[04/11/14 - 11:15 PM] Development Update: Friday, April 11 Updates include: Shaun Evans departs Amazon's "The Cosmopolitans"; Leonard Roberts to return for VH1's "Drumline: A New Beat"; and Emily Bergl to guest on CBS's "Elementary."
[03/18/14 - 11:37 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, March 18 Updates include: David Cross to play the "Dead Boss" on FOX; Sally Hawkins, Catherine Keener bound for FX's "How and Why"; and CBS places its single-camera comedy pilot "Taxi-22" on hold.
DESCRIPTION: (from VH1's press release, September 2014) VH1's upcoming original movie "Drumline: A New Beat," produced in partnership with Fox Television Studios, and executive produced by the original film producers Wendy Finerman, Dallas Austin and Jody Gerson, along with Nick Cannon, will premiere Monday, October 27th at 9PM ET/PT. The original film was produced by Fox 2000. The telefilm is the next project in the network's successful original movie initiative, kick started by 2013's "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story," which generated record-breaking ratings and tremendous viewer response. "Drumline: A New Beat" will capture the sound and spirit of the first film while welcoming a whole new class to the Atlanta A&T drumline. The new story follows female lead Danielle "Dani" Raymond (Alexandra Shipp), an upper class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join - and revitalize - their once-prominent drumline. Dani's quest to become the first female section leader will be hampered by upperclassmen, including her cousin Tyree (Jeff Pierre), her feelings for fellow bandmate and rival Jayven (Jordan Calloway), and the school's crosstown competitors. Tasha (Jasmine Burke) and Josh (Scott Shilstone) round out the freshmen drumline and bring their own ambitions onto the field. Sean Taylor (Leonard Roberts) from the original film will return to the franchise as Atlanta A&T's new band director. Sean is looking to make his mark on his alma mater while dealing with "ghosts" from his past: the dean, Dr. Nia Phillips (LeToya Luckett), his brother, Kevin Taylor (Deray Davis) and original "Drumline" favorite, Devon Miles (Nick Cannon).