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[02/15/18 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 15
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!


BELLEVUE (NBC) - Janet Montgomery ("Salem") has been tapped as a female lead in the drama pilot as Dr. Laura Bloom, "an attending ER doctor. Moonlighting to make more money, she's spreading herself too thin and running on fumes." (Deadline.com)
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, THE (Netflix) - Michelle Gomez and Chance Perdomo have both been cast in the upcoming Kiernan Shipka-led original. Gomez will play Mary Wardell, "Sabrina's (Shipka) favorite teacher and mentor at Baxter High"; while Perdomo will portray Ambrose Spellman, "Sabrina's warlock cousin from England." (Deadline.com)
FAMILY GUY (FOX) - Rich Appel has inked a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV where he'll continue as showrunner of the animated series for the foreseeable future. (THR.com)
FOR LOVE (ABC) - John Dahl ("Outlander") is set to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, which is billed as an epic love triangle set against a grounded, secret world of magic in present day New Orleans. (Deadline.com)
HANDMAID'S TALE, THE (Hulu) - Bradley Whitford has signed on to recur on the upcoming season as Commander Joseph Lawrence, "the architect of Gilead's economy, who is gruff and intimidating, with a disheveled mad genius vibe. His sly humor and flashes of kindness make him a confusing, mysterious presence for his newest Handmaid." (Deadline.com)
HARRY & MEGHAN: A ROYAL ROMANCE (Lifetime) - Bonnie Soper has been cast as Princess Diana while Maggie Sullivun will play Queen Elizabeth II in the docudrama. Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley were previously tapped for the title roles. (Deadline.com)
HOW MAY WE HATE YOU (ABC) - Kat Dennings ("2 Broke Girls") has booked a lead role on the single-camera comedy pilot, about two inseparable guest-services associates at a high-end resort property and the co-workers and hotel guests that they're stuck with for eight to 16 hours a day. She will play Ellie, "one of the guest-services specialists, forced to wear a plastic smile as she deals with hotel clientele who pay more per night than she pays in rent each month." She'll also receive a producing credit on the project. (Deadline.com)
IN THE DARK (The CW) - Michael Showalter has signed on to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, in which a flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only "witness" to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at Breaking Blind - the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents. (Deadline.com)
LOVE IS ___ (OWN) - Clarke Peters is the latest to be cast in the upcoming drama as Yasir in the year 2027: "He is a handsome, confident man, and is Nuri's (Lana Young) husband of 32 years." Will Catlett and Michele Weaver play said roles in 1997. (Deadline.com)
MAIN JUSTICE (CBS) - Bokeem Woodbine ("Fargo") have scored the lead role on the Eric Holder-inspired drama pilot, about Miles Blair, "the recently sworn-in U.S. Attorney General. The show takes us into the tumultuous world of the 5th floor of the Department of Justice where he takes on the biggest legal and investigative cases in the country all while being the youngest person to ever hold such an esteemed position." (Deadline.com)
MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC) - Romany Malco have been cast in the ensemble drama pilot as Rome, "a depressed but very successful commercial director. Not quite the gig he went to film school for, he longs to be doing something more important than making the cheese in a Little Cesar's pizza look delicious on camera." (Deadline.com)
REL (FOX) - Jordan L. Jones has been cast in the Lil Rey Howery-led comedy pilot as Nat, Rel's brother. (Deadline.com)
ROOKIE, THE (ABC) - Titus Makin has snagged a role on the Nathan Fillion-led drama as Officer Jackson West, "an eager rookie whose father is a high level commander in the LAPD." (Deadline.com)
ROSWELL (The CW) - Julie Plec ("The Originals") has been tapped to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, a reboot of the former UPN/The WB staple. She'll also continue as an executive producer via her My So-Called Company banner if the project is ordered to series. (Deadline.com)
STUXNET (HBO, New!) - Writer Stephen Schiff and director Alex Gibney are set to team for a potential mini-series, which "will focus on the spread of a self-replicating computer virus developed by the West to disable and destroy nuclear facilities in the Middle East." The project is based on Gibney's cyberwarfare documentary "Zero Days." Carnival Films and Participant Media are co-producing. No other auspices were given. (Deadline.com)
TAKE TWO (ABC) - Xavier De Guzman has been cast in the Rachel Bilson/Eddie Cibrian-led drama as Berto, "Eddie's (Cibrian) assistant." (Deadline.com)
THREE RIVERS (ABC) - Annaleigh Ashford ("Masters of Sex") is set to star while Tristram Shapeero ("The Mayor") will direct the single-camera comedy pilot, about Rebecca, who left her family's Texas ranch years ago to work at an upscale hotel in New York, but after being promised ownership of the ranch by her smooth-talking cowboy dad Beau, she's back and ready to utilize her big city tactics to turn their rustic ranch into a destination spot oozing Southern hospitality. (Deadline.com)
TITANS (DC) - Bruno Bichir will recur on the upcoming original as Dr. Niles "The Chief" Caulder, "a pioneer in medical science, searching the world over for those on the edge of death in need of a miracle. Brilliant, but controversial, Dr. Caulder will stop at nothing to help those he believes are in need, including his collection of strange heroes known as The Doom Patrol." (Deadline.com)
TRANSPARENT (Amazon) - Jeffrey Tambor have formally been released from the series following an investigation into multiple allegations of misconduct by the actor. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED BAD BOYS SPIN-OFF PROJECT (NBC) - Zach Gilford and Duane Martin are both bound for the Gabrielle Union-led spin-off of the film franchise. Gilford will play "LAPD homicide detective Ben Walker, a smart man with a smarter mouth who comes from money"; with Martin as "the smart and competitive LAPD homicide detective Ben Baines, who's partnered with Ben Walker, and they're both referred to as "the Bens."" (Deadline.com)





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· 2 BROKE GIRLS (CBS)
· CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (NETFLIX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FAMILY GUY (FOX)
· FARGO (FX)
· FOR LOVE (ABC)
· HANDMAID'S TALE, THE (HULU)
· HARRY & MEGHAN: A ROYAL ROMANCE (LIFETIME)
· HOW MAY WE HATE YOU (ABC)
· IN THE DARK (CW)
· LA'S FINEST (SPECTRUM)
· LOVE IS ___ (OWN)
· MAIN JUSTICE (CBS)
· MASTERS OF SEX (SHOWTIME)
· MAYOR, THE (ABC)
· MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC)
· NEW AMSTERDAM (NBC)
· ORIGINALS, THE (CW)
· OUTLANDER (STARZ)
· REL (FOX)
· ROOKIE, THE (ABC)
· ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (CW)
· SALEM (WGN)
· SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY (ABC)
· STUXNET (HBO)
· TAKE TWO (ABC)
· TITANS (HBO MAX)
· TRANSPARENT (AMAZON)





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