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[09/16/13 - 11:07 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 16
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


BITCH OFF THE OL' BLOCK (NBC, New!) - Lauren Iungerich ("Awkward") has snagged a put pilot commitment from the Peacock for a single-camera comedy about "a young professional woman whose life is turned upside down when her biological daughter, who turns out to be a younger smart-ass version of herself, moves in with her and her roommates." Said effort is set up at the Universal Television-based David Janollari Entertainment with David Janollari executive producing alongside Iungerich. (Deadline.com)


THE CONSPIRACY (NBC, New!) - Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) has booked a put pilot order from the Peacock for a small screen take on Christopher MacBride's 2012 found footage-style feature about "a conspiracy theorist who vanishes after a man is killed at an Occupy Wall Street protest, leaving behind his sister and an FBI agent to investigate." MacBride himself will also serve as an executive producer on the project, as will Lee Kim, Kyle Franke and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films and Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin of Working Title Films with Daniel Pipski serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


THE LOTTERY (Lifetime, New!) - Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men) has scored a pilot order from the cable channel for "a futuristic conspiracy thriller set in a world destined for extinction and tracks a national lottery held to decide the surrogates for 100 embryos that have been successfully fertilized." Warner Horizon Television is behind the hour, which he'll will write and executive produce alongside Dawn Olmstead of Grady Girl Productions. (Deadline.com)


MY PARENTS ARE TOO F**KING HAPPY (NBC, New!) - Feature writer Heather Hach (What To Expect When You're Expecting) has sold a single-camera comedy to the Peacock about "three romantically inept siblings who have been emotionally traumatized by their parents' blissfully perfect marriage." Universal Television is behind the half-hour, which will also be executive produced by Krysten Ritter and Lindsey Liberatore via their Silent Machine Entertainment banner. (Deadline.com)


SAINT GEORGE (FX/Lionsgate; W: David McFadzean & George Lopez & Matt Williams; D: TBA) - David Zayas ("Dexter") has been tapped for a role on the upcoming George Lopez-led comedy, about the chaotic life of a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur. He'll play the "quirky and off-center" Junior, Tio's (Danny Trejo) son and George's cousin. Adriana Barraza, Jenn Lyon, Kaden Gibson and Tobit Raphael also star. (THR.com)


UNTHINKABLE (FOX, New!) - Mark Sable and Julian Totino Tedesco's comic book of the same name - about "the unlikely pairing of a by-the-book FBI agent and a washed-up screenwriter who team up to stop a plot to attack the U.S. that the screenwriter and others concocted in a government-sponsored think tank years earlier" - is being eyed as a TV series at the network. Ben Queen (Cars 2) is spearheading the adaptation, which has a put pilot commitment. Said effort is set up at the 20th Century Fox Television-based Teakwood Lane with Howard Gordon and Hugh Fitzpatrick executive producing alongside Queen, Boom! Studios founder and CEO Ross Richie and manager Peter A. Golden. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED FLYNN MCGARRY PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Joe Port and Joe Wiseman ("1600 Penn") have set up a potential single-camera comedy at the network inspired by Flynn McGarry, a 14-year-old Los Angeles chef who has been making national headlines. The project, which has a put pilot commitment, follows "a driven but naive 16-year-old prodigy chef who gets a job working in the kitchen for his idol, a temperamental and unpredictable celebrity chef." McGarry will receive a producing credit on the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which also has Mike White and David Bernad of RipCord Productions executive producing. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Christian Serratos has been cast as "the tough and beautiful" Rosita Espinosa on "The Walking Dead" (Deadline.com); Ed Helms's Pacific Electric Picture Co. has inked a first-look deal with Universal Television (Deadline.com); Brad Garrett will guest on at least two episodes of the new CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones" (EW.com); Melissa Claire Egan will drop by fellow newcomer "We Are Men" as "a resident of the men's apartment complex who Jerry O'Connell attempts to impress" (EW.com);

Iggy Pop will take over for Roger Daltrey as the voice of The Caterpillar on "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (EW.com); Jacki Weaver has been tapped as the overbearing mother of Rebel Wilson's Kimmie on "Super Fun Night" (TVLine.com); James Tupper will recur on ABC's "Resurrection" as a doctor who shares a past with Devin Kelley's Maggie (TVLine.com); Paul Johansson will visit "Beauty and the Beast" as "an arrogant and powerful Manhattan business mogul whose career has had a meteoric rise within the last few years" (THR.com); and LeVar Burton will return to "Community" as himself (@LevarBurton).






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· 1600 PENN (NBC)
· AWKWARD (MTV)
· BEAUTY & THE BEAST (CW)
· BITCH OFF THE OL' BLOCK (NBC)
· COMMUNITY (YAHOO)
· CONSPIRACY, THE (NBC)
· CRAZY ONES, THE (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
· LOTTERY, THE (LIFETIME)
· MY PARENTS ARE TOO FUCKING HAPPY (NBC)
· ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND (ABC)
· RESURRECTION (ABC)
· SAINT GEORGE (FX)
· SUPER FUN NIGHT (ABC)
· UNTHINKABLE (FOX)
· UNTITLED FLYNN MCGARRY PROJECT (NBC)
· WALKING DEAD, THE (AMC)
· WE ARE MEN (CBS)





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