[01/11/13 - 11:21 PM] Development Update: Friday, January 11 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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GAFFIGAN (A.K.A. UNTITLED JIM GAFFIGAN PROJECT) (CBS) - The Eye has greenlit production on Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan's single-camera comedy pilot, about "a guy (Gaffigan) who lives with his wife and five kids in a two-bedroom New York apartment." Sony Pictures Television-based Fedora Entertainment is behind the half-hour with Alex Murray and Michael Wimer also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)HOW THE HELL AM I NORMAL? (A.K.A. HOW THE F--- AM I NORMAL?) (ABC) - Wendi McLendon-Covey ("Bridesmaids") is the first to be cast in the 1980s-set comedy pilot, about "an in-your-face mother and hot-tempered father who love their three eccentric kids so much, they can't bear to see them grow up." She'll play Beverly Gold, "a dedicated mom and an overbearing hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth that she's not afraid to use." Writer Adam F. Goldberg and director by Seth Gordon are behind the hour, which is set up at the Sony Pictures Television-based Happy Madison banner. (Deadline.com)I AM VICTOR (NBC) - Mark Goffman's drama - about Victor Port, a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships - is the latest to receive a pilot order at the Peacock. The Universal Television-based hour is based on Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo's book of the same name, who will executive produce alongside Goffman, Katie Jacobs and Niclas Salomonsson as well as Television 360's Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers. (Deadline.com)THE ORIGINALS (The CW, New!) - Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin are set to topline a proposed spin-off of the netlet's flagship drama "The Vampire Diaries." The project, to be penned by Julie Plec, will air as a backdoor pilot as part of the parent series on April 25. As for specifics, the series would follow Klaus (Morgan) as he "returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans - a town he helped build centuries ago - and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel." Alloy Entertainment's Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo would also serve as executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)PRISONERS' WIVES (Lifetime, New!) - The cable channel is looking to import Julie Gearey's BBC drama, about four different women, each struggling to cope with a man in her life serving prison time. Endemol Studios is behind the hour with the company's Jeremy Gold and Russ Buchholtz executive producing. (THR.com)TURN (AMC) - Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") has signed on to helm the pilot, a period drama about a New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence. He'll work from a script by Craig Silverstein, which is based on Alexander Rose's book "Washington's Spies." AMC Studios and Josephson Entertainment are co-producing. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED GOOR & SCHUR PROJECT (FOX) - The Andy Samberg-led comedy - about a diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City - has formally been ordered to pilot by the network. Michael Schur and Dan Goor penned the single-camera project for Universal Television. 3 Arts Entertainment's David Miner is executive producing alongside the co-creators. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - After a days of speculation, Britney Spears has confirmed her departure from "The X Factor"(Deadline.com); Alexa Junge has stepped down as showrunner of NBC's "Save Me" while Darlene Hunt is in talks to assume said role (Deadline.com); Jaime Pressly has been cast as a love interest for Angus T. Jones's Jake on "Two and a Half Men"(Deadline.com); Jesse McCartney will recur on "Army Wives" as the husband of new series regular Elle McLemore (THR.com); and "Leverage" executive producer Dean Devlin is currently shopping to recently-axed drama to other networks as well as mulling a feature film (Deadline.com).