[07/26/13 - 11:15 PM] Development Update: Friday, July 26 Updates include: Philip Seymour Hoffman to topline Showtime's "Trending Down"; Shannyn Sossamon joins FOX's "Wayward Pines"; and Bravo passes on drama pilot "Rita."
[03/25/13 - 11:30 PM] Development Update: Monday, March 25 Updates include: Debra Messing to topline CBS's "Mother's Day" import; Seth Green tapped for lead on FOX's "Dads"; and Nelson Franklin cast in NBC's "Holding Patterns."
[02/28/13 - 11:31 PM] Development Update: Thursday, February 28 Updates include: Sophia Bush, Rebecca De Mornay board NBC's "Hatfields & McCoys"; John C. McGinley gets in on "Ground Floor" at TBS; and John Benjamin Hickey to "Blink" for The CW.
[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."
[02/19/13 - 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.
[01/22/13 - 11:35 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, January 22 Updates include: "Betrayal," "Venice" among ABC's go pilots; FOX greenlights "Delirium," "I Suck at Girls"; and NBC, CBS round out today's 23 pilot orders.
STATUS: previously in development (2013-2014 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from Bravo's press release, February 2013) Bravo Media announced today they have signed actress Anna Gunn to star in the lead role in "Rita," one of the network's first scripted drama pilots slated to commence production Spring, 2013. "Rita" will be directed by Miguel Arteta who will also executive produce the pilot. Bravo recently announced they greenlit another scripted drama pilot "The Joneses," produced by ABC Studios, as part of the network's overall strategy to expand its non-scripted original programming slate into the scripted genre. Both pilots center on the complex dynamics of modern families. The network plans to debut its first original scripted series in the fourth quarter of 2013. "Rita" is an adaptation of the Danish format of the same name. This edgy, humorous and acerbic family drama follows an outspoken private school teacher who struggles to raise her own three teenage children while dealing with the inane bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school. Produced by Fox Television Studios, "Rita" is written and executive produced by Krista Vernoff (Shameless, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Wonderfalls) with Mikkel Bondesen (Burn Notice, The Killing) and Henrik Bastin serving as executive producers for Fabrik Entertainment. Kristen Campo also serves as a co-executive producer for Fabrik Entertainment.