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[06/06/13 - 11:07 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, June 6
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!


TAXI-22 (CBS, New!) - James Gandolfini's long-in-the-works import of the French Canadian comedy has found a home at CBS and producer CBS Television Studios. The single-camera project, about "a NYC cab driver who is politically incorrect in the vein of Archie Bunker," was previously in the works at HBO. Nancy Sanders, Mark Armstrong, Dennis Erdman, Clark Peterson, Patrick Huard and Francois Flamand are executive producing alongside Gandolfini - who is no longer attached to star - via his Attaboy Productions banner. (Deadline.com)


WHITEY (History; W: TBA; D: TBA) - Paige Davis and Greg Tuculescu have both been cast in the comedy pilot, about Guy "Whitey" White (David Koechner), "a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind." She'll play his wife with Tuculescu as his friend, "a paranoid war vet who maintains all sorts of wild political conspiracy theories." No writing or directing auspices were given. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - FX won't be ordering more episodes of "BrandX with Russell Brand" however the network is developing a live-action comedy pilot starring Brand, which will be based loosely on his life (Deadline.com); Gordon Clapp is in talks to recur on TNT's "Lost Angels" as "an aging crook, just out of prison for a long stretch, who is working as a busboy at an Italian restaurant" (Deadline.com); Wonderland Sound and Vision's Jeff Grosvenor has joined Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's fellow Warner Bros. Television-based production company as EVP overseeing development (Deadline.com);

"Star-Crossed" executive producers Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst have inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, ending the run of their Olé banner at CBS Television Studios (Deadline.com); Brigid Brannagh, Sandra Bernhard, John Ratzenberger and Reiko Aylesworth are the latest faces bound for "Drop Dead Diva" this season (THR.com); and Ryan Murphy is in talks with FX for a potential companion talk show for the new season of "American Horror Story" (THR.com).






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· AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)
· BRAND X WITH RUSSELL BRAND (FX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DROP DEAD DIVA (LIFETIME)
· MOB CITY (TNT)
· STAR-CROSSED (CW)
· TAXI 22 (CBS)
· UNTITLED RUSSELL BRAND PROJECT (FX)
· WHITEY (HISTORY)









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