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[04/16/15 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 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!


DAMIEN (Lifetime/FTS; W: Glen Mazzara; D: Shekhar Kapur) - David Meunier ("Justified") has been tapped for a role on the upcoming drama, which follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (Bradley James), the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. He'll play Detective Shay, "a decorated veteran and cynical no-nonsense cop who is investigating the strange occurrences surrounding Damien Thorn." Barbara Hershey, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Omid Abtahi also star. (THR.com)


SHADES OF BLUE (NBC/Universal; W: Adi Hasak; D: Barry Levinson) - Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games) will round out the cast of the Jennifer Lopez-led drama, about a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers, Harlee Santos (Lopez), is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and that of her police family. He'll play Michael Loman, "a new detective assigned to Lt. Bill Wozniak's (Ray Liotta) tight-knit plainclothes situation unit." Drea de Matteo, Gino Anthony Pesi, Hampton Fluker, Santino Fontana, Sarah Jeffery, Vincent Laresca and Warren Kole also star. (THR.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - HBO has reportedly given a series order to its Sarah Jessica Parker-led comedy pilot "Divorce" (Deadline.com); Nathan Fillion has closed a deal to continue as the titular hero on "Castle" next season while David Amann is stepping down as showrunner (Deadline.com); Chris Brancato has inked an overall deal with ABC Studios where he'll join the ABC drama pilot "Of Kings and Prophets" as executive producer (Deadline.com); Universal Cable Productions and Televisa USA are looking to import the Latin American properties "Pantera" and "Aliados" (Deadline.com);

Chrishell Stause will visit "Mistresses" as "a woman April encounters when she gives hot yoga a try" (TVLine.com); WE tv has pulled its much-ballyhooed series "Sex Box" with the creating "a potential reformatted version" (THR.com); and Elliot Villar, Azhar Khan, Ron Cephas Jones, Stephanie Corneliussen and Michael Drayer have all booked roles on USA's upcoming drama "Mr. Robot" (THR.com).






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· CASTLE (ABC)
· DAMIEN (A AND E)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIVORCE (HBO)
· JUSTIFIED (FX)
· MISTRESSES (ABC)
· MR ROBOT (USA)
· OF KINGS AND PROPHETS (ABC)
· SEX BOX (WE)
· SHADES OF BLUE (NBC)





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