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[03/03/17 - 11:40 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 3
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!


AGE OF MIRACLES, THE (AMC, New!) - Karen Thompson Walker's bestselling novel is being developed as a drama series at the cable channel. Sinead Daly ("The Get Down") will pen the adaptation, which "follows a Southern California teen as she and her family awake to discover that the rotation of the Earth has suddenly and exponentially begun to slow. As the days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, and people start falling sick to a mysterious new illness. The girl is also forced to cope with the normal disasters of everyday life when her parents' marriage falls apart and she struggles with lost friends and first love." Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Emily Morris will executive produce via their 21 Laps Entertainment banner. (Deadline.com)
ASH VS EVIL DEAD (Starz) - Arielle Carver-O'Neill has joined the cast of the show's third season as Brandy, "a smart middle-class American high school senior whose life is up-ended when she finds herself caught up in violent demonic events." (Deadline.com)
CHI, THE (Showtime) - Armando Riesco has booked a role on the upcoming drama as Nathan, "a seasoned homicide detective working the turbulent streets of Chicago's South Side neighborhoods." (Deadline.com)
DECEPTION (ABC) - Vinnie Jones has booked a role on the drama pilot, about a superstar magician (Jack Cutmore-Scott) who, when his career is ruined by scandal, goes to work as a consultant for the FBI. He's on board as Gunter Gastafsen, "hailed as the world's greatest illusion builder." (Deadline.com)
DRAMA HIGH (NBC) - Veteran Rosie Perez and up-and-comer Rarmian Newton have both been cast in the drama pilot as Tracey Wolfe, "the high energy with a no-holds-barred mouth current Drama School teacher and a former high school theater person who is finding someone else with passion and vision can still inspire her"; and Maashous Evers, "a mysterious, independent and handsome student from a broken home who works as the lighting technician on all the school's drama projects." (Deadline.com)
GOOD DOCTOR (ABC) - Chuku Modu has been cast in the Freddie Highmore-led drama pilot as Dr. Jared Unger, "a resident at the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital." Additionally, Seth Gordon is slated to direct. (Deadline.com)
HAPPY! (Syfy) - Patrick Fischler, Zabryna Guevara and Ritchie Coster will round out the cast of the drama pilot. Fischler will play Smoothie, "a well-dressed mob enforcer and sardonic soulless torturer who claims to take a "New Age" approach to his work." Guevara then is Amanda Hansen, "a single mom facing every mother's worst nightmare: the disappearance of her young daughter"; with Coster as Mr. Blue, "the lead villain otherwise known as Leonardo Scaramucci, whose wealth and status as a legitimate businessman in the wine import trade support an increasingly profitable and highly illegal sideline." (Deadline.com)
HIGHER GROUND (CBS) - Zach Appelman has been tapped for a role on the drama pilot as Detective Matthew Webb, "who's extremely alert, sees things with a unique straightforward perspective, and is the one who challenges Naomi's (TBD) thinking." (Deadline.com)
INSECURE (HBO) - Amanda Seales's Tiffany has been upped to series regular for the show's sophomore run. (Deadline.com)
JACK RYAN (Amazon) - Peter Fonda is bound for the John Krasinski-led drama as the father to Cathy Mueller (Abbie Cornish). He'll guest star in the premiere installment and potentially recur. (Deadline.com)
LAS REINAS (ABC) - John Corbett has signed onto the drama pilot as Lt. Donald Worden, "Alex's (Daniella Alonso) former partner and her mentor. A great detective in his own right, he taught her everything she knows, and he understands how dangerous it is for Alex to reconnect with her grandmother, Gabriella (Sonia Braga), who is the head of the largest crime family in Miami, in order to solve the case of a missing girl." (Deadline.com)
LUCIFER (FOX) - The recently renewed drama will relocate from Vancouver to Los Angeles for its third season. The project filmed its pilot in Los Angeles. (Deadline.com)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC) - The network and 20th Century Fox Television are on track for a ninth season order as said parties have "reached an agreement in principle, outlying what the license-fee structure should look like predicated on making new salary agreements with the actors." (Deadline.com)
PASSAGE, THE (FOX) - The network has pushed production on the drama pilot, an adaptation of Justin Cronin's fantasy book trilogy, to the summer for midseason consideration. In addition, Marcos Siega has signed on to direct and executive produce. (Deadline.com)
REAL LIFE (CBS) - Brenda Song ("Pure Genius") has been cast in the comedy pilot as Lauren, "Nora's (Rebecca Rittenhouse) best friend and roommate." (Deadline.com)
SALAMANDER (ABC) - Allison Miller and director Gary Fleder have both joined the drama pilot. She'll play Nora Schaller, "a sharply observant Ivy League professional whose sky-high IQ has led her to become a psychiatrist on the staff of Homeland Security." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED MENENDEZ BROTHERS PROJECT (Lifetime) - Meredith Scott Lynn has been cast as famed defense attorney Leslie Abramson in the docudrama. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED SEAL TEAM 6 PROJECT (CBS) - Max Thieriot has booked a lead role on the drama pilot as Clay, "a Navy SEAL millennial, who's extremely capable, but his easy confidence and swagger hides a deep insecurity." (Deadline.com)





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· AGE OF MIRACLES, THE (AMC)
· ASH VS EVIL DEAD (STARZ)
· CHI, THE (SHOWTIME)
· DECEPTION (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GET DOWN, THE (NETFLIX)
· GOOD DOCTOR, THE (ABC)
· HAPPY! (SYFY)
· HIGHER GROUND (CBS)
· INSECURE (HBO)
· JACK RYAN (AMAZON)
· LAS REINAS (ABC)
· LUCIFER (FOX)
· MENENDEZ: BLOOD BROTHERS (LIFETIME)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· PASSAGE, THE (FOX)
· PURE GENIUS (CBS)
· REAL LIFE (CBS)
· RISE (NBC)
· SALAMANDER (ABC)
· SEAL TEAM (CBS)





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