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[04/05/16 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, April 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!


ARMAGEDDON LETTERS, THE (Showtime, New!) - James Blight and Janet M. Lang's book, subtitled "Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis," is being developed as a four-hour limited series at the pay channel. Phil Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears) is set to write and direct the potential project, which will "chronicle the buildup to the Cuban Missile Crisis when the world teetered on the edge of nuclear destruction." Albert S. Ruddy, Mike Medavoy, Benjamin Anderson, Todd Martens and Alexandra Ruddy are the executive producers for Ruddy Productions. (Deadline.com)


BLACK CALHOUNS, THE (ABC, New!) - Gail Lumet Buckley's book - "the epic saga of Buckley's family, detailing the experiences of an extraordinary African American clan from the beginning of Reconstruction through the civil rights movement" - is being eyed as a mini-series at the Alphabet. ABC Signature is behind the project, with Martin Chase Productions' Debra Martin Chase and Howard Rosenman executive producing and Amy Lumet and Charles Pugliese receiving producing credits. Buckley herself will serve as a consultant. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Nickelodeon has quietly ordered a 13-episode second season for newcomer "School of Rock" (Deadline.com); novelists Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz have signed onto the writing staff of HBO's upcoming drama "The Deuce" (Deadline.com); Charles Mesure has been cast as Sheriff Heelan, "a small-town sheriff who loves his peaceful community and is not happy when things start to go sideways at the camp" on Freeform's "Dead of Summer" (Deadline.com);

Kat Graham has revealed her upcoming eighth season on "The Vampire Diaries" will be her last (USMagazine.com); Seth Meyers will appear as himself on the midseason premiere of "The Mindy Project" (TVLine.com); John Simm has been cast as "the mysterious benefactor behind Ben/Christopher (Peter Krause) and Margot (Sonya Walger)" on "The Catch" (Variety.com); Amazon's TV sequel to "Galaxy Quest" has been put on hold following the death of Alan Rickman (Nerdist.com); and Josh Friedman is spearheading a small screen take on Hugh Howey's "Beacon 23" for Studio 8 (Variety.com).






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· ARMAGEDDON LETTERS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· BLACK CALHOUNS, THE (ABC)
· CATCH, THE (ABC)
· DEAD OF SUMMER (FREEFORM)
· DEUCE, THE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GALAXY QUEST (AMAZON)
· MINDY PROJECT, THE (HULU)
· SCHOOL OF ROCK (NICKELODEON)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)





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