[10/17/12 - 11:03 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, October 17 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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DEATH PACT, THE (Showtime, New!) - Tad Safran ("Doogal") and Rob Long ("Sullivan & Son") have booked a potential comedy at the pay channel about "a group of friends who, approaching middle age, find themselves living unfulfilled lives until an old acquaintance re-enters their lives with unexpected consequences." Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are also on board to executive produce the half-hour via their Tannenbaum Co. banner. (Deadline.com)FRANKENSTEIN (TNT, New!) - Dean Koontz's "Frankenstein" novels are once again heading to the small screen, this time at TNT. Feature writer James V. Hart ("August Rush") and his son Jake Hart are co-writing the hour, "set in present-day New Orleans and follows Victor Helios (Frankenstein) and his creation 200 years after they thought they killed each other in a battle in the Arctic." Writer John Shiban, director Marcus Nispel and executive producer Martin Scorsese were behind the previous take at USA, which aired as a backdoor pilot movie in 2004 starring Adam Goldberg, Ivana Milicevic, Parker Posey, Thomas Kretschmann and Vincent Perez. Lionsgate Television and 1019 Entertainment are behind TNT's take with Terry Botwick and Ralph Winter executive producing alongside Koontz and the Harts. (Deadline.com)GRIEVANCES (ABC, New!) - Feature writers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price ("The Game Plan") has booked a potential drama at the network "described as an unvarnished look at a complicated, co-dependent, no-regard-for-boundaries female friendship between a single woman and happily married mother of three, who start their own law firm when they're screwed over by their male bosses." Sony Pictures Television is behind the hour with Original Film's Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)I LOVE YOU LIKE A BROTHER (CBS, New!) - Kevin Connolly ("Entourage") is set to star in a multi-camera family comedy at the Eye about "the youngest of three brothers who realizes that his non-communicative family isn't normal or healthy, and tries to force his brothers and parents to become closer." Tad Safran ("Doogal") is penning the project, which comes from the CBS Television Studios-based Tannenbaum Co. The company's Eric and Kim Tannenbaum then will executive produce alongside Rob Long ("Sullivan & Son") with Safran and Connolly serving as a co-executive producer and producer, respectively. (Deadline.com)MADDOX (NBC, New!) - Moira McMahon ("Private Practice") has booked a potential drama at the Peacock about "a family that moves into an idyllic community where medicine and technology are the closest thing we have to utopia, that is, until they begin to suspect that something darker might be afoot." Universal Television is behind the hour with Lisa Zwerling; Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan of TBD Productions; and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)MAN AND BOY (ABC, New!) - Danny Wallace ("Awkward Situations for Men") has set up a potential comedy at the Alphabet about "an eccentric man who returns to his small town and becomes an important part of his young nephew's life, imparting wisdom and a zest for life." The single-camera comes from ABC Studios and 3 Arts Entertainment with director Julie Anne Robinson also attached as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)SEA OF FIRE (ABC, New!) - Steven Maeda ("Pan Am") is back in business with the Alphabet for a new drama about how a pornographic film featuring three teenage girls "tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface in their small town." Said effort, from Sony Pictures Television, is based on a Dutch format with Scripted World's Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya ("Red Widow") executive producing alongside Maeda. (Deadline.com)TRUE STORY (ABC, New!) - Screenwriters Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan ("What's Your Number?") has sold a new single-camera comedy to the Alphabet based on their experiences as girls growing up with single moms in the 1970s. ABC Studios is behind the half-hour, which is described as "a look at what happens when a freshly divorced and boundary-less mother moves herself and two daughters in with her party girl best friend in Laguna Beach in the late 1970s." (Deadline.com)UNTITLED JULIE BEAN PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Julie Bean ("Mike & Molly") is developing a new multi-camera comedy at the Eye, inspired by the life of consultant Adrienne Brodeur, about "a young couple that decides to end their marriage and part ways but opt to stay in each other's lives as stepbrother and stepsister after her father and his mother elope and tie the knot." Said effort comes from Warner Bros. Television with Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo executive producing alongside Bean. Brodeur will serve as an executive consultant (THR.com)UNTITLED PATRICIA RESNICK PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Patricia Resnick ("Olivia") has sold a new semi-autobiographical drama to the Peacock about "the professional and private lives of the harried staff of a formerly famous novelist suffering from decades-long writer's block." Scott Stuber, Quan Phung and Jonathan Baruch are also on board to executive produce via the former's Bluegrass Television for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)WARRIORS (ABC, New!) - Writer Steven Baigelman ("Brother's Keeper") and director Christopher Chulack ("Southland") are set to team for a new drama at the Alphabet about "the best and brightest of active-duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan; on military families and veterans; as well as administering to Washington's government elite such as the president, senators, Supreme Court justices - all while juggling their complicated personal lives and trying to maintain their sense of perspective, humor, and sanity." David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Maria Crenna of Mandeville Television will also executive produce. No studio was indicated. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Briga Heelan will guest on "Happy Endings" as "an ex-lover of Jane's whose reappearance makes hubby Brad intensely uncomfortable" (TVLine.com); Dylan McDermott is set to return to "American Horror Story" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (@MrRPMurphy); George Takei will appear as Chin's (Daniel Dae Kim) uncle this season on "Hawaii Five-0"(@CBSTweet); Kyle Howard will visit "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" as a fellow Chloe tries to set June up with, only to go after him herself (TVLine.com); E.J. Bonilla will turn up on "Revenge" as "a man from Nolan's (Gabriel Mann) past" (TVLine.com); James Read has been cast as Lindsay's (Anna Belknap) father on "CSI: NY"(TVLine.com); Donal Logue has booked a three-episode arc on "Sons of Anarchy" as "a brilliant and dangerous U.S. Marshal named Lee Toric who is forced into retirement because of his history of violence" (EW.com); and Ted Shackelford and Joan Van Ark will reprise their "Knots Landing" characters on TNT's "Dallas" revival (TVGuide.com).