[12/19/11 - 11:23 PM] Development Update: Monday, December 19 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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BLOOPERS (Syndication, New!) - Dick Clark Productions is looking to revive its former hidden camera mainstay "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" in weekly syndication beginning this fall. Trifecta Entertainment and Media is distributing the 120-episode package - entitled simply "Bloopers" - which will feature both new and old footage, including user-generated videos. The Tribune station group is already on board, committing to back-to-back hours on weekends. ABC and NBC previously carried various incarnations of the series. (BroadCastingcable.com)THE CLIENT LIST (Lifetime) - Naturi Naughton ("The Playboy Club") has joined the cast of the Jennifer Love Hewitt-led drama, about "a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, ends up running a massage parlor, which offers more than back rubs." She'll play Kendra, "a beautiful, hard-working masseuse at the parlor." (Deadline.com)EPICMEALTIME (G4, New!) - The cable channel has ordered a pilot based on the YouTube hit of the same name, in which Harley Morenstein and his pals create outlandishly high-calorie dishes. Comcast Entertainment Studios is behind the project with Jay James, Gregory Heller, K.P. Anderson and Morenstein serving as executive producers, Darren Morenstein and Evan Rimer as co-executive producers and Jake Farrow as a consulting producer. "EpicMealTime" has garnered 275 million views since its September 2010 launch as well as nearly 2 million subscribers to its YouTube Channel. (THR.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - John Cleese will guest as a couples therapist on NBC's "Whitney"(TVGuide.com); Edwin Hodge is bound for "Cougar Town" as Laurie's (Busy Philipps) new beau, a U.S. soldier stationed in the Middle East with whom she communicates via Skype (TVLine.com); Gary Cole will turn up on "Hart of Dixie" for at least two episodes as Zoe's (Rachel Bilson) non-biological father (TVLine.com); plus Amy Acker will visit "Once Upon a Time" as a potential love interest to Lee Arenberg's character Leroy/Grumpy (THR.com).