[07/25/13 - 11:26 PM] Development Update: Thursday, July 25 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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TYRANT (FX/Fox 21; W: Craig Wright; D: David Yates) - Mehdi Dehbi and Moran Atias are the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about an unassuming American family - Barry, Molly and their kids - drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Dehbi is set as Abdul, "a handsome young man assigned to keep Barry's teenaged son Sammy out of trouble"; while Atias will play Leila, "the stunning, elegant and intelligent wife of Barry's older brother Jamal and strong mother of Ahmed, the bridegroom." Production begins later this year in Morocco. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - USA is reportedly mulling a spin-off or follow-up movie for "Burn Notice" featuring Bruce Campbell's Sam Axe and Coby Bell's Jesse Porter (TVGuide.com); Disney Channel will wrap its Zendaya-led comedy "Shake It Up" this fall after 78 episodes while the actress is set to star in an untitled original movie for the network based on the book "Boys Are Dogs"(Deadline.com); Parminder Nagra has joined the cast of NBC's "The Blacklist" as Margot Malik, "a smart and strong FBI agent who befriends Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) and takes on a mentor role" (Deadline.com); actress Anne Heche has inked a first-look producing deal with Universal Television (Deadline.com); "Grey's Anatomy" executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater have closed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios, which will begin next summer (Deadline.com); Rose McIver has been cast as Tinkerbell on "Once Upon a Time"(EW.com);
Indira Varma has been tapped to play Ellaria Sand, "the sexually adventurous paramour" of Pedro Pascal's Prince Oberyn Martell on "Game of Thrones"(EW.com); Merritt Wever will return to "New Girl" for at least two episodes as Schmidt's college girlfriend Elizabeth (EW.com); Josie Davis will guest on "The Mentalist" as "a waitress in a truck stop Jane (Simon Baker) and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) visit while investigating the seven possible Red John suspects" (TVGuide.com); Glenn Morshower will drop by "Castle" as "a former general who will stop at nothing to protect the secrets of his past" (TVGuide.com); Vanessa Ray is set to recur on "Blue Bloods" as "a rookie cop who is assigned as Jamie Reagan's new partner upon graduating from the Academy" (TVLine.com); and Esai Morales has booked an arc on "Criminal Minds" as "a longtime FBI agent who gets promoted to work with the BAU and has a previous professional relationship with JJ (A.J. Cook) that will be revealed as the season progresses" (TVGuide.com).