[08/06/12 - 11:15 PM] Development Update: Monday, August 6 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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THE BEACH (FOX, New!) - Alex Garland's 1996 novel-turned-2000 movie is being developed as a potential drama at the network. Andrew Miller ("The Secret Circle") is spearheading the project, which would track "a group of young people feeling disconnected and disenchanted from society who try to start over in paradise but discover that while creating the perfect world is hard, protecting it is even harder." 20th Century Fox Television, where Miller has a blind script deal, is producing. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED NORMAN MAILER PROJECT (HBO, New!) - Stephen Schiff ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") is spearheading a potential telefilm at the pay channel about the late literary icon Norman Mailer's relationship with prisoner Jack Abbot, who helped the author with his 1980 Pultizer Prize-winning book "The Executioner's Song." Tina Brown is executive producing the project alongside Mailer's son Michael Mailer and Lydia Pilcher while another Mailer son, John, is co-producing with Lawrence Schiller. (THR.com)UNTITLED RAND RAVICH PROJECT (NBC, New!) - "Life" creator Rand Ravich is returning the Peacock, this time for a new Washington, D.C.-set drama about "an idealistic secret service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job." Ravich will pen and executive produce the project alongside his producing partner Far Shariat for 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED SID QUASHIE PROJECT (FX, New!) - Feature writer Sid Quashie ("The Boston College Fix") is set to team with music mogul Andre Romelle Young (a.k.a. Dr. Dre) for a potential drama at the cable channel. The untitled hour "explores present day Los Angeles through the lenses of the music business and the crime business." Quashie will pen the script and executive produce alongside Crucial Television's Dre and Daniel Schnider with Brad Bertner serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)WEST SIDE (ABC, New!) - Byron Balasco ("Detroit 1-8-7") has landed a put pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a "Romeo and Juliet"-esque drama about "two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice, California." Warner Bros. Television-based Wonderland Sound and Vision is behind the hour, which the company's McG and Peter Johnson will executive produce alongside Balasco. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Nick Jonas revealed via his Twitter account that he's being considered as a judge on "American Idol"(@NickJonas); Pete Hamill's novel "Forever" is being eyed as a potential TV series by Radical Media, Fremantle Enterprises and Sundance Productions with Robert Redford among the executive producers (Variety.com); Wilmer Valderrama has booked a three-episode arc on "Raising Hope" as a love interest for Sabrina's mother, played by fellow guest Melanie Griffith (EW.com); Thomas Lennon has been cast as runaway bride Victoria's (Ashley Williams) jilted finance on "How I Met Your Mother"(EW.com); Sharon Osbourne told the New York Post she is quitting "America's Got Talent" over NBC's decision to drop her son Jack from "Stars Earn Stripes" after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (NYPost.com); Busy Philipps will play herself on the season premiere of "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" who reunites with her "Dawson's Creek" co-star James Van Der Beek (TVGuide.com); Brooke Lyons will guest on "Royal Pains" as "a pharmaceutical rep who's not afraid to do some flirting if it closes a sale" (TVLine.com); Dilshad Vadsaria is bound for "Revenge" as "a gorgeous, fiercely intelligent, pop culture savvy financial whiz who brings her own spin to her job at Nolan's (Gabriel Mann) company" (TVLine.com);
Peri Gilpin will recur on "Men at Work" as the new boss at show's Full Steam magazine while Sarah Wright and Stephanie Lemelin are also slated to drop by (TVLine.com); Laura Bell Bundy has been tapped to play a potential love interest for Scott Porter's George on "Hart of Dixie"(HuffPost.com); H. Jon Benjamin's Sterling Archer on "Archer" and Bob Belcher on "Bob's Burgers" will meet in a crossover episode on the former series also featuring Bob's wife Linda (John Roberts) (EW.com); Richard E. Grant and Tom Ward have been tapped to appear in "Doctor Who's" latest Christmas special, which will also introduce the Doctor's (Matt Smith) new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman (EW.com); Dot-Marie Jones will make a cameo on an episode of "The Exes" later this month, also featuring Amanda Detmer and Judith Light (TVLine.com); Odette Annable will recur on Cinemax's "Banshee" as "a beautiful Native American assassin with a murky past" (TVLine.com); Parker Posey will take over for Leslie Mann as "a shot girl at a party to celebrate the removal of Schmidt's penis cast" of "New Girl"(TVLine.com); and Josh Stewart will guest on "Grimm" as "a middle-class dude who moonlights as a Badger-esque creature called a Drang-Zorn" (TVLine.com).