[07/31/12 - 11:02 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, July 31 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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THE BRADY BUNCH (CBS, New!) - Mike Mariano ("Raising Hope") is spearheading a revival of the 1969-1974 comedy, in which "a divorced Bobby Brady, with children of his own, is remarried to a woman who also has kids, and together they also share a child. In addition, their ex-spouses are still part of their lives." Vince Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsley of Wild West Picture Show Productions are executive producing the multi-camera project alongside Mariano and Lloyd Schwartz, son of the late Sherwood Schwartz, for CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)FOUNDING FATHERS (ABC, New!) - Feature writer Richard D'Ovidio ("Thir13en Ghosts") has landed a new drama at the network about Nick Keating who, "after serving a third tour in Afghanistan, returns home to find his small Texas town under the control of a militia group led by his older foster brother. After being seduced by the militia's surprisingly community-based motives, he accepts a rare invitation to join the group [where] unbeknownst to his new 'family,' Nick has a secret agenda that will put his life in jeopardy and lead him to question his allegiances." ABC Studios-based Di Bonaventura Pictures Television is behind the hour, with the company's Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott executive producing alongside D'Ovidio. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED DAN HARMON PROJECT (FOX, New!) - "Community" creator Dan Harmon has inked a second blind script deal in as many weeks, this time at the Eye. CBS Television Studios will produce the potential half-hour, also a multi-camera comedy project. Harmon previously signed a similar deal with FOX last week. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Peter Hermann will guest as Erin Reagan-Boyle's (Bridget Moynahan) ex-husband on "Blue Bloods"(EW.com); Josh Stamberg is set to drop by "Criminal Minds" as "the father of a desperate family that has been abducted" (TVLine.com); Matt Lauria has booked an arc on "Parenthood" as "a returning soldier from Afghanistan who bonds with fellow war vet Zeek (Craig T. Nelson)" (TVLine.com); Melissa Benoist and Becca Tobin have both landed roles as new McKinley students on "Glee"(TVLine.com); Ben Feldman's Fred will return to "Drop Dead Diva" for the show's fourth season finale (EW.com); Shiri Appleby is bound for "Girls" as "a beautiful and charming New Yorker who adores Adam (Adam Sackler) despite his wild sexual tendencies" (Deadline.com); Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren have been tapped to play the mother and grandmother, respectively, of Shannon Woodward's Sabrina on "Raising Hope"(Deadline.com); John Legend's Get Lifted Film Company has inked an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions (Deadline.com); Charlie Robinson will recur on "Hart of Dixie" as Ruby Jeffries's (Golden Brooks) surly grandfather (THR.com); John Kapelos has booked a role on "Psych" as "a Santa Barbara City Council leader who is tasked with serving as the interim mayor after Mayor Channing dies unexpectedly" (THR.com); and Tiio Horn has joined Netflix's "Hemlock Grove" as Destina Rumaneck, "a Gypsy witch-prostitute whose confidence games are a mask for dark supernatural abilities" (THR.com).