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[03/14/16 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 14
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!


BULL (CBS/CTS; W: Paul Attanasio & Phil McGraw; D: TBA) - Christopher Jackson (Hamilton) has been cast in the drama pilot, based on Dr. Phil McGraw's early days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time. He'll play Chunk, "a stylist on the team who helps prepare defendants for trial, and a former All-American lineman." (Deadline.com)


CHICAGO JUSTICE (NBC/Universal; W: Dick Wolf; D: Jean de Segonzac) - Joelle Carter ("Justified") has been cast in the latest incarnation of the "Chicago" franchise, which will be set up in Episode 21 of "Chicago PD" this season. She'll play Lori Nagle, "a tough-as-nails investigator." (Deadline.com)


CRUEL INTENTIONS (NBC/Sony; W: Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin & Roger Kumble; D: Roger Kumble) - Peter Gallagher ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") is the latest to be cast in the drama pilot, a small screen revival of the 1999 cult feature about Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith), the son of Annette Hargrove (Kate Levering) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillippe in the film), who is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined after discovering his late father's legacy in a hidden journal. He's set as Edward Valmont, "the father of the late Sebastian, who is described as a sexy, beguiling, sophisticated, powerful and ruthless billionaire hotel magnate with fingers in many far-reaching financial pies - some legal, some not so much." (Variety.com)


EASY (Netflix, New!) - Writer/director Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) has set up an eight-episode anthology series at the streaming service, which "explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture." The project, which has already wrapped production, will feature Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Michael Chernus, Marc Maron, Elizabeth Reaser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Johnson, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Jane Adams and Hannibal Buress. (Deadline.com)


GOOD PLACE (NBC/Universal; W: Michael Schur; D: Drew Goddard) - D'Arcy Carden ("Broad City") has scored a role on the upcoming comedy, about Eleanor (Kristen Bell), a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be "good" or "bad," and then trying to make up for her past behavior. Ted Danson plays Michael, who, through an unlikely set of circumstances, comes to be Eleanor's guide through her self-designed self-improvement course. She'll play Janet Della-Denunzio, "a violin salesperson with a checkered past." (Deadline.com)


GREAT INDOORS, THE (CBS/CTS; W: Mike Gibbons; D: TBA) - Christopher Mintz-Plasse ("Flaked") has booked a role on the multi-camera comedy pilot, about an adventure reporter (Joel McHale) who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. He'll play Clark, "one of Joel's colleagues, a tech/nerd survivalist who knows everything about surviving at sea, in the woods and on Mars but hasn't left downtown in five years." (Deadline.com)


KICKER, THE (CBS/Universal; W: Jack Burditt; D: TBA) - J.B. Smoove ("The Millers") has signed onto the multi-camera comedy pilot, about Daryl Thorkelsonan (Geoff Stults), an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers bonkers after he unexpectedly finds himself retired. He'll play Gil, "Daryl's extremely loyal, totally lovable employee." (Deadline.com)


MODEL WOMAN (ABC/TriStar; W: Helen Childress; D: Richard Shepard) - Steven Weber is the latest to be cast in the drama pilot, set in the late 1970's during the notorious Model Wars and centers on Bertie Geiss (Andie MacDowell), a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling agency. He'll play Miller Geiss, "a character inspired by Jerry Ford. Miller is Bertie's tall, charming, imposing and handsome husband and the father of their three children. A sharp businessman, Miller runs Geiss Agency with his wife, and he's grown it into the top modeling agency in the world. He genuinely adores Bertie and has tremendous respect for her remarkable talents." (Deadline.com)


NO TOMORROW (The CW/CTS; W: Corinne Brinkerhoff, Scott McCabe & Tory Stanton; D: Brad Silberling) - Joshua Sasse ("Galavant") has been tapped as the male lead on the drama pilot, about Evie (Tori Anderson), a risk-averse quality-control assessor who falls for free-spirited thrill seeker Xavier only to find out he lives his life that way because he believes the apocalypse is coming. He'll play the aforementioned Xavier, a role which is in first position to the ABC comedy. (Deadline.com)


PROTOTYPE (Syfy; W: Tony Basgallop; D: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo) - Annabelle Dexter-Jones is the latest to be cast in the drama pilot, about three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics - a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger. She'll play Donna Neuring, "a young coder and math whiz whose help has been enlisted to bring a potentially momentous invention to life. But while Donna may be the key to getting a working prototype, her home life is anything but functional." (Deadline.com)


REAL GOOD PEOPLE (CBS/CTS; W: Stephnie Weir; D: James Burrows) - Lindsey Gort and Betsy Beutler have both been cast in the multi-camera comedy pilot, set in Texas and centering on a conservative, small town family who is forced to reconcile their family values when they discover their children's lives are less than perfect. The former will play June, "Billy's (Nick Zano) beautiful fiancée and the Mayor's daughter"; while Beutler is Liz, "Beau's (Ross Kimball) wife who is a former party girl and band groupie now trying to reinvent herself into the mother her husband adores." (Deadline.com)


RIVERDALE (The CW/WBT; W: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; D: TBA) - Newcomer Casey Cott will round out the cast of the drama pilot, a bold, subversive take on Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes) and their friends from the comics, exploring the surreality of small-town life as well as the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade. He'll play Kevin Keller, "the first openly gay character in the Archie universe, who was introduced in the comic-book series in 2010." (TVLine.com)


SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, A (Netflix/Paramount; W: TBA; D: Brad Silberling) - Patrick Warburton ("Crowded") has been tapped to serve as narrator on the streaming service's eight-episode adaptation of Daniel Handler's book, which recounts the tale of the orphaned children Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris), as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes, and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents' death. (Deadline.com)


TRAINING DAY (CBS/WBT; W: Will Beall; D: Danny Cannon) - Newcomer Justin Cornwell has booked the lead role on the drama pilot, a reimagining of the feature of the same name about an idealistic young African-American police officer, Kyle Craig, who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with seasoned, morally ambiguous detective Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton). He's set as the aforementioned Kyle Craig. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - CBS has rolled its drama pilot "Sensory" due to casting issues (Deadline.com); Monique Ganderton, Jessica Sipos, Elizabeth Whitmere, Sunita Prasad and Karissa Tynes have all landed roles on the new season of "UnReal" (Deadline.com); Chris Noth has joined the cast of "Tyrant" as "an American general who was summarily transferred out of Abbudin and returns to that country when Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) assumes the provisional presidency" (Deadline.com); and Jamie Lee Curtis, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourde, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Glenn Powell will reprise their roles (as well as the previously announced Niecy Nash) during the sophomore run of "Scream Queens" (Deadline.com).






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· BROAD CITY (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· BULL (CBS)
· CHICAGO JUSTICE (NBC)
· CROWDED (NBC)
· CRUEL INTENTIONS (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EASY (NETFLIX)
· FLAKED (NETFLIX)
· GALAVANT (ABC)
· GOOD PLACE, THE (NBC)
· GREAT INDOORS, THE (CBS)
· JUSTIFIED (FX)
· KICKER, THE (CBS)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· MILLERS, THE (CBS)
· MODEL WOMAN (ABC)
· NO TOMORROW (CW)
· PROTOTYPE (SYFY)
· REAL GOOD PEOPLE (CBS)
· RIVERDALE (CW)
· SCREAM QUEENS (FOX)
· SENSORY (CBS)
· SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, A (NETFLIX)
· TRAINING DAY (CBS)
· TYRANT (FX)
· UNREAL (LIFETIME)





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