[12/09/14 - 11:10 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, December 9 Updates include: David Costabile cast in Showtime's "Billions"; Christopher McDonald latest set for TNT's "Cocaine Cowboys"; and ABC developing Ken Follett's "Fall of Giants" as a limited series.
[08/26/14 - 11:30 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, August 26 Updates include: Netflix renews "BoJack Horseman" for second season; Warner Bros. Television mulls "Full House" revival; and Lucy Punch to star in potential comedy for FX.
[08/20/14 - 11:37 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, August 20 Updates include: DirecTV renews "Full Circle" for second season; HBO's "Show Me a Hero" casts trio; and Rachel Brosnahan is latest bound for "The Dovekeepers" at CBS.
[01/22/14 - 11:17 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, January 22 Updates include: David O. Russell, Susannah Grant land series order at ABC; Jaimie Alexander, Lina Esco to be "Open" for HBO; and Ann Peacock to pen CBS mini-series "The Dovekeepers."
DESCRIPTION: (from CBS's press release, December 2014) CBS today announced THE DOVEKEEPERS, a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman's bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. Set in ancient Israel, THE DOVEKEEPERS is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.