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[01/04/07 - 12:13 AM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 4
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!


1321 CLOVER (CBS, New!) - Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh ("King of the Hill") have landed a pilot order from a new single-camera comedy which chronicles documentary-style the lives of a typical suburban American family. The pair wrote the pilot, which is based at CBS Paramount Network Television, on spec.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writers: Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Brad Walsh, Paul Corrigan
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


GOSSIP GIRL (The CW) - The netlet has greenlighted its small screen adaptation of Alloy Entertainment's popular book series about privileged teenagers attending elite private schools in New York as told through the eyes of an anonymous blogger. "The O.C." alums Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage penned the pilot script and will executive produce alongside Alloy's Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein. In addition, Schwartz has also inked a new overall deal with producer Warner Bros. Television. Financial specifics about the pact however weren't released.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot (previously put pilot)
Cast: TBA
Writers: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Bob Levy (Alloy Entertainment), Josh Schwartz (College Hill Productions), Leslie Morgenstein (Alloy Entertainment), Stephanie Savage
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


NEW AMSTERDAMN (FOX) - Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom ("The Cider House Rules") has signed on to direct and executive produce the hour, about a man cursed with immortality who works as a homicide detective in New York. He'll work from a script by Allan Loeb and Christian Taylor.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writers: Allan Loeb, Christian Taylor
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Executive Producers: Allan Loeb (Scarlet Fire Productions), Christian Taylor, Lasse Hallstrom, Steven Pearl (Scarlet Fire Productions),
Studio: Regency Television


UNTITLED TOM SCHULMAN/RAFAEL YGLESIAS PROJECT (HBO, New!) - Feature writers Tom Schulman ("Dead Poets Society") and Rafael Yglesias have scored a pilot commitment from the pay channel for a new drama that explores the battle against cancer from the patients' point of view. The project is based on Jerome Groopman's book "The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness" about the stories of seriously ill patients of Groopman who had relied on their hope to cope with their illness. Groopman and his wife, Pamela Hartzband, will serve as consultants on the show. In addition, J.J. Abrams is in talks to come aboard and executive produce as well as potentially direct the hour via his new overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writers: Rafael Yglesias, Tom Schulman
Director: J.J. Abrams
Executive Producers: Bryan Burk (Bad Robot Productions), J.J. Abrams (Bad Robot Productions), Rafael Yglesias, Tom Schulman
Consultants: Jerome Groopman, Pamela Hartzband
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





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· 1321 CLOVER (CBS)
· ANATOMY OF HOPE, THE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GOSSIP GIRL (CW)
· KING OF THE HILL (FOX)
· NEW AMSTERDAM (FOX)
· OC, THE (FOX)





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