[10/15/12 - 11:15 PM] Development Update: Monday, October 15 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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BRIDGE, THE (FOX) - Taylor Elmore's drama, an "Upstairs Downstairs" look at life on a Navy aircraft carrier, is being redeveloped by the network by executive producers "Justified" Graham Yost and Michael Dinner. Said duo will help with the rewrite while Dinner is attached to direct. Sony Pictures Television-based Gran Via Productions is still behind the hour, with Mark Johnson executive producing alongside Elmore, Yost and Dinner. (Deadline.com)GEORGE CLOONEY MANIFESTO, THE (FOX, New!) - Playwright Annie Hendy ("The Catholic Girl's Guide to Losing Your Virginity") has sold a new comedy to the network about "a single woman who, sick of the shoulds and should nots of society's double standards about dating, decides from this point on she is going to act like George Clooney and live life to the fullest." Mark Waters ("Made In Jersey") is on board to direct and executive produce alongside Watermark Pictures' Jessica Tuchinsky for 20th Century Fox Television. Hendy will write and serve as a co-executive producer while Waters is also set to helm Lifetime's "Witches of East End" pilot. (Deadline.com)LAST STOP SAVANNAH (CBS, New!) - Feature writer Randy Brown ("Trouble with the Curve") has booked a new drama at the Eye about "a high-profile Chicago attorney who suffers a fall from grace and loses his Illinois license, returns to his hometown of Savannah for a job at his old college roommate's firm - where his daughter works as a newly minted partner" Said hour, which Brown will write and co-executive produce, is set up at the Warner Bros. Television-based Gerber Pictures. The company's Bill Gerber will executive produce. (Deadline.com)LIFE AS I BLOW IT (NBC) - Sarah Colonna's book - which follows her life in the Midwest surrounded by eccentric friends and family whose opinions and actions know no boundaries - is being redeveloped at the Peacock. Denise Moss ("Rita Rocks") has been tapped to co-write the half-hour alongside Colonna, taking over for Danielle Sanchez-Witzel. Sony Pictures Television-based Happy Madison Productions is still behind the project with Doug Robinson as well as New Wave Entertainment's Abbey MacDonald, Brian Volk Weiss and Michael Pelmont also serving as executive producers. It's not clear if Universal Television is still attached. (Deadline.com)MANCHILD (FOX, New!) - Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi ("Entourage") has set up at new comedy at the network about "a thirtysomething Rite-Aid pharmacist, single for the first time since high school, who wants to experience the fun he thinks he missed out on in his 20s by befriending the young cashiers and stockboys in the front of the store." Said effort is set up at Lionsgate Television with Ash Atalla (U.K.'s "The IT Crowd") executive producing alongside Wolpert and Nedivi. (Deadline.com)RE-TOGETHER (ABC, New!) - Andrea Savage ("Dog Bites Man") is set to write and star in a potential single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about "a couple with two small kids who get divorced and live their lives with other people for 30 years [only to] get back together in their 60s, when their grown children are tasked with being a nuclear family for the first time." Sony Pictures Television is behind the half-hour with FanFare Productions' Jamie Tarses executive producing alongside Savage. (THR.com)SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY! (ABC, New!) - Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux ("Bob's Burgers") has sold a potential comedy to the Alphabet about "a group of people who bond while working for the world's worst boss." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the project with Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone executive producing alongside the duo. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED BOB MARTIN PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Bob Martin ("Slings and Arrows") is developing a new comedy at the Alphabet about "a cartoonist who struggles to reconcile the idealized married life depicted in his comic strip with his own life - one that is populated by ex-spouses, children from three different marriages, and a wife who earns far more money than he does." Canada's Shaw Media is behind the half-hour with Noreen Halpern executive producing alongside Martin. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED KAREN CRONER PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Karen Croner ("One True Thing") has scored a script order from the Alphabet for a new drama about "a woman returning with her teenage son to live with her rock-n-roll family in Laurel Canyon." The Warner Bros. Television-based Fake Empire is behind the hour, which is based on Croner's experience of growing up in the Hollywood Hills. Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein will executive produce alongside Croner. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED PAUL ZBYSZEWSKI PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Paul Zbyszewski ("Hawaii Five-0") has landed a potential drama at the network about Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Shaker "who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program begin getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole the file with the secret identities of every member of the program." Ruben Fleischer ("Gangster Squad") is also on board to executive produce - and potentially direct - the hour for 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED RACHEL ZOE PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Writer Aseem Batra ("Animal Practice") and director Todd Holland ("Go On") are set to team for a single-camera comedy at the Peacock centering on a fictional version of designer/stylist Rachel Zoe, whose reality series "The Rachel Zoe Project" airs on sibling network Bravo. BermanBraun's Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein as well as Dark Toy Entertainment's Karey Burke will executive produce alongside Batra, Holland, Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Clark Gregg will reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson on ABC's Marvel Cinematic Universe pilot "S.H.I.E.L.D."(Marvel.com); Michael Katleman will direct TNT's "King & Maxwell" pilot while ABC Family's "Socio,""The Fosters" and "Phys Ed" will be helmed by Jon Amiel, Timothy Busfield and Ted Wass, respectively (Deadline.com); Jason Mantzoukas will guest as Haley's (Sarah Hyland) new boyfriend on "Modern Family"(EW.com); Christopher Lloyd is bound for "Raising Hope" as "a loan collector who calls on the Chances for some old debt after Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) consider buying a new car on credit" (EW.com); Dave Navarro will appear in the last two episodes of "Sons of Anarchy" this season as "a member of the Biz Lats gang with close ties to Jimmy Smits's Nero" (EW.com); "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy has invited Bette Midler to guest star on the series (@MrRPMurphy); Samantha Ferris will guest on "Emily Owens, M.D." as a hospital lawyer (TVLine.com); and Gina Torres is bound for "Hannibal" as the wife of Laurence Fishburne's Jack Crawford (TVLine.com).