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[07/26/13 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 26
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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TRENDING DOWN (Showtime; W: Shalom Auslander; D: John Cameron Mitchell) - Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn have both been cast in the comedy pilot, about Thom Payne (Hoffman), a man facing his own obsolescence after his advertising agency is taken over. Hahn then is expected to play his wife in the project, which John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) will direct from a script by Shalom Auslander. Ken Kwapis also serves as an executive producer on the half-hour alongside Auslander, Hoffman and Hoffman's producing partner Emily Ziff with Alexandra Beattie as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


TYRANT (FX/Fox 21; W: Craig Wright; D: David Yates) - Ashraf Barhom is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about an unassuming American family - Barry, Molly and their kids - drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. He'll play Jamal, "Barry's cruel, entitled, brother, the next-in-line son of dictator Khalid Al-Fahed. He's married to Leila (Moran Atias), father of Ahmed, whose enormous upcoming wedding brings Barry and his American family back." Mehdi Dehbi also stars. (Deadline.com)


WAYWARD PINES (FOX/FX Productions; W: Chad Hodge; D: M. Night Shyamalan) - Shannyn Sossamon ("Mistresses") has joined the cast of the limited series, about a Secret Service Agent (Matt Dillon) who finds himself stranded in the seemingly bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho while looking for two missing federal agents. She'll play his wife Theresa, herself a former agent who left the Service to raise their son Ben. Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard and Toby Jones also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Bravo has passed on its Anna Gunn-led drama pilot "Rita" however producer Fox Television Studios plans to shop the project elsewhere (Deadline.com); Ali Wentworth will guest on "Blue Bloods" as "an attractive woman with sex appeal whose steady string of complaints to the police over a neighbor leaves the PD with little sympathy" (EW.com); Molly Shannon is bound for both HBO's "Getting On" as Phyllis Sullivan, "a sweet, slightly discombobulated soul - at the end of her rope - who is giving too much of herself up in caring for children, spouse, pets, and now, her ailing mother," and FOX's "Raising Hope," as Maxime, the new owner of Howdy's (Deadline.com); and Kaitlyn Black's Annabeth Nass has been upped to series regular on "Hart of Dixie" (TVLine.com).






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· BLUE BLOODS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GETTING ON (HBO)
· HAPPYISH (SHOWTIME)
· HART OF DIXIE (CW)
· MISTRESSES (ABC)
· RAISING HOPE (FOX)
· RITA (BRAVO)
· TYRANT (FX)
· WAYWARD PINES (FOX)





[07/26/17 - 03:10 PM]
HBO/Cinemax Programming Overview - Summer 2017
The company recaps its plans for the rest of the year and beyond.

[07/26/17 - 03:09 PM]
Five-Part Miniseries "Chernobyl," Starring Jared Harris, Produced by Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint as an HBO/Sky Television Co-Production, to Begin Filming Next Year
Harris will play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.

[07/26/17 - 03:08 PM]
"Baltimore Rising," Chronicling the Struggle of Police and Activists to Hold the City Together in the Wake of Strife, Debuts in November on HBO
Directed by Sonja Sohn, the film follows activists, police officers, community leaders and gang affiliates, who struggle to hold Baltimore together, even as the homicide rate hits record levels.

[07/26/17 - 03:07 PM]
HBO Announces Documentary Lineup for the Second Half of 2017
Highlights include Alex Gibney and Blair Foster's Rolling Stone documentary, due in November.

[07/26/17 - 03:06 PM]
Hit HBO Comedy Series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," Starring Larry David, Returns for Its Ninth Season Oct. 1
Guest stars this season include Elizabeth Banks, Ed Begley, Jr., Carrie Brownstein, Bryan Cranston, Lauren Graham, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Offerman, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins.

[07/26/17 - 03:05 PM]
James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Star in HBO Drama Series "The Deuce," Created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, Debuting Sept. 10
The show's title comes from the local slang for New York's fabled 42nd Street.

[07/26/17 - 03:03 PM]
ESPN Films' Ric Flair 30 for 30 "Nature Boy" Premieres November 7
Director Rory Karpf will take an inside look at Flair's story, including his triumphs, his tragedies, and his pivotal role in turning pro wrestling into mainstream sports entertainment.

[07/26/17 - 03:01 PM]
Jon Stewart Returns to HBO for His First Stand-Up Special in 21 Years
Additionally, this fall Stewart will host the latest "Night of Too Many Stars" all-star benefit for NEXT For AUTISM, to be presented live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday, November 18.

[07/26/17 - 01:33 PM]
Comic-Con Trailer for "The Walking Dead," Viewed More Than 31 Million Times in Four Days Breaking Own Record for Views
AMC spins the digital numbers for the trailer to date.

[07/26/17 - 12:38 PM]
21 Million Viewers Tune In to Simulcast Premiere of Disney's "Descendants 2" in Live + 3 Data
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for Friday, July 21.

[07/26/17 - 11:14 AM]
Electus Partners with Michael Franzese, Moshe Diamant, and Michael Tadross Jr. to Create New Mafia Series "American Royalty"
The project is a revealing and uncompromising look back at a time when mobsters were bigger than life, often bringing politicians and corporate executives to their knees.

[07/26/17 - 11:00 AM]
Freeform Dives Into Production on New Original Drama Series "Siren"
Sibongile "Sibo" Mlambo joins the previously announced cast of Alex Roe, Eline Powell, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun and Rena Owen.

[07/26/17 - 10:58 AM]
PBS Announces "We'll Meet Again" with Ann Curry, New Six-Part Series Premiering Winter 2018
Exploring some of history's most dramatic events from across the globe through the personal stories of those who experienced them, the series brings together people whose lives intersected at pivotal moments.

[07/26/17 - 10:50 AM]
Animal Planet's "Rescue Dog to Super Dog" Gives Assistance and Comfort to People in Need and a Second Chance to Shelter Dogs
The newcomer launches Saturday, August 12 at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/26/17 - 10:49 AM]
Former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino to Anchor Science Channel's Primetime Coverage of the Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21 at 9 PM
In addition, Massimino will serve as guide to the definitive series on our closest neighbors in the solar system, "The Planets," premiering Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00/9:00c.