[04/15/16 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 15
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!

CHAD: AN AMERICAN BOY (FOX/20th; W: Nasim Pedrad & Rob Rosell; D: Jason Winer) - Paul Chahidi and Christine Tawfik have been tapped for roles on 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. They'll play his parents, Hamid and Naz, respectively. Said delay in casting the roles will push production until late May, taking it out of contention for a fall order. (Deadline.com)

HAPPY CITY (FX; W: Jon Eidson & Nick Smith; D: TBA) - Comedy group Extremely Decent's half-hour project for the cable channel has been further detailed. Said effort "follows a young taxi named Tyler and his millennial friends (a firetruck and a helicopter) as they navigate their way through life in the big city. The world of the series will be reminiscent of the model-based visual style of children's shows such as Thomas the Tank Engine, using models with animated faces to comedically explore adult themes such as broken relationships, workplace struggles, and existential crises." Extremely Decent's Nick Smith and Jon Eidson co-wrote the half-hour and will executive produce alongside Starburns Industries' Dan Harmon and Authentic Management's Sean Elliott. (Deadline.com)

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN JOHNSON (Amazon; W: Dave Callaham; D: Peter Atencio) - Phylicia Rashad, Kat Foster and Moises Arias have all been cast in the comedy pilot, which stars Jean-Claude Van Damme as a version of himself, a famous actor and martial-arts pro who comes out of retirement to resume his alter-ego: an undercover private contractor by the name of Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Foster will play Vanessa, "an international undercover operative whose cover is working as a hair and makeup artist for film shoots"; with Rashad as Jane Hardy, "Jean-Claude's agent who doubles as the head of the secret-ops group for which he and Vanessa work"; and Arias as Luis, "a young secret agent who works with Vanessa." (THR.com)

STILL STAR-CROSSED (ABC/ABCS; W: Heather Mitchell; D: Michael Offer) - Danish actress Clara Rugaard has been cast in the drama pilot, a sequel to "Romeo & Juliet" that follows the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues in the wake of Romeo and Juliet's deaths. She'll play the famed Juliet in the project. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Callum Keith Rennie has joined the cast of "The Man in the High Castle" as Gary Connell, "leader of the West Coast Resistance movement" (Deadline.com); Rafael de la Fuente has signed onto ABC's "When We Rise" as Ricardo, "who ends up in a long-term relationship with the character Cleve" (Deadline.com); Ella Thomas will recur on "Mistresses" as "a fitness instructor who befriends Joss (Jes Macallan)" (Deadline.com); Christopher J. Hanke has scored an arc on "Devious Maids" as "Genevieve's (Susan Lucci) new hairstylist and confidant who gives her a mysterious book that he insists will change her life" (Deadline.com);

Jodie Comer has been tapped to play the title role in Starz's "The White Princess" (Deadline.com); Josh Charles's Will Gardner will reportedly return via flashback in the series finale of "The Good Wife" (TVLine.com); Jewel Staite is bound for "Castle" as "the director of a Shakespearean Broadway staging whose movie-star lead turns up dead" (TVLine.com); and Neil Gaiman is looking to bring "Good Omens," his novel with Sir Terry Pratchett, to the small screen (TheGuardian.com).

  [april 2016]  


[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.

[03/16/18 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 16
Updates include: Zachary Knighton latest bound for "Magnum, P.I." at CBS; James Davis to round out NBC's "Friends-in-Law"; and David Tennant to join Jennifer Garner in HBO's "Camping."

[03/16/18 - 12:58 PM]
Paramount Network Presents "It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards"
When Wayne Wolfe discovered that infamous serial killer Ed Edwards was his estranged grandfather he became compelled to answer one potentially life-altering question - are killers born, or are they made?

[03/16/18 - 11:30 AM]
USA Network Renews "The Sinner" for Season 2
Season two lures Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) back to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart wrenching crime - parents murdered by their 11-year-old son, with no apparent motive.

[03/16/18 - 11:30 AM]
"Elvis Presley: The Searcher," Two-Part Music Documentary Chronicling His Creative Journey, Debuts April 14 on HBO
The project follows his creative journey from childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions.

[03/16/18 - 11:00 AM]
Jake McDorman and Nik Dodani Join the Cast of "Murphy Brown" When It Returns to CBS
McDorman will play Avery, Murphy's millennial journalist son who is following in his mother's footsteps, perhaps too closely, and has his mother's competitive spirit and quick wit.

[03/16/18 - 10:45 AM]
Discovery Gives MacGyver a Run for His Money in All-New Series "Last Outpost"
Backcountry builders Clint Greathouse and Todd Anderson create one-of-a-kind builds, using nothing but recycled parts, out-of-the box creativity, and sheer determination.

[03/16/18 - 09:21 AM]
Food Network Launches New Snapchat Show "Chopped U" Headlined by Lazarus Lynch
New episodes of the six-week show air Sundays on Snapchat's Discover page, and previously released episodes will be available using Snapchat's Search feature.

[03/16/18 - 09:16 AM]
Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn and Lamorne Morris to Star in National Geographic's "Valley of the Boom," Six-Part Limited Series Set in '90s Tech Bubble from STXtv
John Karna, Oliver Cooper and Dakota Shapiro also star in the project.

[03/16/18 - 08:19 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Charts with NCAA Tournament Coverage
The Eye's primetime portion leads the evening in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/16/18 - 08:02 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Reveals Premiere Date and Sneak Peek for "Patrick Melrose"
The Benedict Cumberbatch-led drama will launch on Saturday, May 12 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/16/18 - 07:55 AM]
Freed's Bakery Serves Up More Show-Stopping Cakes in New Season of "Vegas Cakes"
Look for the first of 13 new episodes on Monday, April 2 at 10:00/9:00c.

[03/16/18 - 07:10 AM]
EPIX Captures Espionage Drama "Deep State"
Starring Mark Strong and Joe Dempsie, the gritty new drama is set to premiere on Sunday, June 17 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/16/18 - 07:06 AM]
"Long Island Medium" Returns to TLC on Sunday, April 8th with All New Emotional Episodes and a Star-Studded Finale
Last December, the season ended with a question mark over Theresa and Larry's relationship as fans followed them through what has been their most emotional and personal journey yet.

[03/16/18 - 07:01 AM]
Adult Swim Kicks Down the Door to the Festival Market
Adult Swim announced today that it is expanding its portfolio of live experiences with the debut of the new Adult Swim Festival, October 6-7, in Downtown Los Angeles.