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[09/15/17 - 11:44 PM]
Development Update: Friday, September 15
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!


9-1-1 (FOX) - Bradley Buecker has signed on as an executive producer/in-house director of the upcoming drama. He replaces McG, who has bowed out of the project due to creative differences. (Deadline.com)
ALL THAT GLITTERS (Bravo) - The cable channel has shelved its proposed six-part limited series about the rivalry and friendship between pop-culture and fashion icons Anna Wintour and Tina Brown. No reason for the decision was given. (THR.com)
GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, THE (ABC) - The Alphabet has quietly renewed the series for a fifth season. Look for the new cycle to debut Monday, December 4 at 8:00/7:00c and run for three weeks.
HOMELAND (Showtime) - Morgan Spector and Mackenzie Astin have both signed onto the new season as new series regular Dante Allen, "an old friend of Carrie's who is looking into the hundreds of people President Keane has detained following last season's assassination attempt"; and "Carrie's brother-in-law Bill, who leaves a university teaching job to work for President Keane's administration," respectively. (TVLine.com)
LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME (NBC) - Robin Thomas has been tapped to play DDA David Conn in the final two episodes of "The Menendez Murders." (THR.com)
MAVERICKS (ABC, New!) - Author Gemma Burgess (Brooklyn Girls) has sold a new drama to the Alphabet about "the cut-throat world of the start-up gold rush, where Three young entrepreneurs share this obsession with greatness in an elite shared workspace known as "The Forge"; a hotbed of competition and sexual tension where no one is safe from elimination." Mandeville Films and Television's David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks will also executive produce for ABC Studios with Burgess as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)
SAFE HARBOR (ABC, New!) - Jason Richman ("Lucky 7") is back in business with the Alphabet for a new drama about "the cops of LAPD's Harbor Division, who bristle at the idea of another armchair outsider taking their fired Captain's place. All this as Oriana Cloverfield embarks on a second career in law enforcement. As a recruit on patrol, Cloverfield witnesses the warts and all challenges and dedication of her fellow officers as well as the systemic mismanagement imposed on them from above. She ultimately shocks everyone as she reveals her true identity... she's not just a new recruit, but the new Captain who wanted a view from the trenches." Mandeville Films and Television's David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks will also executive produce for ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)
STITCHERS (Freeform) - The network has opted to pull the plug on the series after three seasons. The show's final installment drew just 266,000 viewers among adults 18-49 (Live+3) during the week of August 14, behind fellow scripted offerings "The Fosters" (665,000), "Shadowhunters" (484,000) and "The Bold Type" (382,000). (Deadline.com)
SURRENDER, NEW YORK (FOX, New!) - Feature writer Richard Wenk (The Magnificent Seven) is developing a small screen take on Caleb Carr's novel, about "a famed NYPD criminal psychologist, Dr. Trajan Jones, who brings his effective yet controversial methodology and persona to the rural town of Surrender, in upstate New York, where he joins forces with the local state trooper Penelope Howell." The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley will also executive produce, as will Richard Arlook. No studio was indicated for the project, which has a penalty attached. (Variety.com)
TRUE LIES (FOX, New!) - Marc Guggenheim ("Arrow") has scored a put pilot commitment from FOX for a small screen take on James Cameron's hit 1994 action comedy, about a super-spy (Arnold Schwarzenegger in the feature) whose family discovers his real job. Cameron will also serve as an executive producer alongside Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini, Mary Viola and McG, the latter of which is attached to direct. Lightstorm Entertainment, Wonderland Sound and Vision and 20th Century Fox Television are co-producing. ABC previously took a stab at a TV series in 2010 with Rene Echevarria at the helm. (Deadline.com)
WESTWORLD (HBO) - Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has scored an arc on the drama as Musashi, a top secret role. (Deadline.com)





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· 9-1-1 (FOX)
· ALL THAT GLITTERS (BRAVO)
· ARROW (CW)
· BOLD TYPE, THE (FREEFORM)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FOSTERS, THE (FREEFORM)
· GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT, THE (ABC)
· HOMELAND (SHOWTIME)
· LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME (NBC)
· LUCKY 7 (ABC)
· MAVERICKS (ABC)
· MISSION, THE (ABC)
· SHADOWHUNTERS (FREEFORM)
· STITCHERS (FREEFORM)
· SURRENDER, NEW YORK (FOX)
· TRUE LIES (FOX)
· WESTWORLD (HBO)





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