Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Development News - Maggie Lawson Lands Lead Role on 'Save the Date'; 'Ed' Star Joins 'The Flash'; Plus 7 More Updates!

Development News - February 11, 2014

ABC's Warriors; CBS' Save the Date; The CW's The Flash & Identity; NBC's Fifth Wheel & The Pro; TNT's Public Morals; and USA's Divide & Conquer & Horizon.

  • Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: CI) will co-star on the drama pilot from writer Chris Keyser. He will play Navy Lt. Hennessey Fiske, an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in neurology, a resident genius who can build anything including special wheelchairs and prosthetics for the many young soldiers who come home minus their limbs.
  • Tom Cavanagh (ED) has joined the cast of the drama pilot and potential spinoff of The CW's Arrow. He will play Harrison Wells, a rock star in the world of physics and the mind and money behind Central City's S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. He becomes a pariah after the lab's explosion, but he charts his path to redemption when he discovers that his failed experiment had the unintended consequence of creating the world's fastest man.
  • USA has decided to pass on this drama pilot - which was a bit of a major departure from the network's typical series offerings. Written by Bridget Tyler and directed by Yves Simoneau, Horizon was set during the height of World War II when a secretary at the FBI (Ruth Bradley) discovers that her husband (Taylor Handley) might have been killed in a battle with a spaceship in the South Pacific. Obsessed with learning the truth, she becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion. Cary Elwes, Meg Steedle, Mark Famiglietti, Josh Braaten and Kara Killmer co-starred on the pilot.
  • The cable network has also opted to not move forward with this comedy pilot - which was eyed as a perfect companion piece to the syndicated repeats of Modern Family. It too was a family comedy about four children finding their way to adulthood in these complicated times and the parents (Greg Grunberg, Diane Farr) whose lives they're sucking dry to get there. Peter Ocko penned the pilot.
  • Actor-writer Colton Dunn (Key & Peele) has been cast on the single-camera comedy pilot opposite Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle. He will play Lewis, the head engineer and club bookie who fears a change in the status quo when successful and wealthy Bobby Welch (Riggle) arrives as the new tennis pro.
  • 30 Rock vet Katrina Bowden has been tapped for the female lead role on the drama pilot from Ed Burns. She will play a seemingly sweet and innocent prostitute with a street-smart edge.
  • Psych alum Maggie Lawson - who recently starred on ABC's Back in the Game - has landed the lead role on the romantic comedy from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo. She will play Kate, 35 and newly single who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time.
  • Happy Endings showrunner Jonathan Groff has signed on to executive produce the NBC single camera comedy pilot - as well as serve as showrunner if the project is ordered to series. Additionally, Marc Buckland (Sean Saves the World) has boarded the pilot as director.
  • Ahna O'Reilly (The Help) has landed the lead role on the drama pilot written by Corinne Brinkerhoff. She will play Mia, a grounded, whip-smart but restless young New Yorker who finds her world upended when she learns she needs an organ transplant to survive and her only living relative is a newfound half-brother from a wealthy and powerful family in Charleston, South Carolina. She connects with the family only to find they're the target of a CIA investigation, and the agency wants her as their newest informant. Her loyalty and morality are tested as she slowly builds a case against the family who saved her life.