[05/02/14 - 11:21 PM] Development Update: Friday, May 2 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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HISTORY OF MUSIC (HBO; W: George Mastras & Terence Winter; D: Martin Scorsese) - Ray Romano ("Parenthood") has boarded the potential drama, about Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale), a cocaine-fueled record exec in New York City circa 1977, when punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided. He'll play "Richie's close confidante and right hand man Zak Yankovich, the tough and sharp-witted had of promotions at American Century with years of experience dating back to the shady, mob-infested days of the recording business." Jack Quaid, Juno Temple, Max Casella and Olivia Wilde also star. (Deadline.com)WEIRD LONERS (FOX/20th; W: Michael J. Weithorn; D: Jake Kasdan) - Meera Rohit Kumbhani will round out the cast of the comedy pilot, about four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another's lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, New York. She's set as Zara Miller, "a beautiful young bisexual woman who's also a free-spirited artist and lifelong heartbreaker who makes people fall in love with her, then unceremoniously dumps them as soon as things get even a smidge serious." Becki Newton, Nate Torrence and Zachary Knighton also star. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Grey's Anatomy" co-stars Sara Ramirez, James Pickens Jr., Chandra Wilson and Justin Chambers have all renewed their contracts for two more years (Deadline.com); "Family Guy" co-executive producer Aaron Lee has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television (Deadline.com); Will Yun Lee has joined the cast of "True Blood" as "a Japanese businessman living in Texas, whose bigger-than-life, urban cowboy demeanor nearly rivals the size of his large Stetsons" (Deadline.com); Emmy-winning director Marc Buckland has inked a two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television (Deadline.com); Ben Feldman's Fred will return to "Drop Dead Diva" for an installment airing in June (EW.com); and John Heard has been cast as the father of Alyssa Milano's Savi on "Mistresses" (TVLine.com).
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