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[01/28/16 - 11:40 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 28
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!


DEATH OF EVA SOFIA VALDEZ, THE (ABC/ABCS; W: Charise Castro Smith; D: TBA) - The Charise Castro Smith-penned drama - about a Cuban-American family on the rise as they navigate multiple business ventures in Miami, familial rivalries and dark secrets from the past that come back to haunt them - has been greenlit to pilot at the Alphabet. Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


FLUFFY SHOP, THE (ABC/ABCS; W: Gabriel Iglesias, Jay Lavender & Tim Doyle; D: TBA) - The Gabriel Iglesias-led multi-camera comedy - inspired by the comedian's life experience including the challenges of managing a home life during the few days he spends off the road each week - has received a pilot commitment from the Alphabet. Also executive producing are Becky Clements, Joe Meloche and Marty Adelstein. (Deadline.com)


HAIL MARY (A.K.A. BRAUNSCHLAG) (ABC/ABCS/Sony; W: Brian Gallivan; D: TBA) - Brian Gallivan's domestic take on the Austrian single-camera comedy - about a young small-town mayor named Emma Wolf who has dysfunctional siblings, a dying father, disgruntled citizens, a nearly bankrupt town and the mafia breathing down her neck - has received a pilot commitment from the Alphabet. Seth Gordon and Tariq Jalil also executive produce the project, which has also added ABC Studios as a co-producer. (Deadline.com)


KICKER, THE (A.K.A. UNTITLED JACK BURDITT PROJECT) (CBS/Universal; W: Jack Burditt; D: TBA) - Jack Burditt's multi-camera comedy - about an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers bonkers after he unexpectedly finds himself retired - has scored a pilot order from the Eye. David Miner, Robert Carlock and Tina Fey also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


NOTORIOUS (ABC/ABCS/Sony; W: Allie Hagan & Josh Berman; D: TBA) - The drama - which follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately each other - is among the latest to score a pilot commitment at the Alphabet. Also executive producing are Jeff Kwatinetz, Josh Barry, Kenny Meiselas, Mark Geragos and Wendy Walker while ABC Studios has been added as a co-producer. (Deadline.com)


PLEASE DON'T GO (ABC/ABCS; W: Meaghan Oppenheimer; D: TBA) - Meaghan Oppenheimer's drama - about the personal and professional life of a ruthless divorce attorney in Dallas, "which begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets" - is likewise heading to pilot at the Alphabet. Bruna Papandrea and Reese Witherspoon also executive produce. (Deadline.com)


SECOND FATTEST HOUSEWIFE IN WESTPORT, THE (ABC/ABCS; W: Sarah Dunn; D: TBA) - Sarah Dunn's single-camera comedy - narrated by Katie, who is being described as a (slightly) larger wife and mother raising her flawed family of three in a wealthy town filled with perfect wives and their perfect offspring - has been greenlit to pilot at the Alphabet. Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan also executive produces. (Deadline.com)


SPARK (A.K.A. POWER) (ABC/ABCS; W: Michael Cooney; D: TBA) - The Michael Cooney-penned script - a lavish primetime soap of passion, greed and hope set in the alternate reality of Steampunk, circa 2016, telling the story of two rival families battling for power and the woman who takes them down - has booked a pilot presentation order from the Alphabet. Ian Sander and Kim Moses likewise executive produce, presumably for ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)


TIME AFTER TIME (ABC/WBT; W: Kevin Williamson; D: TBA) - Kevin Williamson's small screen take on Karl Alexander's 1979 novel-turned-movie of the same name - in which H.G. Wells builds a real time machine to travels to the future in search of Jack the Ripper - has scored a pilot order at the network. (Deadline.com)


TOAST (A.K.A. UNTITLED FOLEY & GRUNBERG PROJECT) (ABC/ABCS; W: Greg Grunberg & Scott Foley; D: TBA) - The duo's hybrid multi-camera comedy - about engaged couple Max and Paige who, over their wedding rehearsal dinner, have their eclectic family and friends give toasts recalling anecdotes about the couple - but flashbacks reveal that the toasts don't always get it right, as we watch the true story of their complicated, funny and relatable road to marriage - has been given a pilot order at the Alphabet. Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes also executive produce. (Deadline.com)


WING PERSON (ABC/ABCS; W: Ed Weeks & Hannah Mackay; D: TBA) - The single-camera comedy - about the co-dependent relationship between a lesbian lothario and her cautious, straight male best friend - has scored a pilot commitment at the network. Anne Brogan, Melanie Stokes, Siobhan Bachman and Val Ames also serve as executive producers. Andrew Reich will also oversee the project and executive produce. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon won't return for the show's just-ordered fifth season (Deadline.com); Daniel Zovatto will recur on "Fear the Walking Dead" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (Deadline.com); and Sophie Skelton has been cast as Brianna, "the daughter of lead characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan)," on "Outlander" (Deadline.com).






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· AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (ABC)
· BROKEN (ABC)
· DEATH OF EVA SOFIA VALDEZ, THE (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
· FLUFFY SHOP, THE (ABC)
· HAIL MARY (ABC)
· HOUSE OF CARDS (NETFLIX)
· KICKER, THE (CBS)
· NOTORIOUS (ABC)
· OUTLANDER (STARZ)
· RANDALL & HILDA ARE NOT A COUPLE (ABC)
· SPARK (ABC)
· TIME AFTER TIME (ABC)
· TOAST (ABC)





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