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[01/23/13 - 11:20 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, January 23
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


4TH REICH, THE (Showtime, New!) - Sonya Winton and Jonathan Kidd have sold a potential drama to the netlet billed as "a high-octane crime thriller delving into race, religion, and politics through the lens of a dogmatic faction of the neo-Nazi movement in South Boston." Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal of Tribeca Productions are executive producing the CBS Television Studios-based hour, which tracks "a former leader is sprung from jail by agreeing to become a confidential informant to the FBI, he assimilates back to his old life and finds his estranged 15-year-old son has been co-opted by his former best friend and now current leader of the Brotherhood." Winton and Kidd then will serve as co-executive producers with Tribeca's Berry Welsh as a producer. (Deadline.com)


ADVOCATES, THE (CBS) - Bruno Heller's legal drama - about "a female lawyer and a male ex-con who team up as victim advocates, going to the edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog" - has booked a pilot commitment at the network. Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour which Heller penned and will executive produce. (Deadline.com)


BAD TEACHER (CBS) - Hilary Winston's small screen take on the 2011 feature - about "a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband" - has scored a pilot order from the Eye. Original screenwriters Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg also serve as executive producers on the single-camera project via their Quantity Entertainment banner, which is set up at Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)


BROWSERS (Amazon) - Bebe Neuwirth ("Frasier") is the first to be cast in the pilot, a musical comedy set in contemporary Manhattan that follows four young people as they start their first jobs at a news website. She'll play their boss in the single-camera project, from writer David Javerbaum and director Don Scardino. 3 Arts Entertainment's David Miner also serves as an executive producer for Amazon Studios. (Deadline.com)


COMPANY TOWN (A.K.A. NORFOLK) (The CW) - The drama - about "a scandal at a Naval base in Virginia, which touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area" - has booked a pilot order at the netlet. Writer Sera Gamble and director Taylor Hackford are behind the project, which is set up at CBS Television Studios and Bill Haber's Ostar Productions. (Deadline.com)


MJF (NBC) - Juliette Goglia ("Easy A") is the latest addition to the upcoming comedy, about Mike Burnaby (Michael J. Fox), "a former lead anchor at a local station in New York City who decides to go back to work after Parkinson's forced him to take time off." She'll play Eve, Mike's middle child, "who is whip-smart but not book-smart and likes to game the system." Conor Romero, Jack Gore, Katie Finneran, Betsy Brandt and Wendell Pierce also star. Sam Laybourne and Will Gluck are behind the single-camera project, from Sony Pictures Television. (THR.com)


SELECTION, THE (The CW) - Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain have received the green light to produce a second pilot for the project, set 300 years in the future in which a working class young woman is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition for the Royal Prince's hand to become the nation's next queen. Warner Bros. Television is once again behind the hour, which is based on Kiera Cass's novel of the same name. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED GOOR/SCHUR PROJECT (FOX) - Terry Crews ("Are We There Yet?") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City. He'll play Terry Jeffords ("early 40s, built like an NFL linebacker only stronger"), the Sergeant who runs the 191st Precinct. Andy Samberg also stars as Jake Peralta, a detective at the squad. In addition, Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("21 Jump Street") have signed on to helm the single-camera project, working from a script by Dan Goor and Michael Schur for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)


WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (A.K.A. CHEUY & DAN) (NBC) - The Mike Sikowitz-penned comedy - about "how cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy" - is the latest to score a pilot order at the Peacock. Sony Pictures Television is behind the single-camera project, with Sikowitz serving as executive producer. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "My Name Is Earl" alums Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Eddie Steeples and Nadine Velazquez will all guest on an upcoming episode of creator Greg Garcia's "Raising Hope" (TVLine.com); Steve Howey will drop by "New Girl" as "an intense (in every sense of the word) professional football player that Winston interviews" (TVLine.com); Maria Bello will depart "Touch" after its upcoming second season, which bows next month (TVLine.com);

Taissa Farmiga is in talks to return to "American Horror Story" for its third season (EW.com); George Takei is set to guest on the season finale of "The Neighbors" as the father of Simon Templeman's Larry Bird (THR.com); "Home Improvement" co-creator Matt Williams has inked a first-look deal with Lionsgate Television (THR.com); and Benjamin Stockham will guest on "Once Upon a Time" as "a precocious, strong-willed kid who isn't afraid to speak his mind" (THR.com).






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· 4TH REICH, THE (SHOWTIME)
· ADVOCATES, THE (CBS)
· AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)
· ARE WE THERE YET? (TBS)
· BAD TEACHER (CBS)
· BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX)
· BROWSERS (AMAZON)
· COMPANY TOWN (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FRASIER (NBC)
· MICHAEL J FOX SHOW, THE (NBC)
· MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
· NEIGHBORS, THE (ABC)
· NEW GIRL (FOX)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· RAISING HOPE (FOX)
· SELECTION, THE - 2012 VERSION (CW)
· SELECTION, THE - 2013 VERSION (CW)
· TOUCH (FOX)
· WELCOME TO THE FAMILY (NBC)





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