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[05/07/19 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, May 7 - Odds & Ends
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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BOB'S BURGERS (FOX) - Executive producers Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux have signed a three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, home to the veteran animated comedy. The pact covers their duties on the series as well as any future development, which includes fellow animated entry "The Great North." (Deadline.com)
FBI (CBS) - Milena Govich has been tapped as a co-executive producer/in-house director for the upcoming second season. She joins Terry Miller, who is returning as an executive producer/fellow in-house director. (Deadline.com)
#FREERAYSHAWN (A.K.A. UNTITLED ANTOINE FUQUA PROJECT) (Quibi) - Stephan James, Laurence Fishburne, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Skeet Ulrich and Annabeth Gish are set to star in Antoine Fuqua's upcoming drama for the short-form video platform. Sony Pictures Television is behind the project, which "tells the story of a young, black Iraq War veteran named Rayshawn (James) who is set up by New Orleans police on a drug deal, runs for his life, and takes refuge inside his apartment building with his girlfriend and child." The others will play Rayshawn, Steven Poincy, Tyisha, Mike Trout and Lincoln, respectively. Seith Mann is directing from a feature penned by Marc Maurino, with revisions by Michael C. Martin. Fuqua Films' Fuqua and David Boorstein plus Mann, Kat Samick and Justin Bursch are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)
GLAMOROUS (The CW) - The drama pilot remains under consideration for The CW's 2019-20 schedule despite announcing its series pickups earlier today. (Deadline.com)
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES (Disney+) - Oliver Goldstick is bowing out as showrunner of the upcoming series, which follows a group of students as they countdown to the opening night of their school's first-ever production of "High School Musical." Said development is tied to Goldstick's creative differences on the series, which remains in production on its 10-episode order. (Deadline.com)
INTERCEPTED (Starz, New!) - La La Anthony is attached to star in a potential drama at the pay channel based on Alexa Martin's bestselling novel of the same name. The project centers on Marlee Harper (Anthony), "who is the perfect girlfriend. She's sure had enough practice, dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last 10 years. But when her relationship unexpectedly ends, she vows to never date an athlete again. Only one problem: Gavin Pope, the new star quarterback in town, has Marlee in his sights." Anthony will also executive produce alongside G-Unit Films and Television's Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. (Deadline.com)
JANE THE NOVELA (The CW) - The proposed "Jane the Virgin" spin-off will not be moving forward to series. (Deadline.com)
KILLER RATINGS (Netflix, New!) - The streaming service has ordered a seven-part documentary series about "Brazilian TV host turned politician Wallace Souza, who was accused of ordering murders in order to bolster ratings of his crime series." Daniel Bogado is directing the project with Suemay Oram producing and Alex Marengo, Quicksilver's Eamonn Matthews and Caravan's Dinah Lord serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)
LOST BOYS, THE (The CW) - The potential drama "will be retooled and re-piloted off-cycle." Said report further indicates "the CW brass loved the script, not all elements in the pilot came together in the execution, thus the order for a reworked new pilot, which could feature recastings." (Deadline.com)
MANHUNT (Spectrum) - Jack Huston and Cameron Britton are set to topline the second season of the anthology series, which "will chronicle one of the largest and most complex manhunts on U.S. soil - the search for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Bomber - and the media firestorm that consumed the life of Richard Jewell in its wake." Huston will play Eric Rudolph, "the criminal mastermind behind the deadly Centennial Olympic Park bombing," with Britton as Jewell. John Goldwyn, Michael Dinner and Andrew Sodroski are executive producing the new season. (Deadline.com)
PERRY MASON (HBO) - John Lithgow has signed onto the Matthew Rhys/Tatiana Maslany-led drama as Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan, "a personal attorney at the nadir of his career and a semi-regular employer of private investigator Mason. A mentor and a father figure to Mason, E.B. is handed the kind of case he hasn't seen in years: a high-profile parallel investigation to the LAPD involving a child kidnapping." (Deadline.com)
PUBLIC FIGURES (Quibi, New!) - Lil Yachty is set to star in a semi-autobiographical comedy at the short-form video platform, which "follows a group of late teens/early 20 somethings as they pursue their dreams in New York City." Ian Edelman is behind the project, which is set up at Universal Content Productions. Yachty, Edelman, Wilshire Studios' Brian Sher and Gregory Jones and Quality Control's Kevin "Coach K" Lee and Pierre "Pee" Thomas are the executive producers. Sher recently inked a first-look deal with the studio. (Deadline.com)
RIVERDALE (The CW) - As expected, with the pickup of spin-off "Katy Keene," Ashleigh Murray's Josie McCoy will bow out of the parent series as she transitions to the newcomer. (Deadline.com)
SULPHUR SPRINGS (Disney Channel, New!) - A new pilot from writer Tracey Thomson - about "a boy and his family moving into a supposedly haunted hotel on the edge of a small town called Sulphur Springs" - is currently casting at the cable channel. The project at one point was given a cast-contingent series order by sibling Disney+, but it subsequently returned to Disney Channel. Charles Pratt also serves as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)





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· #FREERAYSHAWN (QUIBI)
· BOB'S BURGERS (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FBI (CBS)
· GLAMOROUS (CW)
· GREAT NORTH, THE (FOX)
· HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL: THE SERIES (DISNEY PLUS)
· INTERCEPTED (STARZ)
· JANE THE NOVELA (CW)
· JANE THE VIRGIN (CW)
· KATY KEENE (CW)
· KILLER RATINGS (NETFLIX)
· LOST BOYS, THE (CW)
· MANHUNT: UNABOMBER (SPECTRUM)
· PERRY MASON (HBO)
· PUBLIC FIGURES (QUIBI)
· RIVERDALE (CW)
· SULPHUR SPRINGS (DISNEY)





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