[04/22/13 - 11:15 PM] Development Update: Monday, April 22 Updates include: USA asks "Psych" for five more scripts; Mike Kelley to step down as showrunner of ABC's "Revenge"; and James Ellroy plans a "Shakedown" at FX.
[03/08/13 - 11:32 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 8 Updates include: Shawn Hatosy to get "Reckless" at CBS; Chris D'Elia to topline NBC's "Undateable"; and ABC orders three more episodes of "Celebrity Wife Swap."
[03/06/13 - 11:37 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, March 6 Updates include: Scott Bakula returns to TNT in Geena Davis-led pilot; Sara Gilbert joins "Bad Teacher" at CBS; and Ben Rappaport, Bill Engvall to star in "Do It Yourself" at TBS.
[03/01/13 - 11:51 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 1 Updates include: Marg Helgenberger, Dennis Haysbert return to CBS with pilots; Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch join HBO's "The Normal Heart"; and Annie Potts to star in ABC's "Murder in Manhattan."
[02/26/13 - 11:29 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 26 Updates include: Cam Gigandet to star in CBS's "Reckless"; Brittany Snow joins "To My Assistant" at FOX; and Martin Short is in talks to join NBC's "The John Mulaney Show."
[02/21/13 - 11:07 PM] Development Update: Thursday, February 21 Updates include: Mira Sorvino marries "Gaffigan" at CBS; Robbie Amell joins "The Tomorrow People" at The CW; and Nicole Beharie reports to FOX's "Sleepy Hollow."
[02/19/13 - 11:38 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 19 Updates include: Tricia Helfer to lead ABC's "Killer Women"; Ari Graynor tapped as "Bad Teacher" for CBS; and Michael Peña to search for "The List" at FOX.
[01/29/13 - 11:05 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, January 29 Updates include: ABC adds four drams to its pilot roster; NBC lands comedy "Brenda Forever"; and Warner Bros. gives "Entourage" feature the green light.
[11/13/12 - 11:14 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, November 13 Updates include: TV extends "The Soul Man," "The Exes"; Josh Duhamel to develop drama at ABC; and Phil Klemmer to import "The Tomorrow People" at The CW.
STATUS: previously in development (2013-2014 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: network passed on 5/10/13
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, April 2013) There's gold in the hills of Big Thunder Mountain, deep in the Wyoming Territory of 1890, enough gold to make King Midas jealous. There's something else at Big Thunder too, something otherworldly. Local legend holds that the mountain has been cursed by the Apache since a notorious mining accident at this western outpost some 30 years ago. About as far from the splendor of the wild west as one can get, widower Dr. Grant Carson lives with his 17 year old daughter Nora and young son Jack (Pierce Gagnon) on the crowded lower east side of Manhattan. Son Jack suffers from a frightening respiratory illness for which Grant Carson strives to find a cure. The family's life will suddenly change when Grant gets an offer to move to the mining town of Big Thunder because they need a doctor and are willing to pay any price. Lured by the promise of a better life, the Carsons, accompanied by Grant's dead wife's sister, Lizzie, set out on a frontier adventure and meet the mysterious benefactor who brought them there: Abel White. But there is something about this Eden on the edge of civilization and something about Abel White-supernatural forces are at work and their son seems to be a conduit. Together the family will uncover the mysteries, dangers and unspoken secrets of the haunted mountain: Big Thunder. From Jason Fuchs (ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT), Chris Morgan (FAST & THE FURIOUS franchise) and Melissa Rosenberg (TWILIGHT Series, RED WIDOW) comes this exciting mystery adventure loosely based on the Disneyland ride Big Thunder Mountain.