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[01/27/20 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Monday, January 27
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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DELILAH (HBO Max) - The upcoming streaming service has passed on the Jessica Rothe-led comedy pilot. Producer Kapital Entertainment plans to shop the project elsewhere. (Deadline.com)
EQUALIZER, THE (CBS) - The Eye has given a pilot order to its small screen reboot of the series, which stars Queen Latifah as an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Andrew Marlowe and Terri Miller penned the script and are executive producing alongside John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment; Debra Martin Chase of Martin Chase Productions; original series co-creator Richard Lindheim; and Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere of Flavor Unit. Universal Television and CBS Television Studios will co-produce. (Deadline.com)
HEELS (Starz) - Kelli Berglund is bound for the wrestling drama as Crystal, "a 20-year-old wrestler's valet who yearns to transform this traditional role and compete as a wrestler. A rural-town girl of limited financial means, she's an incredible athlete who just needs an opportunity to prove she belongs in the ring, and she'll do whatever it takes to make that dream come true." (Deadline.com)
HIT (Hulu, New!) - Writers Aline Brosh McKenna and Alden Derck are set to team with director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson for a potential drama at the streaming service about "a young pop star who struggling to write her debut album and gets stuck in a songwriting boot camp organized by the anxious execs at her record label." The trio will likewise executive produce via Brosh McKenna's ABC Studios-based Lean Machine, home to her new three-year overall deal. (Deadline.com)
HOUSE OF CHOW (HBO, New!) - Writer Ken Cheng and director Jude Weng have sold a potential comedy to the pay channel about "the reluctant partnership that forms between estranged, thirtysomething siblings Vicky and Charlie Chow. Both realize that the best way to salvage their disappointing and dysfunctional lives is to revive their family's old Chinese restaurant and turn it into something it's never been: a success." JuVee Productions' Viola Davis, Julius Tennon and Andrew Wang are also slated to executive produce. (Deadline.com)
MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC) - Marcia Gay Harden will recur on the series as Gary's (James Roday) mother, Alice, who "left home a few months after Gary's seventh birthday." (TVLline.com)
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS) - Scottie Thompson will drop by the series as Sarah Raines, "an agent for the Defense Intelligence Agency who is working on a highly classified mission to investigate unidentified aerial phenomena sightings (which I am going to dub UFOs)." (TVLine.com)
ONE DAY AT A TIME (Pop) - Ray Romano will guest on the season premiere as Brian, "a 2020 U.S. Census taker who comes to the Alvarez household to interview the family." (Variety.com)
SAVED BY THE BELL (Peacock) - Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Alycia Pascual-Pena and Belmont Cameli will round out the cast of the revival series. Velazquez plays Daisy, "a smart, ambitious sophomore who is excited at the prospect of attending Bayside High after her local school gets shut down"; with Hoog as Mac Morris, "the handsome, charming, privileged son of Governor Zack Morris"; Pascual-Pena as Aisha, "Daisy's fun-loving but ultracompetitive best friend"; and Cameli as Jamie Spano, "captain of the Bayside football team and Jessie's sensitive man-child son." (Deadline.com)
UNITED STATES OF AL, THE (CBS) - Kelli Goss and Elizabeth Alderfer are the latest additions to the comedy pilot as Vanessa, "Riley's (Parker Young) soon-to-be ex-wife and the fiercely protective mother of their young daughter"; and Lizzie, "Riley's arty younger sister who lives at home and works for her father, Art (Dean Norris)," respectively. (Deadline.com)





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· DELILAH (HBO MAX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EQUALIZER, THE (CBS)
· HEELS (STARZ)
· HIT (HULU)
· HOUSE OF CHOW (HBO)
· MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC)
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
· ONE DAY AT A TIME (POP)
· SAVED BY THE BELL (PEACOCK)
· UNITED STATES OF AL (CBS)





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