[08/10/15 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 10
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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OUTCAST (Cinemax; W: Robert Kirkman; D: Adam Wingard) - David Denman, Melinda McGraw, Grace Zabriskie, Catherine Dent, Lee Tergesen and Brent Spiner have all signed onto the upcoming drama, about Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit), a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Denman will play Mark Holter, taking over the role played by Kip Pardue in the pilot; with McGraw as Patricia MacCready, "a single mother and devout member of Rome's Light of God Baptist Church and a regular at Reverend Anderson's church teas"; Zabriskie as Mildred, "one of the old guard of parishioners at Anderson's church"; Dent as Janet Anderson, "the ex-wife of Reverend Anderson"; Tergesen as Blake Morrow, "a former police officer on death row for murdering his partner's wife"; and Spiner in an unspecified role. (Deadline.com)

RANCH, THE (Netflix; W: Don Reo & Jim Patterson; D: TBA) - Sam Elliott will star opposite Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson in the multi-camera comedy, in which Kutcher's character returns home after a brief semi-pro football career to run the family business with his brother, played by Masterson. He'll play "the boys' father, a rancher who has a complicated relationship with Kutcher's character who left the family business to play ball." Tapings of its 20-episode order begin on September 25. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED MATT NIX PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Matt Nix ("Complications") has set up a new drama at the network "set in the world of truck driving, which centers around a military vet-turned-truck driver." The project, which has a put pilot commitment, is set up at 20th Century Fox Television with Film 44's Peter Berg and Flying Glass of Milk Productions' Nix executive producing. (Variety.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - TV Land has pulled the plug on "The Exes" after four seasons (@kjothesmartass); Gretchen Mol is set for eight episodes of Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle" as veteran labor lawyer Nina Robertson (Deadline.com); Daya Vaidya has signed onto "Bosch" as Jen Kowski, the Chief of Staff to Mayor Ramos (Deadline.com); Morgan Smith has been cast in NBC's "Coach" revival as "Coach Fox's (Craig T. Nelson) daughter-in-law, who is married to Tim (Andrew Ridings)" (Deadline.com); Fortune Feimster will recur on "The Mindy Project" as "a nurse and the sister of Garret Dillahunt's Jody" (THR.com); Dilshad Vadsaria will return to "Bones" as Jared Booth's wife Padme (TVLine.com);

Rutina Wesley, Parker Young and Elysia Rotaru are among the new faces bound for "Arrow" this season (ETOnline.com, EW.com, The Wrap.com); Sofia Vergara will lend her voice to "The Simpsons" as "Bart's new - and yes, highly attractive - teacher" (EW.com); Pamela Reed has been cast as the mother of Eric Christian Olsen's Marty on "NCIS: Los Angeles" (EW.com); Adrian Pasdar and Kathryn Morris will both recur on USA's newcomer "Colony" (Variety.com); Sarah Shahi's Shaw will return for "eight or nine" episodes in the upcoming 13-episode season of "Person of Interest" (TVLine.com); and Cress Williams and Gail O'Grady will both visit "Code Black" on CBS (Variety.com).

  [august 2015]  


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