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[02/20/14 - 11:43 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 20
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!


A TO Z (NBC/Warner Bros.; W: Ben Queen; D: TBA) - Henry Zebrowski (The Wolf of Wall Street) is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about "the relationship between a young couple, Andrew (yet to be cast) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti), from meeting to breakup." He'll play Stu, who despite his outward obnoxiousness and often unsolicited advice, is a great guy and loyal friend to Andrew, his roommate and co-worker at a dating site." (Deadline.com)


BAD JUDGE (NBC/Universal; W: Adam McKay, Chad Kultgen & Chris Henchy; D: TBA) - Tone Bell ("Whitney") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh), a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, despite the fact she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. He's set as Tedward, "the bailiff in Rebecca's courtroom who gets swept up in her flawed, impulsive and chaotic personal life." Also starring are Arden Myrin, John Ducey and Mather Zickel. (Deadline.com)


CLEMENTINE (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Dean Georgaris; D: Michael Dinner) - Nick Gehlfuss ("Shameless") has snagged a role on the drama pilot, about Clementine Ross (Sarah Snook), a habitual criminal who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil. He'll play Sebastian, "Clementine's mysterious older brother." David Strathairn, Edwin Hodge, Kathleen Munroe and Kevin Alejandro also star. (Deadline.com)


INTRUDERS (BBC America; W: Glen Morgan; D: Eduardo Sanchez & Daniel Stamm) - Tory Kittles ("True Detective") is the latest addition to the upcoming series, a contemporary, chilling, paranormal drama set in the moody Pacific Northwest. He'll play Gary Fischer, "a handsome attorney and old friend of Whalen's (John Simm) who quietly asks him to investigate a mysterious double homicide." Also starring are James Frain and Mira Sorvino. (Deadline.com)


KEEP IT TOGETHER (ABC/20th; W: Kevin Hart, Garrett Donovan & Neil Goldman; D: TBA) - Amber Stevens ("Greek") is set to star opposite Romany Malco in the comedy pilot, a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple, Derek and Lorraine, trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite differences. She's set as Mircea, "Derek's new live-in girlfriend, a former super-model who once jet-setted around the world, who is now a hostess at a local restaurant and very much in love with the newly divorced Derek." In addition, co-creator Kevin Hart will recur as Squeaky, Derek's trouble-making friend. (Deadline.com)


LIBRARIANS, THE (TNT, New!) - The cable channel is reportedly mulling a 10-episode order for a weekly series based on "The Librarian" original movies from 2004-08 that starred Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin. Said effort would revolve around "a group of younger men and women eager to become Flynn Carsen's (Wyle) successor as the protector of secret artifacts." John Rogers penned the new two-hour installment and presumably will executive produce alongside director Dean Devlin (via his Electric Entertainment banner) and actor Wyle, who would reprise his role in several episodes. It's understood the order is "hinging on finding an actress for the lead role of a strong, ass-kicking woman." (Deadline.com)


MISSION CONTROL (NBC/Universal; W: David Hornsby; D: TBA) - Krysten Ritter ("Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23") has booked the female lead in the Will Ferrell-produced comedy pilot, which examines what happens when Mary, a strong woman, butts heads with Tom (yet to be cast), a macho astronaut, in the race to land on the moon in 1962. She'll play the aforementioned Mary in the project, which also stars Jonathan Slavin and Malcolm Barrett. (Deadline.com)


ODYSSEY (NBC/Universal; W: Adam Armus, Kay Foster & Peter Horton; D: Peter Horton) - Treat Williams ("Chicago Fire") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about three people - a stranded soldier, Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel); a disillusioned corporate attorney, Peter Drucker (Peter Facinelli); and a disrespected political activist, Harrison Wolcott (Jake Robinson) - who are pulled into a shocking international military conspiracy. He'll play Col. Stephen Glen, "a significant member of the cover-up of the assassination of the 24th Special Ops unit." Daniella Pineda, Elena Kampouris and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje also star. (THR.com)


