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[05/02/14 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Friday, May 2
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!


HISTORY OF MUSIC (HBO; W: George Mastras & Terence Winter; D: Martin Scorsese) - Ray Romano ("Parenthood") has boarded the potential drama, about Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a cocaine-fueled record exec in New York City circa 1977, when punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided. He'll play "Richie's close confidante and right hand man Zak Yankovich, the tough and sharp-witted had of promotions at American Century with years of experience dating back to the shady, mob-infested days of the recording business." Jack Quaid, Juno Temple, Max Casella and Olivia Wilde also star. (Deadline.com)


WEIRD LONERS (FOX/20th; W: Michael J. Weithorn; D: Jake Kasdan) - Meera Rohit Kumbhani will round out the cast of the comedy pilot, about four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another's lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, New York. She's set as Zara Miller, "a beautiful young bisexual woman who's also a free-spirited artist and lifelong heartbreaker who makes people fall in love with her, then unceremoniously dumps them as soon as things get even a smidge serious." Becki Newton, Nate Torrence and Zachary Knighton also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Grey's Anatomy" co-stars Sara Ramirez, James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson and Justin Chambers have all renewed their contracts for two more years (Deadline.com); "Family Guy" co-executive producer Aaron Lee has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television (Deadline.com); Will Yun Lee has joined the cast of "True Blood" as "a Japanese businessman living in Texas, whose bigger-than-life, urban cowboy demeanor nearly rivals the size of his large Stetsons" (Deadline.com); Emmy-winning director Marc Buckland has inked a two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television (Deadline.com); Ben Feldman's Fred will return to "Drop Dead Diva" for an installment airing in June (EW.com); and John Heard has been cast as the father of Alyssa Milano's Savi on "Mistresses" (TVLine.com).






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· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DROP DEAD DIVA (LIFETIME)
· FAMILY GUY (FOX)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· MISTRESSES (ABC)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
· VINYL (HBO)
· WEIRD LONERS (FOX)





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[02/23/17 - 09:00 AM]
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[02/23/17 - 08:27 AM]
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[02/23/17 - 08:12 AM]
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[02/23/17 - 08:04 AM]
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[02/23/17 - 06:02 AM]
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[02/23/17 - 06:01 AM]
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[02/23/17 - 05:07 AM]
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[02/22/17 - 02:00 PM]
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