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[01/14/16 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 14
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!


HATERS BACK OFF (Netflix, New!) - YouTube personality Colleen Ballinger-Evans is set to topline a new half-hour comedy for the streaming service based on her character, Miranda Sings. The Brightlight Pictures-based project, which has an eight-episode order, "delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings (Ballinger-Evans), an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous, it's just no one knows it yet." Perry Rein and Gigi McCreery are serving as showrunners with Ballinger-Evans, Chris Ballinger and The Firm's Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry likewise executive producing. (Deadline.com)


PITCH (FOX/20th; W: Dan Fogelman & Rick Singer; D: TBA) - Kylie Bunbury ("Twisted") has been tapped for the lead role on the drama, which has formally been ordered to pilot by the network. She'll play "a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues." Tony Bill and Helen Bartlett also serve as executive producers for 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Debra Messing has signed onto ABC's three-hour remake of "Dirty Dancing" as Marjorie Houseman, lifting the remaining casting contingency on the project's production (Deadline.com); MGM Television and Digital Group is developing "a live musical special based on the Nativity tale of the birth of Christ" for NBC with Mark Burnett, Roma Downey, Audrey Morrissey and Stijn Bakkers among the executive producers (TVInsider.com);

Sony Pictures Television and Amy Pascal's Pascal Pictures have scored the TV rights to Thomas Mullen's upcoming crime novel "Darktown" (Deadline.com); Wilson Bethel, Adam Arkin and Roxanne Hart are among the new faces bound for "How to Get Away with Murder" (TVLine.com); Busy Philipps will visit "New Girl" as "the owner of a new, ultra-popular bar called Presh" (TVLine.com); and Patti Murin, wife of "Chicago Med" star Colin Donnell, will guest star on the NBC series as a pathologist (TVLine.com).






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· CHICAGO MED (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIRTY DANCING (ABC)
· HATERS BACK OFF (NETFLIX)
· HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
· NEW GIRL (FOX)
· PITCH (FOX)
· TWISTED (ABC FAMILY)
· UNTITLED NATIVITY PROJECT (NBC)





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