[11/21/19 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, November 21
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!

AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX) - Emmy winner Margo Martindale has been cast as Lucianne Steinberger Goldberg in the anthology's "Impeachment" installment. Martindale's Goldberg, "a literary agent and author, met Linda Tripp while working on the proposal for the book on the death of Clinton aide Vince Foster. The two women became friends, and in 1997 Goldberg advised Tripp to secretly record former White House intern Lewinsky talking about her sexual relationship with President Clinton. Goldberg mistakenly advised Tripp that it was legal to record phone conversations in Maryland without the consent of the other party." (Deadline.com)
AMERICAN GODS (Starz) - Danny Trejo, Julia Sweeney and rapper Wale will all drop by the new season. Trejo will portray "one of the many forms of Mr. World (Crispin Glover)"; with Sweeney as Ann-Marie Hinzelmann, "the disarmingly warm one-woman welcome wagon for Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) when he arrives"; and Wale as "the fiery, silver-tongued Orisha named Chango, an important link to Shadow's unexplored past." (EW.com)
CUP OF JOE (Quibi, New!) - Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers will topline an eight-part travel series for the streaming service in which "before he hits the stage on his sold-out Happiness Begins tour, Joe will experience each city like a true native - as a local guides him through each destination." Jonas, Phil McIntyre, John Taylor and Ben Winston are the executive producers for Philymack and Fulwell 73 with David Soutar directing. (Deadline.com)
FLASH, THE (The CW) - Efrat Dor will join the cast of the current season in the series regular role of Eva McCulloch: "A quantum engineer and co-founder of McCulloch Technologies, Eva McCulloch is a scientific genius who works on the bleeding edge. Eva has been away from Central City for many years. But a chance meeting with Iris West-Allen results in a surprising alliance that pushes the boundaries of sanity, while also uncovering a vast conspiracy to take down Team Flash and its allies." (EW.com)
HUNTERS (Amazon) - Creator David Weil has signed an overall deal with producer Amazon Studios. The pact gives the company exclusive access to his TV output. (Deadline.com)
LIAM HEMSWORTH QUIBI PROJECT (Quibi) - The Liam Hemsworth-led action thriller has cast Jimmy Akingbola, Sarah Gadon and Zach Cherry in recurring roles. Gadon is set to play Dodge's wife Valerie; with Cherry as Looger, Dodge's best friend from childhood; and Akingbola in a yet-to-revealed secret role. (Deadline.com)
ONCE MORE (ABC, New!) - Jack Moore has set up at single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about Will Wilde, "a 45-year-old sad sack of a man whose life has not turned out how he'd hoped. That is until one fateful day when Will makes a wish and wakes up to find himself back in his childhood bedroom. It's 1999 and Will is 12 years old again, only now he has all the knowledge and memories of his 45 year old self." Justin Spitzer, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner will also executive produce for the Universal Television-based Hazy Mills Productions. (Deadline.com)
POWER (Starz) - Cedric the Entertainer and Brandon Micheal Hall are bound for the show's final episodes as "part of an out of town underworld team." Also on tap are Geoffrey Owens and Mark Feuerstein, the latter as "a political operative." (Deadline.com)
SISSY (Showtime, New!) - Jacob Tobia is looking to bring their recent memoir, subtitled "A Coming-of-Gender Story," to the small screen at the pay channel. The project would follow Tobi Gibran, "a non-binary college grad and full time gender weirdo from North Carolina. Tobi moves to New York City in search of queer utopia. Though they score a prestigious job at the UN, Tobi quickly learns that NYC is less "glittering trans paradise" and more "trash-filled hell with a side of street harassment."" Tobia and Michael Lannan are co-writing the script and will executive produce for Legendary Television. (Variety.com)
STAIRCASE, THE (Netflix) - Harrison Ford is reportedly attached to star in and executive produce a scripted adaptation of the much-ballyhooed documentary series, which "detailed the trial of American novelist Michael Peterson." Antonio Campos will write and also executive produce the project, which is currently being shopped to networks and streaming services, for Annapurna Television. (Variety.com)
THIS IS US (NBC) - Kay Oyegun has signed an overall deal with producer 20th Century Fox Television. There she'll continue as a producer as well as develop new series projects. (Deadline.com)
UNDONE (Amazon) - Amazon Studios has closed an overall deal with the recently renewed series' co-creator Kate Purdy. (Deadline.com)

  [november 2019]  


[01/25/22 - 04:32 PM]
NBC Gives Pilot Order to Shaun Cassidy's Drama "Unbroken"
In the project, three dynastic ranch families on the central coast of California make love and war in a passionate struggle to survive, ultimately setting the stage for a group of fiercely determined young women to win big for all at the National Championship of Rodeo.

