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[02/15/17 - 11:35 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 15
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!


9J 9K 9L (CBS) - Liza Lapira is the latest addition to the comedy pilot as Eve, "Andrew's (David Walton) wife, a Harvard-educated pediatrician." (Deadline.com)
BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS) - Co-stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are reportedly in final negotiations on new two-year contracts to continue on the Warner Bros. Television-based comedy, paving the way for a likely two-season renewal. (Deadline.com)
DECEPTION (ABC) - Ilfenesh Hadera (Chi-Raq) has been tapped to star in the drama pilot, about a superstar magician (Jack Cutmore-Scott) who, when his career is ruined by scandal, goes to work as a consultant for the FBI. She'll play Kay Daniels, "a take-charge, hard-working FBI special agent who teams up with [him]." (Deadline.com)
FOR GOD & COUNTRY (NBC) - Mike Vogel ("Under the Dome") has scored the lead role on the drama pilot as Michael Dalton, "commander of the ISA-Special Operations Group responsible for getting back a kidnapped American doctor. He will do whatever it takes to make sure no foreign nation gets away with harming Americans." (Deadline.com)
GOLIATH (Amazon) - The streaming service has commissioned a second season of the series with Clyde Phillips taking over as day-to-day showrunner. David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro and Ross Fineman all remain as executive producers. (Deadline.com)
GOOD GIRLS (NBC) - Mae Whitman ("Parenthood") is the latest addition to the drama pilot as Annie, "a single mom who, terrified of losing her son in a custody battle, agrees to the store robbery in the hope that she might come away with enough money for a good attorney." (Deadline.com)
HAPPY PEPPERS, THE (NBC) - James Burrows is set to direct and executive produce the comedy pilot, about an adult brother and sister who wind up living together for the first time since they were kids, after one of them suffers a big loss. (Deadline.com)
JAWBREAKER (E!, New!) - Filmmaker Darren Stein is looking to bring his 1999 feature to the small screen at the cable channel. Said effort, to be co-written with George Northy, "follows a new clique whose world is rocked by an accidental killing at a bachelorette party. The incident sets in motion an audacious, juicy soap in which the women will go to great lengths to keep their secret hidden." Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions are behind the project while Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz and Judy Greer co-starred in the film. (Deadline.com)
LOVE (Netflix) - Chris Witaske has been promoted to series regular for the show's recently ordered third season. (THR.com)
ME, MYSELF & I (CBS) - Randall Einhorn will direct and executive produce the single-camera comedy pilot, which examines one man's life over a 50-year span: as a 14-year-old in 1991, a 40-year-old in present day and a 65-year-old in 2042. (Deadline.com)
MIDDLE, THE (ABC) - Monica Horan will drop by fellow "Everybody Loves Raymond" alum Patrica Heaton on the series as Anna Ferguson, the never-before-seen matriarch of the family which accidentally took Brick home as a baby. (TVLine.com)
SEARCHERS (The CW) - Jeanine Mason ("Of Kings and Prophets") is the latest addition to the drama pilot as Juniper, "a girl who has spent 22 hard years on Earth, a cunning and audacious thief who has had her fair share of run-ins with the law. " (Deadline.com)
START UP (ABC) - Tiya Sircar ("The Good Place") has booked the female lead on the comedy pilot, about a guy (Zach Braff) in his mid-30s with a wife and two kids makes the crazy decision to quit his good job and dive into the brave new world of starting a business. She'll play his wife, Noush, an attorney. (Deadline.com)
TRUSTEE, THE (ABC) - Meaghan Rath ("Being Human") has booked a lead role on the drama pilot, about Eliza Radley (Rath), a very good, but slightly reckless narcotics detective who finds out that her police station's "trustee" - a nonviolent felon assigned to help cops with odd jobs, filing, custodial work - has insight into a case she's trying to crack, and the two women are forced to team up. Michael Engler is also on board to direct. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED KOURTNEY KANG PROJECT (NBC) - Rebecca Creskoff ("Hung") has signed onto the comedy pilot, about what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia in 1988. She'll play Patty Jean, "Katie's (Isabella Russo) Irish spit-fire, beautiful and fun mother." (Deadline.com)
VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX) - Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss have been cast as the title's Gianni Versace and killer Andrew Cunanan, respectively. (Deadline.com)





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· 9JKL (CBS)
· ALEX, INC. (ABC)
· AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
· BEING HUMAN (SYFY)
· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· BRAVE, THE (NBC)
· DECEPTION (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GOLIATH (AMAZON)
· GOOD GIRLS (NBC)
· GOOD PLACE, THE (NBC)
· HUNG (HBO)
· JAWBREAKER (E)
· LOVE (NETFLIX)
· ME, MYSELF & I (CBS)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· OF KINGS AND PROPHETS (ABC)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· RELATIVELY HAPPY (NBC)
· SEARCHERS (CW)
· TRUSTEE, THE (ABC)
· UNDER THE DOME (CBS)
· UNTITLED KOURTNEY KANG PROJECT (NBC)





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