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[08/08/13 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 8
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


DOROTHY (CBS, New!) - Emily Fox ("Jane by Design") is developing a new drama at the Eye billed as "a medical soap based in New York City inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz." Said effort is set up at the CBS Television Studios-based Timberman-Beverly Productions with the company's Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman executive producing alongside Fox. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED DEBORAH KAPLAN/HARRY ELFONT PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Leap Year) have booked a potential multi-camera comedy at the Peacock about "a female sex & relationship therapist who helps patients deal with intimacy, love and unusual fetishes - but that's nothing compared to navigating the relationships with her ex-husband, his new girlfriend and her own mother, all while raising her two young sons." The Universal Television-based project is based on the life of relationship therapist Laura Berman, who will serve as a co-executive producer; with UnbeliEVAble Entertainment's Eva Longoria and Ben Spector and Freestyle Picture Company's Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)


WAYWARD PINES (FOX/FX Productions; W: Chad Hodge; D: M. Night Shyamalan) - Greta Lee has scored a role on 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 Ruby, "the barista at the only coffee shop in Wayward Pines, who not only is a daily presence in everybody's morning, but also knows everybody's business." Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Shannyn Sossamon, Terrence Howard and Toby Jones also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Lyndon Smith will recur on "Parenthood" as "a fellow freshman in Drew's (Miles Heizer) college class at Berkeley on whom Drew quickly develops a huge crush" (Deadline.com); Harry Dean Stanton and Daniel Stern are both bound for HBO's "Getting On" (Deadline.com); Seeta Indrani and Richard Short have likewise landed arcs on "Covert Affairs" (Deadline.com); Uzo Aduba's Crazy Eyes is the latest to be named as a series regular on "Orange Is the New Black" (Deadline.com); Steven Culp will visit "Revolution" as "clean-cut Edward Truman, a dignified authority figure" (Deadline.com); actress Katherine Heigl, writer Alexi Hawley and producer Robert Simonds are making the network rounds with a procedural drama (USAToday.com);

Adam DeVine has been cast as "a cute new male nanny to look after baby Joe" on "Modern Family" (TVGuide.com); Molly Sims will guest on at least two episodes of "The Carrie Diaries" as "a sexy woman who becomes intimately involved" with Austin Butler's Sebastian (EOnline.com); Hilarie Burton will recur on CBS's "Hostages" as an assistant to Tate Donovan's Brian Sanders (TVLine.com); Al Sapienza has been cast as the father of Peyton List's Cara on The CW's "The Tomorrow People" (TVLine.com); and Greg Rikaart will drop by "Bones" as a yet-to-be-revealed character (SoapOperaDigest.com).






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· BONES (FOX)
· CARRIE DIARIES, THE (CW)
· COVERT AFFAIRS (USA)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DOROTHY (CBS)
· GETTING ON (HBO)
· HOSTAGES (CBS)
· JANE BY DESIGN (ABC FAMILY)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (NETFLIX)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· REVOLUTION (NBC)
· TOMORROW PEOPLE, THE (CW)
· UNTITLED KAPLAN & ELFONT PROJECT (NBC)
· WAYWARD PINES (FOX)











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