[08/10/17 - 11:42 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 10
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!

13 REASONS WHY (Netflix) - Jake Weber, Brenda Strong, Meredith Monroe and R.J. Brown are the latest additions to the new season. Weber will play Barry Walker, "father of Bryce (Justin Prentice), a successful hedge fund manager and pillar of the community"; with Strong as Nora Walker, "Barry's husband and Bryce's mother"; Monroe as Carolyn, "Alex's mother, a hardworking nurse and devoted mother"; and Brown as Caleb, "Tony's boxing trainer, a fierce competitor and dedicated coach, but out of the ring he has a warm smile and a wry sense of humor." (Deadline.com)
CRASH & BURN (Hulu) - Alex Fitzalan, Sebastian Chacon, Alex Wolff and Camila Perez are set to topline the coming-of-age dramatic thriller, based on Michael Hassan's novel about the lives of three troubled suburban boys through three different time periods starting in the '90s. Fitzalan will play Steve Newman, "a local hero for his role in averting a shooting at his high school"; with Chacon as J.R. Lopez, "who may or may not have played a part in the events of that fateful day"; Wolff as Gabriel, "who once was good friends with Steve and JR, but was a neglected member of the group"; and Perez as Roxanne Lopez, "JR's older sister." (Deadline.com)
KATRINA: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX) - Sarah Paulson has been cast as Dr. Anna Pou in the revamped installment, which will now use Sheri Fink's book "Five Days at Memorial" - "an unflinching look at the decisions doctors made at Memorial Medical Center, a hospital in New Orleans that was overwhelmed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina" - as its source material. Additionally, Scott Rudin has signed on as an executive producer of the project, which is now expected to start production in the spring and premiere in 2019. Previously announced co-stars Annette Bening, Dennis Quaid and Matthew Broderick are no longer attached. (Deadline.com)
KILL THE ORANGE FACE BEAR (Comedy Central, New!) - Actor Alex Karpovsky, writer Chris Romano and director Jake Szymanski are set to team for a potential comedy about "a man whose girlfriend is eaten alive by a bear in front of him. He sets out to do the only thing one would to get revenge: kill that bear." Underground's Trevor Engelson and Steve Fisher are also slated to executive produce alongside the group. (Deadline.com)
MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE (Netflix) - Daniel Sharman and Bradley James have both been cast in the show's eight-episode second season, which is set 20 years after the events of the first. Sharman will play "a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence," while James will star as his brother Giuliano. Also on board are Julian Sands as Lorenzo and Giuliano's father, Piero; Sebastian De Souza as their friend, Sandro Botticelli; Raul Bova as Pope Sixtus IV; Sean Bean as the Medici family's nemesis Jacopo Pazzi; Sarah Parish as Lorenzo's mother; and Alessandra Mastronardi as Lorenzo's mistress. (Variety.com)
MUNSTERS, THE (NBC, New!) - Jill Kargman is developing a reboot of the 1960s comedy series, which "follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn." Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker of Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions are also on board to executive produce for Universal Television. The Peacock previously revived the property in 2012 for "Mockingbird Lane," a drama pilot that aired as a Halloween special but ultimately didn't move forward to series. (Deadline.com)
SHUT EYE (Hulu) - Aasif Mandvi is bound for the new season as Pazhani "Paz" Kapoor, "a man who grew up in the slums of Mumbai as the sole survivor of a cholera outbreak who found himself able to communicate with those who perished from the beyond. Now, he's a spiritual healer with a worldwide following. After being banned in Germany and other European countries, Paz has come to L.A., where he plies his trade as a spiritual guru through his popular new-age seminars." (THR.com)
STAR (FOX) - Evan Ross will recur on season two as Angel, "nephew to Jahil Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) and a DJ with a bad-boy streak who is heavy in the Latin music scene." Also on tap are Luke James as Noah Brooks, "a top-selling R&B artist at the label"; and Mike Epps as Jay Holland, "the girls' record label president who is willing to cross the line with one of them." (Deadline.com)
SUITS (USA) - Jay Harrington has been tapped for a two-episode arc as Mark Meadows, Donna's ex-boyfriend. (THR.com)
UNTITLED SNEAKER STORE PROJECT (HBO, New!) - Shawn Wines and Lemon Andersen are spearheading a potential comedy at the pay channel which "centers on two best friends and their wild employees at an up-and-coming sneaker shop outside L.A., where they take on the insane and obsessive world of sneaker culture." Wines will also executive produce alongside Springhill Entertainment's LeBron James and Maverick Carter for Warner Bros. Television with Andersen serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)
UPSCALE WITH PRENTICE PENNY (truTV) - Prentice Penny took to Twitter with the news the series has been canceled by the cable channel "but we are going to find another home." (@The_A_Prentice)
YELLOWSTONE (Paramount) - Golden Brooks will recur on the Kevin Costner-led drama as Geraldine Rainwater, "wife of Native American leader Thomas Rainwater (Gil Birmingham). She's very ambitious for her husband, and pushes him to run for political office." (Variety.com)

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