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[02/27/19 - 11:55 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 27
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!


ADAM & EVE (FOX) - Odette Annable will star in while Claire Scanlon will direct the comedy pilot, about one couple at three stages of their relationship - young and passionate, middle-aged with kids, and navigating retirement. Annable will play the titular Eve. (Deadline.com)
BONES (FOX) - Co-stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz as well as executive producer Barry Josephson have been awarded almost $179 million following a lawsuit with the network over their profit participation on the series. The company however "is appealing the awarding of more than $128 million in punitive damages that it says are in contradiction to the initial contracts the actors and Josephson inked for Bones years ago." (Deadline.com)
BOOK OF ENCHANTMENT (Disney+, New!) - Michael Seitzman is spearheading a new drama for the upcoming streaming service based on the book series by Serena Valentino. The project, which is set to open a writers' room in April, features some of Disney's most popular villains and is billed as "an epic universe that weaves classic Disney tales told in a brand new way." Christina Davis of Maniac Productions will also executive produce for ABC Signature Studios. (Deadline.com)
CLAWS (TNT) - Glynn Turman is set for a recurring role on the upcoming season as Calvin, "Desna and Dean's estranged father who comes back into their lives to make amends after turning his life around from drug addiction." (Deadline.com)
DEPUTY (FOX) - Stephen Dorff has signed on for the title role in the drama pilot: Bill Hollister, a career lawman who's very comfortable kicking down doors and utterly lost in a staff meeting. But when the LA County Sheriff drops dead, Bill becomes acting sheriff of Los Angeles County, in charge of 10,000 sworn deputies policing a modern Wild West. Said casting reportedly includes a salary "north of $200,000 an episode if the pilot goes to series and a big penalty if it doesn't." Additionally, he'll receive executive producer credit come season two and a feature script development deal with producers eOne and Cedar Park Entertainment to develop and star in a movie for the companies. (Deadline.com)
EMERGENCE (NBC) - Alexa Skye Swinton, Clancy Brown, Ashley Aufderheide and Robert Bailey, Jr. are all set to join the Allison Tolman-led drama pilot, about Jo (Tolman), a police chief who takes in a young child, Piper (Swinton), she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. Brown plays Jo's father Ed, "a retired firefighter with a great sense of humor"; with Aufderheide as Jo's teenage daughter Bree, "who is strong-willed with a sense of humor"; and Bailey, Jr. as Chris, "an industrious police officer." (Deadline.com)
GENIUSES (FOX) - Jason Biggs is joining Maggie Lawson in the comedy pilot, about a blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and raise four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses. He'll play the dad, Mike, who "is affable and enthusiastic. Not dumb, but definitely not cerebral." (Deadline.com)
HANNAH (ABC) - Alanna Ubach has joined the cast of the Hannah Simone-led comedy pilot as Susan, "the family's closest friend, filled with confidence and booze and always over-the-top. Susan can be counted on to say exactly the wrong thing at all times." (Deadline.com)
HIGHTOWN (Starz) - Amaury Nolasco and Dohn Norwood have both been cast in the newcomer. The former will play Frankie Alvarez, "equal parts charming, clever, and terrifying, Frankie runs an opioid ring in Cape Cod - even from behind bars." And the latter portrays Alan Saintille, "a state policeman on the Cape Cod Drug Taskforce, Alan's worked with Ray a long time - but that doesn't necessarily make them friends." (Deadline.com)
INSATIABLE (Netflix) - Arden Myrin's Regina Sinclair has been promoted to regular for the series' second season. (Deadline.com)
JANE THE NOVELA (The CW) - Jacqueline Grace Lopez has scored the lead role on the show's spin-off pilot as Estela, "an up and coming art curator who has spent years playing it safe and coloring within the lines. But a shocking secret changes everything and forces her to live a double life." (Deadline.com)
LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC) - Titus Welliver will guest on the show's March 21 episode as NYPD attorney Rob Miller. (TVLine.com)
LODGE 49 (AMC) - Pollyanna McIntosh will recur on the show's second season as Clara, "a British emissary who meets and befriends Connie at Lodge 1 in England." (Deadline.com)
LOVE CONNECTION (FOX) - Host Andy Cohen revealed the series has been canceled on Howard Stern's satellite radio show this morning. (Deadline.com)
SINGLE PARENTS (ABC) - Leighton Meester's real-life husband Adam Brody will guest on the show's season finale as Derek, "a musician who loved and left Meester's Maggie years ago. After she has stewed over him for ages, Will (Taran Killam) convinces her to track him down and say her piece. It does not go well." Said installment will also feature the return of Bashir Salahuddin as "Poppy's (Kimrie Lewis) charming and fun but flaky ex, Ron." (THR.com)
TITANS (DC Universe) - Joshua Orpin has been cast as Conner Kent (a.k.a. Superboy) in the show's second season. (@TheDCUniverse)
TOMMY (CBS) - Michael Chernus has been cast in the Edie Falco-led drama pilot as Ken: "Rumpled, insecure, smart, wry and a little self-deprecating, Ken is the speechwriter for L.A.'s incoming and first female Chief of Police. his job is to channel his boss' inner life and get it all on paper, which is put to the test immediately when tasked to write her swearing-in speech without ever having met her." (Deadline.com)
TRIANGLE (ABC) - Mike Vogel has been tapped for the lead role on the drama pilot: David Roman, "whose life has always been a bit of a roller coaster. He's an orphan who bounced between foster homes growing up. Now hoping to begin a new life with his daughter, Natalie, and fiancé, Alex, their tropical vacation is interrupted by a violent storm that capsizes their boat and lands them in a strange land filled with danger, mystery, and no way home." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED GAME OF THRONES SPIN-OFF PROJECT (HBO) - Executive producer Sara Lee Hess has signed a two-year overall deal with the pay network. (Deadline.com)
US PROJECT, THE (CBS) - Parker Young has been cast in the pilot, a multi-camera comedy billed as a story told through interviews and vignettes spanning 10 years, about how an unlikely couple becomes an unlikely family. He'll play Jared, "Morgan's (yet to be cast) live-in boyfriend. A new jiu jitsu fanatic, Jared practices constantly in order to excel at his first amateur tournament that's quickly approaching and which he has no chance of winning." (Deadline.com)
WHY WOMEN KILL (CBSAA) - Reid Scott has scored a role on the upcoming drama as Eli: "Seen in 2018. Eli is Jewish, good-natured and "smart enough to know that his sense of humor is the sexiest thing about him." He is a stay-at-home writer, married to Taylor whom he finds alluring and exciting, constantly impressed by her fearlessness. He's happy with their unconventional marriage, pleased that both have the liberty to sleep with other people as long as they don't bring their playmates home. However, all that is about to change when Eli allows Taylor to let her lesbian lover crash with them for the weekend." (Deadline.com)





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· ADAM & EVE (FOX)
· BONES (FOX)
· BOOK OF ENCHANTMENT (DISNEY PLUS)
· CLAWS (TNT)
· DEPUTY (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EMERGENCE (ABC)
· HANNAH (ABC)
· HIGHTOWN (STARZ)
· INSATIABLE (NETFLIX)
· JANE THE NOVELA (CW)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LODGE 49 (AMC)
· LOVE CONNECTION (FOX)
· OUTMATCHED (FOX)
· SINGLE PARENTS (ABC)
· SUPER SIMPLE LOVE STORY (CBS)
· TITANS (HBO MAX)
· TOMMY (CBS)
· TRIANGLE (ABC)
· UNTITLED GAME OF THRONES SPIN-OFF PROJECTS (HBO)
· WHY WOMEN KILL (PARAMOUNT PLUS)





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