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[04/16/12 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Monday, April 16
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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SUPER FUN NIGHT (CBS) - Edi Patterson and Deborah Baker Jr. will round out the cast of the comedy pilot, about three nerdy female friends - Kimmie (Rebel Wilson), Helen-Alice (Jenny Slate) and Marika (Patterson) - on their quest to have super fun every Friday night. Patterson will play the aforementioned Marika ("a classic grenade who always wears ill-fitting sports attire") with Baker as Jazmine, Kimmie's younger, prettier sister. The previously cast Alan Ritchson plays the latter's boyfriend Jason with Kevin Bishop as Richard, Kimmie's new co-worker/love interest. Mark Cendrowski is directing the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which was penned by Wilson. (Deadline.com)


THE UNPROFESSIONAL (ABC) - Zachary Gordon ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about Hilary Pfeiffer-Dunne (Mary McCormack), a high-powered executive who now faces the biggest challenge of her life when she finds herself unemployed and acting as a full-time mom to her two teenagers. He'll play her son Dylan ("a smart ass - because he's smart"), taking over for the previously cast Aiden Potter. Said change was made following the table read with the producers opting to age up the character. Greg Germann, Horatio Sanz, Mo Gaffney and Sabrina Carpenter also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, from writer Kari Lizer and director Craig Zisk. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Gregg Henry will recur on ABC Family's upcoming drama "Bunheads" as "a fiftysomething surfer dude who owns a local restaurant"; while Kenny Ortega has been tapped to direct the show's third episode (TVLine.com, THR.com); Christine Estabrook will reprise her role as nosy neighbor Martha Huber on the series finale of "Desperate Housewives" (THR.com); Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment has inked its first overall deal, with Universal Cable Productions (Deadline.com); and Jessalyn Gilsig and Patricia Richardson have joined the cast of the Hallmark original movie "Smart Cookies," due this fall (Variety.com).






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· BUNHEADS (ABC FAMILY)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· SMART COOKIES (HALLMARK)
· SUPER FUN NIGHT (CBS)
· UNPROFESSIONAL, THE (ABC)









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