[08/13/08 - 06:59 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, August 13 Updates include: ABC locks casting on 18 pilots; Cynthia Stevenson set for "Surviving Suburbia" at The CW; and Jennifer Lopez to bring "Maid in Manhattan" to the small screen at ABC.
[06/19/08 - 05:28 PM] Development Update: Thursday, June 19 Updates include: Wilmer Valderrama to return to FOX with hourlong comedy pilot; Matthew Perry to topline new Showtime comedy; and Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich are tapped to run ABC's "Atlas."
[06/16/08 - 05:21 PM] Development Update: Monday, June 16 Updates include: Janel Moloney and Jodelle Ferland book lead roles on ABC's "Atlas"; Jason Bateman inks a first-look deal with 20th; and Sony signs on to distribute Oprah Winfrey's latest syndicated effort.
[05/13/08 - 02:59 PM] The Futon's Upfront Notes: Abc Updates include: "Boston Legal" to end; "Here Come the Newlyweds" and "Dance War" may return; and details on the 17 pilots under consideration for midseason.
[04/09/08 - 12:00 AM] Development Update: Wednesday, April 9 Updates include: Cole Hauser and CCH Pounder join CBS's "Tower"; Tricia Helfer signs with FOX; and Thomas Schlamme to helm "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas" for ABC.
[03/28/08 - 06:54 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 28 Update include: Sara Rue, Simon Baker and Ian McShane all land pilots; ABC adds five projects to its pilot roster; and Jason Bateman to direct FOX's "The Inn."
STATUS: previously in development (2009-2010 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: plus three additional scripts
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's web site, March 2009) For years it has been rumored that one of the greatest adventurers in history, Captain James Cook documented only a portion of his amazing voyages in the diary he presented to King George VI, secreting his most wondrous discoveries away in a second extraordinary atlas. This legendary atlas is said to have documented a fantastical world of adventure and magic that exists right beside our own. This elusive book has allegedly been passed down from one navigator to the next for centuries... finally finding its way into the hands of our heroine Gwen Malloy. But unlike the famed adventurers that have preceded her, our heroine is only 13-years-old. This daring, unprecedented fantasy drama combines the action and humor of the Harry Potter movies with the mystical frights of Pan's Labyrinth. With its humor, suspense and sophistication, this fantasy adventure has a strong adult appeal, while also being an accessible family-friendly show. Quirky Gwen isn't like most 13-year-old girls: she yearns for something more in life. And after she finds Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas,she is certainly going to get what she wished for. The Atlas will lead Gwen on many adventures, to a variety of strange lands some wonderful, some terrifying. Thankfully, she doesn't always have to go alone. Her only real comrade in arms turns out to be an Indiana Jonesish rogue named Bishop, who has grudgingly vowed to help Gwen stay out of trouble both in this world and the other one. But keeping her adventures a secret from her family may prove harder than anticipated as deep mysteries surrounding her roots and her future open up before her. Legions of fans both old and young will tune in each week to join Gwen on another journey of discovery into unknown realms... as one more glowing page turns in Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas.