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[06/04/15 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, June 4
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!


APEX (USA, New!) - Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left) and Ashley Christine Beyer (Print) are set to team for a new drama at the cable channel about "a female assassin who saves the life of a teenage outcast and the two form an unlikely bond. Finding themselves at the heart of a dangerous conspiracy involving corrupt politicians, lawless mega-corporations, underworld thugs and a particularly crafty aging serial killer, this newly formed 'family' fights for their survival while uncovering the truth." Alcon Television Group is behind the hour with Alleca, Beyer, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Sharon Hall executive producing and Ben Roberts serving as a producer. (Deadline.com)


DONNY! (USA) - Hailey Giles, Jessica Renee Russell and Jacob Anderson have all been cast in the upcoming Donny Deutsch-led comedy, "a satirical look at the media, wealth and modern romance through the eyes of Deutsch's character, a single dad who hosts his own daytime talk show." Giles will play Jackie, "Donny's top assistant and his first line of defense against crazy ex-wives and messy calendars"; with Russell as Violet, "the newest and most naive member of Danny's team of assistants"; and Anderson as Jagger Deutsch, "Donny's nine-year-old son." Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman are the executive producers. (THR.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "The Following" alum Brett Mahoney has closed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios where he'll serve as an executive producer on its new drama "Code Black" (Deadline.com); "Parks & Recreation" co-star Retta has been tapped to recur on "Girlfiends' Guide to Divorce" as Barbara, "a rival at Abby's (Lisa Edelstein) new job who is less than thrilled with Abby's optimistic approach to divorce" (Deadline.com); Rob Thomas has inked a two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television where he'll continue as showrunner of The CW's "iZombie" (Deadline.com); Frank Whaley is bound for ABC's "Madoff" as Harry Markopolosa, "a high school math nerd turned cocky finance whiz with a paranoid streak" (Deadline.com);

Nick Searcy has signed onto Hulu's "11/22/63" as Deke Simmons, "the principal of Jodie High School in small-town 1960s Texas" (Deadline.com); Michael Offer has signed a blind pilot-directing deal with ABC Studios, where he'll also develop series projects (Deadline.com); Robert Kirkman has inked a massive overall deal with AMC Studios, home to his monster "The Walking Dead" franchise (THR.com); and Rob Riggle will visit "Playing House" this summer as "a woodshop teacher whose double entendres about working with wood get his ladies-only class going" (THR.com).






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· 11.22.63 (HULU)
· APEX (USA)
· CODE BLACK (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DONNY! (USA)
· FOLLOWING, THE (FOX)
· GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE (BRAVO)
· IZOMBIE (CW)
· MADOFF (ABC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· PLAYING HOUSE (USA)
· WALKING DEAD, THE (AMC)





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