[03/20/17 - 11:24 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AMBERVILLE (Amazon, New!) - Annapurna Pictures is developing an adult CG-animated series at the streaming service "set in a city populated by living, breathing stuffed animals. The story concerns a reformed Teddy Bear who is pulled back into the criminal underworld when his former boss enlists him for an impossible new job." The project is based on the "Mollisan Town" book series by Tim Davys. Chris McCoy and Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party) are spearheading the adaptation with Vernon also directing. Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and David Distenfeld will likewise executive produce for Amazon Studios. (Deadline.com)
AMY'S BROTHER (FOX) - Sharif Atkins has booked a role on the comedy pilot as Christian Chase, "the slick, cut-throat top seller at Regency Realty, Christian Chase always seems to close the deal... one step ahead of Matthew (Michael Urie)." (Deadline.com)
BULL (CBS) - Glenn Gordon Caron has inked a multi-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios where he'll take over as showrunner on a presumed second season. He'll take over from Mark Goffman, who will transition to development at the studio. (Deadline.com)
FLASH, THE (The CW) - Anne Dudek is set to recur on the series as Tracy Brand, who is described as "a smorgasbord of quirky idiosyncrasies. Showing nary a hint of the greatness that people will celebrate her for in the future, Tracy will set out to find the genius she's destined to one day become." (TVLine.com)
HIGHER GROUND (CBS) - Omar Metwally has landed a role on the drama pilot as Nate, "Naomi's (Sharon Leal) fiancé and the Manhattan South D.A." (Deadline.com)
INSATIABLE (The CW) - Irene Choi has been tapped for a role on the drama pilot as Dixie, "Bob's (Dallas Roberts) pageant contestant and a bit of a villain in the series as she and her mother are on the warpath to ruin Bob's life." (Deadline.com)
MISSION CONTROL (CBS) - Peyton List ("Frequency") has signed onto the drama pilot as Maria "Deke" Slayton, "a member of the astronaut training program and CAPCOM for the mission." Said role is in second position to The CW drama. Additionally, Brian Buckner has been tapped as showrunner. (Deadline.com)
NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN (Nickelodeon) - The cable channel has commissioned a 14-episode fourth season of the comedy series. (Deadline.com)
PERFECT CITIZEN (CBS) - Brian Stokes Mitchell has snagged a role on the Noah Wyle-led drama as Paul Perkins, "Deck's (Wyle) best friend since law school, a powerful ally, and Boston power broker who is connected, smooth and combines leverage with real charm and a sense of humor." (Deadline.com)
REDLINERS (NBC) - Tommy Flanagan is the latest to be cast in the drama pilot as Angus Cochrane, "a charismatic, handsome and seductive mobster and Anne's (Hannah Ware) ex-husband." (Deadline.com)
RELATIVELY HAPPY (NBC) - Derek Gaines has scored a role on the comedy pilot as Royal, "Henry's (Jon Rudnitsky) best friend since childhood. Royal is now his upstairs neighbor and is desperately trying to be "Brooklyn," though he grew up in "Brookline." Despite being good-looking and charming, Royal is remarkably neurotic, especially about keeping his girlfriend, Sydney (Diona Reasonover), happy." (Deadline.com)
SHARP OBJECTS (HBO) - Chris Messina is set as the male lead on the limited series: Kansas City Detective Richard Willis, "who is brought in to provide support to a small town Sheriff searching for the killer of a young girl. His investigation stalls until he meets Camille (Amy Adams) who is covering the crime for a St. Louis paper. The lines between their professional and personal relationship are blurred as they try to solve this mystery." (Deadline.com)
TRUSTEE, THE (ABC) - L. Scott Caldwell is the latest addition to the drama pilot as Odelle Jones, "Amanda's (Laverne Cox) feisty and spry grandmother. Odelle raised Amanda the 'right way' and is disappointed with her incarceration." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED OLIVER NORTH PROJECT (Amazon, New!) - Actor Colin Farrell and director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) are set to re-team for a potential limited series at the streaming service about "Oliver North (Farrell) and his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair." Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson will pen the script with Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock also executive producing for Red Hour Films. (Variety.com)

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