[07/09/12 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 9
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CASSANDRA FRENCH'S FINISHING SCHOOL FOR BOYS (MTV) - Rose McIver ("The Lovely Bones") has been cast in the title role of the drama pilot, about a 22-year-old overachiever who decides to lock a guy up in her basement in order to train him to become the perfect gentleman. Steve Talley also stars as said fellow, Owen, with Abby Pivaronas and Lyndon Smith as her best friends, Lexi and Claire. Michael Lehmann is directing the hour from a script by Eric Garcia based on his novel. Krysten Ritter also serves as an executive producer. (THR.com)

GRASS VALLEY (AMC, New!) - Taylor Sheridan has booked a potential drama at the cable channel about "two brothers whose lives and livelihoods are inextricably tied to the marijuana boomtown of Ukiah, California." Sony Pictures Television-based One-Two Punch Productions is behind the hour, with the company's Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso presumably executive producing alongside Sheridan. (Deadline.com)

THE TASTE (UNTITLED BOURDAIN & LAWSON PROJECT) (ABC) - The Alphabet has given an eight-episode order to the project, in which four culinary experts - including Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain - "each coach a team of cooks who compete individually and together, facing elimination at the end of each show." Kinetic Content is producing. (Variety.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Jay Roach has been tapped to direct HBO's Cold War-era docudrama "K Blows Top" featuring Paul Giamatti as Nikita Khrushchev (THR.com); Liane Balaban will recur as a doctor/new love interest for Jared Padalecki's Sam on "Supernatural" (EW.com); Barry Watson likewise is bound for "Gossip Girl" as a young entrepreneur/new love interest for Blake Lively's Serena (TVLine.com); Titus Welliver, Sprague Grayden and Reed Diamond are the latest faces set to drop by "White Collar" (TVGuide.com); "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch will lend his voice to an upcoming episode of "The Simpsons" (TVLine.com); Shannyn Sossamon will recur on ABC's "Mistresses" in an unspecified role (Variety.com); "Once Upon a Time" showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have inked a three-year overall deal - with an option for a fourth - with producer ABC Studios (Variety.com); Fuse Entertainment and Eric Overmyer are developing a small screen take on Michael Connelly's novels about brooding LAPD homicide detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch (Deadline.com); Closed on Mondays, the media arm of publisher Oni Press, has inked a first-look deal with Universal Television (Deadline.com); Wass Stevens is set to recur on "House of Cards" as Paul Capra, "who runs the shipyard workers' association" (Deadline.com); and Aaron Douglas is bound for "Hemlock Grove" as Sheriff Sworn, "the local lawman investigating a young girl's gruesome murder in a Pennsylvania steel town" (Deadline.com).

  [july 2012]  


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