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[02/26/15 - 11:51 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 26
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!


ALL STARS (ABC/20th; W: Judah Miller; D: TBA) - Megan Hilty ("Sean Saves the World") is the first to sign onto the single-camera comedy, about a Tony Award-winning mother and a cerebral, risk-averse father blessed with a natural-born athlete for a son. She'll play the former, Irene, "a laud, flamboyant diva, a former Broadway star who is adjusting to her latest 'role' as a suburban mom and who can come off a little self-involved but has a big heart of gold." (Deadline.com)


ARROW/THE FLASH (The CW, New!) - Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller and Caity Lotz are all set to topline a joint spin-off of DC Comics series. Said effort will see Routh reprise his role as Ray Palmer from "Arrow" with Garber and Miller as their "Flash" characters Martin Stein and Leonard Snart, respectively. Lotz, who played the late Sara Lance on "Arrow," will be a yet-to-be-revealed character. Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim are all behind the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, which is being eyed for a direct-to-series order for midseason. No plot specifics were given, other than they'll be joined by three major DC Comics characters who have never appeared in a (presumably live-action) TV series. (Deadline.com)


DR. KEN (ABC/ABCS/Sony; W: Jared Stern; D: Scott Ellis) - Suzy Nakamura and Tisha Campbell-Martin have both joined the cast of the Ken Jeong-led multi-camera comedy, about a brilliant physician with zero bedside manner. The former will play Allison, "Jeong's successful psychologist wife," while the latter is set as Damona, "the hospital receptionist." Albert Tsai and Dave Foley also star. (Deadline.com)


FAMILY FORTUNE (ABC/Universal; W: Fortune Feimster & Matt Hubbard; D: TBA) - Parker Young ("Enlisted") is the latest addition to the Fortune Feimster-led multi-camera comedy pilot, set in North Carolina and centers on popular gym teacher Fortune (Feimster) who comes out of the closet to her close-knit group of family and friends. He's set as Tyler, "Fortune's younger brother, a serviceman in the Coast Guard." Annie Potts and John Carroll Lynch also star. (Deadline.com)


FLESH & BLOOD (ABC/ABCS; W: Jenna Bans; D: Paul McGuigan) - Joan Allen, Alison Pill and Floriana Lima have all joined the cast of the drama pilot, which also has added director Paul McGuigan. Allen stars as Claire Warren, the Mayor of Red Pines, California, whose young son, Adam Warren (Liam James), returns after being presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sending shockwaves throughout their tight knit community. Pill then is set as Willa, "Claire and Peter's (yet to be cast) daughter, and her mother's campaign manager." And finally, Lima will play Bridey Howard, a young reporter with a mysterious connection to Adam. Margot Bingham and Zach Gilford also star. (Deadline.com)


FOR JUSTICE (CBS/CBSP; W: Rene Balcer; D: Ava DuVernay) - Phylicia Rashad ("Do No Harm") is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about an FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigating crimes based on civil rights violations across the country. She'll play Georgina Howe, "a savvy Washington player who has faced discrimination for her race and sexual orientation." (Variety.com)


GRAVES (Epix, New!) - Nick Nolte ("Gracepoint") is set to star in a potential half-hour comedy at the pay channel about "former U.S. president Graves (Nolte) who has an epiphany, realizing that some of his policies have brought damage to the country. He embarks on a quest to right the wrongs while his wife is pursuing a career in politics." Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote) penned the project, which is on track for a 10-episode straight-to-series order. He'll also direct and executive produce alongside Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker) for Lionsgate Television. (Deadline.com)


MINORITY REPORT (FOX/20th; W: Max Borenstein; D: Mark Mylod) - Stark Sands and Meagan Good have booked lead roles on the drama pilot, a small screen follow up to the 2002 film, in which Dash, one of the three Precogs - still haunted by visions the future - meets Lara Vega, a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose to his gift. She'll play the latter, "who's not afraid to break a few rules"; while Sands is set as "the dual role of identical twin brothers Dash and Arthur who both possess the unique ability to see into the future, specifically murders before they happen." Daniel London, Laura Regan and Li Jun Li also star. (Deadline.com)


QUANTICO (ABC/ABCS; W: Josh Safran; D: TBA) - Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!) has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about a group of diverse FBI recruits going through 21 weeks of training to become special agents at the FBI's academy in Quantico, Virginia - one of which is a sleeper terrorist, who in the near future, has perpetrated the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. He'll play Alex Weaver, "a brilliant but haunted FBI trainee whose past boils to the surface soon after her arrival at Quantico." Aunjanue Ellis, Dougray Scott, Graham Rogers and Tate Ellington also star. (Deadline.com)


RUNNER (ABC/20th; W: Michael Cooney; D: Michael Offer) - Brent Sexton ("The Killing") has snagged a role on the drama pilot, about Lauren Marks (Paula Patton), who - after a simple twist of fate - learns her husband is not the person she believed him to be. Faced with the harsh reality that her life is forever changed, she goes on a truth seeking journey that entrenches her in a US/Mexican war over weapons and terrorism. He'll play Simon Marks, "brother of Lauren's husband and a resourceful detective who leads the search for his brother." Adam Rodriguez also stars. (Deadline.com)


