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[01/05/16 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 5
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!


BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO; W: David E. Kelley; D: Jean-Marc Vallee) - Alexander Skarsgard and James Tupper have both been cast in the limited series, based on Liane Moriarty's book of the same name about three mothers - Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Jane (Shailene Woodley) - of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Skarsgard play Perry Wright, "a successful businessman, loving father and devoted husband" to Celeste while Tupper is set as Nathan Carlson, the ex-husband of Madeline, now "married to a beautiful and younger yoga instructor." Also signing on are Kathryn Newton (Abigail Mackenzie), Jeffrey Nordling (Gordon Klein), Santiago Cabrera (Joseph Bachman), P.J. Byrne (Warren Nippal), Darby Camp (Chloe Mackenzie), Cameron & Nicholas Crovetti (Max & Josh Wright), Ivy George (Amabella Klein), Chloe Coleman (Skye Carlson) and Virginia Kull (Emily Barnes) with Kelen Coleman, Sarah Burns, Sarah Baker, Kathreen Khavari, Larry Bates, Hong Chau and Gia Carides as fellow parents at their Monterey school. Laura Dern, Adam Scott and Zoe Kravitz also star. (Deadline.com)


BOOST UNIT (FOX, New!) - Jonny Umansky and Zach Hyatt have sold a new drama to the network "that follows the newest recruit of the LAPD's Auto Theft Task Force, a notorious getaway driver with a hidden past." The project comes from Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia's Seven Bucks Productions and Tim Kring's Imperative Entertainment. No studio was indicated. (Deadline.com)


LEGION (FX/FXP; W: Noah Hawley; D: TBA) - Rachel Keller ("Fargo") has been tapped as the female lead on the drama pilot, based on the Marvel Comics character, a troubled young man who may be more than human. She'll play "a scrappy, optimistic woman in her 20s," full details of which weren't given. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Michael Weatherly is departing "NCIS" after a landmark 13 seasons (@M_Weatherly); Jenna Fischer will recur on "The Mysteries of Laura" as "an attorney and single mom who makes waves for Laura when sparks fly between her character and Laura's ex-husband Jake" (Deadline.com); Killing Kittens sex club founder Emma Sayle's "Behind the Mask" memoir is being developed as a TV series by Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment (Deadline.com); Josh Groban and Kat Von D are among the latest faces set to visit CBS's "Life in Pieces" (EW.com); Marisol Nichols will return to "Criminal Minds" as Agent Natalie Colfax later this season (TVLine.com); and Primary Wave Entertainment and DJ Steve Angello are spearheading a potential scripted series set in the word of electronic dance music (Variety.com).






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· BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO)
· BOOST UNIT (FOX)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FARGO (FX)
· LEGION (FX)
· LIFE IN PIECES (CBS)
· MYSTERIES OF LAURA, THE (NBC)
· NCIS (CBS)





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