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[05/14/15 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, May 14
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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EDGE (Amazon, New!) - Fred Dekker and Shane Black are looking to bring George Gilman's spaghetti Western books to the small screen. Amazon has given a pilot order to the project, which Black will direct. Barry Josephson and David Greenblatt are also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)


GOOD GIRLS REVOLT, THE (Amazon, New!) - Dana Calvo ("Covert Affairs") is spearheading a new drama pilot at the digital distributor billed as "a 1970s drama in the vein of Mad Men that is set at Newsweek." Lynda Obst and Anonymous Content's Jeff Okin will also executive produce for Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)


PAIGE & FRANKIE (Disney Channel, New!) - Newcomers Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Hu are set to star in a new comedy pilot at the network about "two 12 year-old up-and-coming musicians who write and perform comedic songs about their everyday lives. They believe in themselves and - although they have a limited fanbase and perform gigs in barbershops and basements - they are determined to achieve their dream of becoming famous artists." Co-executive producers Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman are behind the half-hour with Marc Warren attached to direct and executive produce. Production begins next month. (Variety.com)


PATRIOT, THE (Amazon, New!) - Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) has snagged a pilot commitment from Amazon for "a comedic thriller/family dramedy about a father working at the state department and his two sons, a senator and a Iraq war veteran with PTSD who wants to be a folk singer." No other auspices were given. (Deadline.com)


TRIAL (Amazon, New!) - David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro have scored a pilot order from the digital distributor for a new legal drama. No other specifics were given about the project. (Deadline.com)


2015-16 BROADCAST PILOTS... - Michael McDonald's role on The CW's "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" will be recast following its migration from Showtime (Deadline.com).


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Portia de Rossi has been upped to series regular on "Scandal" (Deadline.com); Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton will both return for season two of "American Crime" as new characters, a la "American Horror Story" (Deadline.com); "The Michael J. Fox Show" co-creator Sam Laybourne has inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios (Deadline.com); Harry Shearer is departing "The Simpsons" after 26 seasons while producers plan to recast his roles (Deadline.com); "American Idol" executive producer Per Blankens is likewise bowing out after two years (THR.com); Steven Pasquale has joined the cast of "American Crime Story" as much-ballyhooed LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman (THR.com); and Laura Harrier has joined HBO's upcoming drama "Codes of Conduct" in an undetermined role (Variety.com).






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· AMERICAN CRIME (ABC)
· AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
· AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)
· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
· BIZAARDVARK (DISNEY)
· CODES OF CONDUCT (HBO)
· COVERT AFFAIRS (USA)
· CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EDGE (AMAZON)
· GOLIATH (AMAZON)
· GOOD GIRLS REVOLT (AMAZON)
· MICHAEL J FOX SHOW, THE (NBC)
· PATRIOT (AMAZON)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)





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