[06/15/12 - 11:04 PM] Development Update: Friday, June 15 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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DRAW SOMETHING (CBS, New!) - The Eye has ordered a pilot for a potential game show based on Zynga's popular app of the same name. Sony Pictures Television is behind the project, in which "teams of celebrities and everyday users will test their skills in front of a studio audience to earn money and big laughs." Said effort will also have a play along at home component where viewers can win prizes alongside the celebrities. Ryan Seacrest of Ryan Seacrest Productions and Michael Davies of Embassy Row Productions are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)THE MINDY PROJECT (FOX) - Matt Warburton, most recently a consulting producer on "Community" and a co-executive producer on "The Simpsons," has been tapped as showrunner of the Mindy Kaling-led comedy. Also signing on are Michael Spiller as executive producer/in-house director, Chris McKenna as a co-executive producer and Linwood Boomer as a consulting producer. There they'll serve alongside executive producer Howard Klein and creator/executive producer Kaling. Charles McDougall directed and executive produced the pilot while B.J. Novak also served as an executive producer on its debut installment. (Deadline.com)MOCKINGBIRD LANE (NBC) - Cheyenne Jackson ("30 Rock") is set to guest star on the drama pilot, an imaginative reinvention of "The Munsters" as a visually spectacular one-hour drama. He'll play Steve ("healthy, handsome, confident, athletic, warm, and friendly"), Eddie's (Mason Cook) new Scout Master, "a widower with no children of his own who becomes smitten with Lily (Portia de Rossi)." The actor, who has also been cast as Jerry O'Rourke in HBO's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," joins the previously cast Charity Wakefield (as Marilyn), Eddie Izzard (as Grandpa) and Jerry O'Connell (as Herman). Bryan Singer is directing the Universal Television-based hour from a script by Bryan Fuller. (Deadline.com)WENDELL & VINNIE (Nickelodeon) - Buddy Handleson ("Shake It Up") has booked a lead role on the comedy pilot, about an irresponsible goofball (Jerry Trainor) who becomes the guardian to his conservative genius 12-year old nephew (Handleson). Jay Kogen is behind the multi-camera project, which is being targeted for the network's Nick at Nite block. Aaron Kaplan is executive producing alongside Kogen. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Britne Oldford is the latest addition to "American Horror Story's" second season, presumably as "one of the patients holed up at the institution for the criminally insane run by Jessica Lange" (TVLine.com); a health scare involving "Liz & Dick" star Lindsay Lohan isn't expected to affect production on the Lifetime movie (Deadline.com); HBO has pulled the digital distribution of the "Fire and Blood" episode and halted shipments of the season one DVD set of "Game of Thrones" following the news that a mask of former president George W. Bush was used as as a prop in a beheading scene in said installment (Deadline.com); and Chris Eigeman is the latest "Gilmore Girls" alum to drop by ABC Family's "Bunheads" as "the director of a play that Michelle (Sutton Foster) and Fanny (Kelly Bishop) attend" (TVLine.com).
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