[06/27/13 - 11:08 PM] Development Update: Thursday, June 27 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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MIDDLE AGE RAGE (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Cheryl Holliday; D: Julie Anne Robinson) - The Alphabet and ABC Studios have extended the options on the cast of the comedy pilot, about a wife/mother/Oprah fan (Annie Mumolo) who is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she's earned. Said development - which presumably covers co-stars Kellee Stewart, Melanie Leishman, Skyler Gisondo, Will Sasso and Wyatt Oleff - will keep the project alive for a potential midseason order. (Deadline.com)OPEN (HBO/Fox 21; W: Lauren Gussis & Ryan Murphy; D: TBA) - Scott Speedman ("Last Resort") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, which is billed as "a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships." He'll play Jonathan, "a handsome sports marketing executive," in the hour, which also stars Wes Bentley. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - FOX will return the Saturday, midnight/11:00c half-hour to its affiliate stations beginning September 7, a slot currently home to encores of its comedies (Deadline.com); Michael E. Knight will visit "Drop Dead Diva" as "a lawsuit-happy curmudgeon who is representing himself in a court case involving his dog's unplanned pregnancy" (TVGuide.com); Brian Austin Green's Sean has been upped to series regular on FX's "Anger Management"(Deadline.com); Gregg Henry has been cast as District Attorney Hosea Knowlton on Lifetime's "Lizzie Borden" biopic (Deadline.com); Iddo Goldberg will recur on TNT's "Lost Angels" as Leslie Shermer, "a mysterious man with a psychotic gleam in his eye who is the eyewitness to a past murder" (Deadline.com); Tim Conway, Paul Dooley, Ron Glass, Doris Roberts, Paul McCrane and Marion Ross are all bound for an upcoming episode of "Major Crimes"(EW.com); Sendhil Ramamurthy will guest on "Unforgettable" as "a hardened career criminal who serves as the leader of an elite team of thieves assembled by a mysterious player" (TVLine.com); and Elise Neal will visit "The Soul Man" as a reporter who is covering Boyce for a special story (THR.com).