[06/18/13 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, June 18
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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DEATH PACT (FX/FX Productions; W: Rob Long & Tad Safran; D: Randall Einhorn) - Randall Einhorn ("Wilfred") has been tapped to direct the Tracy Morgan-led comedy pilot, about a formerly lazy, pot-dealing assistant high school coach, who returns to his hometown as a decorated war hero. He runs across three down-on-their-luck friends and former students and sucks them into his new radical self-help philosophy, which involves harsh consequences for failure. Einhorn, who's based at FX Productions, will work from a script by Long and Safran. (Deadline.com)

THE LEFTOVERS (HBO/Warner Bros.; W: Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta; D: Peter Berg) - Liv Tyler and Michael Gaston are the latest to board the drama pilot, which takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it's supposed to. She'll play Meg, "a young woman on the verge of getting married, but needing an escape"; while he's set as Dean, "a man who seems to understand that times have changed and addresses it head-on - often violently." Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Carrie Coon, Christopher Eccleston and Justin Theroux also star. (Deadline.com)

LINE OF SIGHT (AMC/AMC Studios/FTVS; W: Blake Masters; D: Jonathan Demme) - Jonathan Demme ("A Gifted Man") has signed on to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, about Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on a quest to discover the accident's cause. Masters is behind the hour, which is set up at AMC Studios and Fox Television Studios. (Deadline.com)

WTF AMERICA (FOX/20th; W: Dan Mazer; D: TBA) - Amanda Walsh, Steve Berg, Rebecca Drysdale and Brad Morris have been cast while Nick Thune and Candace Brown will guest star in the comedy pilot, a hybrid scripted/unscripted project which explores small-town America. No details were given about their respective roles. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo of the studio-based Imagine Television are also executive producing. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Selma Blair has been dismissed from "Anger Management" in a much-ballyhooed exchange with Charlie Sheen while a new female regular is expected to fill said void (Deadline.com); Oxygen has reportedly given a series order to its Wendy Williams-produced "Secret Celebrity," in which stars such as Nick Lachey, Ice-T & Coco and LuAnn de Lesseps don prosthetic makeup to find out the public really thinks of them (Deadline.com); "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" creator Claudia Lonow has inked an overall deal with Universal Television where she'll join the studio's "Sean Saves the World" (Deadline.com);

Kamar de los Reyes will guest on "Pretty Little Liars" as "a respected swimming coach who is famous for having sent athletes to the Olympics" (THR.com); Loretta Devine and Peggy Lipton are the latest faces bound for the new season of "Psych" (THR.com); Nick Offerman has closed a deal to voice the title character of FOX's upcoming "Axe Cop" (TVGuide.com); and T Bone Burnett won't return as executive music producer for season two of "Nashville" (THR.com).

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