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[03/20/09 - 06:13 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (The CW) - Supermodel Elle Macpherson is set to guest star on the drama pilot, about a group of models living together in a co-ed residence in New York. She'll play Claudia, a potentially recurring role, "the owner of Focus Models, the top modeling agency in New York" and "an '80s supermodel who is still in great shape and runs her business with the efficiency and toughness of a dictator." Mischa Barton, Ben Hollingsworth, Sara Paxton, Ashley Madekwe and Nico Tortorella also star in the hour, which comes from creator Adam Giaudrone and helmer Christian Duguay. CBS Paramount Network Television and Katalyst Films are co-producing.


BROTHERS (FOX) - Colton Dunn has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about a retired football player (Michael Strahan) who returns to his hometown and starts working to reconnect with his family. His role wasn't specified. Darryl Mitchell also stars in the half-hour, which comes from the Sony Pictures Television-based Tantamount. Ted Wass is directing from a script by Don Reo.


COP HOUSE (FOX) - Brett Ratner has signed on to direct and executive produce the comedy pilot, about a halfway house for troubled cops. He'll work from a script by creator Adam Resnick. In addition, Rachael Harris and Ajay Naidu have joined the cast of the half-hour, which is based at 20th Century Fox Television. She'll play "the only female cop at the house, sent there for posing nude in Hustler," while Naidu is set as "a cop with a drinking problem." Tony Hale also stars.


THE EASTMANS (CBS) - David Wilson Barnes has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about a complicated family of doctors. He'll play one of the five siblings, a cardiologist. Margaret Nagle penned the hour, which is based at Warner Bros. Television.


THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) - Christine Baranski and Chris Noth have both landed roles on the drama pilot, which revolves around a politician's wife (Julianna Margulies) who gets a job as a junior associate at a top law firm. Noth will guest star as the woman's husband, a former DA in jail because of a sex scandal. Baranski then is set as "the top litigator at the firm and in all of Chicago." Charles McDougall is helming the CBS Paramount Network Television-based hour from a script by Michelle and Robert King.


THE LAW (ABC) - Newcomer Mercedes Masohn has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, which revolves around reserve police officers for the LAPD. Her role wasn't indicated. Cedric the Entertainer and Bob Fisher co-created the half-hour, which comes from ABC Studios.


THE NEISTAT BROTHERS (HBO, New!) - The pay channel has acquired the broadcast rights to a new "innovative" documentary series from filmmakers Casey and Van Neistat ("iPod's Dirty Secret"). The project revolves around the lives and careers of the siblings, who also serve as co-executive producers. It's understood the first episode features "Van Neistat meeting his biological father while his brother makes a movie with his 9-year-old son." No premiere date was specified for the series, which has completed eight episodes. Tom Scott is the executive producer.


OFF DUTY (NBC) - Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandin have inked a two-year first-look deal with Universal Media Studios. The pact gives the studio first crack at any of the pair's American Work banner's output. Already in the works: "Off Duty," a pilot from writer Jason Mantzoukas, as well as the script "Privates," about a dysfunctional family of Burbank-based private eyes who spend more time investigating each other than they do others, both of which are at NBC. The duo are also executive producing the pilot "Walorsky" at FOX, from creators Alessandro Tanaka and Brian Gatewood.


V (ABC) - "Lost" co-star Elizabeth Mitchell has reportedly been cast in the drama pilot, a revival of the 1980s cult franchise of the same name. It's understood she'll be playing the lead role of Erica Evans, a Homeland Security agent who discovers the Visitors' true intentions. It's not clear how said casting will affect her duties on "Lost," however speculation suggests she'll no longer continue as a series regular should the pilot move forward. Yves Simoneau is helming the Warner Bros. Television-based hour from a script by Scott Peters.


WASHINGTON FIELD (CBS) - Adam Jamal Craig has landed a role on the drama pilot, about the FBI's elite National Capital Response Squad. He'll play an unspecified character in the hour, which comes from co-creators Edward Allen Bernero, Jim Clemente and Tim Clemente. Jon Cassar is directing for CBS Paramount Network Television.


THE WHOLE 19 YARDS (CBS, New!) - Endemol USA has booked a pilot order for a new reality series in which contestants race an intense obstacle course and then answer trivia questions. Chris Hardwick ("Attack of the Show") has been tapped to host the hour, which begins production next week. Scott Einziger is the executive producer. No other specifics were released.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





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· BEAUTIFUL LIFE, THE (CW)
· BROTHERS (FOX)
· COP HOUSE (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EASTMANS, THE (CBS)
· GOOD WIFE, THE (CBS)
· LAW, THE (ABC)
· LOST (ABC)
· NEISTAT BROTHERS, THE (HBO)
· OFF DUTY (NBC)
· OFF DUTY (NBC)
· V (ABC)
· WALORSKY (FOX)
· WASHINGTON FIELD (CBS)
· WHOLE 19 YARDS, THE (CBS)





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