[01/14/13 - 11:29 PM] Development Update: Monday, January 14 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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ABOUT A BOY (NBC) - Jason Katims's single-camera comedy - a small screen take on Nick Hornby's famed book-turned-movie about "the relationship between a bachelor man-child and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother" - has landed a pilot order from the Peacock. Katims penned and will executive produce the half-hour, which comes from his Universal Television-based True Jack Productions with the film's Working Title and Tribeca Productions also co-producing. Patrick Dempsey and Max Kirsch toplined the previous effort to import the property over at FOX in 2003. (Deadline.com)JOE & JOE & JANE (NBC) - Joe Port and Joe Wiseman's multi-camera comedy - about "a conflict-avoidant children's book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between his wife and his co-author/best friend" - has likewise received a pilot commitment from the network. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the half-hour, which said duo wrote and will executive produce. (Deadline.com)TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO) - Michelle Monaghan, Alexandra Daddario, Elizabeth Reaser, Wood Harris and Michael Potts have all been cast in the Woody Harrelson/Matthew McConaughey-led drama, about "two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana." Monaghan will play Hart's wife, Maggie Hart, "a woman who makes a hard decision that has long-reaching and devastating consequences"; with Daddario as Lisa Tragnetti, "a sexy court reporter whose relationship with Hart takes a dark turn for them both."
Rounding out the group are Reaser as Laurie Perkins, "Cohle's pretty, refined girlfriend, a surgeon who works at the hospital with Maggie, and has dated Cohle for 4 years"; Potts as Maynard Gilbough, "a cerebral detective"; and Harris as Thomas Papania, Gilbough's partner. Writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga are behind the eight-episode project. (Deadline.com)
UNDER THE DOME (CBS) - Colin Ford ("We Bought a Zoo") is the first to be cast in Stephen King's upcoming drama, about a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. He'll play Joe, "a teenager living in Chester's Mill, a very smart kid who's understandably freaked out when he discovers that the mysterious barrier covers the whole town - and both his parents are outside of it." Niels Arden Oplev is helming in the debut installment from a script by Brian K. Vaughan. CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television are co-producing. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Scott M. Gimple is finalizing a deal to become the new showrunner of "The Walking Dead," succeeding Glen Mazzara (Deadline.com); FOX has officially passed on its Cuba Gooding, Jr.-led drama pilot "Guilty" despite extending the casts' options back in June (Deadline.com); and Jurnee Smollett has booked a three-episode arc on NBC's "Do No Harm" as the daughter of Phylicia Rashad's character (TVLine.com).