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[08/22/14 - 11:40 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 22
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!


BARRIO, THE (ABC, New!) - "Blue Mountain State" co-creator Eric Falconer has sold a semi-autobiographical single-camera comedy to the Alphabet about "a TV writer who, after losing his job, moves his family from Santa Monica to a predominantly Mexican neighborhood in East LA in order to save money." CBS Television Studios is behind the half-hour, which has a penalty attached, with Amigos de Garcia's Greg Garcia also attached as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)


BRAIN, THE (CBS, New!) - Michelle Morgan (Girl Most Likely) has sold a multi-camera comedy to the Eye about "an unintelligent guy who suffers head trauma and turns into a genius. That puts a strain on his family and friends, who liked him better when he was clueless." CBS Television Studios is behind the half-hour with Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan also executive producing. (Deadline.com)


CODE BLACK (CBS, New!) - Michael Seitzman ("Intelligence") has landed a put pilot commitment from the Eye for a new drama which "tells the story of one young doctor who has just joined the extraordinary staff of Los Angeles' busiest ER as they struggle in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most." The ABC Studios-based project is based on Ryan McGarry's feature documentary of the same name with Seitzman, McGarry, Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Marti Noxon executive producing. (Deadline.com)


GRACE & FRANKIE (Netflix; W: Howard J. Morris & Marta Kaufman; D: Tate Taylor) - Joe Morton, Geoff Stults and Barry Bostwick have all landed roles on the comedy series, which focuses on nemeses Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) facing the last chapter of their lives, though not in the way they expected. When their husbands (Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston) announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married, the women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Stults will recur as Mitch, "Mallory's (Brooklyn Decker) husband of seven years"; with Morton as Jason, "one of Frankie and Sol's oldest, dearest friends"; and Bostwick as Bill, "an old friend of Grace and Robert's who is also newly divorced and knows exactly what Grace is going through." Ethan Embry and June Diane Raphael also star. (THR.com)


UNTITLED FREDDIE HIGHMORE/KERRY EHRIN PROJECT (NBC, New!) - "Bates Motel" co-star Freddie Highmore and co-creator Kerry Ehrin have sold a romantic comedy to the network about "the intimate relationship between an overly emotional-but-talented female executive and her ambitious and eccentric young British assistant." No studio was listed for the half-hour project, which is set in the world of venture capitalism. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - NBC has opted not to proceed with its "The Wizard of Oz"-themed drama series "Emerald City" while producer Universal Television hopes to shop it elsewhere (Deadline.com); Levi Meaden will recur on Syfy's "Olympus" as Kimon, "a young scribe who develops a relationship with the heir to the throne of Athens" (Deadline.com); "The Mentalist" executive producer Chris Long has inked a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television (Deadline.com); "Breaking Bad" alum Aaron Paul has likewise signed a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television (Deadline.com); Courtney B. Vance and James Remar will both recur on NBC's "State of Affairs", the latter of whom guest starred in the pilot (Deadline.com); Jennifer Hasty will recur on ABC's "Selfie" as Joan, "Eliza's punishing co-worker at the children's pharmaceutical company whom Eliza tries to be friends with" (Deadline.com);

Matthew Del Negro has scored an arc on "Scandal" in a top secret role (EW.com); Rachel Dratch will guest on "Parks & Recreation" as "the nanny to Leslie and Ben's triplets" (EW.com); Paul Reubens is set for two episodes of "The Blacklist" as "a dapper, finicky muscle who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld" (EW.com); Lori Petty's Lolly will return for season three of "Orange Is the New Black" (EW.com); Niecy Nash will recur on "The Mindy Project" as "a tough Bostonian physician who is the new chief of Shulman & Associates' admitting hospital" (TVLine.com); Yahoo! has passed on a proposed revival of FOX's short-lived comedy "Enlisted" (TVLine.com); and Geoff Stults will visit CBS's "The Odd Couple" as "an ex-baseball player whose career was cut short by an injury" (TVLine.com).






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· BARRIO, THE (ABC)
· BATES MOTEL (A AND E)
· BLACKLIST, THE (NBC)
· BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE (SPIKE TV)
· BRAIN, THE (CBS)
· BREAKING BAD (NETFLIX)
· CODE BLACK (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EMERALD CITY (NBC)
· ENLISTED (FOX)
· GRACE AND FRANKIE (NETFLIX)
· INTELLIGENCE (CBS)
· MENTALIST, THE (CBS)
· MINDY PROJECT, THE (HULU)
· ODD COUPLE, THE (CBS)
· OLYMPUS (SYFY)
· ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (NETFLIX)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· SELFIE (ABC)
· STATE OF AFFAIRS (NBC)
· UNTITLED EHRIN AND HIGHMORE PROJECT (NBC)





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