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[01/17/14 - 11:24 PM]
Development Update: Friday, January 17
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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THE MCCARTHYS (CBS/Sony; W: Brian Gallivan; D: TBA) - Tyler Ritter, older brother of fellow actor Jason Ritter, has booked the lead role on the multi-camera comedy pilot, about a sports-crazed Irish-Catholic family that shares a three decker house in Boston and the one member, Ronny, "whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family." He's set as the aforementioned Ritter, a role played by Jake Lacy in the original incarnation. Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre, Kelen Coleman and Laurie Metcalf also star. (Deadline.com)


RED BAND SOCIETY (FOX/ABC Studios; W: Margaret Nagle; D: TBA) - Margaret Nagle's drama, based on the Spanish series "Polseres Vermelles," has scored "a pilot-type production order plus additional backup scripts." Said effort's logline is as follows: "A group of teenagers meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital and become unlikely allies and friends in this comedic young soap. It represents a completely inspired way into young soap, a comedic one-hour, a hospital show, and a (surrogate) family drama." Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Sergio Aguero are also among the executive producers with Carlos and Julio Fernandez co-executive producing. (Deadline.com, EW.com)


RUNNER (A.K.A. THE END) (FOX/20th; W: Michael Cooney; D: Peter Horton) - Michael Cooney's drama at the network has received "an off-cycle commitment for further investment towards series production." The logline for the project is as follows: "We find our way into the traditionally masculine world of Arms Dealing through the unexpected lens of a woman. After a simple twist of fate, Lauren Marks learns her husband is not the person she believed him to be. Faced with the harsh reality that her life is forever changed, she goes on a truth seeking journey that entrenches her in a US/Mexican war over weapons and terrorism." Ian Sander and Kim Moses of Sander/Moses Productions are also behind hour, which is based on the Turkish series "Son". (Deadline.com, EW.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Mary Steenburgen will recur on "Justified" as Katherine Hale, "a beautiful, southern belle who was the wife of Wynn Duffy's (Jere Burns) mentor in crime" (FXNetworks.com); "Copper" executive producer Thomas Kelly has inked a two-year overall deal with AMC (Deadline.com); the Fox Television Stations have opted not to pick up Kris Jenner's talk show following a six-week trial run this past summer (Deadline.com); Lesley Nicol will guest on "Raising Hope" as "Nana's (Tippi Hedren) former maid, who comes back after major surgery to fulfill her contract" (EW.com); Colin Egglesfield is bound for the season premiere of "Drop Dead Diva" (TVLine.com); and Jamie McShane will recur on "The Fosters" as Callie and Jude's father (TVLine.com).






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· COPPER (BBC AMERICA)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DROP DEAD DIVA (LIFETIME)
· FOSTERS, THE (ABC FAMILY)
· JUSTIFIED (FX)
· KRIS JENNER SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· MCCARTHYS, THE (CBS)
· MCCARTHYS, THE - 2013 VERSION (CBS)
· RAISING HOPE (FOX)
· RED BAND SOCIETY (FOX)
· RUNNER (ABC)











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