LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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FORTUNE (Bravo, New!) - "Smash" creator Theresa Rebeck has sold a potential drama to the cable channel about "a prominent New York family and the battle over an inheritance after the patriarch dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances." The project, set up at Warner Horizon Television, is inspired by Charles Dickens' 19th century classic "Bleak House." John Wells and Andrew Stearn are also on board to executive produce via the former's studio-based banner. (Deadline.com)
THE STRAIN (FX/FX Productions; W: Chuck Hogan & Guillermo del Toro; D: Guillermo del Toro) - Robert Maillet and Francis Capra are the latest actors bound for the drama pilot, about the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City which is tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. The former play the world-conquering vampire The Master in the project, with Capra as Crispin, "a mid-30s scammer who is always on the lookout for the easy and high-paying way out." The project also features Corey Stoll, Jack Kesy, John Hurt, Jonathan Hyde, Kevin Durand, Lauren Lee Smith, Mia Maestro, Miguel Gomez, Richard Sammel and Sean Astin. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED RIDDLE & SALAHUDDIN PROJECT (HBO; W: Bashir Salahuddin & Diallo Riddle; D: Jamie Babbit) - Jamie Babbit ("Go On") has been tapped to helm the comedy pilot, about a pair of 30-year-old reporters (Bashir Salahuddin, Diallo Riddle) trying to make it big in Atlanta. She'll work from a script by said duo with Lorne Michaels of Broadway Video Television and showrunner Dave Flebotte also serving as executive producers. Production is set to begin this September in Atlanta. (THR.com)
AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Cote de Pablo is departing "NCIS" after eight seasons however she'll appear in the upcoming season 11 "long enough for her character Ziva David to finish out her storyline" (Deadline.com); Summer Glau will recur on "Arrow" as the dangerous Isabel Rochev, Vice President of Acquisitions of Stellmoor International, "a company looking to take over Queen Consolidated" (Deadline.com); "American Idol" alum Adam Lambert will join the cast of "Glee" this season (@MrRPMurphy); William Abadie has booked an arc on "Homeland" as "a seemingly charming international journalist" (Deadline.com); Jeffrey Tambor will guest on the season premiere of "The Good Wife" as "a judge ruling over a case involving the death penalty" (Huffpo.com);
Damon Wayans, Jr. will reprise his pilot role of Coach in at least four episodes of "New Girl" while co-star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler have signed an overall deal at 20th Century Fox Television where they'll launch their The Walcott Company banner (Deadline.com, TVLine.com); Lisa Edelstein will recur on "Castle" as "a tough and highly-skilled Federal Investigator whose appearance plays a vital role in Beckett's decisions about her future" (TVLine.com); Chi McBride has been cast as SWAT Captain Lou Grover on "Hawaii Five-0," a character that first appeared in an episode of the original series (EW.com); Jenna Elfman will swing by "Royal Pains" as "a reformed party girl who believes life can still be a party" (THR.com); and the yet-to-be-cast daughter of Charlie Sheen's character on "Two and a Half Men" has been detailed as Jenny, who "will share many traits with her deceased father, including her love of women" (EOnline.com).