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[11/03/17 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Friday, November 3
Updates include: Netflix exits all Kevin Spacey-related projects; Warner Bros. Television looks to bring "The Lord of the Rings" to the small screen; and ABC extends "The Middle" swan song to 24 episodes.

[10/25/17 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 25
Updates include: Hannah Ware boards "The First" at Hulu; Alberto Frezza to round out the cast of "Grey's Anatomy's" spin-off; and Yancey Arias named regular on USA's "Queen of the South."

[10/19/17 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 19
Updates include: Hulu gives final season to "Casual"; Steve Buscemi to replace Owen Wilson in "Miracle Workers" at TBS; and Erica Ash to lead BET's new drama "In Contempt."

[10/18/17 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 18
Updates include: Chelsea Handler to wrap Netflix's "Chelsea" by year's end; LisaGay Hamilton tapped for Hulu's "The First"; and Lil Rel Howrey to star in potential FOX comedy.

[09/27/17 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, September 27
Updates include: Spike TV cancels "The Mist"; Sony Pictures Television eyes "Party of Five" reboot; and Natascha McElhone joins Hulu's "The First."

[09/20/17 - 07:34 AM]
Two-Time Academy Award(R) Winner Sean Penn Joins Beau Willimon's "The First" for Hulu and Channel 4
Set in the near future, "The First" will follow the first human mission to Mars exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization.

[05/03/17 - 06:46 AM]
Hulu Amplifies Growth with Original Series Orders, New Content Deals and Premium Advertising Innovations at 2017 Upfront Presentation
Hulu is pleased to announce that it has picked up "The Handmaid's Tale" for a second season, set to debut in 2018.







FIRST, THE (HULU)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
5/3/17 - 11/3/17
STATUS:
currently in development (2018-2019 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to series
DESCRIPTION:
(from Hulu's press release, September 2017) Academy Award(R)-winning actor Sean Penn has joined Beau Willimon's upcoming Hulu original drama series "The First." Though details about the role remain under wraps, this marks the acclaimed actor's first foray into television. Set in the near future, "The First" will follow the first human mission to Mars exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth. Hulu and Channel 4 have given a straight-to-series order for the show, created by Willimon (House of Cards, Ides of March), who also serves as executive producer alongside his producing partner Jordan Tappis under their Westward Productions banner. IMG will handle sales in all territories.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Anna Jacoby-Heron
· Hannah Ware
· James Ransone
· LisaGay Hamilton
· Natascha McElhone
· Oded Fehr
· Sean Penn
CREW INFORMATION:
· Beau Willimon as CRTR/EP
· Jordan Tappis as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Westward Productions