[03/25/16 - 11:38 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 25
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BULL (CBS/CTS; W: Paul Attanasio & Phil McGraw; D: Rodrigo Garcia) - Jaime Lee Kirchner ("Mercy") has booked a key role on the Michael Weatherly-led drama pilot, based on Dr. Phil McGraw's early days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time. She'll play Danny, "the team's investigator, a former FBI interrogator with a photographic memory." (Deadline.com)

CHAD: AN AMERICAN BOY (FOX/20th; W: Nasim Pedrad & Rob Rosell; D: Jason Winer) - Ariana Molkarahas has been cast in the single-camera comedy pilot, about a 14 year old boy (Nasim Pedrad) in the throes of adolescence who is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks. She'll play Nikki, "Chad's little sister." (Deadline.com)

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS (NBC/Universal; W: Monica Owusu-Breen; D: Niels Arden Oplev) - Parisa Fitz-Henley and Yul Vazquez have both been cast in the drama pilot, a small screen take on the three-book series by Charlaine Harris, about Midnight, Texas, where the real world and the supernatural collide in a dangerous, sexy, place full of dark secrets and mysterious people. Fitz-Henley will play Fiji, "a quirky, funny, free spirit who marches to the beat of her own drum"; while Vazquez is set as Reverand, "a grizzled Mexican cowboy who always wears his Stetson boots. He presides over the wedding chapel and cemetery." (Deadline.com)

TAKEN (NBC/Universal; W: Alexander Cary; D: Alex Graves) - Simu Liu is the latest addition to the Peacock's prequel to the Liam Neeson-led film franchise, about a retired CIA operative on a one-man mission to save his kidnapped daughter which would follow a young Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) before he marries and has a daughter. He'll play Faaron, "a member of the team whose job it is to act quickly in support of the team on the ground." (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - HBO's "Togetherness" will sign off on April 10 after two seasons (Deadline.com); Spike TV has pressed pause on its upcoming drama "Red Mars" following the departure of showrunner Peter Noah (Deadline.com); The CW is looking to redevelop its small screen adaptations of "The Notebook" and "Weaveworld" next season (Deadline.com); Jeff Pierre has joined the cast of Freeform's "Beyond" as Jeff, "former military, tough but vulnerable; he is obsessive and guilt-ridden while being driven by a higher calling" (Deadline.com);

Tania Raymonde has likewise boarded Amazon's "Trial" as Brittany Gold, "a legal secretary and old friend of Billy's who moonlights as an escort" (Deadline.com); Cas Anvar will recur on "The Strain" as "an opportunistic young businessman eager to place himself in a protected position amidst the chaos" (Deadline.com); Liv Hewson is the latest to be cast in season two of "Top of the Lake" (Deadline.com); and Leo Howard will guest on "Major Crimes" as "a self-entitled, arrogant prep school graduate whose girlfriend disappeared after he was seen arguing with her" (TVLine.com).

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[03/19/18 - 11:36 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 19
Updates include: Mira Sorvino to star in "The Code" at CBS; Matt Ryan's John Constantine to become regular on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"; and Jenna Dewan Tatum is the latest to board FOX's "Mixtape."

[03/19/18 - 05:00 PM]
Video: "Amateur" Trailer & Poster Debut - It's March Madness!
The Netflix film is about 14-year-old basketball phenom Terron Forte, who has to navigate the under-the-table world of amateur athletics when he is recruited to an elite NCAA prep school.

[03/19/18 - 12:38 PM]
Jonathan and Drew Scott Take Home Reno Rivalry to San Francisco in New Season of HGTV's "Brother vs. Brother: Jonathan vs. Drew"
Set in the San Francisco suburbs, the new six-episode season of HGTV's popular real estate and renovation competition series will be a hyper-test of the twins' reno know-how.

[03/19/18 - 12:00 PM]
Video: TBS Releases New "The Last O.G." Trailer, Series Premieres April 3
Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish star in the new comedy series that Morgan executive produces alongside creator and executive producer Jordan Peele.

[03/19/18 - 11:06 AM]
NBC Orders Sixth Season of Jane Lynch-Hosted "Hollywood Game Night"
A premiere date and a list of celebrities participating in the new season will be announced at a later date.

[03/19/18 - 11:01 AM]
Vanessa and Nick Lachey to Host the "2018 Miss USA(R)" Competition
Said event will air live Monday, May 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, from the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana.

[03/19/18 - 09:35 AM]
"Bizarre Foods" with Andrew Zimmern Is Taking Off on More Culinary Adventures as Production Begins on the New Season
Production begins this month with a shoot on Hawaii's Big Island.

[03/19/18 - 09:30 AM]
Video: ABC Releases the Pilot Episode of Its Upcoming New Drama "The Crossing"
The debut episode of the new drama is available now for all viewers on ABC.com and the ABC app, for subscribers on Hulu and electronic sell-through platforms, as well as on demand across MVPD and digital MVPD providers.

[03/19/18 - 08:48 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Overrun Pushes CBS on Top
The Eye wins the night in total viewers but shares adults 18-49 honors with ABC.

[03/19/18 - 08:10 AM]
Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson Join Jared Harris in "Chernobyl," Sky and HBO's Series Based on One of the Worst Man-Made Catastrophes in History
The five-part mini-series brings to life the true story of the unprecedented man-made tragedy, and the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

[03/19/18 - 07:04 AM]
Video: "Chef's Table: Pastry" - Trailer Debut & Chef Announcement
Launching April 13, "Chef's Table: Pastry" goes inside the lives and kitchens of the world's most renowned international pastry chefs.

[03/19/18 - 05:00 AM]
Video: Trailer - "Adventure Time" Series Finale - Coming Soon
Cartoon Network teases the show's upcoming final installment.

[03/18/18 - 08:31 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, NCAA Continue Win Streak
The Eye takes home top honors in both adults 18-49 and total viewers.

[03/17/18 - 08:05 PM]
"Will & Grace" Extends Its Triumphant Return with Season Three Pick-Up
In addition, the network has increased the season two order, which will begin again next fall, from 13 to 18 episodes.

[03/17/18 - 08:45 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Scores Another Victory for CBS
The Eye takes home top honors in total viewers and adults 18-49.