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[08/27/12 - 11:01 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 27
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!


ATHENA (FOX, New!) - Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice") has booked a coming-of-age drama at the network based on her graphic novel about "a 23-year-old woman who discovers she's Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare. Each week she must maintain her secret identity while battling a slew of ancient monsters from Greek mythology and searching to uncover which of the other Greek gods is secretly plotting against her to take over the Earth." 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment is behind the hour with the company's Peter Chernin and Kathrine Pope executive producing alongside Joy. (Deadline.com)


BATES MOTEL (A&E) - Oscar-nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up in the Air") is the first to be cast in the upcoming drama, a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates, relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. She'll play said matriarch, described "as passionate, and compelling, a smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us." Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin are behind the Universal Television-based hour, which was ordered directly to series last month. (Deadline.com)


BETRAYAL (ABC, New!) - David Zabel ("Detroit 1-8-7") is looking to import the Dutch series "Overspel," about "an unhappily married woman who begins a torrid affair with the lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be the legal counsel for a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the affair and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved." Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya ("Red Widow") are also on board to executive produce the hour, which is set up at ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)


THE FARM (NBC) - Veteran character actor Tom Bower is the latest addition to the proposed "The Office" spin-off, which has Dwight (Rainn Wilson) living at the Schrute family beet farm/bed and breakfast. He'll play his great uncle Heinrich Manheim, "who is charming, greedy, manipulative... and may have had to spend time in Argentina following World War II, thanks to his German National Socialist roots." Majandra Delfino, Thomas Middleditch and Matt Jones co-star in the Universal Television-based project, from co-creators Wilson and Paul Lieberstein. (Deadline.com)


HOW TO ROCK (Nickelodeon) - Co-creator David M. Israel has posted to his Tumblr account that the freshman comedy won't be returning for a second season. "Nickelodeon has decided, unfortunately, not to give How To Rock a second season," he wrote. "I know this news will be very disappointing for many of you. Believe me, it's disappointing for me, too." The first of its six remaining episodes will air on Saturday, September 22 ("How To Rock a Singing Telegram") culminating in the finale on Saturday, December 8 ("How To Rock Christmas"). (Tumblr.com)


UNTITLED INGRID HAAS PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Ingrid Haas ("Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") is set to star in a semi-autobiographical comedy at the network in which "Ingrid's parents come to visit her in Los Angeles, she accidentally breaks up their marriage, forcing Ingrid's dad, Wayne, to move in with her and her roommate in their Melrose Place-style apartment building." Haas herself will pen the half-hour with Brad Wollack, Chelsea Handler and Tom Brunelle of Borderline Amazing Productions also executive producing for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Syfy is finalizing a deal to acquire the broadcast rights to Canadian newcomer "Continuum" (Deadline.com); Abby Elliott has scored a multi-episode arc on "How I Met Your Mother" as "the craziest girl the HIMYM gang has ever encountered" (EW.com); Jon Glaser is bound for "Parks & Recreation" as a town councilman who becomes Leslie's (Amy Poehler) nemesis (TVLine.com); John Boyd and Dileep Rao are the latest faces to recur on "Touch" (THR.com); Wendy Crewson will guest on "Revenge" as "a powerful business executive who has dealings with Conrad (Henry Czerny)" (TVGuide.com); Debbie Allen's Catherine Avery will return for a least one episode of "Grey's Anatomy" while the actress is also slated to direct another installment (TVGuide.com); Chris Diamantopoulos will visit "The Goodwin Games" as "a beloved and charismatic doctor who is local in the Goodwins' hometown" (TVGuide.com);

Anika Noni Rose is set to drop by "Elementary" as a former colleague of Joan's (Lucy Liu) who assists with their investigation (TVGuide.com); "Covert Affairs" co-star Chris Gorham will direct the show's 13th installment this season (TVGuide.com); Leslie Jordan will play the leader at a couples retreat attended by Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina (Shannon Woodward) on "Raising Hope" (TVGuide.com); Jackie Hoffman will guest as the mother of Justin Bartha's David on "The New Normal" while Sterling Sulieman is set to recur as Rocky's (NeNe Leakes) Republican EMT brother (Deadline.com, TVGuide.com); Vinessa Shaw and Michael Wiseman will recur on "Vegas" with Haley Strode also set to guest star (Deadline.com, THR.com); Pedro Pascal and Fernanda Andrade are bound for "Red Widow" in multi-episode arcs (Deadline.com); Katherine Tokarz will recur on "The Neighbors" as fellow alien Mary Lou Retton (Deadline.com); and Michael Gaston has been tapped to play Kylie's (Autumn Reeser) father on "Last Resort" (Deadline.com).






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· ATHENA (FOX)
· BATES MOTEL (A AND E)
· BETRAYAL (ABC)
· BURN NOTICE (USA)
· CONTINUUM (SYFY)
· COVERT AFFAIRS (USA)
· DETROIT 187 (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ELEMENTARY (CBS)
· FARM, THE (NBC)
· GOODWIN GAMES, THE (FOX)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· HOW TO ROCK (NICKELODEON)
· LAST RESORT (ABC)
· NEIGHBORS, THE (ABC)
· NEW NORMAL, THE (NBC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· RAISING HOPE (FOX)
· RED WIDOW (ABC)
· REVENGE (ABC)
· TOUCH (FOX)
· UNTITLED INGRID HAAS PROJECT (NBC)
· VEGAS (CBS)









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