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[03/26/13 - 11:11 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 26
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!


AMERICAN CONFIDENTIAL (USA, New!) - "Royal Pains" co-creator Andrew Lenchewski has booked a new drama at the network about "a principled Secret Service agent is forced by the White House to cover up secret after secret." He'll write and executive produce the hour for Universal Cable Productions, home to his recently renewed overall deal. Doug Liman and Dave Bartis of the fellow studio-based Hypnotic will also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


SUPER CLYDE (CBS/CTS; W: Greg Garcia; D: Michael Fresco) - Laura Catalina Ortiz ("Holliston") has been cast in the comedy pilot, about Clyde (Rupert Grint), a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a "superhero" for the downtrodden after inheriting his uncle's fortune. She'll play Clyde's love interest Jolene, a co-worker at the fast food restaurant. Justine Lupe, Stephen Fry and Tyler Labine also star in the single-camera project. (OmniPop.com)


UNTITLED KENNETH LIN PROJECT (USA, New!) - Playwright Kenneth Lin has sold a new drama to the cable channel about "two brothers - one an ex-con, the other a small-town cop - who inherit their failing family business and turn it into a multibillion-dollar cult pyramid scheme." Their product: hope. Michael Rauch is executive producing the hour for Universal Cable Productions - via his recently re-upped overall deal - with Lin serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - CBS Television Distribution will wrap "Judge Joe Brown" after 15 years in syndication (BroadcastingCable.com); "Desperate Housewives" alum Bob Daily has been tapped to serve as showrunner of Robert Padnick's comedy pilot at NBC (Deadline.com); Charlize Theron's Denver and Delilah Productions is departing ABC Studios but will remain a producer on its NBC drama pilot "The Hatfields & McCoys" (Deadline.com); former ABC president Stephen McPherson is on track to sign an overall deal with the Fox Broadcasting Company, including a production commitment (Deadline.com);

Jessica Camacho will guest on "Nikita" as "a Division agent aiming to ruffle some feathers" (TVLine.com); Casey Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key are both bound for the season finale of "How I Met Your Mother" (Vulture.com); Karolina Wydra will recur on "True Blood" as "a strong, sexy, possibly dangerous vamp" (TVLine.com); and Frances Conroy, Callum Blue, Stephen Bishop, Kevin Kilner and Liza Lapira are among the faces set to appear on the new season of "Royal Pains" (Deadline.com).






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· AMERICAN CONFIDENTIAL (USA)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, THE (NBC)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· JUDGE JOE BROWN (SYNDICATION)
· NIKITA (CW)
· ROYAL PAINS (USA)
· SUPER CLYDE - 2013 VERSION (CBS)
· TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
· UNTITLED KENNETH LIN PROJECT (USA)
· UNTITLED ROBERT PADNICK PROJECT (NBC)











[03/03/15 - 11:07 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 3
Updates include: IFC cancels "Garfunkel & Oates"; Jon Foo set as lead in "Rush Hour" at CBS; and Jack Gore is the "Problem Child" at NBC.

[03/03/15 - 04:07 PM]
Idris Elba Steps Onto Set for "Luther" Two-Part Special
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[03/03/15 - 03:18 PM]
Spike TV Partners with Dwayne Johnson for Event Programming Development Deal
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[03/03/15 - 03:12 PM]
"Ellen's Design Challenge" Among Highest-Rated Series in HGTV History
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[03/03/15 - 02:39 PM]
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[03/03/15 - 02:22 PM]
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[03/03/15 - 02:21 PM]
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[03/03/15 - 12:56 PM]
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[03/03/15 - 12:54 PM]
"48 Hours: Blaming Melissa" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers and Adults 25-54
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[03/03/15 - 12:37 PM]
Science Channel Skyrockets in February, Charts Best Month Ever
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[03/03/15 - 12:31 PM]
Sarah Michelle Gellar to Star in Season 2 of "Star Wars Rebels"
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[03/03/15 - 11:52 AM]
Nickelodeon Brings Ultimate "Kids' Choice Awards" Interactive Experiences to Kids and Families Nationwide
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[03/03/15 - 11:45 AM]
Ovation TV Greenlights Production on Original Documentary Film, "Ford's Theatre: America's Playhouse"
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[03/03/15 - 11:13 AM]
truTV Says Yes They Can to The Grawlix's "Those Who Can't," As Network Greenlights Its First-Ever Full-Length Scripted Comedy
The comedy about a trio of frustrated high school teachers stars show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix.

[03/03/15 - 11:11 AM]
Spike TV Orders Eight More Episodes of "Lip Sync Battle"
The featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson and Terry Crews.