[11/06/12 - 11:18 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, November 6 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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AFTER HOURS (NBC) - Ken Leung and Jeananne Goossen have both landed roles on the drama pilot, about the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. Leung will play Topher, "a flip-flops and shorts-wearing Emergency Room doctor who was previously a surgeon on the battlefield, where he became hardened and jaded"; with Goossen as "a beautiful and stylish resident at the hospital." Eoin Macken and Freddy Rodriguez also star in the Sony Pictures Television-based hour, from co-creators Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. (Deadline.com)BAR SCENE (NBC, New!) - Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler ("90210") have sold a potential drama to the Peacock about "a team of misfit lawyers who start their own practice." Said effort is based on the life of Jackie Davis. Sony Pictures Television-based FanFare is behind the hour with the company's Jamie Tarses and Stephanie Davis executive producing alongside Exhibit A's Seth Gordon. (Deadline.com)BREAK, THE (FOX, New!) - Elizabeth Chandler ("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") has landed a potential drama at the network about "the personal lives and relationships of a group of young adults in the close-knit community where surfing is everything." The Santa Cruz-set hour, from ABC Studios, is "told through the eyes of Mia Walker, a 16-year-old girl with a troubled and mysterious past who is sent to the surfing town to live with the father she's never known." Gary A. Randall and Tim Bogart of Boardwalk Entertainment Group are executive producing alongside Chandler. (THR.com)BRIDGE, THE (FX) - Emily Rios ("Breaking Bad") has scored a role on the drama pilot, about two detectives from the United States (Diane Kruger) and Mexico (Demian Bichir) who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border. She'll recur as Adrianna Perez, "a young, diligent reporter who works at the El Paso Times." Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid are behind the hour, which also stars Annabeth Gish, Ted Levine and Thomas M. Wright. (Deadline.com)DISCOUNTED (ABC, New!) - "Chelsea Lately" mainstay Fortune Feimster is set to star in a potential comedy at the Alphabet about "half-sisters Julie and Missy (Feimster), who are trying desperately to keep their family's furniture store afloat." Jim Freeman and Brian Jarvis will co-write the half-hour alongside Feimster and serve as co-executive producers. Michael Pennie and Borderline Amazing Productions' Chelsea Handler, Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack are executive producing for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)GIANT BABY (TV Land) - Eric Petersen ("Shrek the Musical") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about Madison "Maddie" Banks (Kirstie Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo, the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. He'll play said nerdy and schlubby son in the half-hour, which comes from writer Marco Pennette. Rhea Perlman also stars. (Deadline.com)GROW THE F--- UP (NBC, New!) - Alexandra Rushfield ("Parks and Recreation") has set up a new comedy at the Peacock about "a 36-year-old woman with arrested development who has a relationship with the only person who gets her - a 20-year-old college student." Universal Television is behind the half-hour with Likely Story's Anthony Bregman also on board to executive produce and Jesse Peretz attached to direct and likewise executive produce. (Deadline.com)HOW TO GROW UP (CBS, New!) - Feature writers Evan Susser and Van Robichaux have booked a potential comedy at the Eye about "a 30-year-old lawyer who reconnects with his inner child when he discovers a box of VHS taped messages he recorded when he was 10 years old, containing pointed advice for his future self on how to not grow up to be a 'stupid, boring adult.'" Jeff and Jackie Filgo are on board to executive produce the half-hour for ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)MERIDIAN HILLS (The CW, New!) - Newcomer Sydney Sidner has sold a period drama to the netlet about "a young, newly married woman who joins the Junior League, discovering an eclectic group of other young women who become unlikely allies in her quest to change the system." The CBS Television Studios-based hour, set in a boozy Midwest country club circa 1972, will be executive produced by Mila Kunis, Chris Keyser, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Lisa Sterbakov, Cami Curtis and Susan Curtis. (Deadline.com)OUTLANDER (Starz, New!) - Ronald D. Moore's small screen take on Diana Gabaldon's seven-book series has found a home at the pay channel. Said effort - about a former World War II combat nurse on her second honeymoon who, after touching a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles, finds herself transported to 1743 - comes from Sony Pictures Television where Moore will write and executive produce alongside Story Mining and Supply Company's Jim Kohlberg. (Deadline.com)RUN BLACK (FOX, New!) - Simon Mirren ("Criminal Minds") has booked a new drama at the network about "a brilliant and dangerous prisoner who is given a chance to reduce his sentence when the FBI recruits him to partner up with a book-smart but painfully naive agent to infiltrate and dismantle a criminal empire on the outside." He'll write and executive produce alongside Exhibit A's Seth Gordon - who may potentially direct - for Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)SLOUCHING TOWARDS ADULTHOOD (NBC, New!) - Sally Koslow's book of the same name, subtitled "Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest," is being developed as a comedy at the Peacock. Said half-hour, "a messy blended family show where adult children are still living at home," will be penned by filmmaker Kat Coiro ("Departure Date"). Oly Obst, David Miner and Christy Fletcher likewise are on board to executive produce for 3 Arts Entertainment. (Deadline.com)TAO OF MARTHA, THE (FOX, New!) - Jen Lancaster's upcoming book - about "a highly disorganized, scattered former party girl" who uses Martha Stewart's "teachings" to "become a better role model for her daughter and write a new book about changing her life" - is being developed as a single-camera comedy at the network. Stewart herself is executive producing the half-hour alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo via their 20th Century Fox Television-based Imagine Television. Austin Winsberg ("Jake in Progress") is on board to pen the script and likewise executive produce. (Deadline.com)THOSE WHO KILL (A&E) - Bahar Soomekh ("Day Break") has boarded the drama pilot, which stars Chloë Sevigny and James D'Arcy as a police detective and forensic profiler who possess a deep understanding of the serial killers they hunt. She'll play the latter's wife, "a dignified woman who adores Thomas, understands his nature yet is concerned about his tendency to get so deep into his work that he loses himself." Omid Abtahi also stars in the Fox 21-based hour, which Joe Carnahan is directing from a script by Glen Morgan. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED JEFF LOWELL PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Jeff Lowell ("Common Law") has sold a new comedy to the Peacock set in two time periods: "in the present, centering on a married couple with children, and in the 1980, following that same couple as teenagers dealing with their parents." Universal Television-based TBD Productions is behind the presumably single-camera project with the company's Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan executive producing alongside Lowell. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Patricia Arquette, Anne Meara and Jason Gedrick will be featured in an upcoming episode of "Law & Order: SVU" about "an armed and dangerous man goes on a killing spree in New York City" (TVLine.com); and Sam Page will visit "Last Resort" as "military tech whiz Kylie's (Autumn Reeser) confident and entitled older brother" (TVLine.com).
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