[01/28/13 - 11:11 PM]
Development Update: Monday, January 28
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BLINK (The CW) - The David Marshall Grant-produced drama - about "a family whose lives are forever changed when the patriarch has a car accident resulting in a coma-like syndrome where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all" - is the latest to receive a pilot order at the netlet. Vera Herbert penned the hour and will serve as a supervising producer for CBS Television Studios. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman of the studio-based Timberman-Beverly Productions are executive producing alongside Grant. (Deadline.com)

HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, THE (NBC) - John Glenn's present day take on the Hatfields and McCoys - set in Pittsburgh, where "a startling death re-ignites the feud between these two legendary families, unleashing decades of resentment" - has received a pilot order from the Peacock. Beau Flynn, Charlize Theron and Dawn Parouse Olmstead also serve as executive producers on the hour, which is set up at ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)

HOW THE HELL AM I NORMAL? (ABC) - Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about growing up in the 1980s with a highly screwed up but loving family. He'll play patriarch Murray ("hot-tempered, gruff") who "struggles to stay calm after his last heart attack upon a stern warning by his doctor." Wendi McLendon-Covey also stars as his wife in the single-camera project, from writer Adam F. Goldberg, director Seth Gordon and producer Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)

JOE & JOE & JANE (NBC) - Larry Wilmore has boarded the comedy pilot, about "a conflict-avoidant children's book author caught in an ongoing tug-of-war between his wife (Sally Pressman) and his co-author/best friend." He'll play Walter, Jane's (Pressman) "overly nurturing, recently divorced therapist stepfather." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the multi-camera project, from co-creators Joe Port & Joe Wiseman. (THR.com)

MJF (NBC) - Ana Nogueira has booked a role on the upcoming comedy, which stars Michael J. Fox as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson's disease. She'll play Kay, "Mike's very young, very sweet, hard-working but very emotional segment producer." Betsy Brandt, Conor Romero, Jack Gore, Juliette Goglia, Katie Finneran and Wendell Pierce also star in the Sony Pictures Television-based half-hour, from co-creators Sam Laybourne and Will Gluck. (Deadline.com)

MOM (CBS) - Allison Janney ("Mr. Sunshine") has boarded the comedy pilot, about Christy (Anna Faris), a newly sober single mom who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley. She'll play Christy's own mom Bonnie, "who is the source of a lot of Christy's previous problems, most likely because she wasn't the best mother." Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker are all behind the multi-camera project, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television. (Deadline.com)

SPY (ABC) - Rob Corddry ("Childrens Hospital") has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot, about a hapless single father who, trying to impress his horribly precocious nine-year-old son, quits his job and goes to work for the CIA. He'll play said dad, Tim Elliot, in the ABC Studios-based half-hour, which is based on Simeon Goulden's U.K. effort of the same name. Hat Trick Productions' Jimmy Mulville also serves as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)

SURGEON GENERAL, THE (A.K.A. UNTITLED SAMUEL BAUM PROJECT) (CBS) - Samuel Baum's drama - about a fictional Surgeon General of the United States and the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps - has been ordered to pilot by the Eye. Said effort is set up at CBS Television Studios with writer Baum executive producing. (Deadline.com)

TOMORROW PEOPLE, THE (The CW) - The netlet's import of Roger Price's 1970s British series - about "several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically" - has snagged a pilot commitment. Phil Klemmer penned the teleplay to the hour and is executive producing alongside Julie Plec, FremantleMedia's Tony Optican and Berlanti Productions' Greg Berlanti and Melissa Kellner Berman for Warner Bros. Television. (Deadline.com)

UNDER THE DOME (CBS) - Jolene Purdy and Nicholas Strong are the latest additions to the upcoming drama, about a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. Purdy will play Dodee, "a brilliant, eccentric engineer at the local radio station who will draw on her unique skills in an effort to make contact with the world outside the dome"; while Strong is set as Phil, "a popular radio DJ and indie rock fanatic, a charismatic figure with a dark secret." Alex Koch, Britt Robertson, Colin Ford and Natalie Martinez also star in the project, based on Stephen King's best-selling novel and produced by Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - NBC has commissioned an additional episode of "Chicago Fire," bringing its season total to 23 (Deadline.com); "Young Justice" and "Green Lantern: The Animated Series" won't continue beyond their current runs on Cartoon Network's DC Nation block (Newsarama.com); The CW has rolled "Amazon" to next season where it may receive an off-cycle pilot order (Deadline.com); Twentieth Television's "Dish Nation" is a go for a second season (Deadline.com); Elias Koteas has joined the cast of "The Killing" as Linden's (Mireille Enos) ex-partner, "a well-respected and intense cop with a personal secret" (Deadline.com); Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television will roll out a test run of a Kris Jenner-hosted talk show this summer (Deadline.com);

Brant Daugherty will recur on "Army Wives" as the son of Kelli Williams's Jackie and Robert John Burke's Kevin (Deadline.com); Wendi McLendon-Covey has landed an arc on Showtime's "Masters of Sex" as "a new, formidable doctor at the hospital" (Deadline.com); "South Park" will return for its 17th season on September 25 with a newly abbreviated 10-episode run (NYTimes.com); Rowan Blanchard has been cast in the title role of Disney Channel's "Girl Meets World" (EW.com); Annie Wersching will guest on "Revolution" as Miles Matheson's (Billy Burke) first love (TVLine.com); Collins Pennie is bound for "Revenge" as Emily's (Emily VanCamp) former foster brother (TVLine.com); Dave Navarro will guest on "Law & Order: SVU" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (@DaveNavarro); and Ben Falcone will drop by "Go On" as "an unimposing but angry guest at Mr. K's (Brett Gelman) dinner party" (THR.com).

  [january 2013]  


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