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[12/09/15 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, December 9
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!


BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO; W: David E. Kelley; D: Jean-Marc Vallee) - Adam Scott and Laura Dern have both signed onto the limited series, based on Liane Moriarty's book of the same name about "three mothers (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley) of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder." He'll play Ed Mackenzie, "the stable and loving husband to Madeline (Witherspoon) whose approach is to play it safe." Dern then is set as Renata Klein, "a powerful career woman and anti-bullying crusader who is at the center of schoolyard politics on and off the playground." (THR.com)


JOB SQUAD, THE (ABC, New!) - Stephnie Weir ("The Millers") is developing a new project at the Alphabet based on the U.K. comedy "The Job Lot," about "an unemployment office in Burlington, VT, with Weir starring as Trish, the office manager who heads up a staff of colorful characters doing their best to turn Un-Employment into Fun-Employment." CBS Television Studios-based Amigos de Garcia and Big Talk Productions are behind the half-hour, which has a penalty attached. Weir, Greg Garcia, Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice then are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Syfy will air a commercial-free sneak preview of the pilot for "The Magicians" on Wednesday, December 16 at 10:00/9:00c following the conclusion of "Childhood's End" (@leverus); Betty Thomas has signed on to helm Disney Channel's "Untitled Terri Minsky Project" (Deadline.com); Ashley Tisdale's Blondie Girl Productions has inked a two-year development deal with Warner Horizon Television (Deadline.com); Kate Burton will visit "Madam Secretary" as "the prickly and perpetually irritated sister of Henry (Tim Daly)" (THR.com);

Cameron Deane Stewart has joined the cast of NBC's "Aquarius" as Tex Watson, "a Texas high school honor student-athlete who crosses paths with Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony)" (THR.com); Melinda Clarke will drop by "Gotham" as "the attractive and cultured Grace Van Dahl" (EOnline.com); Meg Steedle is bound for "Nashville" as "a single mom that Avery sparks to after they have a charming first encounter" (TVLine.com); and Tone Bell will recur on "The Flash" as Scott Evans, "the brash new editor at Central City Picture News" (Variety.com).






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· ANDI MACK (DISNEY)
· AQUARIUS (NBC)
· BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO)
· CHILDHOOD'S END (SYFY)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FLASH, THE (CW)
· GOTHAM (FOX)
· JOB SQUAD, THE (ABC)
· MADAM SECRETARY (CBS)
· MAGICIANS, THE (SYFY)
· MILLERS, THE (CBS)
· NASHVILLE (CMT)





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