[01/28/14 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 28
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AGENT X (TNT; W: William Blake Herron; D: TBA) - Jeff Hephner ("Chicago Fire") has joined the cast of the Sharon Stone-led drama pilot, about the newly elected Vice President of the United States who is tasked with protecting the Constitution in times of great crisis with the aid of her Chief Steward and a secret operative designated "Agent X." He's set as John Case a.k.a. Agent X, "a 29-year-old secret agent who's called into action by the newly arrived VP when the daughter of the FBI Director is kidnapped." (Deadline.com)

MARRY ME (NBC/Sony; W: David Caspe; D: Seth Gordon) - Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings") has booked the female lead on the single-camera comedy, about a young couple who get engaged, something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Wilson, who is engaged to creator David Caspe in real life, will play one half of the aforementioned couple. Jamie Tarses of the Sony Pictures Television-FanFare Productions also serves as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)

ONE BIG HAPPY (A.K.A. UNTITLED LIZ FELDMAN PROJECT) (NBC/Warner Bros.; W: Liz Feldman; D: TBA) - Liz Feldman's multi-camera comedy - about "a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life" - is heading to pilot at the Peacock. Warner Bros. Television is behind the project, with A Very Good Production's Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

SAVE THE DATE (CBS, New!) - Jackie and Jeff Filgo ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") are back in business with the Eye for a new multi-camera comedy about Katie, "35 and newly single, who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time." ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios are co-producing the pilot, which will use shorter scenes and no live audience (a la "How I Met Your Mother"). The Filgos then will executive produce. (Deadline.com)

TWO TO GO (NBC/Universal; W: Bryan Shukoff & Kevin Chesley; D: TBA) - Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley's single-camera comedy - about "longtime best friends Kurt and Laura, who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating while their group of friends try and prove that they are destined to be together" - has landed a pilot order from the Peacock. Universal Television is behind the project with David Janollari Entertainment's David Janollari and Aggregate Films' Jason Bateman and Jim Garavente also among the executive producers. Shukoff and Chesley then will serve as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED KEVIN WILLIAMSON PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Kevin Williamson ("The Following") has scored a pilot order from the Eye for a new drama billed as a psychological thriller centering around "a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD." Said hour comes from Williamson's Warner Bros. Television-based Outerbanks Entertainment, where he'll write and executive produce. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - John Noble and Lyndie Greenwood have both been upped to series regulars on "Sleepy Hollow" (Deadline.com); Stephen Root will recur on AMC's "Turn" as "a civilian member of the Committee to Detect and Defeat Conspiracies, an 18th century proto-CIA" (Deadline.com); Robert Evans has partnered with Television 360 and Fox 21 "to develop a pay cable TV series about Hollywood in the 1970s" (Deadline.com);

Pitbull has inked a overall deal with Endemol North America to develop potential TV projects (Deadline.com); Rich Sirop has been tapped as executive producer of NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution's "The Meredith Vieira Show" (Deadline.com); Jeremy Davidson will guest on "Elementary" as "a man long suspected of murdering his wife" (TVGuide.com); and Chevy Chase will drop by "Hot in Cleveland" as "the sole survivor of a plane crash and has a deep dark secret that haunts him" (THR.com).

  [december 2015]  


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