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[07/15/11 - 10:49 PM]
Development Update: July 14-15
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!


GLEE (FOX) - Idina Menzel is set to return for the show's third season. She'll reprise her role as Shelby, the birth mother of Lea Michele's character - and adoptive mother to Quinn and Puck's baby girl - for as many as 10-12 episodes. Shelby returns from New York to Ohio to "join William McKinley High School as a new teacher and complicating things for Rachel as well as former flame Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison)."


NIKITA (The CW) - Dillon Casey ("Torchwood: Miracle Day") has scored a recurring role on the show's upcoming sophomore run. He'll play Sean Pierce, "a badass Army special-ops officer assigned by Oversight to both retrieve the stolen black box from Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West)." Season two rolls out on its new night, Fridays at 8:00/7:00c, on September 23.


UNTITLED CYNTHIA MORT/MARY KARR PROJECT (HBO, New!) - Cynthia Mort ("Tell Me You Love Me") and author Mary Karr ("The Liars' Club") are set to team for a potential comedy at the pay channel about "a family's attempt to become whole again, while trying to reconcile their dark and complex past and will center on a writer in New York with flashbacks to her growing up in Texas with a drinking problem." Said half-hour - to be executive produced by Mort, Scott Rudin and Gail Lyon with Karr as a co-executive producer - is based on Karr's life.






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· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GLEE (FOX)
· NIKITA (CW)
· TELL ME YOU LOVE ME (HBO)
· TORCHWOOD (STARZ)
· UNTITLED MORT & KARR PROJECT (HBO)











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