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[08/08/14 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 8
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!


COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, THE (Spike TV, New!) - Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin's City Entertainment is developing a contemporary take on Alexandre Dumas's revenge classic, billed as a "high-octane action and political twist." No other auspices were given for the project, which may be a mini or limited series. Said duo will executive produce. (Deadline.com)


MARILYN (Lifetime, New!) - Writer Stephen Kronish and director Laurie Collyer are behind a new biopic of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, based on the book "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" by J. Randy Taraborrelli. Jonathan Koch, Steven Michaels, Keri Selig and Kronish are the executive producers on the project, which comes from Asylum Entertainment. (Deadline.com)


WESTWORLD (HBO/WBTV; W: Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; D: Jonathan Nolan) - James Marsden, Eddie Rouse, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg and Timothy Lee DePriest have all signed onto the drama pilot, based on Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie set at an amusement park. Marsden will play Teddy Flood, "a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town who quickly proves both his charm, and his talent, with a revolver"; with Rouse as Kissy (short for Kisecawchuck), "an American Indian who deals cards, and contraband, from the town saloon, making him an expert in games both on and off the card table." Details on the other roles were not given. Anthony Hopkinsm Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan and Simon Quarterman also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Bridget Regan and Azie Tesfai have both booked recurring roles on The CW's newcomer "Jane the Virgin" (Deadline.com); J.R. Bourne and Siobhan Williams will likewise visit Lifetime's upcoming original "Un-Real" (Deadline.com) ; Oscar winner Geena Davis is set for a major arc on "Grey's Anatomy" as "a surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital" (Deadline.com); Zuleikha Robinson has joined the cast of "The Following" as Gwen, "an ER doctor and the mother of a 7-year-old girl; she is also the love of FBI Agent Hardy's (Kevin Bacon) life" (Deadline.com); John Larroquette and Cass Bugge are both set for HBO's "The Brink" as Robert Kittredge, "the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan," and Samantha Gregory, "an assistant in the Embassy" (Deadline.com);

Yvette Nicole Brown has joined the cast of CBS's "The Odd Couple," where she'll succeed Sarah Baker as Oscar's (Matthew Perry) assistant Dani (Deadline.com); David Hoflin and Julian Works are both set for ABC's upcoming drama "American Crime" (Deadline.com); Terrell Owens is bound for the new season of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (@terrellowens); Clancy Brown has been cast as DC Comics villain General Wade Eiling on "The Flash" (TVLine.com); Lolita Davidovich will guest on FOX's "Backstrom" as the mother of Thomas Dekker's Gregory Valentine (THR.com); and Jason Ritter will return to "Parenthood" as Mark Cyr (@tysonritter).






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· AMERICAN CRIME (ABC)
· BACKSTROM (FOX)
· BRINK, THE (HBO)
· BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (NBC)
· COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, THE (SPIKE TV)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FLASH, THE (CW)
· FOLLOWING, THE (FOX)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· JANE THE VIRGIN (CW)
· ODD COUPLE, THE (CBS)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE, THE (LIFETIME)
· UNREAL (HULU)
· WESTWORLD (HBO)





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