[02/13/17 - 11:41 PM]
Development Update: Monday, February 13
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BEHIND ENEMY LINES (FOX) - B.J. Britt ("UnReal") has scored a role on the drama pilot, a military soap thriller wherein a group of U.S. soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines. He'll play Reggie Mitchell, "a jaded former Marine and the weapons systems officer for Navy pilot Ziggy Rodriguez." (Deadline.com)
CHARLIE FOXTROT (ABC) - Jason Biggs has booked the title role on the comedy pilot, about Charlie Taylor, a cautious, quiet dentist stationed at Fort Bragg, who, after his brother Joe is killed in action, must honor his promise to take care of Joe's teenage step-kids and fiancée, Angelina, a defiant troublemaker whose impulsive behavior forces Charlie to be the hero he never imagined he could be. (Deadline.com)
DISTEFANO (CBS) - Annie Potts has signed onto the Chris Distefano-led comedy pilot as Helen, "Chris's (Distefano) passive-aggressive yet vulnerable Irish Catholic mother." (Deadline.com)
DR. KEN (ABC) - Rhys Darby will drop by the current season as Charles Evans, "the charming, rakish, eccentric New Zealander CEO of Welltopia. In an effort to give the place more of a huggier, warmer family atmosphere, Charles reveals to Ken (Ken Jeong) that he's considering letting Pat (Dave Foley) go." (TVLine.com)
LA --> VEGAS (FOX) - "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan has signed on to direct and executive produce the comedy pilot, about a group of underdogs trying to find their place in the world, set on the Friday night flight from LAX to Vegas and the returning flight on Sunday, who all share the same goal: to come back a winner in the casino of life. (Deadline.com)
LOSING IT (ABC) - Natalie Morales ("The Grinder") has been tapped for a role on the comedy pilot, about three misfit adult siblings and their parents who - between divorce, new parenthood, early-onset dementia and let's just say life - are all losing it in different ways. She'll play "one of the siblings, Charlie, the adopted sister who is a baker." (Deadline.com)
MAYANS MC (FX) - Edward James Olmos has been cast in the "Sons of Anarchy" spin-off, in which EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves. He'll play EZ's father, Felipe Reyes, "the once strong Mexican patriarch, crushed by bullets and hard labor, who struggles to keep his past buried and lead his sons down a lawful, righteous path." (Deadline.com)
MISSION CONTROL (CBS) - Nestor Serrano has booked a role on the drama pilot, about the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists who juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error. He's set as Fulgencio Diaz, director of the Johnson Space Center. (Deadline.com)
RAY DONOVAN (Showtime) - Adina Porter, Brian White and Lili Simmons have all scored roles on the upcoming season. Porter will play Vicky Delgatti, "a fixer like Ray"; with White as Jay, "a rapper-actor-producer who is one of the biggest stars in the world"; and Simmons as Natalie James, "a young and very attractive actress and the star of a big movie franchise." (THR.com)
S.W.A.T. (CBS) - Stephanie Sigman (Spectre) is on track to star in the drama pilot, based on the TV series-turned-movie of the same name, as Jessica Cortez, "who's described as ambitious and fastidious, and has earned her high rank at S.W.A.T. headquarters." (Variety.com)
SCALPED (WGN America) - Lily Gladstone is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, based on the Vertigo comics title of the same name, as Carol Red Crow, "the estranged daughter of Chief Red Crow. The former "Rez Princess," tragic circumstances set her against her father and down a self-destructive spiral meant to punish him as much as herself. Fiercely independent and intelligent, Carol gradually comes to discover the influence she can play on the Rez's future." (Variety.com)

  [february 2017]  


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