[08/05/16 - 11:38 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 5
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (FOX) - Ken Marino will appear in two episodes of the new season as the show's latest interim captain, C.J., who "lucked into this promotion and, unlike Holt, he's not big into discipline. As you might imagine, Amy (Melissa Fumero) is not thrilled with this leadership style, but the rest of the detectives enjoy having a boss who caves to their wishes." (EW.com)
CHAD: AN AMERICAN BOY (FOX) - The network has passed on the Nasim Pedrad-led comedy, about a 14 year old boy (played by Pedrad) in the throes of adolescence 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. Producer 20th Century Fox Television plans to shop the project elsewhere. (Deadline.com)
CITY, THE (Showtime, New!) - Director Antoine Fuqua and writer Amy Holden Jones are set to team for a new medical drama about "an idealistic young doctor who begins his first day of residency under the supervision of a senior resident who appears tough and brilliant, but turns out to be a cunning and deadly psychopath." Jones will co-write the script alongside co-executive producers Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi with Fuqua Films' David Boorstein and 3 Arts Entertainment's Oly Obst also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (ABC) - Ashley Zukerman will recur on the Alphabet's newcomer as Congressman Peter MacLeish, "a popular third-term legislator from Oregon. One of the nation's youngest congressmen, MacLeish is also a decorated veteran of the war in Afghanistan who emerges as a national hero after the Capitol attack. But we soon discover MacLeish is harboring a dark secret and may not be who he seems." (Deadline.com)
DISJOINTED (Netflix) - Tone Bell ("Truth Be Told") has been tapped for a role in the upcoming comedy as Carter, "the new security guard at Ruth's (Kathy Bates) dispensary, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan." (Deadline.com)
GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE (Bravo) - The cable channel's three-season renewal has been further detailed as for 19 episodes: a seven-episode third season, followed by six-episode fourth and fifth seasons. The series will then sign off after five seasons. (THR.com)
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC) - Esai Morales and Amy Madigan are both bound for the new season in yet-to-be-revealed roles. (TVLine.com)
IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, THE (HBO) - Kyanna Simone Simpson has been cast in the original movie as the young Deborah Lacks, played by Oprah Winfrey as an adult. (Deadline.com)
LIFE IN PIECES (CBS) - Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have cast as "a brother-sister duo who are parents to Clementine, played by Hunter King." (Deadline.com)
MAGICIANS, THE (Syfy) - Rizwan Manji ("Outsourced") will recur on the new season as Tick Pickwick, "a character in Fillory who is a royal advisor." (Deadline.com)
MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, THE (Amazon) - Rachel Brosnahan ("Manhattan") has booked the title role on the dramedy pilot, about Miriam "Midge" Maisel, "a 25-year-old sharp, sunny, energetic and absolutely adorable Jewish girl married and living with her husband and two children in NYC. A woman of her time, Midge is a dutiful daughter and a cheerleader of a wife to a man who, though he has a good job in his father's company, sadly harbors delusional dreams of a stand-up comedy career. One day, Midge's perfect life blows up when her husband leaves her for another woman. Completely unprepared, Midge suddenly finds herself at sea with only her wit to help her build a brand new life for herself. She goes on to become one of the first female standup comics." (Deadline.com)
MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime) - Corey Reynolds ("Getting On") will guest on the show's fourth season as "the husband of new recurring character Louise, played by - wait for it - his former 'Getting On' co-star Niecy Nash." (TVLine.com)
MINDY PROJECT, THE (Hulu) - Bryan Greenberg and Rebecca Rittenhouse will both visit the new season in recurring roles as Ben, "the new pediatric nurse forced to deal with Mindy and her child's ever changing illnesses"; and Anna, "a young, put-together but slightly evil doctor in the office who becomes a new foil for Mindy." (Deadline.com)
OKIES OF BEL AIR (FOX, New!) - Sean O'Connor ("The Late Late Show") has scored a pilot presentation order from the network for an animated comedy about "a family of humble Oklahoma catfish farmers who, after their basketball prodigy son is chosen first overall in the NBA draft, pack up and move to the tony enclave of Bel Air, where they'll struggle to preserve their down-home sensibilities amidst a vast cultural wasteland where Kardashian reigns supreme and pressed juice is considered a viable alternative to childhood vaccinations." Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin, Dave Jeser, Matt Silverstein and Imagine Television's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also executive produce for 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)
OUTSIDERS (WGN) - Amanda Brooks ("Aquarius") has booked a recurring role on the show's sophomore run as Dana Miller, "an unmarried, big city girl back in town to help her ailing father." (Deadline.com)
SCANDAL (ABC) - Jessalyn Gilsig is bound for the new season as Jake's new wife Vanessa, taking over for Joelle Carter, who had to bow out due to her series regular commitment on NBC's "Chicago Justice." (Deadline.com)
SLEEPY HOLLOW (FOX) - Rachel Melvin, Jerry MacKinnon and Oona Yaffe are the latest bound for the new season as Alex Norwood, "a self-taught engineering prodigy who works alongside Jake in the supernatural archives"; Jake Wells, "an endearingly eager but slightly obsessive research analyst who works in a forgotten federal archive cataloguing reports of supernatural activity"; and Molly, "Diana's (Janina Gavankar) bright and poised ten-year-old daughter," respectively. (Deadline.com)

  [august 2016]  


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