ONE BIG HAPPY (NBC/Warner Bros.; W: Liz Feldman; D: Scott Ellis) - Elisha Cuthbert ("Happy Endings") has booked the female lead on the comedy pilot, about Lizzy, a lesbian, and Luke (Nick Zano), her straight male best friend, who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life. She'll play the aforementioned Lizzy, "who had been living with Luke and trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time." (Deadline.com)


SOBER COMPANION (FOX/CTS; W: David S. Rosenthal & Jennie Snyder Urman; D: Don Scardino) - Comedian Pete Davidson is the first to be cast in comedy pilot, about Robert Lang (yet to be cast), a charming, but self-destructive attorney finds his world turned upside down when Jeremy Brummel (also yet to be cast), a court-appointed, and highly unconventional, sober companion takes control of his life. He'll play Derek, "Robert's assistant who doubles as a pot dealer." (Deadline.com)


SUPERNATURAL: TRIBES (The CW/Warner Bros.; W: Andrew Dabb; D: Robert Singer) - Nathaniel Buzolic and Lucien Laviscount are the first to be cast in the proposed spin-off, about "the various mafia-esque monster families that unknowingly to humans run the underbelly of Chicago and who are being tracked by a newly minted Hunter who's trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural." The former will play David Hayden, "a shapeshifter from one of Chicago's ruling monster families who has been living as a human, having given up the monster life years ago"; while Laviscount is set as Ennis Roth, "a resolute police academy trainee who becomes a monster-hunter himself when his fiancée is killed in the crossfire of the monster war." (Deadline.com)


VISITORS, THE (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Soo Hugh; D: Mark Romanek) - Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes") and Barry Sloane ("Revenge") have both landed roles on the drama pilot, billed as a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world by using the Earth's most precious resource: children. The former will play Drew Bennigan, initially a John Doe "who is covered in strange tattoos and diagrams and speaks in a strange language." Sloane then is set as Wes Lawrence, "a former FBI agent now with the Special Projects Division of the Defense department who investigates military threats that are better off solved outside the public's knowledge." (Deadline.com)


WARRIORS (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Chris Keyser; D: Martin Campbell) - Morena Baccarin ("Homeland") has been cast in the drama pilot, about the best and brightest active duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine. She'll play Tory Sterling, a psychiatrist who just back from a tour in Afghanistan. Courtney B. Vance, Don Hany and Eloise Mumford also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Stephen Bishop's David has been upped to series regular on "Being Mary Jane" (Deadline.com); Sherry Stringfield has joined the cast of "Under the Dome" as Pauline, "a mysterious woman who may be connected to the origins of the dome" (TVGuide.com); Susan Sarandon will return to "Mike & Molly" as "Molly's (Melissa McCarthy) literary idol J.C. Small" (TVGuide.com); and Sarah Ramos is due back on "Parenthood" as Adam and Kristina's eldest daughter Haddie later this season (TVLine.com).






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· A TO Z (NBC)
· AMERICAN ODYSSEY (NBC)
· BAD JUDGE (NBC)
· BEING MARY JANE (BET)
· CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)
· CLEMENTINE (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DON'T TRUST THE BITCH IN APARTMENT 23 (ABC)
· GREEK (ABC FAMILY)
· HAPPY ENDINGS (ABC)
· HEROES (NBC)
· HOMELAND (SHOWTIME)
· INTRUDERS (BBC AMERICA)
· KEEP IT TOGETHER (ABC)
· LIBRARIAN 2, THE: RETURN TO KING SOLOMON'S MINES (TNT)
· LIBRARIAN 3, THE: CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE (TNT)
· LIBRARIAN, THE: QUEST FOR THE SPEAR (TNT)
· LIBRARIANS, THE (TNT)
· MIKE & MOLLY (CBS)
· MISSION CONTROL (NBC)
· ONE BIG HAPPY (NBC)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· REVENGE (ABC)
· SHAMELESS (SHOWTIME)
· SOBER COMPANION (FOX)
· SUPERNATURAL (CW)
· SUPERNATURAL: BLOODLINES (CW)
· TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO)
· UNDER THE DOME (CBS)
· WARRIORS (ABC)
· WHISPERS, THE (ABC)
· WHITNEY (NBC)





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