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[04/14/16 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 14
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!


CHANCE (Hulu/Fox 21; W: Alexandra Cunningham & Kem Nunn; D: Lenny Abrahamson) - Ethan Suplee ("Jennifer Falls") is the latest addition to the Hugh Laurie-led drama, about Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist. After an ill-advised decision regarding an alluring patient who may or may not be struggling with a multiple personality disorder (Gretchen Mol), Chance finds himself in the crosshairs of her abusive spouse (Paul Adelstein), who also happens to be a ruthless police detective. He'll play D, "a powerfully built, tattooed man of few words. To the extent he talks about his background, we gather he is ex-military and served in Afghanistan. These days he works under the radar doing antiques restoration." (Deadline.com)


MY TIME/YOUR TIME (CBS/CTS/Sony; W: Hilary Winston; D: Pamela Fryman) - Tone Bell ("Truth Be Told") has booked a role on the Carter Bays and Craig Thomas-produced comedy pilot, which chronicles the relationship of a young couple, Marla (Jane Levy) and Wade (Nicholas Braun), as they begin dating long distance. He'll play a newly created character which effectively combines the roles of Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and Parker (Langston Kerman). Said actors have been released. (Deadline.com)


TICK, THE (Amazon/Sony; W: Ben Edlund; D: Wally Pfister) - Jackie Earle Haley ("Preacher") is the latest to be cast in the streaming service's new adaptation of Ben Edlund's comic book series with Peter Serafinowicz in the title role. He'll play The Terror, "a powerful super villain and the leader of the evil league in the comics. He is described as our world's epitome of the criminal mastermind, a hooded ancient villain barking at his minions whose incredible will power and tenacity have powered an underworld syndicate for decades." (Deadline.com)


TIME OUT OF MIND (Amazon, New!) - Australian filmmaker Josh Wakely is spearheading a TV series based on Bob Dylan's song catalog. No details were given about the project, which would be co-produced by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate Television. Wakely will write, direct and executive produce via his banner, Grace: A Storytelling Company. (WSJ.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are planning just "seven episodes for season 7; six for the eighth and potential final season" (Variety.com); Joe Manganiello has pulled out of History's "Six" over "a health issue," halting production on the series (Variety.com); ABC's drama pilot "Spark" has been upgraded from a pilot presentation to pilot (Deadline.com); Frankie Adams has joined the cast of Syfy's "The Expanse" as Bobbie Draper (Deadline.com); Erik Palladino, Paul Schulze and Malcolm-Jamal Warner are all set to recur on the new season of "Suits" (Deadline.com); "Chicago Fire" co-creators Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have inked a new overall deal with producer Universal Television (Deadline.com);

Bryce Dallas Howard is attached to star in a potential limited series based on Melanie Benjamin's "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" (Deadline.com); "12 Monkeys" co-creator Terry Matalas has likewise signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions (Deadline.com); Adam Arkin has been cast as Maxine's (Amber Stevens West) dad on NBC's "The Carmichael Show" (THR.com); and Dee Rees and Thomas Schlamme have signed onto helm hours three & four and hours five & six, respectively of ABC's "When We Rise," joining Gus Van Sant (hours one and two) and Dustin Lance Black (hours seven and eight) (THR.com).






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· 12 MONKEYS (SYFY)
· CARMICHAEL SHOW, THE (NBC)
· CHANCE (HULU)
· CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EXPANSE, THE (AMAZON)
· GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
· JENNIFER FALLS (TV LAND)
· MY TIME/YOUR TIME (CBS)
· PREACHER (AMC)
· SIX (HISTORY)
· SPARK (ABC)
· SUITS (USA)
· TICK, THE (AMAZON)
· TIME OUT OF MIND (AMAZON)
· TRUTH BE TOLD (NBC)
· WHEN WE RISE (ABC)





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