SHADES OF BLUE (NBC/Universal; W: Adi Hasak; D: Barry Levinson) - Ray Liotta, Drea de Matteo, Vincent Laresca and Warren Kole have all been cast in the Jennifer Lopez-led drama, about "a tight-knit crew of police officers who are effective at keeping the streets safe but also corrupt when it comes to lining their pockets and protecting their own. When one of the officers, Harlee Santos (Lopez), is forced to become a federal informant, she must decide between her own family's welfare and that of her police family." Liotta will play Bill Wozniak, "the enigmatic and resourceful patriarch of the tight knit unit of corrupt cops, who steps outside the limitations of the law to protect his precinct"; with de Matteo as Shirley Flynn, "a tough, outspoken female cop who holds her own with the men in her crew, and yet her brashness covers her insecurities"; Laresca as Tony Espada, "alternately the bulldog and the moral compass for his team"; and Kole as Robert Staal, "a relentlessly ambitious up-and-coming FBI agent desperate to make a name for himself." (Deadline.com)


STRANGE CALLS (NBC/20th; W: Blake McCormick; D: Jason Winer) - Danny Pudi ("Community") has been tapped for the lead role on the single-camera comedy pilot, an import of the Australian series of the same name about an affable but down on his luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where - with the help of a peculiar elderly night watchman - he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly. He'll play said fellow, Toby Banks. Patrick Brammall also stars. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED SARAH SILVERMAN PROJECT (HBO; W: Lucy Prebble; D: Charlie McDowell) - Jack Davenport, Kerri Kenney and Mark Cohen have all boarded the comedy pilot, about Jude (Sarah Silverman), a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis. Davenport plays Blake, "a broken Brit and eventual boyfriend who gets caught up in his own virtual reality in Seattle"; with Kenney as Melissa, "Jude's older sister who is proudly holding the family together, with no idea her home is built on lies"; and Cohen as Graham, "Jude's big-hearted mess of a brother-in-law." (Deadline.com)


UNVEILED (NBC/Universal; W: John Sakmar & Kerry Lenhart; D: TBA) - Will Kemp and Connie Nielsen have both been cast in the pilot, a drama following an ensemble of flawed guardian angels who intervene in the lives of those who find themselves facing crisis in an attempt to restore their faith and, often, save their lives. He's set as Lucas, "a handsome, mysterious fallen angel with a suave charm and devilish side intent on corrupting as many humans as he can"; while she's on board as Joan McAllen, "the by-the-book boss who leads the Guardian Angels from beyond the veil, the plane of existence outside of the human world." Liam McIntyre and Stephan James also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "How to Get Away with Murder" creator Peter Nowalk took to Twitter with the news that ABC's hit freshman drama will return for a second season (@petenowa); Glen Winter has been tapped to helm the pilot to "Supergirl" at CBS (@Glen__Winter); E! reportedly has inked a new three-year deal with the Kardashian clan, encompassing "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and its various spin-offs (Deadline.com); Ryan Newman has been cast in "Sharknado 3" as Claudia Shepard, "daughter of Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid) (Deadline.com); husband-and-wife duo Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker are set to host "The Boris & Nicole Show," a new lifestyle talk show set to launch on various Fox owned-and-operated stations on July 6 (Deadline.com);

Kylie Bunbury has joined the cast of "Under the Dome" as Eva, "a beautiful and intelligent woman who comes to Chester's Mill with her boss, Lucy, in search of the egg" (Deadline.com); Nic Bishop has booked an arc on "Dominion" in a top secret role (Deadline.com); Karan Brar, Rachel Crow and Austin Fryberger have been cast as George, Nikki and the Coug in Disney Channel's original movie "Invisible Sister" (Variety.com); Rachel DiPillo will recur on "Jane the Virgin" as "a girl that Jane (Gina Rodriguez) meets in her writers' program" (Variety.com); Thania St. John has been tapped to pen the TV adaptation of Anne Rice's best-selling book series "The Sleeping Beauty" (THR.com); and Reiko Aylesworth, Ricardo Chavira and Heather Mazur will all drop by an upcoming episode of "Castle" (TVLine.com).






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· ARROW (CW)
· BORIS & NICOLE SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· CASTLE (ABC)
· COMMUNITY (YAHOO)
· DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIVA THE DOC AND THE JOC, THE (ABC)
· DO NO HARM (NBC)
· DOMINION (SYFY)
· DR KEN (ABC)
· ENLISTED (FOX)
· FAMILY FORTUNE (ABC)
· FAMILY, THE (ABC)
· FLASH, THE (CW)
· FOR JUSTICE (CBS)
· GRACEPOINT (FOX)
· GRAVES (EPIX)
· HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
· INVISIBLE SISTER (DISNEY)
· JANE THE VIRGIN (CW)
· KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS (E)
· KILLING, THE (NETFLIX)
· MINORITY REPORT (FOX)
· QUANTICO (ABC)
· RUNNER (ABC)
· SEAN SAVES THE WORLD (NBC)
· SHADES OF BLUE (NBC)
· SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO! (SYFY)
· STRANGE CALLS (NBC)
· SUPERGIRL (CW)
· UNDER THE DOME (CBS)
· UNTITLED SARAH SILVERMAN PROJECT (HBO)
· UNVEILED (NBC)





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