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ABC catches ‘Jayne’

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ABC

Pickup – “See Jayne Run,” single-camera comedy about a woman who struggles with career and motherhood while navigating the male-dominated business world. Alana Sanko wrote the pilot and will exec produce with Brillstein-Grey’s Peter Traugott. Touchstone TV is producing with Brillstein-Grey TV.

Pickup – Untitled Shana Goldberg Meehan project, a comedy-infused sudser set in Washington, D.C. Goldberg Meehan will write and exec produce for Warner Bros. TV.

Casting – Jordana Brewster (“The Fast and the Furious”), in the hour-long comedic actioner “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” She’ll play Jane Smith in the project, which picks up where the movie left off. Regency TV and Dutch Oven Prods. are behind the pilot.

Lifetime

Casting – Laurie Metcalf (“Desperate Housewives”) has joined “The Virgin of Akron, Ohio,” which revolves around a model who returns home to Ohio and her dysfunctional family before surviving a brutal car crash — leading townspeople to believe she was sent from God. Metcalf will play Lydia, the girl’s mother. Fox TV Studios is behind the project.

Fox

Pickup – “The Beast,” from writer/exec producer Tucker Cawley, revolves around a veterinarian who can’t stand animals but loves their female owners. Multi-cam laffer is based on the U.K. hit created by Simon Nye. CBS Paramount Network TV and FremantleMedia North America will produce.

Pickup – Untitled Liz Meriwether Project, a single-camera half-hour comedy about four single women post-college. Meriwether wrote the pilot and will serve as a supervising producer; exec producers are Dawn Parouse and Jeff Richman. 20th Century Fox TV is behind the pilot.

Staffing – John Pasquin has signed on to direct “Playing Chicken,” a pilot from Warner Bros. TV and Werner-Gold-Miller (and exec produced by Tom Werner, Jimmy Miller and Mike Clements). Pasquin helmed the pilot of “Roseanne” and most recently directed the feature “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.”

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