[07/31/13 - 11:17 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, July 31 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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HORIZON (USA/UCP; W: Bridget Tyler; D: Yves Simoneau) - Josh Braaten (Semi-Pro) is the latest addition to the drama pilot, set at the height of World War II and revolving around Lauren Howl (Ruth Bradley), a secretary at the FBI who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename "horizon." He will play Joe McNeil, "a newly single father who helplessly watches as his daughter mysteriously disappears - seemingly taken by an unseen force - and the only person who believes his story at the FBI is Lauren." Cary Elwes, Mark Famiglietti, Meg Steedle and Taylor Handley also star. (Deadline.com)ON THE FARM (FOX, New!) - Darlene Hunt and Andy Bobrow ("Save Me") are set to team for a new single-camera comedy at the network about a New York dermatologist who moves his family to a farm in rural Kentucky in order to live a simpler life. Sony Pictures Television is behind the half-hour, home to the creators respective overall deals. (Deadline.com)THE RED ROAD (Sundance; W: Aaron Guzikowski; D: TBA) - Martin Henderson ("Off the Map") has snagged the lead role on the drama series, about Harold Jensen, a sheriff struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring Ramapo Mountains, home of the Ramapo Mountain Indians. Julianne Nicholson also stars as his wife Jean with Jason Momoa as Indian ex-con Phillip Kopus. (Deadline.com)SAINT GEORGE (FX/Lionsgate; W: David McFadzean & George Lopez & Matt Williams; D: TBA) - Danny Trejo, Jenn Lyon and Kaden Gibson have all joined the cast of the upcoming George Lopez-led comedy, about the chaotic life of a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur. Trejo is set as George's uncle Tio, "a part-time construction worker who stops by the house to drink George's beer." Lyon then will play George's ex-wife with Gibson as his 11-year-old son. Adriana Barraza also stars as George's overbearing mother. (Deadline.com,THR.com)TYRANT (FX/Fox 21; W: Craig Wright; D: David Yates) - Salim Daw has snagged a role on 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 Yussef, "the cunning and savvy adviser and closest confident to dictator Khalid Al-Fahed." Ashraf Barhom, Mehdi Dehbi and Moran Atias also star. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED JOHN BROWN PROJECT (FX, New!) - The life of abolitionist John Brown - "a lowly 50-year old farmer who grew to become to a notorious anti-slavery freedom fighter in Kansas and his famed 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry" - is being eyed as a potential six-to-eight hour limited series at the cable channel. Said effort is based on Tony Horwitz's 2011 book "Midnight Rising" with Touchy Feely Films' Paul Giamatti and Daniel Carey and Kippster Entertainment's Perri Kipperman and David Stern executive producing for FX Productions. Horwitz is also expected to serve as a consultant should it move forward with Gabriel Range as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED LANCE BLACK PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) is developing an eight-hour mini-series at the network about the history of the gay rights movement. Said effort is set up at ABC Studios with Laurence Mark (Julie & Julia) executive producing alongside Black. No other details were given. (THR.com)UNTITLED TODD HOLLAND PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Todd Holland ("Go On") has booked a potential drama at the Peacock about immortal humans who have existed among us for the past 3,000 years. Said effort, which Holland will write and likely direct, will revolve around one of them, Jack, an enforcer/bounty hunter. Chris Brancato and Karey Nixon Burke, Holland's partner at their Universal Television-based Dark Toy Entertainment, will also executive produce. (THR.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones are set to depart "Parks & Recreation" after 13 episodes this season while Lucy Lawless will reprise her role as Ron's newly pregnant girlfriend (Deadline.com,EW.com); ABC has ordered a 13-episode third season of "Celebrity Wife Swap"(Deadline.com); Oliver Hudson will recur on "Nashville" as "a charming, audacious, take-no-prisoners businessman who promises to shake things up in Nashville" (Deadline.com); Jim Murray has joined the cast of "Defiance" as Niles Pottinger, "the new mayor of Defiance appointed by the Earth Republic" (Deadline.com);
Isabella Rossellini and Jane Alexander will guest on "The Blacklist" in an episode about "an advocate and campaigner to end human and sex trafficking around the globe who becomes the target of an assassin" (TheWrap.com); Amir Arison will recur on "Girls" as a co-worker of Lena Dunham's Hannah (Deadline.com); Marc Blucas is bound for "Blue Bloods" as "a movie star who joins Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) for a ride along to research a new role" (Huffpo.com); Jeffrey Tambor will guest on "Raising Hope" as "a resident of Natesville who starts mysteriously popping up in the lives of everybody in the Chance family" (THR.com); and David Conrad has scored a role on "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," potentially as "a brilliant and quirky scientist" (TVLine.com).