[06/12/14 - 11:15 PM] Development Update: Thursday, June 12 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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ANSWER ME 1999 (FOX, New!) - Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D) is set to re-team with writers Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer for an import of the Korean limited series "Answer Me 1997," "a musical coming-of-age drama [that] moves back and forth between a group of friends' past as high-school students in the late 1990s and their present as adults." The project is set up at FX Productions with the aforementioned trio serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)RED OAKS (Amazon; W: Greg Jacobs & Joe Gangemi; D: David Gordon Green) - Comedian Paul Reiser has been cast in the comedy pilot, set in the summer of 1985 and follows 20-year-old David Myers who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. He'll play Getty, "the wealthy and incredibly snobbish president of the club's board." Ennis Esmer, Gage Golightly and Richard Kind also star. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Parks & Recreation" co-executive producer Matt Murray has inked a two-year overall deal with Universal Television (Deadline.com); Brian Grazer's Imagine Television is developing a potential cable series based on "The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins," the upcoming book by decorated CIA agent Robert B. Baer (Deadline.com); "Cristela" co-creator Kevin Hench has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television (Deadline.com); Dascha Polanco's Dayanara Diaz has been given series regular status on "Orange Is the New Black," while Mary Steenburgen will drop by in a yet-to-be-revealed role (Deadline.com,@MarySteenburgen)
; Nicole Gale Anderson's Heather Chandler has likewise been upped to regular on "Beauty and the Beast"(Deadline.com); and Ed Asner and Marion Ross have been cast as April's (Italia Ricci) grandparents on ABC Family's "Chasing Life"(THR.com).
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