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[01/11/07 - 12:17 AM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 11
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!


CODE MONKEYS (A.K.A. UNTITLED ADAM DE LA PENA PROJECT) (G4) - The cable channel has committed to 14 episodes of the animated comedy, about an oddball group of 1980s game designers. Adam de la Pena ("I'm With Busey") is behind the half-hour, which he'll continue to direct. In addition, he'll voice one of the two lead characters, Dave and Jerry.

Commitment: Ordered to series (14 episodes)
Cast: Adam de la Pena (Voice)
Writer: Adam de la Pena
Director: Adam de la Pena
Executive Producers: Adam de la Pena (Monkey Wrangler Productions)
Studio: Monkey Wrangler Productions


BEDROOMS & BOARDROOMS (ABC) - Charles McDougall ("Desperate Housewives") has signed on to direct Jon Harmon Feldman's drama pilot, about four dysfunctional but lovable CEOs. McDougall won an Emmy for directing "Housewives'" pilot and helmed the first two installments of Showtime's upcoming drama "The Tudors."

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Jon Harmon Feldman
Director: Charles McDougall
Executive Producers: Jon Harmon Feldman
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


DEMONS (CBS) - Mick Jackson has been tapped to direct the Barbara Hall-created drama pilot, about an ex-Jesuit priest/psychologist who performs exorcisms. In recent years he's helmed the openers to ABC's "In Justice" and CBS's "NUMB3RS."

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Barbara Hall
Director: Mick Jackson
Executive Producers: Barbara Hall (Barbara Hall Productions), Joe Roth (Joe Roth Television)
Co-Executive Producer: Nina Lederman
Consultant: Bob Larson
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


THE GREAT AMERICAN DREAM VOTE (ABC, New!) - Reality guru Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor") has booked a five-episode commitment from the Alphabet for a new game show in which regular people see their dreams come true. It's understood each episode of the hour-long series, which could be ready for broadcast as early as next month, will begin with a group of six to eight people stating their case to a studio audience and why their dream deserves to be fulfilled. Said audience will then pair down the participants to two or three finalists with viewers at home determining the winner, to be revealed the following week. Fleiss is executive producing the series alongside Lisa Levenson via his Warner Horizon Television-based Next Entertainment.

Commitment: Ordered to series (five episodes)
Cast: TBA
Writer: TBA
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Lisa Levenson (Next Entertainment), Mike Fleiss (Next Entertainment)
Studio: Warner Horizon Television


THINK TANK (FOX, New!) - Adam de la Pena is set to team with Andy Sipes and Matt Mariska for a potential new animated half-hour at the network and 20th Century Fox Television. The project, which is in the early stages of development, revolves around a mysterious organization established in the 1950s by a wealthy businessman that's responsible for everything that's happened in pop culture during the last 50 years - from "Star Wars" to "American Idol." The workplace comedy then will be told through the eyes of a new staffer who's resented by the more established employees.

Commitment: Script
Cast: TBA
Writers: Adam de la Pena, Andy Sipes and Matt Mariska
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Adam de la Pena (Monkey Wrangler Productions), Andy Sipes and Matt Mariska
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





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· AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
· BACHELOR, THE (ABC)
· BIG SHOTS (ABC)
· CODE MONKEYS (G4)
· DEMONS (CBS)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GREAT AMERICAN DREAM VOTE, THE (ABC)
· I'M WITH BUSEY (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· IN JUSTICE (ABC)
· NUMB3RS (CBS)
· THINK TANK (FOX)
· TUDORS, THE (SHOWTIME)





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