[08/13/15 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 13
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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JOLENE (NBC, New!) - John Sacret Young ("The West Wing") has been tapped to pen the Peacock's second movie based on the Dolly Parton hit tune. Sam Haskell, Parton's longtime agent, will also executive produce alongside Parton herself. No other details were given. (Deadline.com)

OVERANALYZERS (Comedy Central, New!) - Echo Kellum ("Arrow") is set to star in a new pilot at the cable channel which "follows the misadventures of a diverse group of friends in their mid-twenties, one of them played by Kellum, as they navigate the fast-moving technological and cultural changes that make life as a young-ish person such a confusing and hilarious nightmare." Brian Schacter penned the pilot and will executive produce alongside Kellum, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment's Marc Provissiero and Brooke Pobjoy. (Deadline.com)

TRAINING DAY (CBS, New!) - Will Beall's small screen take on Antoine Fuqua's 2001 feature - about "a rookie LAPD cop (Ethan Hawke) who goes on a day-long training course with a rogue detective from narcotics (Denzel Washington)" - has found a home at CBS with a pilot production commitment. Warner Bros. Television-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television is behind the hour with Fuqua returning to helm the project. As for specifics, the TV take is set 15 years after the movie and "may get a twist, with the rookie cop being black and the corrupt older cop being white." Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman will likewise executive produce with KristieAnne Reed as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED TIG NOTARO PROJECT (Amazon/FXP; W: Diablo Cody & Tig Notaro; D: TBA) - Noah Harpster ("Transparent") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, in which Notaro "is abruptly summoned home to Pass Christian, Miss., to take her ailing mother off life support and finds herself reconnecting with her dysfunctional Gulf Coast family and the loss of the one person who held everything together." He'll play Remy, Notaro's brother. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Kate Simses has been upped to series regular on ABC's "Dr. Ken" as Dr. Julie Mintz, "a naive, ever-optimistic young resident at the HMO" (Deadline.com); Brennan Brown is the latest addition to Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle" as Robert Childan, "the obsequious owner of American Artistic Handcrafts" (Deadline.com); Torrey DeVitto has joined the cast of NBC's "Chicago Med" as a yet-to-be-revealed character (Deadline.com); John Glenn has been tapped to pen the new script for NBC's drama pilot "Unveiled," succeeding John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart (Deadline.com); Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment is in "very early stages of development" on a new comedy that draws parallels to his 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (Deadline.com);

Jaime Ray Newman has signed onto ABC's "Wicked City" where she'll take over for Holley Fain as Allison (formerly Liz), the wife of Jeremy Sisto's character (Deadline.com); Gabriel Mann will visit "The Mysteries of Laura" as "a charismatic entrepreneur who co-founded a billion dollar nano-tech company" (TVLine.com); Al Sharpton and André Leon Talley are among latest faces to drop by "Empire" (EW.com); "Grimm" co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have signed a new two-year overall deal with producer Universal Television (Variety.com); and "The Celebrity Apprentice" won't return to NBC until the 2016-17 season with a new host (Variety.com).

  [august 2015]  


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