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[09/23/11 - 10:55 PM]
Development Update: Friday, September 23
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!


LEGAL AFFAIRS (ABC, New!) - "NYPD Blue" co-creator Steven Bochco is returning to the Alphabet with a new drama about "the partners and associates at a prestigious L.A. law firm who must balance tangled personal relationships with the demands of family and high-profile cases." Jonathan Abrahams ("Raising the Bar") will co-write the ABC Studios-based hour and executive produce alongside Bochco as well as Gary Fleder and Mary Beth Basile of Mojo Films. (Deadline.com)


SAVE ME (NBC, New!) - John Scott Shepherd ("The Days") is reportedly close to a cast-contingent pilot order from the Peacock for a single-camera comedy about "a woman who, after an accident, starts to believe that she is channeling God." Sony Pictures Television and the studio-based Original Film are behind the half-hour, which was previously set up at Showtime. Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Scott Winant are also on board to executive produce with the latter presumably attached to direct. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED ILENE CHAIKEN PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Ilene Chaiken has snagged a script order for a new drama at the Peacock about "a lesbian couple who are doctors at an inner-city Philadelphia hospital." Said hour, from Universal Television-based Wolf Films, comes on the heels of Chaiken's sale of another untitled project at CBS. Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Danielle Gelber are executive producing alongside Chaiken. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED MICHAEL GREEN PROJECT (ABC, New!) - "The River" executive producer Michael Green has booked another drama at the Alphabet about "a female cop who, after pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, discovers a magical world that exists within New York City." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the project, which has received a put pilot commitment. Green then will write and executive produce alongside his manager Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts Entertainment. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED TODD SLAVKIN/DARREN SWIMMER PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer ("Smallville") have sold a new drama to the Peacock about "investigators who go into the memory banks of murder victims in order to solve the crimes." They'll write and executive produce the untitled hour for the Universal Television-based Wolf Films with Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski and Danielle Gelber also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED GREG BERLANTI/GREG MALINS PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Greg Malins and Greg Berlanti have snagged a put pilot order for a multi-camera comedy at the Eye about "a notorious womanizer who, after surviving a health scare, realizes that 'the one' is his ex-turned-gal pal/business partner who's already engaged to a nice guy." They'll write and executive produce the half-hour for Warner Bros. Television, where their respective overall deals are based. The news comes on the heels of sales to the network by both auspices: Malins is co-writing a workplace comedy with Bill Lawrence, while Berlanti is executive producing a Nick Wootton-penned drama. (Deadline.com)


ZERO HOUR (ABC, New!) - Paul Scheuring ("Prison Break") has booked a new drama at the Alphabet about "a skeptical everyman who gets swept up in one of history's greatest conspiracies: a spectacular mystery surrounding the Twelve Apostles, that gives rise to questions about his own identity." ABC Studios and Di Bonaventura Pictures Television are behind the hour, with the latter's Dan McDermott and Lorenzo di Bonaventura executive producing alongside Scheuring. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "The Hard Times of R.J. Berger" co-creator David Katzenberg will direct Lauren Iungerich's pilot "Dumb Girls," also at MTV (Deadline.com); Allison Munn, Scott Holroyd, Devin McGee and Barbara Alyn Woods are the latest "One Tree Hill" alums set to return for the show's final season, while Richard Burgi has been cast as Brooke's (Sophia Bush) oft-mentioned but never seen father (HollywoodLife.com, TVLine.com); Brent Musburger and Rob Riggle will both stop by "Happy Endings" later this season (TVLine.com, THR.com); "True Blood's" Joe Manganiello will turn up on "Two and a Half Men" as the new boyfriend Judy Greer's Bridget - the ex-wife of Ashton Kutcher's character - while Monika Smith will appear in the same October 24 installment as a girl Walden (Kutcher) and Alan (Jon Cryer) meet at a bar (EW.com, THR.com).






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· AWKWARD (MTV)
· DAYS, THE (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DUMB GIRLS (MTV)
· GOTHAM (ABC)
· HAPPY ENDINGS (ABC)
· HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER, THE (MTV)
· LEGAL AFFAIRS (ABC)
· NYPD BLUE (ABC)
· OH FUCK, IT'S YOU (CBS)
· ONE TREE HILL (CW)
· PRISON BREAK (FOX)
· QUEAN (CBS)
· RAISING THE BAR (TNT)
· RIVER, THE (ABC)
· SAVE ME (NBC)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
· TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
· UNTITLED ILENE CHAIKEN PROJECT (NBC)
· UNTITLED SLAVKIN & SWIMMER PROJECT (NBC)
· ZERO HOUR (ABC)











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