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[08/19/19 - 11:48 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 19
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!


ANTHEM (FOX, New!) - Al Gough and Miles Millar have set up a potential drama at the network "set in Hope, Indiana, a suburban city with nothing special about it, until a shocking tragedy strikes. As the survivors struggle to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, they are brought together by the unlikeliest of heroes to form the unlikeliest of choirs." SB Projects' Scooter Braun, Scott Manson and James Shin will also executive produce the project, which has a penalty attached. eOne and FOX Entertainment are co-producing. (Deadline.com)
ARROW (The CW) - John Barrowman is the latest alumnus slated to drop by the show's final season. (TVLine.com)
CHICAGO MED (NBC) - Dominic Rains has been cast in the recurring role of Crockett Marcel, "Chicago Med's newest ED doctor who hails from Louisiana. He gambles, drinks and parties all night but hooks himself to an IV drip in the morning to slide into work like a true badass." (Deadline.com)
CONNERS, THE (ABC) - Katey Sagal has booked a return trip to the series as Louise, "a former high school friend of Dan and Roseanne's who left Lanford to pursue a career in music." The show's expanded sophomore run will consist of 19 episodes. (TVLine.com)
EMERGENCE (ABC) - Terry O'Quinn will recur on the newcomer as Richard Kindred, "the head of Augur Industries, a diversified, far-reaching tech holding company. Equal parts charming and ruthless, Kindred's a self-made billionaire with countless professional and personal casualties in his wake. He will go to great lengths to protect his company and reputation, and few would dare to cross him." (Deadline.com)
EMPIRE (FOX) - Diamond White is the latest bound for the show's final season as Lala, "a soft-spoken SoundCloud singer who sounds great online but is plagued with performance anxiety and cursed by an inability to sing in front of a crowd." (Deadline.com)
GENERATION (HBO Max, New!) - 17-year-old Zelda Barnz has scored a pilot order from the streaming service for a new comedy project. Barnz and her father, Daniel Barnz, will co-write and co-direct the half-hour with Lena Dunham and We're Not Brothers Productions' Daniel and Ben Barnz executive producing; Zelda Barnz co-executive producing; and Marissa Diaz producing. HBO Max is producing in-house. The logline is as follows: "A dark yet playful half-hour, GENERATION follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community." (Deadline.com)
HEELS (Starz) - Stephen Amell has signed on to star in the drama series, which is set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling. His casting has triggered an eight-episode green light from the pay channel with Mike O'Malley serving as showrunner. Amell's Jack Spade is billed as "the charismatic villain, or heel, of the Duffy Wrestling Association. In the real world, he's its hard-working owner, a husband and father trying to make ends meet while fighting to realize his impossible dreams. He has the mind of an artist in the body of a warrior and a Steve Jobs-ian need for perfection - and for control. He says he'll do whatever it takes to build the DWA into an empire. Will he go so far as to risk his marriage or his relationship with his brother?" Creator Michael Waldron and LBI Entertainment's Julie Yorn, Chris Donnelly and Patrick Walmsley will also executive produce for Lionsgate Television and Paramount Television. (Deadline.com)
HIS DARK MATERIALS (HBO) - Andrew Scott has been cast in the much-ballyhooed drama as Jopari alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda's Lee Scoresby. (@darkmaterials)
MOM (CBS) - Paget Brewster will recur on the veteran comedy as Veronica Stone, "Christy's new boss at the law firm. Veronica is described as a most demanding senior partner with high expectations and a lot of energy - which she channels into yelling at poor Christy." (TVLine.com)
PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS (Showtime) - Adan Rocha has been tapped to recur on the series as Diego Lopez, "a young, vulnerable follower of Fly Rico (Sebastian Chacon), the powerful leader of the Pachucos, a Latino "Zoot Suit" gang. Ready to lay down his life for his Pachuco brothers or sisters, he becomes caught up in a dangerous event far beyond his control." (Deadline.com)
RED BIRD LANE (HBO Max) - Sara Gran's drama has received a pilot order from the streaming service. John Wells and Erin Jontow of the Warner Bros. Television-based John Wells Productions will also executive produce with Dan Halsted as a consulting producer. Its logline is as follows: "Morality and psychological horror series about eight strangers who arrive at an isolated house-all for different reasons-and quickly realize that something sinister and terrifying awaits them." (Deadline.com)
RIGHT STUFF, THE (NGC) - Danny Strong has been cast in the astronaut drama as John "Shorty" Powers, "NASA's ever-present PR man. The brash mouthpiece for the Mercury space program, he's constantly taking the astronauts on glad-handing trips to factories and rubber-chicken dinners in order to fuel public enthusiasm for the space program and shake loose more funding from Congress." (THR.com)
RIVERDALE (The CW) - Juan Riedinger has been tapped for the recurring role of Dodger, "Archie's nemesis." No other details were given. (Deadline.com)
RULES OF MAGIC, THE (HBO Max, New!) - The streaming service has opened a writers' room for a potential 10-episode drama series based on the novels "Rules of Magic" and "Practical Magic" by Alice Hoffman, previously adapted into the 1998 film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. Melissa Rosenberg and Dana Baratta are spearheading the project via the former's Tall Girls Productions with Hoffman and PatMa Productions' Denise Di Novi and Nina Tassler also executive producing for Warner Bros. Television. CBS previously took a stab at a TV take in 2004 with Kim Delaney and Jeri Ryan in the lead roles; while ABC Family made another swing in 2010 that stalled in the script stage. The logline is as follows: "In this epic, generational family drama set in 1960s New York City, three troubled siblings - Franny, Jet and Vincent Owens - wrestle with "abnormalities" that have kept them isolated. But the tumultuous times unearth the extraordinary discovery that they are, in fact, descendants of a bloodline of witches. In their aspirational journey towards self-discovery and self-acceptance, they'll contend with grief, war, bigotry and dark magic, not to mention a centuries-old curse designed to keep them away from love. The two sisters, Franny and Jet, will become the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while their beloved brother, Vincent, will leave an unexpected legacy." (Deadline.com)
SEX/LIFE (Netflix, New!) - Stacy Rukeyser has scored an eight episode order from the streaming service for a new drama billed as "the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past which takes a deliciously steamy new look at female identity and desire." The project is based on B.B. Easton's self-published memoir "44 Chapters About 4 Men" with J. Miles Dale and Larry Robins also executive producing. (Deadline.com)





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· ANTHEM (FOX)
· ARROW (CW)
· CHICAGO MED (NBC)
· CONNERS, THE (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EMERGENCE (ABC)
· EMPIRE (FOX)
· GENERA+ION (HBO MAX)
· HEELS (STARZ)
· HIS DARK MATERIALS (HBO)
· MOM (CBS)
· PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS (SHOWTIME)
· PRACTICAL MAGIC (CBS)
· RED BIRD LANE (HBO MAX)
· RIGHT STUFF, THE (DISNEY PLUS)
· RIVERDALE (CW)
· RULES OF MAGIC, THE (HBO MAX)
· SEX/LIFE (NETFLIX)





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