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Development Update: Monday, October 16
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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DEAD INSIDE (The CW, New!) - Katie Lovejoy has sold a new drama to the netlet in which "after surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, an underachieving beat cop starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both living and dead, and figure out the unfinished business keeping his spirit on Earth." Warner Bros. Television-based Doozer Productions is behind the hour with the company's Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
GHOSTED (FOX) - Dax Shepard is set to drop by the newcomer as Sam, "a charming computer programmer with questionable intentions. His presence at The Bureau Underground pits Max against Leroy." (THR.com)
HARLOTS (Hulu) - Liv Tyler has signed onto the show's sophomore run as "the aristocratic social-butterfly, Lady Isabella Fitzwilliam. Long-held secrets keep her in the thrall of Lydia Quigley, and she is an increasingly desperate victim of Lydia's blackmail. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Lady Fitz will find an unexpected friend and ally in courtesan Charlotte Wells." (Deadline.com)
IMPOSTERS (Bravo) - Co-creator Paul Adelstein will recur on the new season as Shelly Cohen, "a mysterious fixer who happens to be the former husband of Lenny Cohen (Uma Thurman)." (THR.com)
IZOMBIE (The CW) - Daniel Bonjour will recur on the upcoming season as Levon, "a documentary filmmaker chronicling Seattle's undead reality." (TVLine.com)
LOCKE & KEY (Hulu) - Owen Teague is the latest "It" alum to be cast in the drama pilot as Sam Lesser, "a violent and deeply troubled adolescent who kills his father and then goes to the Locke house and shoots the Locke kids' father to death, in addition to battering their mother." (Deadline.com)
NAME THAT TUNE (CBS, New!) - Harry Salter's classic music game show is being eyed for a revival at the Eye. David Hurwitz; The Alternative's John Ferriter; and Prestige Entertainment Group's Ralph Rubenstein and Noah Rubenstein are the executive producers of the new incarnation, which is set up at CBS Television Studios. The Eye previously took a stab at a reboot in 2006 with Donny Osmond as host. (Deadline.com)
NANCY DREW (NBC, New!) - Tony Phelan and Joan Rater are revisiting Edward Stratemeyer's literary hero in which "the author of the most famous female teen detective book series is thrust into a real-life murder mystery, who does she turn to for help? Her two best friends from childhood, who were the inspiration for all those books and the women who have a real ax to grind about the way their supposed best friend chose to portray them all those years ago." Said duo were behind the 2016 pilot "Drew," which starred Sarah Shahi as a Nancy Drew envisioned as a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world. The Dan Jinks Company's Dan Jinks is again attached as an executive producer for CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)
S.W.A.T. (CBS) - Peter Facinelli has been tapped to play Michael Plank, "a confident, powerful businessman who also volunteers as a civilian Police Commissioner and head of the Police Board." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED WILLIAM HARPER PROJECT (ABC, New!) - William Harper ("Grey's Anatomy") has sold a new drama to the Alphabet about "a housewife who feels invisible to her husband and shunned by her teenage daughter but finds new purpose and confidence when she becomes the indispensable protégé of the sexy private investigator who moves in next door." ABC Studios-based Orchard Farm Productions is behind the hour with Mila Kunis likewise executive producing. (Deadline.com)

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