[01/03/12 - 10:52 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 3
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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THE CLIENT LIST (Lifetime) - Kathleen York and Cybill Shepherd are the latest additions to the upcoming Jennifer Love Hewitt-led drama, about "a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, ends up running a massage parlor which serves as a front for a call girl service." York is on board as Jolene, a masseuse at the parlor, while Shepherd will play the mother of Hewitt's character, reprising her role from the movie (then named Cassie, now called Lynette). (Deadline.com)

ISABEL (NBC) - Sophia Schloss ("Grimm") has scored the title role on the comedy pilot, about "an otherwise normal, angry middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising a daughter (Schloss) who has magical qualities." Howard Busgang and Tom Nursall are behind the Universal Television-based half-hour, to be directed by Todd Holland. Aaron Kaplan, Jocelyn Deschenes and Karey Burke are also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)

MARRIED WITH A ROOMMATE (NBC, New!) - Spike Feresten ("Talkshow with Spike Feresten") has booked a new multi-camera comedy at the Peacock about "a young married couple that moves into a house with their single bachelor friend in an upscale San Francisco suburb." Universal TV and BermanBraun are behind the half-hour, which Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun will presumably executive produce alongside Feresten. (Deadline.com)

SWORN TO SILENCE (Lifetime) - Christian Campbell has joined the cast of the backdoor pilot movie, which stars his sister Neve Campbell as Kate Burkholder, the new Chief of Police of the Amish farming community of Painter's Mill, Ohio, who's still haunted by a series of brutal murders from her childhood. He'll play her brother in the project, which comes from Barbara Lieberman Films, writer Mark Malone and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Michael B. Jordan will guest on "House's" 14th episode as a blind patient of the week (TVLine.com); Josh Stamberg is set to visit "Castle" for a two-part episode as "an intelligence officer that ends up being very important to the case" (TVLine.com); Kim Kardashian will turn up on the Tim Allen-led comedy "Last Man Standing" as herself (TVLine.com); and Liza Minnelli is bound for "Hot in the Cleveland" as the agent of Wendie Malick's Victoria Chase (TVLine.com).

  [january 2012]  


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