[02/14/11 - 10:42 PM] Development Update: Monday, February 14 Updates include: Robert Taylor is "Longmire" for A&E; Jesse L. Martin, Saffron Burrows land pilots; and more directors sign on for this year's development crop.
[09/23/10 - 06:20 PM] Development Update: Thursday, September 23 Updates include: The CW's "Hellcats" first freshman to land additional scripts; Jon Seda joins HBO's "Treme"; and Wolfgang Petersen, Ron Shelton circle Starz limited series.
[12/17/09 - 06:36 PM] Development Update: Thursday, December 17 Updates include: The CW puts unaired "Beautiful Life" on YouTube; USA to bring "The Freshman" to the small screen; and Emmy Rossum, Allison Janney to be "Shameless" for Showtime.
[10/27/09 - 04:33 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, October 27 Updates include: TNT orders "Delta Blues" pilot; Joey Kern to lead "Ghosts/Aliens"; and Ron White to get animated for Comedy Central.
[10/22/09 - 06:41 PM] Development Update: Thursday, October 22 Updates include: Sarah Shahi is "Facing Kate" for USA; Colin Egglesfield and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz to depart "Melrose Place"; and 3 Ball Productions books "Obese" at ABC.
[09/14/09 - 06:15 PM] Development Update: Monday, September 14 Updates include: Stacy Traub, Hayes Jackson to bring "Gavin & Stacey" to the U.S.; Eric Balfour to recur on The CW's "Beautiful Life"; and ABC, CBS issue pilot commitments.
[09/08/09 - 10:06 AM] Newcomers to Get Extra Runs The CW for instance will repeat the openers of its three new series not once, but twice while NBC's "Community" will re-air its pilot on E!.
[08/20/09 - 06:24 PM] Development Update: Thursday, August 20 Updates include: Nick Zano set for ABC's "Cougar Town"; two more regulars set at ABC's "Scrubs"; and Dan Savage lands a pilot at HBO.
[07/29/09 - 06:18 PM] Development Update: July 28-29 Updates include: Heather Stephens is "Forgotten" at ABC; Robert Knepper named series regular on "Heroes"; and "Swords" finds a home at Discovery.
[07/20/09 - 06:25 PM] Development Update: Monday, July 20 Updates include: Sean Bean to topline HBO's "Game of Thrones"; Amber Clayton joins CBS's "Three Rivers"; and Padma Lakshmi gets into the comedy business with NBC.
[05/19/09 - 12:36 PM] Cbs, CW Set Returning, Freshman Classes The Eye renews "Cold Case," "NUMB3RS," "The New Adventures of Old Christine," "Rules of Engagement" and "Gary Unmarried" while The CW orders "Melrose Place," "Vampire Diaries" and "Beautiful Life."
[03/20/09 - 06:13 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 20 Updates include: CBS wants "The Whole 19 Yards"; HBO to follow "The Neistat Brothers"; and Elizabeth Mitchell lands the lead on ABC's "V" revival.
[03/19/09 - 03:38 PM] Development Update: Thursday, March 19 Updates include: Eric McCormack and Reno Wilson to topline ABC's "The New Twenty"; Lindsay Sloane and Mary Elizabeth Ellis are "Pulling" for ABC; and Holly Robinson Peete joins "The Bridget Show," also at ABC.
[03/12/09 - 06:28 PM] Development Update: Thursday, March 12 Updates include: Mischa Barton set for "The Beautiful Life" at The CW; trio set for "Day One" on NBC; Bruce Greenwood and Miranda Otto tapped for the leads on "A Marriage" for CBS.
[03/04/09 - 06:31 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, March 4 Updates include: Jennifer Finnigan goes "Inside the Box" for ABC; Morris Chestnut joins the "V" revival; and ABC adds another comedy pilot.
[02/24/09 - 06:38 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 24 Updates include: "Melrose Place" a go at The CW; LL Cool J set for the "NCIS" spin-off; and The CW adds "Beautiful Life" to its pilot roster.
[11/25/08 - 06:40 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, November 25 Updates include: Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Films lands two projects at The CW; and CBS asks for "30 Things a Man Should Never Do Past 30."
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ADDITIONAL NOTES: confirmed as canceled on 9/25/09
DESCRIPTION: (from The CW's press release, May 2009) The life of a high-fashion model appears glamorous and sexy, but as every new model quickly learns, behind the beautiful faade is a world of insecurity and cutthroat competition. Two teenage models who are about to discover this world for themselves are Raina Collins (Sara Paxton, "Last House on the Left"), a stunning beauty with a secret past, and Chris Andrews (Benjamin Hollingsworth, "The Line"), a strikingly handsome Iowa farm boy. When Raina makes an unforgettable impression at a show introducing the new line from designer Zac Posen (appearing in a cameo role), she steals the spotlight from her friend Sonja (Mischa Barton, "The O.C."). Sonja has been out of the country for mysterious reasons and is now desperate to reclaim her standing as the reigning supermodel. While Raina and Sonja live at the top of the fashion food chain, Chris is starting at the bottom, having just been discovered by agent Simon Lockridge (newcomer Dusan Dukic) of the Covet Modeling Agency, which is owned by former supermodel Claudia Foster (Elle Macpherson, "Friends"). At his first photo shoot, Chris' inexperience almost derails his career until Raina comes to his rescue, showing him how to relax and work the camera. That afternoon, Raina brings Chris to the "models' residence" where she lives along with other young hopefuls, including Marissa Delfina (Ashley Madekwe, "Secret Diary of a Call Girl"), Egan (Jordan Woolley, "As The World Turns"), Issac (Corbin Bleu, "High School Musical 2") and the current alpha-male-model known as Kai (Nico Tortorella, "Twelve"). At an exclusive industry party that night, Chris is again impressed by Raina's generosity when she steps aside to make sure Sonja lands a job that will resurrect her career. However, after an ugly scene with Simon, Chris is left to question whether he can survive in this world of dangerous excess and fleeting fame. THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE is from Katalyst Films in association with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Ashton Kutcher & Jason Goldberg ("True Beauty," "Punk'd"), Karey Burke ("True Beauty"), Mike Kelley ("Swingtown," "Jericho") and Carol Barbee ("Swingtown," "Jericho"). Christian Duguay ("Coco Chanel") directed the pilot.