[01/30/07 - 12:13 AM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 30
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ARMED & FAMOUS (CBS) - VH1 will reportedly air one of the show's unaired episodes this Saturday at 9:00/8:00c. Leading into the broadcast will be the four installments aired thus far by CBS. It's not clear when or if VH1 will run the two other installments from its seven-episode order. According to the Muncie Star Press, said episodes have yet to be turned into the network (read the story) and "it's unclear whether they are finishing them or not." Officially the series is listed as "on hiatus" by CBS.

THE BIONIC WOMAN (NBC) - Michael Dinner ("Kidnapped") has signed on to direct the drama pilot, a re-imagining of the 1970s series of the same name. He'll work from a script by co-creators Laeta Kalogridis and David Eick.

Commitment: Cast-contingent
Cast: TBA
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis
Director: Michael Dinner
Executive Producers: David Eick, Laeta Kalogridis
Studio: NBC Universal Television

BUSINESS CLASS (NBC) - Adam Bernstein ("30 Rock") has added a second project to his 2007-08 season development roster. He's come aboard to direct the single-camera comedy, from creators Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, about the absurd adventures of two traveling soda salesmen who embark on a nonstop business trip. Said project is in addition to his helming duties on the CBS drama pilot presentation "Law Dogs."

Commitment: Cast-contingent
Cast: TBA
Writers: Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein
Director: Adam Bernstein
Executive Producers: Bill Oakley, Dave Bartis (Dutch Oven Productions), Doug Liman (Dutch Oven Productions), Josh Weinstein
Studio: NBC Universal Television Studio

THE I.T. CROWD (NBC) - Rocky Carroll ("Invasion") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about three misfits (Joel McHale, Richard Ayoade, Jessica St. Clair) who work in the I.T. department of a large corporation. He'll play the department's supremely confident and egotistical corporate boss. In addition, Gail Mancuso ("30 Rock") has signed on to direct the half-hour, from co-creators David Guarascio, Joe Port, Joe Wiseman and Moses Port.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Jessica St. Clair (Jen), Joel McHale (Roy), Richard Ayoade (Moss), Rocky Carroll
Writers: David Guarascio, Joe Port, Joe Wiseman, Moses Port
Director: Gail Mancuso
Executive Producers: David Guarascio, Joe Port, Joe Wiseman, Moses Port
Consultant: Graham Lineman
Studios: FremantleMedia North America, NBC Universal Television Studio

TEASE (Oxygen) - The cable channel has quietly announced the series will move to Sundays at 10:00/9:00c. No reason was given for the change, which takes effect on Sunday, February 11.

UNTITLED DAVID SHORE/PETER BLAKE PROJECT (NBC) - Famke Janssen ("Nip/Tuck") has been tapped for the lead role in the drama pilot, a light drama with procedural elements that centers on a female cop (Janssen).

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Famke Janssen
Writers: David Shore, Peter Blake
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: David Shore (Shore Z Productions), Peter Blake
Studio: NBC Universal Television Studio

UNTITLED VICTORIA PILE PROJECT (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has added another comedy pilot to its development roster, a new comedy about the eccentric characters in a police precinct. Victoria Pile ("Smack the Pony") is behind the CBS Paramount Network Television-based half-hour, which she reportedly plans to write, direct and executive produce.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Victoria Pile
Director: Victoria Pile
Executive Producers: Victoria Pile
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

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