[10/18/21 - 11:38 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 18
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BLACKLIST, THE (NBC) - Diany Rodriguez has been tapped for a heavily recurring role on the series as Weecha Xiu: "With a tough physical presence and a hardened demeanor, Weecha is more than capable of defending herself against anyone who might threaten her or her associates." (Deadline.com)
BLOOD SUGAR (HBO, New!) - Betty Gilpin is attached to star and executive produce a potential series at the pay channel in which "when the Sharks of Shark Tank laugh the delightful Margot Schultz and her frozen food business off stage, little do they know, they're setting in motion one of the funniest, bloodiest and wildest rises to fame and fortune this country has ever seen." Duke Merriman and Preston Thompson are behind the project with showrunner Claire Wilson and director Lucy Tcherniak as well as Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Ali Krug and Patrick Chu of Annapurna; and Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan of Clubhouse Pictures also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
CONTINENTAL, THE (Starz) - Mel Gibson is the first to be cast in the three-night event TV series, a prequel to the "John Wick" franchise. Gibson will play a character named Cormac. No other details were given. (Deadline.com)
ECHOES (Netflix) - Jonathan Tucker is the latest cast in the Michelle Monaghan-led drama as Dylan James, "a troubled and mysterious local townie and childhood associate of Leni and Gina's." (Deadline.com)
FAMILY REUNION (Netflix) - Adrienne Carter and Arthur Harris have been elevated to showrunners for the series' 10-episode final season. Creator Meg DeLoatch will continue as an executive producer while Robert Prinz has been added as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)
HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART II (Hulu, New!) - The streamer has commissioned an eight-episode variety series follow-up to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film, which "was made up of segments set during different periods of world history." Brooks, Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter are among the featured auspices. Searchlight Television and 20th Television will produce. Production is slated to begin in Spring 2022. (Variety.com)
L.A. LAW (ABC) - Corbin Bernsen has signed onto the reboot series pilot where he'll reprise his Emmy-nomimated role of Arnie Becker from the original series: "Bernsen's former lothario Arnold Becker hasn't changed since the 1980s but the world has. Now in his 60s, he struggles with a rapidly shifting sexual and political landscape." (Deadline.com)
MOST DANGEROUS GAME (Roku) - Aleks Paunovic has joined the cast of the show's second season as Timur, "a vicious man from Eastern Europe who runs a money laundering business." (Variety.com)
THREE WOMEN (Showtime) - Blair Underwood and Lola Kirke have both signed onto the upcoming Lisa Taddeo adaptation. Underwood will play Richard, "a popular island chef who is blindsided when his wife Sloane (DaWanda Wise) begins a hidden sexual relationship with another man." And Kirke will portray Jenny, "a sparkling, free spirit - and possibly the only woman Sloane (Wise) has ever gotten close to." (Deadline.com)
TOM CLANCY'S JACK RYAN (Amazon) - Abbie Cornish will reprise her role of Cathy Mueller in the recently ordered fourth season of the series. (Deadline.com)
WARRIOR NUN (Netflix) - Meena Rayann, Jack Mullarkey and Richard Clothier are all bound for the show's second season. Rayann will play Yasmine Amunet, "a Coptic Nun who is also a scholar and freelance journalist." Mullarkey will portray Miguel, "a charismatic but mysterious activist who gets caught up in Ava's mission." And Clothier is Cardinal William Foster, "the second in command at the Vatican, Cardinal Foster is the type of man you want backing you up." (Deadline.com)
WINNER, THE (HBO Max, New!) - The streamer has ordered a six-part Eastern European comedy which "tells the story of Viktor Hudák, a fictional Prime Minister of a small European country ending his career in politics and returning to everyday life. When his successor radically overturns all the policies that he spent a lifetime building, he quickly realizes there is very little power in being an ex-prime minister." Director Jan Hřebejk and writers Zuzana Dzurindová and Peter Nagy are behind the project, with Ady Hajdu set to play the lead role. Johnathan Young and Steve Matthews will executive produce while Tereza Polachova is producing for ETAMP Film. (Deadline.com)
Y: THE LAST MAN (FX on Hulu) - Executive producer Eliza Clark announced on social media over the weekend the series will not be returning for a second season on the streaming service. (@TheElizaClark, 10/17)

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