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[09/24/14 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, September 24
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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ENDGAME (NBC, New!) - John Rogers ("Leverage") has received a pilot production commitment for a new drama at the Peacock about "a former intelligence officer who, while working as a security expert for the wealthy, is wrongly accused of the brutal murder of his wife. A syndicate of powerful people offers him freedom in exchange for stopping high-stakes crimes, as he continues to avenge his wife's death and uncover the game-like conspiracy among his mysterious employers. He eventually realizes he's a player in a hundred-year-old tradition where the rich and powerful bet on the ultimate game: crime in our world." Davis Entertainment's John Davis and John Fox are also on board to executive produce for Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)


LION AND THE LAMB, THE (Lifetime, New!) - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Scott Gold has set up a potential drama at the cable channel about "a notorious drug cop who busts an all-American college student for pot and flips her into becoming a narc." Marc Shmuger (Lucy) will also executive produce the hour for A+E Studios with Alexandra Loewy producing. (THR.com)


REAL GENIUS (NBC, New!) - Craig DiGregorio and David King ("Workaholics") have sold a small screen take on the 1985 movie, about "the relationship between a rock star-like genius (Val Kilmer) and a sheltered, naive co-worker (Gabriel Jarret)," to the Peacock. Sony Pictures Television is behind the single-camera comedy, which has a penalty attached, with Happy Madison Productions' Doug Robinson and 3 Arts Entertainment's Oly Obst also executive producing. (Deadline.com)


TRAIL OF BLOOD (Cinemax, New!) - Barry Pepper (Kill the Messenger) is set to star in a potential drama at the pay channel about "a frontier preacher whose only child, a teenage daughter, is taken by the Harpe brothers, the first documented serial killers in U.S. history." Ross Parker is penning the hour, which is set up at Endemol Studios with Christina Wayne executive producing alongside Pepper. (Deadline.com)


TUNED (NBC, New!) - Zachary Levi ("Chuck") is on track to star in a new single-camera comedy at the Peacock about "an ambitious New Yorker whose life is upended by sudden musical hallucinations. While these vivid hallucinations threaten to completely derail his enviable life, he'll eventually realize that they might lead him on a more fulfilling journey." Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Leap Year) penned the half-hour, which is set up at Universal Television. Said duo, Levi and UnbeliEVAble Entertainment's Eva Longoria and Ben Spector are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Dexter" alumna Lauren Gussis has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios (Deadline.com); Sasha Alexander will recur on "Shameless" as "one of Lip's (Jeremy Allen White) college professors, who's erudite, confident and sexy with a wild side" (Deadline.com); Adam Campbell has booked an arc on NBC's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" as a love interest for the title character (Deadline.com); Sam Littlefield and Jessika Van are both bound for The CW's "The Messengers" as "a brilliant computer genius turned anarchist hacker" and "a grifter from the gritty back alleys of Hong Kong who will use whatever means necessary to accomplish her goals," respectively (Deadline.com); Molly Shannon will visit "The Millers" as "a longtime nemesis to Carol (Margo Martindale) who resurfaces after Carol is invited to Miss Pam's early retirement party" (EW.com); Ian Nelson will guest on "Criminal Minds" as "an emotionally complex teen unnerved by taunts he and his friends receive in the form of morbid selfies posted online" (TVLine.com); and Noah Munck will recur on "The Goldbergs" as Naked Rob, a member of "Barry's (Troy Gentile) ragtag group of friends" (THR.com).






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· CHUCK (NBC)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
· GOLDBERGS, THE (ABC)
· LEVERAGE (TNT)
· LION AND THE LAMB, THE (LIFETIME)
· MESSENGERS, THE (CW)
· MILLERS, THE (CBS)
· PLAYER, THE (NBC)
· REAL GENIUS (NBC)
· SHAMELESS (SHOWTIME)
· TRAIL OF BLOOD (CINEMAX)
· TUNED (NBC)
· UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (NETFLIX)
· WORKAHOLICS (COMEDY CENTRAL)





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