[03/31/09 - 06:21 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 31
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CELEBRITY REHAB WITH DR. DREW (VH1) - The cable channel's blog is reporting the series has been renewed for a third season. "Premiere date and cast have yet to be determined, but when they are, this blog will deliver the news," reads the post.

COP HOUSE (FOX) - Nick Kroll and Nora Zehetner have both been cast in the comedy pilot, about a halfway house for troubled cops. He'll play Richard O�Donnell, an overzealous cop with an enormous ego and delusional fantasies. Zehetner then is set as Dr. Rebecca Wagner, the house psychologist, who runs group-therapy sessions. Brett Ratner is helming the 20th Century Fox Television-based project from a script by Adam Resnick.

THE EASTMANS (CBS) - James D'Arcy ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about a complicated family of doctors. He's set as Peter, the eldest child, a top vascular surgeon. Margaret Nagle is behind the hour, which comes from Warner Bros. Television.

MASTERWORK (FOX) - Former "Friday Night Lights" star Scott Porter has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about an FBI agent (Matt Passmore) who specializes in the acquisition of stolen art. He'll play Sean Fetters, the man's partner, a fellow agent who's tasked with tracking down international art thieves. Natalie Dormer and Tom Ellis also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which Jeffrey Nachmanoff is directing from a script by Paul T. Scheuring.

THE REAL WORLD (MTV) - The cable channel has commissioned four additional seasons of the reality franchise, taking it through its 26th edition. Production on its 22nd season is underway in Cancun while the show's Brooklyn installment completes its run tomorrow night. Spin-off "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge" likewise has been picked up for another four rounds, bringing it to 21 cycles. Its 17th edition kicks off next week. Both series come from Bunim-Murray Productions, whose newly upped president Gil Goldschein brokered the landmark deal. Jon Murray and Jim Johnston are the executive producers.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

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