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[01/02/07 - 12:11 AM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 2
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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HICK-SPANIC (Showtime, New!) - Comedian Alex Reymundo is set to topline a potential comedy series at the cable channel loosely based on his life and stand-up routine. Michael Glouberman ("Malcolm in the Middle") is penning the pilot script to the CBS Paramount Network Television-based project, which centers on a guy of Mexican decent (Reymundo) and his blond-haired, blue-eyed hillbilly wife who live in a small Kentucky town with their two children, surrounded by the sides of the family who are constantly battling about who married up. Glouberman then will executive produce alongside Jeffrey Kramer ("Ally McBeal") with Reymundo's manager Scott Montoya also receiving a producing credit.

Commitment: Script
Cast: Alex Reymundo
Writer: Michael Glouberman
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Jeffrey Kramer, Michael Glouberman
Producer: Scott Montoya
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


MR. & MRS. SMITH (ABC) - Doug Liman and Simon Kinberg's small screen take on the 2005 feature starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has been ordered to pilot. The project takes place about six months after the events in the film, as they've bought a new house in a new suburb and have re-established their businesses, but the attraction and sexual spark they had found at movie's end has dwindled, and they are back dealing with marital issues.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot (previously put pilot)
Cast: TBA
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Director: Doug Liman
Executive Producers: Dave Bartis (Dutch Oven Productions), Doug Liman (Dutch Oven Productions), Simon Kinberg
Studio: Regency Television


UNTITLED JOSH SAFRAN ABC PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Writer/producer Josh Safran is developing a new drama at the Alphabet about a twentysomething woman who, after initially resisting, decides to join the family business: the Secret Service. The untitled hour is set up at Warner Bros. Television with Safran and Wonderland Sound & Vision's McG executive producing.

Commitment: Script
Cast: TBA
Writer: Josh Safran
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Josh Safran, McG (Wonderland Sound & Vision)
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


UNTITLED JOSH SAFRAN FOX PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Josh Safran has booked a second script order, this time for a drama at FOX about a pair of detectives who help clients go back in time to change what they most regret. He'll pen the pilot script and executive produce alongside Greer Shephard and Michael Robin via their Shephard-Robin Company.

Commitment: Script
Cast: TBA
Writer: Josh Safran
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Greer Shephard (The Shephard-Robin Company), Josh Safran, Michael Robin (The Shephard-Robin Company)
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





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· ALLY MCBEAL (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HICK-SPANIC (SHOWTIME)
· MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE (FOX)
· MR. & MRS. SMITH (ABC)
· UNTITLED JOSH SAFRAN PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED JOSH SAFRAN PROJECT (FOX)









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