[11/27/12 - 11:02 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 27
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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GETTING ON (HBO) - Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash have all been cast in the comedy pilot, about the doctors, nurses and administrators working in the women's geriatric wing of a hospital. Melcalf will play Dr. Jenna James, "the overworked temporary Director of Medicine juggling the gig with another one at a nearby hospital," with Borstein as "the head ward nurse named Dawn Forchette, who, while kind and compassionate, struggles with self-esteem and ultimately ends up in inappropriate sexual situations." Rounding out the trio is Nash as Marta Ortley, "a big-hearted practical nurse who only recently returned to this line of work after the real estate market crashed." Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer are behind the half-hour, which is based on the satirical British sitcom of the same name. (TVLine.com)

MARVEL'S S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) - Newcomer Brett Dalton is the latest to board the pilot, a drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following the small screen adventures of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better known as S.H.I.E.L.D. He'll play Agent Grant, a highly-skilled rising star at the agency who's "deadly, precise, and cool under fire - but not so great with the people skills." Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg also star in the ABC Studios-based hour, to be directed by Joss Whedon from a script he co-wrote with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. (TVLine.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - TNT has resumed production "Dallas" following the death of co-star Larry Hagman over the Thanksgiving weekend (Deadline.com); The CW has expanded the orders of its Wednesday dramas "Arrow" and "Supernatural" to 23 episodes (GreenArrowTV.com); Travis Van Winkle will recur on "Hart of Dixie" as Lemon's (Jaime King) studly cousin who "ends up posing a threat to Zoe (Rachel Bilson) and her hard-earned good standing in Bluebell" (TVLine.com); Audra McDonald will reprise her role as Dr. Naomi Bennett on the series finale of ABC's "Private Practice" (TVGuide.com); David Anders will drop by "Arrow" as a career baddie who's looking "to become the leader of all of the city's unsavory characters" (Zap2It.com);

Taryn Manning has booked a nine-episode arc on Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" as Tiffany Doggett, "a born-again Evangelical with underlying anger issues who doesn't mix well with others" (Deadline.com); Scott Cohen and Richard Kohnke have both landed recurring roles on The CW's "The Carrie Diaries" (Deadline.com); supermodel Karolina Kurkova will guest as herself on "Person of Interest" (THR.com); and D.B. Sweeney has scored an arc on "Touch" as "a threatening, authoritative, forceful and fierce ex-military guy who's an enforcer for Aster Corps" (THR.com).

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[10/08/15 - 09:43 AM]
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