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[01/30/18 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 30
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!


ABBY'S/FRIENDS-IN-LAW/MOST LIKELY TO... (NBC/ABC) - Pamela Fryman has signed on to direct and executive produce all three multi-camera comedy pilots, in addition to the previously announced "History of Them" at CBS. (Deadline.com)
DICE (Showtime) - The Andrew Dice Clay-led comedy is being canceled after two seasons. The show's October finale drew a modest 166,000 viewers (64,000 adults 18-49) in Live+3, down from its 2016 premiere of 325,000 viewers (157,000) in Live+3. (THR.com)
END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, THE (The CW) - Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker's drama, based on Iva-Marie Palmer's book of the same name, is heading to pilot at the network. Rob Thomas, Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo will likewise executive produce. The logline is as follows: "When a prison spaceship carrying the universe's most deadly aliens crashes in Southern California, two young women with bigger dreams than working at a kids' pizza place in The Valley are recruited by a space cop to hunt down the escaped criminals, who have camouflaged themselves as eccentric Angelenos." (Deadline.com)
GUESS WHO DIED (NBC) - Beth Lacke and Adrian Martinez have both been cast in the Hector Elizondo/Holland Taylor-led single-camera comedy pilot. She'll play Cybil, "Murray's daughter who works as a poetic writing teacher at a community college. Loyal and devoted, she visits her parents every day and helps with her mom's care." He's then set as Lopez, "the security guard at the main guard gate at the Las Esperanzado." (Deadline.com)
IN THE DARK (A.K.A. UNTITLED CORINNE KINGSBURY PROJECT) (The CW) - Corinne Kingsbury's drama has been given a pilot order by the network. Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn and Nicky Weinstock also serve as executive producers on the project, from CBS Television Studios. It's detailed as follows: "A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only "witness" to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at Breaking Blind - the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents." (Deadline.com)
MANIFEST (NBC) - David Frankel (Collateral Beauty) has been tapped to direct and executive produce the Robert Zemeckis-produced mystery drama pilot. (Deadline.com)
ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC) - Jeff Pierre has been cast as Prince Naveen (of "The Princess and the Frog" fame) in the current season. (Deadline.com)
PLAYING DEAD (The CW, New!) - Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims are set to team for a new drama at the netlet and CBS Television Studios. Intrigue Entertainment's Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter will also executive produce the project, which has a pilot order. The network's logline is: "A dysfunctional family dramedy about a mortician and his son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death." (Deadline.com)
ROSWELL (The CW) - The netlet's reboot of the former UPN/The WB staple, based on Melinda Metz's book series, has received a pilot order. Writer Carina Adly MacKenzie; Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown; and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are the executive producers for Warner Bros. Television. The project is detailed as follows: "After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he's an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance." (Deadline.com)
SHUT EYE (Hulu) - Co-star Jeffrey Donovan took to Twitter with the news the streaming service has canceled the drama after two seasons. (@WickedpissaJD)
SKINNY DIP (The CW, New!) - Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner have scored a pilot order from the netlet for a TV series based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan of Keshet Studios are also executive producing for CBS Television Studios. HBO previously attempted a small screen take in 2011 with writer Michael Oates Palmer and actor Michael Keaton among the auspices. The logline is as follows: "Based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen. After her husband tries to kill her on what she thought was a romantic cruise to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, a woman teams with a jaded ex-cop to exact her own twisted brand of revenge on her cheating spouse, and winds up uncovering a wider conspiracy in the process." (Deadline.com)
SPENCER (A.K.A. UNTITLED SPENCER PAYSINGER PROJECT) (The CW) - April Blair's drama has snagged a pilot order from the netlet. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are also executive producing with Robbie Rogers and Dane Morck serving as producer and consultant, respectively, for Warner Bros. Television. The CW's logline is as follows: "When a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds - Compton and Beverly Hills - begin to collide. Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED YESI ORTIZ PROJECT (E!, New!) - The life of Los Angeles radio personality Yesi Ortiz is set to be the focus of a potential drama series at the cable channel. In the project, "after Ortiz's sister is arrested, she decides to adopt her sister's six children, turning the twenty-five year old into a single mom overnight. Nevertheless, she continues to work toward becoming one of the top DJs in the country." Michael Reisz will write and executive produce alongside Davis Entertainment's John Davis and John Fox and 3Pas Studios' Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell. Mike Stein and Jessica Pavão are producing. (Variety.com)
WATCHMEN (HBO) - Nicole Kassell ("The Leftovers") has been tapped to helm and executive produce the pilot to Damon Lindelof's small screen take on the famed Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons comic book. (Deadline.com)





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· ABBY'S (NBC)
· ALL AMERICAN (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DICE (SHOWTIME)
· END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, THE (CW)
· FRIENDS-IN-LAW (NBC)
· GUESS WHO DIED (NBC)
· HISTORY OF THEM (CBS)
· IN THE DARK (CW)
· LEFTOVERS, THE (HBO)
· MANIFEST (NBC)
· MOST LIKELY TO... (ABC)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· PLAYING DEAD (CW)
· ROSWELL (UPN)
· ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (CW)
· SHUT EYE (HULU)
· SKINNY DIP (CW)
· UNTITLED YESI ORTIZ PROJECT (E)
· WATCHMEN (HBO)





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