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[01/22/16 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Friday, January 22
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!


BUNKER HILL (A.K.A. UNTITLED SARAH WATSON PROJECT) (CBS/Universal; W: Jason Katims; D: TBA) - Jason Katims has landed a pilot commitment from the Eye for a new drama about "a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, new school approach to medicine." The project was originally set up in 2014 with Sarah Watson penning the script. Executive producer Katims subsequently wrote the new incarnation. Universal Television-based True Jack Productions is behind the hour. (Deadline.com)


DUMB PRINCE (NBC/Universal; W: Charlie Grandy; D: TBA) - Charlie Grandy's single-camera comedy - about a reluctant Crown Prince's attempt to run the family business his way, thereby throwing his highly publicized and dysfunctional family into chaos - has been greenlit to pilot. Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch and Dave Becky also serve as executive producers for 3 Arts Entertainment and Paper Kite Productions. (Deadline.com)


EXORCIST, THE (FOX, New!) - The network has given a pilot order to a new drama from Jeremy Slater inspired by William Blatty's original 1971 book, a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil. James Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall also serve as executive producers for 20th Century Fox Television and Morgan Creek Productions.


GOOD FORTUNE (A.K.A. UNTITLED GERARD & ZINMAN PROJECT) (NBC/20th; W: Craig Gerard & Matt Zinman; D: TBA) - Said duo's comedy - about "a hyper-structured young woman whose life is upended when she starts taking advice from a mysterious fortune teller" - has scored a pilot order at the Peacock. Le Train Train's Rashida Jones and Will McCormack also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


HUNTED (Freeform, New!) - Hugh Sterbakov (Hell and Back) is developing a potential drama at the cable channel which "follows a young mother on the run following the murder of her husband." Ed Bernero is attached to direct and showrun the potential pilot with Orchard Farm Productions' Mila Kunis, Cami Curtis, Susan Curtis and Lisa Sterbakov likewise executive producing, presumably for ABC Studios, home to their recently renewed first-look deal. (Deadline.com)


MIDNIGHT, TEXAS (NBC/Universal; W: Monica Owusu-Breen; D: TBA) - The Peacock has given a pilot order to its small screen take on the Charlaine Harris novel, set where the real world and the supernatural collide in a dangerous, sexy, place full of dark secrets and mysterious people. David Janollari Entertainment's David Janollari executive produces alongside Harris and Owusu-Breen. (Deadline.com)


MIRANDA'S RIGHTS (NBC/Universal; W: Katie Lovejoy; D: TBA) - Katie Lovejoy's drama - about "an idealistic group of lawyers who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm" - has scored a pilot commitment from the Peacock. John Glenn Entertainment's John Glenn is executive producing while Lovejoy serves as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


SHUT EYE (Hulu/TriStar; W: Les Bohem; D: TBA) - Susan Misner and Emmanuelle Chriqui have both been cast in the Jeffrey Donovan-led drama, about Charlie Haverford, a failed magician who now works as a psychic/conman overseeing a number of fortune telling parlors in Los Angeles. Employed for many years by a Romani kingpin, Charlie's life is stifled and going nowhere until a blow to the head jars him into a new mindset and makes him question everything he has ever believed. When his wife urges him to break out on his own, he's careful - because he knows that one wrong move will land him in a shallow grave. Misner will play Dr. Nora White, a neuroscientist; with Chriqui as Gina, a hypnotist. (Deadline.com)


SUPERIOR DONUTS (CBS, New!) - A multi-camera comedy based on the play by Tracy Letts - which "follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago" - has been ordered to pilot by the Eye. Bob Daily, Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan are all behind the CBS Television Studios-based half-hour with Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery likewise executive producing. (Deadline.com)


TRAIL, THE (NBC/WBT; W: Jeff Astrof & Matt Miller; D: TBA) - The single-camera comedy - a spoof of crime documentaries about the arrest and trial of a beloved poetry professor from a small town in South Carolina, who is accused of brutally murdering his wife, and the young Northeastern lawyer hired to defend him - is the latest heading to pilot at the Peacock. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin's comedy "Brothers in Atlanta" has been tabled by HBO (Deadline.com); Mark Consuelos will recur on USA's "Queen of the South" as Teo Aljarafe, "a lawyer hired by Camila Vargas (Veronica Falcón) to organize financial affairs" (Deadline.com); and Kevin Smith has wrapped production on "Hollyweed," a spec half-hour comedy produced by FremantleMedia North America and StarStream Media (Variety.com).






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· BROTHERS IN ATLANTA (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DUMB PRINCE (NBC)
· EXORCIST, THE (FOX)
· GOOD FORTUNE (NBC)
· HUNTED (FREEFORM)
· MIDNIGHT, TEXAS (NBC)
· MIRANDA'S RIGHTS (NBC)
· PURE GENIUS (CBS)
· QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (USA)
· SHUT EYE (HULU)
· SUPERIOR DONUTS (CBS)
· TRIAL & ERROR (NBC)





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