[05/21/13 - 11:11 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, May 21 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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THE STRAIN (FX/FX Productions; W: Chuck Hogan & Guillermo del Toro; D: Guillermo del Toro) - Jonathan Hyde and Richard Sammel have both boarded the drama pilot, about Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City who's tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak likened to vampirism. Hyde will play Eldritch Palmer, "an elderly tycoon who's the third-richest man in the world who has been an invalid since childhood. Though his life-long fight against his frail body, he's developed a relentless drive to attain immortality by any means necessary." Sammel then is set as Thomas Eichorst, "a mysterious figure from Professor Abraham Setrakian's (yet to be cast) past whose re-emergence in New York is not a coincidence." Mia Maestro and Kevin Durand also star. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Grimm" co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have signed a new overall deal with Universal Television (Deadline.com); Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have likewise inked a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios where they'll be upped to executive producers on "Revenge"(Deadline.com); line producer Loucas George and production supervisor Don Bensko won't return for the second season of "Nashville"(Deadline.com); Carol Barbee has been tapped as a consulting producer for the expected fourth season of "Falling Skies"(Deadline.com); "Trophy Wife" and "Hello Ladies" executive producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky have signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios (Deadline.com); and Rumer Willis will guest on "Pretty Little Liars" as "the type of girl who will change the world and keep her sense of humor at the same time" (THR.com).