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[10/04/12 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 4
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!


THE ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE (CBS, New!) - "Homeland" co-creators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have landed a pilot production commitment from the Eye for a new drama about "a female FBI agent who starts working with a mysterious psychiatrist with whom she shares a past connection." Said hour, set up at Gordon's 20th Century Fox Television-based Teakwood Lane, is inspired by Adrian Raine's upcoming book of the same name, subtitled "The Biological Roots of Crime." Gordon and Gansa will co-write the hour and executive produce with Teakwood's Hugh Fitzpatrick serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


THE CLUB (CBS, New!) - Chris Case ("Retired at 35") has set up a new comedy at the Eye about "a down-on-his-luck golf pro who tries to find his mojo in the midst of the inner workings of a country club." The presumably multi-camera half-hour comes from the CBS Television Studios-based Tannenbaum Co. with the company's Eric and Kim Tannenbaum executive producing alongside Case. (Deadline.com)


I GUESS I DO (NBC, New!) - FunnyorDie.com mainstay Lauryn Kahn has sold a single-camera comedy to the Peacock about "a sham green card marriage between a womanizing British celebrity trainer and a psychology grad student who is using her new husband as the subject for her dissertation on the modern male." Universal Television is behind the half-hour with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay of Gary Sanchez Productions also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


THE HUNDRED (The CW, New!) - Kass Morgan's upcoming post-apocalyptic book - about "100 juvenile delinquents that are released to the surface of a wildly changed Earth, with the survival of the human race entirely in their hands" - is being developed as a drama series at the netlet and Warner Bros. Television. Jason Rothenberg ("Body Politic") is set to pen the adaptation with Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


KILLER WOMEN (ABC, New!) - Hannah Shakespeare ("The Raven") is set to pen a domestic take on the Argentine series "Mujeres Asesinas." ABC Studios and POL-KA Productiones are behind the hour, which follows the exploits of a female Texas Ranger. Actress Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family") and director Martin Campbell ("Last Resort") are also on board to executive produce the project alongside Shakespeare, Electus' Ben Silverman and Latin World Entertainment's Luis Balaguer. (Variety.com)


LEISURE CLUB (NBC, New!) - Stephnie Weir (ABC's "Counter Culture") has sold a new comedy to the Peacock about "a group of younger Baby Boomers living in a 55+ retirement community who revert back to the archetypes they were in high school." Sony Pictures Television-based Original Film is behind the half-hour, which has a penalty attached. Neil Moritz and Vivian Cannon are executive producing alongside Weir with Weir's manager Meghan Schumacher also receiving a producing credit. (Deadline.com)


THE SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES (NBC) - Martin Henderson ("Off the Map") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, based on Josie Brown's book about three suburban couples affected by a murder. He's set as Kyle Dunn, "a former flight surgeon and astronaut who returns home after a prolonged absence and finds life with his family isn't what it seems." Perrey Reeves and Nicole Ari Parker also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, director Mark Pellington and writer Sascha Penn. (TVLine.com)


SOCIO (ABC Family) - Avan Jogia ("Victorious") has booked the title role on the Gavin Polone-produced drama pilot, about a charismatic 16-year-old alleged sociopath who recently reconnected with his two female best friends from childhood, and who becomes the prime suspect when a fellow student is murdered. He'll play said fellow, Danny, alongside the previously cast Maddie Hasson and Kylie Bunbury. Adam Milch penned the hour and serves as a co-executive producer. (THR.com)


UNTITLED CHRIS CASE/KATE WALSH PROJECT (NBC, New!) - "Retired at 35" creator Chris Case has sold a multi-camera comedy to the Peacock about "a recently divorced father of two pre-teen boys that quickly falls in love with a freewheeling woman cop who has little experience with children, while dealing with his ex-wife, who is now living with his best friend." The 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour is loosely based on his relationship with "Private Practice" star Kate Walsh. Walsh and Case will executive produce alongside Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED DIANE WARREN PROJECT (NBC) - The long-in-the-works drama, inspired by the music of songwriter Diane Warren, has found a third home. Krista Vernoff ("Private Practice") is penning the revised take, about "a 30-something songwriter who has written the most epic love songs of our time, despite, or perhaps due to the fact that she is painfully unlucky in love." Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein spearheaded the original ABC incarnation in 2005 while Toni Kalem took a stab the following year at Lifetime. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Storyline Entertainment are executive producing the now Universal Television-based hour alongside Vernoff with Warren serving as a consulting producer. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED PETER MURRIETA PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Peter Murrieta ("Level Up") has landed a new comedy at the Peacock billed as a "multi-generational family show based on his own family - juxtaposing the immigrant generation, the assimilation generation and the modern one." No studio was indicated. Murrieta will write and executive produce alongside 3 Arts Entertainment. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED VANESSA MCCARTHY PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Vanessa McCarthy ("Rules of Engagement") has sold a semi-autobiographical comedy to the Eye about her experience as "a working mother and the bond she forms with her naïve younger nanny." The Sony Pictures Television-based Happy Madison is behind the multi-camera project with the company's Doug Robinson executive producing alongside McCarthy. (THR.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Ivan Sergei will guest on "Body of Proof" as "a mysterious Ukrainian who catches the eye of Jeri Ryan's Kate at a political event" (TVLine.com); Vanessa Marcil is set to visit "Hawaii Five-0" as "a therapist Alex O'Loughlin's McGarrett suspects is involved in a murder case and might be messing with his mind," while Tom Arnold will also appear as the villain in this season's ninth episode (TVGuide.com, TVLine.com); Rutger Hauer has joined the cast of "True Blood" as "a mysterious and sinister figure with deep ties to Sookie and Jason" (TVLine.com); Daphne Rubin-Vega is bound for "Smash" as a Broadway publicist (EW.com); Jill Scott will guest on "Fringe" as "an incredibly intuitive woman, an oracle-like person" (EW.com); indie rock group Tegan and Sara will perform on "90210's" Christmas episode (TVLine.com); LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton will both return to "The Big Bang Theory" in a November episode (THR.com); and Josh Groban is likewise due back as Andy's younger brother, Walter Jr. on "The Office" (TVGuide.com).






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· 100, THE (CW)
· 90210 (CW)
· ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE, THE (CBS)
· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· BODY OF PROOF (ABC)
· CLUB, THE (CBS)
· COUNTER CULTURE (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FRINGE (FOX)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· HOMELAND (SHOWTIME)
· I GUESS I DO (NBC)
· KILLER WOMEN (ABC)
· LAST RESORT (ABC)
· LEISURE CLUB (NBC)
· LEVEL UP (CARTOON)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· OFF THE MAP (ABC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PRIVATE PRACTICE (ABC)
· RETIRED AT 35 (TV LAND)
· RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (CBS)
· SECRET LIVES OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES, THE (NBC)
· SMASH (NBC)
· TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
· TWISTED (ABC FAMILY)
· UNTITLED CASE & WALSH PROJECT (NBC)
· UNTITLED DIANE WARREN PROJECT (NBC)
· UNTITLED PETER MURRIETA PROJECT (NBC)
· UNTITLED VANESSA MCCARTHY PROJECT (CBS)
· VICTORIOUS (NICKELODEON)











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