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[01/22/15 - 11:40 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 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!


BADLANDS (AMC/eOne; W: Al Gough & Miles Millar; D: David Dobkin) - Irish actress Orla Brady has been cast in the upcoming drama, a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale "Journey to the West." She'll play Lydia, "Quinn's first wife, the Baroness who runs her domain with an iron grip." Daniel Wu, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark and Sarah Bolger also star. (Deadline.com)


BREED (TNT; W: John Scott Shepherd; D: Scott Winant) - Nadia Hilker (Spring) and Amber Clayton (St. Vincent) are the first to be cast in the pilot, a supernatural drama centering on a volatile race of creatures who are committing brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest, and the reluctant FBI investigator who pairs with a female assassin to track them. Hilker will play Ruby, "a powerful assassin born of a long line of Eastern European hunters called Avelytes, whose life's work is to stalk and kill the dangerous creatures that are secretly infiltrating the population"; with Clayton as Mandy, "Cooper's girlfriend who followed him from New York to Tacoma after he got fired from the FBI." (Deadline.com)


LIFE IN PIECES (CBS, New!) - Justin Adler ("Better Off Ted") has booked a pilot order from the Eye for a single-camera comedy about "one family is told through the separate stories of its different family members." Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan also serves as an executive producer on the half-hour, written on spec, for 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)


OUTSIDERS (WGN; W: Peter Mattei; D: TBA) - Christina Jackson ("Boardwalk Empire") have joined the cast of the upcoming drama, about a struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia. She'll play Sally-Ann, "whose fascination with the Farrell clan and Hail (Kyle Gallner) will have powerful consequences." David Morse, Joe Anderson and Thomas M. Wright also star. (Deadline.com)


TAXI-22 (CBS/CBSP; W: Tad Quill; D: TBA) - Actor/comedian John Leguizamo has been tapped to star in the Eye's import of the French Canadian comedy, about "a politically incorrect NYC cab driver." He'll also serve as a co-executive producer alongside his managers, Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew. Tad Quill penned the script, originally ordered to pilot a year ago, and is executive producing with Dennis Erdman, Clark Peterson, Patrick Huard, François Flamand, Nancy Sanders, Mark Armstrong and, posthumously, James Gandolfini. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Cheap Thrills director E.L. "Evan" Katz has joined Jim Mickle and Nick Damici as a writer and producer on SundanceTV's "Hap & Leonard" (Deadline.com) "Low Winter Sun" alum Rolin Jones has signed a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television to develop new series projects via his New Neighborhood banner (Deadline.com); Endemol Studios is developing a small screen take on Lauren Beukes's supernatural suspense novel "Broken Monsters" (Deadline.com); and Pharrell Williams will lend his voice to "The Simpsons" in an upcoming cameo appearance as himself (EW.com).






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· BETTER OFF TED (ABC)
· BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
· BREED (TNT)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HAP & LEONARD (SUNDANCE)
· INTO THE BADLANDS (AMC)
· LIFE IN PIECES (CBS)
· LOW WINTER SUN (AMC)
· OUTSIDERS (WGN)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· TAXI 22 (CBS)





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