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[01/07/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: January 7
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF (ABC) - Rod Lurie's ("Line of Fire") drama project has been given a two-hour cast-contingent pilot order. The project, which Lurie will write and executive produce with Marc Frydman through his Touchstone Television-based banner, is a political drama about the first woman to serve as president of the United States. Unlike "The West Wing" however, the series will spend more time examining the president's family life.

THE EVIDENCE (ABC) - John Wells Productions' latest has been give the green light to produce a pilot. The drama, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television, unlike most procedural crime series, will present all the evidence and then try to deconstruct the crime. Dustin Thomason ("The Rule of Four") and Sam Baum ("Young MacGyver") created the series and will write and executive produce the pilot. Wells himself however will not be an executive producer.

THE OSBOURNES (MTV) - The cable channel has confirmed the show's current third season will be its last on the network. The back half of said season is set to premiere Monday, January 17 at 10:30/9:30c.

WASHINGTON STREET (CBS) - David Eigenberg ("Sex and the City") has been cast in the comedy pilot, about the tenants in a modest apartment building who form a family, led by a nurturing single mom (Cynthia Watros). Eigenberg will play a college professor and the neighbor of Watros' character. Shawnee Smith also stars in the project, which comes from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Productions.

WESTSIDE (ABC) - The Alphabet's L.A.-based drama set in the cutthroat world of real estate has been given the go-ahead to produce a pilot. Silvio Horta ("Jake 2.0") is behind the project, which is set up at the Warner Bros. Television-based Class IV Productions with Steve Pearlman and Andrew Plotkin also serving as executive producers.

WHAT ABOUT BRIAN? (ABC, New!) - J.J. Abrams' Touchstone Television-based Bat Robot Productions has set up yet another pilot for the 2005-06 season, this time from feature writer Dana Stevens ("City of Angels"). The project, which has been given a production green light, revolves around a single man in his 30s still trying to figure out his life after all his friends have gotten hitched. Abrams and Stevens will executive produce the pilot along with Bryan Burk ("Lost").

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





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· COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF (ABC)
· EVIDENCE, THE (ABC)
· JAKE 2.0 (UPN)
· LINE OF FIRE (ABC)
· LOST (ABC)
· OSBOURNES, THE (MTV)
· SEX AND THE CITY (HBO)
· SOLD! (ABC)
· WASHINGTON STREET (CBS)
· WHAT ABOUT BRIAN (ABC)
· YOUNG MACGYVER (WB)









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