendary gangster father while at the same time surviving in America's most dangerous city." The project, which has a pilot presentation order, comes from Rough House Pictures and Doug Banker at Five All in the Fifth. (Deadline.com)


LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (ABC/ABCS; W: Hilary Winston; D: TBA) - Hilary Winston ("Bad Teacher") has been tapped to spearhead the single-camera comedy, about Jenny, "who a few years ago left her small Texas town and eccentric family in search of a normal life. But when a death in the family brings her back home, she's forced to face the fact that she will never be normal." She'll succeed Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, who originated the project - based on the book of the same name by Jenny Lawson - back in October of 2013. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey remain on board as executive producers for ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television, the latter home to Winston's Gifted and Talented Camp. The Gotham Group's Jeremy Bell will also serve as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


MY SO CALLED WIFE (Bravo/UCP; W: Adam Brooks & Paul Adelstein; D: Adam Brooks) - Rob Heaps is set to star opposite Inbar Lavi in the drama pilot, about Ava, a master-of-disguise con-artist who gets men and women to fall in love with her, marries them and then disappears with their money and just enough dirty inside information to guarantee they will never go to the police. But things get complicated when she falls in love with her latest mark, and three of her last victims join together to track her down. He'll play "her latest mark, Ezra, who joins two other victims (Parker Young and Stephen Bishop) to track her down." (Deadline.com)


MY TIME/YOUR TIME (CBS, New!) - Hilary Winston ("Bad Teacher") is set to re-team with the Eye for a new single-camera comedy which "chronicles the relationship of a young couple as they begin dating long distance." Said effort is based on Chris Alvarado and Avital Ash's web series "7P/10E" and is set up at her Sony Pictures Television-based Gifted and Talented Camp and CBS Television Studios. Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Brian Bockrath also serve as executive producers for Bays Thomas Productions. (Deadline.com)


PICANTE (ABC, New!) - Lindy Gomez has booked a potential comedy at the Alphabet about "the owner of a food manufacturing and distribution plant who juggles running a business with the obligation of employing his entire Mexican-American family." Universal Television-based Pacific Electric Picture Co. is behind the half-hour with the company's Ed Helms and Mike Falbo also executive producing. (Deadline.com)


SOUTH OF WILSHIRE (Syndication, New!) - Telepictures has cleared an eight-week test run of a new syndicated game show, set at Dulan's soul food restaurant in Los Angeles, in which "three contestants guess the identity of the celebs from clues provided by owners and customers at the locations and play for money as the audience dines on soul food. In the final round, a celebrity, whose identity is disguised, gives the clues about him/herself." Select Fox owned-and-operated stations, including those in New York and Los Angeles, are set to carry the series beginning January 4. Harvey Levin and Ryan Regan are the executive producers for TMZ Studios. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED BAYS & THOMAS PROJECT (CBS, New!) - "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are back in business with the Eye for a new single-camera comedy about "a Midwestern girl who moves to Manhattan and experiences firsthand the magic of New York." Brian Bockrath will also executive produce the half-hour for the Sony Pictures Television-based Bays Thomas Productions. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Bailey Chase has been tapped for recurring roles on Showtime's "Twin Peaks" revival as well as "the leader of a Wesen revolutionary group" on "Grimm" (Deadline.com); Missi Pyle has booked an arc on the final season of "The Soul Man" as "Boyce's (Cedric the Entertainer) no-nonsense campaign manager who keeps him out of unexpected trouble as he starts a new path and runs for mayor" (THR.com); Tony Sirico will drop by "The Grinder" as a "brusque, intimidating client who is facing the death penalty for a murder" in the show-within-the-show (EW.com);

Oscar Kennedy has been cast as the young William Grey on "Outlander" (@Outlander_Starz); Jonathan Whitesell and Kacey Rohl have been cast as Hercules and Meg on "Once Upon a Time" while Bailee Madison will reprise her role as Young Snow White (TVLine.com); Erin Breen is bound for "Silicon Valley" as "a new salesperson hired by the Pied Piper team" (TheWrap.com); and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dave Grohl are among the latest faces set to visit "The Muppets" (Variety.com).






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· BAD TEACHER (CBS)
· BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE (SPIKE TV)
· D, THE (TBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GRIMM (NBC)
· GRINDER, THE (FOX)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· IMPOSTERS (BRAVO)
· LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED (ABC)
· MUPPETS, THE (ABC)
· MY TIME/YOUR TIME (CBS)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· OUTLANDER (STARZ)
· PICANTE (ABC)
· SILICON VALLEY (HBO)
· SOUL MAN, THE (TV LAND)
· SOUTH OF WILSHIRE (SYNDICATION)
· TWIN PEAKS (SHOWTIME)
· UNTITLED BAYS & THOMAS PROJECT (CBS)





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