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[08/28/12 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, August 28
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


BLACK SAILS (Starz) - Neil Marshall ("Game of Thrones") is set to direct the debut installment of the Michael Bay-produced drama, a pirate adventure centering on the tales of Captain Flint and his men, 20 years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic "Treasure Island." He'll work from a script by Jon Steinberg and Robert Levine who are executive producing alongside Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Eight episodes have been ordered for a 2014 premiere on the pay channel. (Deadline.com)


GATES (NBC, New!) - "'Til Death" co-creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith have snagged a pilot order from the Peacock for a domestic take on the British comedy about "the parents, the school staff and the 15-minute social minefield they have to navigate at the beginning and end of each school day." The single-camera project comes from 20th Century Fox Television with Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Feelgood Fiction's Laurence Bowen and Philip Clarke serving as executive producers alongside the duo. (Deadline.com)


I'M NOT DEAD YET (TV Land) - Rachel G. Fox ("Melissa & Joey") has joined the cast of the single-camera comedy pilot, about Sandy Lazarus (Ben Falcone), a driving instructor who, after learning he has a potentially fatal heart condition, decides to start speaking his mind and grab life by the horns. She'll play his daughter Melanie Lazarus, "a goth-looking 13-year-old who was recently betrayed by a best friend." Missi Pyle and Elliott Gould also star in the half-hour, from Ben Silverman's Electus banner and creator Jon Sherman. (Variety.com)


UNTITLED JOSS WHEDON PROJECT (ABC) - Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen ("Spartacus: Gods of the Arena") have been tapped to co-write Joss Whedon's proposed drama from Marvel Television and ABC Studios. Said hour, which has been greenlit to produce a pilot, will follow the small screen adventures of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb are also on board to executive produce with Joss Whedon attached to direct should his schedule permit. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Shawn Ryan, Eddie Murphy and Sony Pictures Television are making the rounds with a small screen adaptation of "Beverly Hills Cop" with Murphy attached for an on-camera role (Vulture.com); Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter and Sarah Hyland are the latest "Modern Family" co-stars closing in on new deals reportedly valued at $70,000 an episode, nearly tripling their current salaries (Deadline.com); MGM Television is developing a small screen revival of "Fame" with producer Nigel Lythgoe (Deadline.com); Bailey Buntain will guest on "The Middle" as "an incoming freshman that Sue (Eden Sher) decides to mentor, but who will ultimately not need her help to become popular" (EW.com); Annie Wersching is bound for "Body of Proof" as part of a "top-secret double-episode storyline" (TVLine.com); Stacey Farber will recur on The CW's "Cult" as a tech-savvy resource for Matt Davis's journalist Jeff (TVLine.com); Ali Wentworth has snagged a role on "Cougar Town" as a love interest for Bob Clendenin's Tom (TVLine.com); and Jon Foster will guest on "Suits" as a "social media wunderkind" whose company is about to hit Wall Street (THR.com).






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· BEVERLY HILLS COP (CBS)
· BLACK SAILS (STARZ)
· BODY OF PROOF (ABC)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· CULT (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
· GATES (NBC)
· I'M NOT DEAD YET (TV LAND)
· MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD (ABC)
· MELISSA & JOEY (ABC FAMILY)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· SPARTACUS (STARZ)
· SUITS (USA)
· 'TIL DEATH (FOX)











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