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[02/20/18 - 11:42 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, February 20
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!


BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS) - Bill Gates will drop by the veteran comedy as himself, in which "Penny (Kaley Cuoco) hosts Gates at work, the guys do everything in their power to meet him." (Deadline.com)
CHARMED (The CW) - Melonie Diaz ("The Breaks") is set as one of the principal trio in the drama reboot's pilot as Mel, "a passionate, outspoken activist who loses her way in the wake of family tragedy." (Deadline.com)
CODE, THE (CBS) - Tony-nominee Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) is the first to be cast in the drama pilot as Harper Rein: "A hyper-organized 2nd lieutenant capable of sub-dividing any problem into color-coded action points, Harper is a highly capable lawyer who wishes she could skip the small stuff and take on bigger cases." (Deadline.com)
DANCING BEAR (USA, New!) - James Crumley's hardboiled crime novel - "set in Montana and centers on part- time detective Milo Dragovitch, who becomes entangled with a cast of unsavory characters in a web of criminal conspiracies, blackmail, land grabs, grizzly bears, guns and drugs" - is being developed as a drama series at the cable channel. Mel Gibson is attached to direct the potential pilot from a script by Robert Towne for Universal Cable Productions with Phoenix Pictures' Mike Medavoy and Edward McGurn and Icon's Bruce Davey also executive producing. Luisa Town, Anna Waterhouse and Lauren Weissman are co-executive producing. (Deadline.com)
DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (The CW) - Actor John Noble, who voices this season's current villain Mallus, will appear as himself in an upcoming episode. (EW.com)
END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, THE (The CW) - Gage Golightly ("Red Oaks") has scored a lead role on the high concept drama pilot, in which when a prison spaceship carrying the universe's most deadly aliens crashes in Southern California, two young women with bigger dreams than working at a kids' pizza place in The Valley are recruited by a space cop to hunt down the escaped criminals, who have camouflaged themselves as eccentric Angelenos. She'll play Kate Etheridge, "a struggling actress who's unable to catch a break. She is looking for a role with a "hero line," and finally might have found it when she and her best friend stumble upon the crashed spaceship." (Deadline.com)
GET CHRISTIE LOVE (ABC) - Julia Kelly has snagged a role on the Kylie Bunbury-led drama pilot as Val, "the bookish & nerdy tech op for Christie's (Bunbury) counter-intelligence field unit. She can have her glamorous moments too. She's the kind of expert hacker who gets scooped up by the CIA before they enter the private sector." (Deadline.com)
GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS) - Joe Morton ("Scandal") has been cast in the drama pilot, about Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is "friended" by God on Facebook, unwittingly becoming an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. He'll play his father, Arthur Finer: "A thoughtful and intelligent man, Arthur Finer has been the reverend of Trinity Church for the past 25 years. Although he doesn't agree with his son's strong rejection of his faith, he wants him back in his life." (Deadline.com)
L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (CBS) - Walton Goggins has signed on for the lead role in the Eye's small screen take on James Ellroy's noir classic novel-turned-feature. He'll play Jack Vincennes: "All swagger and flash with a movie-star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side." Additionally, Anna Fricke is set to serve as co-showrunner alongside creator Jordan Harper. (Deadline.com)
MAGNUM, P.I. (CBS) - Jay Hernandez has scored the title role on the drama pilot, about Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. Tom Selleck originated the character in the 1980s staple. (Deadline.com)
MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC) - Christina Ochoa ("Valor") is the latest bound for the drama pilot as Ashley, "Jon's assistant who literally holds the key to the group knowing what really caused Jon to do what he did." Said role is in second position to The CW drama, which is not expected to return. (Deadline.com)
MRS. OTIS REGRETS (FOX) - Katie Holmes has scored the title role on the drama pilot, in which FBI Special Agent Clementine Otis is in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion - an affair with a prominent general - shatters her life and threatens her career at the FBI. Now labeled "the mistress," Clementine Otis - wife, mother, patriot - begins to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation. Holmes will also receive an executive producer credit. (Deadline.com)
PLAYING DEAD (The CW) - Actor Tyler Ritter and director Rachel Goldenberg are both bound for the drama pilot, a dysfunctional family dramedy about a mortician and his son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death. He'll play Joe Rice, "the single dad who is director of the Rice Funeral Home. He has a wry sense of humor even though his life didn't turn out as planned." (Deadline.com)
SO CLOSE (NBC) - Sabrina Carpenter ("Girl Meets World") has snagged a role on the multi-camera comedy pilot as Jessica: "She's sweet and adorable and loves her roommates Kyle and Sebastian and is always shocking people with the crazy/confusing things that come out of her mouth." (Deadline.com)
STATIES (ABC) - Annie Ilonzeh and David Zayas are both bound for the drama pilot, about Eliza Cortez, a hard-charging NYPD detective who's banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King (Andy Karl). She'll play the former role: "The daughter of a criminal, Eliza has got a chip on her shoulder and a lot to prove. Initially with the NYPD in Brooklyn, she's bounced off the force after a one-woman assault on a meth lab leaves a city block in rubble. After getting a job with the Oregon State Police Force - the only squad that would hire her - Eliza is obliged to adjust to an infinitely more easygoing and eccentric team of co-workers." Zayas then will play Sgt. Machado, "the head of Eliza's new Oregon State Police unit." (Deadline.com)
TITANS (DC) - April Bowlby has been cast as Rita Farr, better known as Elasti-Girl, on the upcoming series: "An actress on the rise, Rita Farr was exposed to a toxic gas that altered her cellular structure - which, in the comics, allows her to expand or shrink her body at will. Longing for the days of old, Rita finds a place for herself among The Doom Patrol." (EW.com)
TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO) - Sarah Gadon and Emily Nelson are the latest bound for the new season as Elisa Montgomery and Margaret, respectively. No other specifics were given. (Deadline.com)
WHISKEY CAVALIER (ABC) - Lauren Cohan ("The Walking Dead") is set to star opposite Scott Foley in the drama pilot, which follows the adventures of FBI agent Will Chase (codename: Whiskey Cavalier) - played by Foley - who, following an emotional break-up, is assigned to work with CIA operative Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge (codename: Fiery Tribune). Said development comes as Cohan's deal is up on the AMC series however "production schedules of the zombie drama would not interfere with her duties" on the ABC series. (Deadline.com)





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· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· BREAKS, THE (VH1)
· CHARMED (CW)
· CODE, THE (CBS)
· DANCING BEAR (USA)
· DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT, THE (CW)
· GET CHRISTIE LOVE (ABC)
· GIRL MEETS WORLD (DISNEY)
· GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS)
· L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (CBS)
· MAGNUM PI (CBS)
· MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC)
· MRS. OTIS REGRETS (FOX)
· PLAYING DEAD (CW)
· RED OAKS (AMAZON)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· SO CLOSE (NBC)
· STATIES (ABC)
· TITANS (DC)
· TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO)
· VALOR (CW)
· WALKING DEAD, THE (AMC)
· WHISKEY CAVALIER (ABC)





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