[10/01/10 - 06:32 PM] Development Update: Friday, October 1 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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MELISSA & JOEY (ABC Family) - The cable channel is said to be close to ordering 10-12 additional episodes of the series. According to the network, the multi-camera comedy ranks "as cable's No. 1 program in its time period among Adults 18-34 (672,000/1.0 rating), Adults 18-49 (1.2 million/0.9 rating) and Viewers 12-34 (885,000/1.0 rating), and across all 3 core female demos."
MUSINGS OF A MIDDLE CHILD (CBS, New!) - Bill Kunstler ("Accidentally on Purpose") has booked a new comedy at the Eye about "a man suffering from middle-child syndrome who is determined to spare his own middle child of the same fate." The CBS Television Studios-based project is based on a manuscript by Bruce Hopman, whom Kunstler worked during his early days in advertising. No other specifics were given. Separately, Kunstler has inked a blind script deal with Warner Bros. Television - where he'll develop a new project alongside Topher Grace and Sargent Hall Productions banner - while his cast-contingent pilot "Tick-Tock" at CBS has been rolled from last year.
NANNYLAND (ABC, New!) - Alexa Junge ("United States of Tara") is developing a new dramedy at the Alphabet about "three branches of an extended Los Angeles family -- as told through the eyes of their three Latina nannies." Jennifer Lopez, Simon Fields and Ann Blanchard are executive producing the hour, which has a script plus penalty order, alongside Junge for Sony Pictures Television and Lopez's Nuyorican Productions. Said project predates Lopez's "first-look" film agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Films and FOX as part of her "American Idol" duties.
WONDER WOMAN (New!) - David E. Kelley ("Ally McBeal") reportedly is developing a small screen take on the DC Comics icon, an Amazonian princess sent from the mythical island of Themyscira to save a world torn by the hatred of men. Said development comes after various attempts to get a feature incarnation off the ground - most recently from producer Joel Silver and writer/director Joss Whedon - as well as a Deborah Joy LeVine's TV push in the late 1990s. Kelley, who's based at Warner Bros. Television, will write and executive produce.