[10/25/12 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 25
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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CONTINUING FRED (ABC Family) - Mo Gaffney, Dan Castellaneta and Angelique Cabral have all been cast in the comedy pilot, about 20-something Winifred "Fred" Harris (Mimi Gianopulos), a newly-graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school. The former duo will play her parents with Cabral as "an East Coast transplant living with her husband's mom." Bill Daly is behind the multi-camera project. (Deadline.com)

SHADOW COUNSEL (USA, New!) - Barry Schindel ("Castle") and David Semel ("Person of Interest") are set to team for a potential drama at the cable channel about "a former Army lawyer who, in order to crack an ongoing investigation, is recruited reluctantly by the FBI as a Shadow Counsel - a 'secret' lawyer who operates in the shadows, completely off the record to circumvent existing roadblocks in classified cases." They'll write and direct, respectively, the Universal Cable Productions-based hour as well as executive produce. (Deadline.com)

TERMINALES (ABC Family) - Aisha Dee ("I Hate My Teenage Daughter") has boarded the drama pilot, which follows a young woman's (Italia Ricci) life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. She's set as Beth, April's (Ricci) best friend and confidant, in the Lionsgate Television-based hour, which also stars Mary Page Keller. Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz are behind the project. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED ANDREW HOEGL PROJECT (Bravo, New!) - Andrew Hoegl ("Flipping Out") is developing a period drama at the cable channel "set in New York at the height of the Cola Wars in the 1980s, in which soda giants Coca Cola and Pepsi went after each other in their ad campaigns." Universal Television is behind the hour, with Bluegrass Films' Scott Stuber and Quan Phung as well as 3 Arts Entertainment's Kimberly Carver also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED BRIAN BAUMGARTNER PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Brian Baumgartner ("The Office") is set to star in a potential single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about Norman (Baumgartner), "a mid-level airline executive fights to experience winning again... at anything." Harris Wittels ("Parks & Recreation") will pen the half-hour with Greg Daniels and Tracy Katsky of Deedle Dee Productions and Howard Klein, Dave Becky and Tom Lassally of 3 Arts Entertainment also executive producing for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Megan Boone has landed a three-episode arc on "Blue Bloods" as a new temporary partner for Donnie Wahlberg's Danny Reagan while Chazz Palminteri will guest as the city's top mob lawyer (Deadline.com, EW.com); Gary Cole will recur on "Veep" as "a Karl Rove-type of character named Kent" (Deadline.com); Grant Gustin's Sebastian Smythe will return to "Glee" next month as part of a new arc (TVLine.com); and Joaquim de Almeida is guesting on "Revenge" as "a dashing Central American gentleman who's a wealthy investor in Grayson Global" (THR.com).

  [october 2016]  


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[10/26/16 - 07:02 AM]
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[10/26/16 - 07:01 AM]
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[10/26/16 - 06:01 AM]
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[10/25/16 - 02:18 PM]
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[10/25/16 - 01:16 PM]
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[10/25/16 - 01:00 PM]
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[10/25/16 - 12:38 PM]
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