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News Roundup: Damon Wayans at Work on New ABC Sitcom, 'Mad Men' Star to Guest on '30 Rock' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2010 6:30PM
Damon WayansDamon Wayans is heading back to ABC.

According to Variety, the 'My Wife and Kids' star is teaming up once again with Don Reo to develop a new comedy for ABC. The project, currently untitled, would follow Wayans as an actor who plays a beloved sitcom father, but his family is not quite ideal in real life.

Wayans and Reo worked together to create 'My Wife and Kids' and worked on a comedy in 2008, but the project never took off at ABC.

In other TV news ...

'Mad Men' star John Slattery is stopping by '30 Rock.' Slattery will play a candidate for congress in the seventh episode of the Tina Fey comedy. [Ausiello Files]

'The O.C.' alumna Kelly Rowan will star in a series of TV movies. Rowan will play the lead, a secretary/sleuth to the chief of police in a small town, in the 'Rebecca Kane' films. [Hollywood Reporter]

'Glee' is going to elementary school. Sort of. The series is looking for young actors to portray Puck, Santana, Rachel, Brittany, and Mercedes. Flashbacks, anybody? [Ausiello Files]


The CW has ordered a new legal dramaedy pilot, 'Danni Lowinski,' based on the German series of the same name. Jennie Snyder Urman of '90210' has been tapped to write the adaptation. 'Ugly Betty' director Richard Shepard is in talks to direct. The series follows a hair stylist who works her way through law school, only to be ignored by major law firms. She then opens her own practice in a mall. [Deadline Hollywood]

Steven Tyler, Idina Menzel and Ziggy Marley are coming to 'Wonder Pets!' The singers will voice characters in an upcoming episode that's an homage to 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.' [TV Guide]

Butch Patrick, the original Eddie Munster is not pleased about NBC's remake of 'The Munsters.' "Honestly, it should be left alone," he said. "I think it shows they are desperate for content. Unless they get Brad Garrett to play Herman, it's not going to do well." [TMZ]

ABC wants to get in on the spy game this summer. The network has reportedly ordered a new project from 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets' writer Greg Poirier and the producers behind 'The Gates.' It's described as 'Taken' meets 'Bourned Identity' and follows a female protagonist. The project has received a script order, but rumors of additional script orders are flying. [Deadline Hollywood]

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