[01/25/12 - 11:02 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, January 25 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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BANSHEE (Cinemax) - The drama, from executive producer Alan Ball, has received a 10-episode order from the pay channel. Said hour centers around "an ex-convict and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he's being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier." Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler created the series and will executive produce alongside Ball, Peter Macdissi and Greg Yaitanes, who's attached to direct the pilot. Production is set to begin this spring on location in and around Charlotte, North Carolina for a 2013 premiere. (Deadline.com)WHITE VAN MAN (ABC) - The Alphabet has given a cast-contingent pilot order to the comedy, about "a man who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father." The single-camera project comes from ITV Studios and the ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co. with Gordon, Bobby Bowman and Paul Buccieri executive producing. Adrian Poynton created the original U.K. series, which bowed on BBC Three last year. (Variety.com)THE WIDOW DETECTIVE (A.K.A. UNTITLED DAVID HUBBARD PROJECT) (CBS) - David Hubbard's drama, about "a decorated police detective who becomes a surrogate husband, lover and father to the families of three partners he's lost in the line of duty," has snagged a pilot order from the Eye. CBS Television Studios and Carol Mendelsohn Productions are behind the hour, which Hubbard and Mendelsohn are executive producing alongside Julie Weitz. (Variety.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Rainn Wilson's Dwight Schrute is being eyed for a potential spin-off of "The Office" set the Schrute family beet farm and bed & breakfast, to be created by Wilson and Paul Lieberstein (Deadline.com); Mexican actors Martha Higareda and Adan Canto have inked talent holding deals with FOX (Deadline.com); Colin Hanks will guest on "Happy Endings" as himself, a new celebrity friend of Zachary Knighton's Dave (EW.com); Morena Baccarin is bound for episode 17 of "The Good Wife" as a high-powered executive who gets entangled with Dylan Baker's returning weirdo Colin Sweeney (EW.com); Margaret Colin will stop by "Blue Bloods" as "a high profile investigative reporter for an international cable news network" who becomes involved with Tom Selleck's Frank (TVLine.com); newcomer Lindsey R. Garrett will appear in a flashback episode "The Vampire Diaries" as "one of the town's founding family members who interacts with both Salvatore brothers" (EOnline.com); Sebastian Stan has booked a role on ABC's "Once Upon a Time," due in late March or early April (TVGuide.com); and Azura Skye will guest on "Grimm" as "a kind, mild-mannered bed and breakfast owner who also happens to be a Seltenvogel, an extremely rare bird-like creature" (TVGuide.com).