[01/25/22 - 03:34 PM]
Timed to the 40th Anniversary of NBC's "Late Night," David Letterman Will Join Seth Meyers for an Interview on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Feb. 1
Adam Duritz of Counting Crows will perform as musical guest.

[01/25/22 - 02:34 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Roars Into 2022 with Annual "Big Cat Week," A Special Six-Part Series from Award-Winning Filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and the Premiere of "Russia's Wild Tiger" on Jan. 30
This special event includes 11 in-depth programs, each exploring an entirely different big cat species, their struggles as they face extinction, as well as rare, never-before-seen footage in their natural habitats spanning from the Okavango Delta to the Serengeti to Thailand and more.

[01/25/22 - 12:01 PM]
HBO Renews Comedy Series "The Righteous Gemstones" for a Third Season
Created, written and executive produced by Danny McBride, the series tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work.

[01/25/22 - 11:01 AM]
VH1's Powerhouse Franchises "Love & Hip Hop" and "Black Ink Crew" Team Up for Two-Part Special Event Uniting Cast Members Across Both Series as They Explore Their African Ancestry
Cast members will come together with host Dometi Pongo in this thought-provoking special that will examine the harsh effects of slavery and challenging stereotypes about Black culture, while also celebrating Africa's rich history, music, craftsmanship, style, dance and food.

[01/25/22 - 10:01 AM]
Get Into the Valentine's Day Spirit with "Looney Tunes Cartoons Valentine's Extwavaganza!" a New Special Streaming Feb. 3
In this love-struck episode, Porky's sweet on Petunia, but Daffy is sweet on Porky's sweets.

[01/25/22 - 10:01 AM]
Host Anthony Anderson Reveals "To Tell the Truth" Return Date Via Instagram Post
Cynthia Erivo, Gary Owen and Donald Faison make up the celebrity panel on its return episode, airing Tuesday, February 22 at 10:00/9:00c.

[01/25/22 - 09:50 AM]
Video: A Message from Rick Riordan - "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" - Disney+
The author reveals "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" is officially coming to Disney+.

[01/25/22 - 09:23 AM]
Video: "Before I Forget" - Official Trailer - Paramount+
Paramount+ presents the story of Pascual León, a retired, bitter 65-year-old, diagnosed with the beginning stages of Alzheimer's.

[01/25/22 - 09:21 AM]
NBC & FOX to Air USFL's Inaugural Game in Historic Prime Time Simulcast
The game pits the New Jersey Generals against the Birmingham Stallions, and it will be televised live on NBC and FOX, making it the first scheduled sports competition to air at the same time on two competitive broadcast networks since Super Bowl I aired on NBC and CBS, January 15, 1967.

[01/25/22 - 09:01 AM]
Video: "Super PupZ" New Series Trailer - Netflix Futures
Four superpowered pups work as a pack to help their new kid pals - and a furry alien friend - in a cute and cuddly cosmic adventure!

[01/25/22 - 09:01 AM]
"Pieces of Her" - First Look & Date Announcement
Toni Collette stars in Netflix's series adaptation of Karin Slaughter's New York Times bestselling novel, due on March 4.

[01/25/22 - 08:32 AM]
Angela Simmons, Reginae Carter, and Kendra G. Join Kendall Kyndall as Co-Hosts of ALLBLK's Variety Talk Show, "Social Society"
"Social Society" delivers the perfect blend of comedy and commentary by presenting an unrestricted mix of guest stars, memorable moments, and interviews that challenge society's discomfort with issues facing the culture.

[01/25/22 - 07:29 AM]
CBS Sports' Best Postseason Start in 10 Years Continues with Massive Audiences for Divisional Playoffs
The network's presentation of Kansas City's win over Buffalo on Sunday, January 23 is the most-watched Divisional Playoff game on any network in five years, averaging 42.736 million viewers.

[01/25/22 - 05:03 AM]
Sky Adds Three New Original Titles to Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime Slate
The newly commissioned documentaries include blue-chip natural history series "Predators," which marks Sky's first co-production with Netflix, will follow six apex predators as they face the ultimate survival test in ever-changing landscapes.