[10/26/17 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 26
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BLINDSPOT (NBC) - Anthony Lemke is set to recur on the new season as Victor, "a charming and dangerous fixer working for a questionable organization." (EW.com)
BLUE BOOK (History) - Aidan Gillen has scored the lead role on the upcoming drama: Dr. J. Allen Hynek, "a brilliant astrophysicist, family man, and UFO skeptic who is recruited as the Chief Scientific Advisor to Project Blue Book." Additionally, Sean Jablonski has been confirmed as showrunner, where he'll serve alongside creator David O'Leary. (Deadline.com)
CHASERS (CBS, New!) - Lorenzo Carcaterra's bestselling novel - about "a renegade vigilante law enforcement unit made up of "broken badge" ex-cops - those forced into early retirement - who unite to bring down the most vicious criminals in New York City" - is being developed as a drama at the Eye. Shane Brennan will pen the hour for his Shane Brennan Productions and fellow CBS Television Studios-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The latter's Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed likewise will also executive produce, as will Caracaterra. (Deadline.com)
COMPLIANCE (FX, New!) - Sarah Burgess has scored a pilot order from the cable channel for a single-camera comedy "centered around a private equity manager and his government-appointed compliance monitor." FX Productions is behind the half-hour with Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
CROWN, THE (Netflix) - Olivia Colman has been cast as Queen Elizabeth for the show's proposed third and fourth seasons. She'll take over from Claire Foy, who played said role, tracking Elizabeth's earlier years, in seasons one and two. (Deadline.com)
GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC) - Martin Henderson has confirmed his character, Nathan Riggs, is departing the series after tonight's episode. (Deadline.com)
HALPERIN & HEILEMAN PROJECT (HBO) - The pay channel has scrapped Mark Halperin's proposed miniseries that tells the story of Donald Trump's dramatic, improbable victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Said decision follows "a CNN report Wednesday night that five women have come forward claiming to have been sexually harassed by the political pundit when he was an exec at ABC News." (Deadline.com)
HANDMAID'S TALE, THE (Hulu) - Clea DuVall has been cast as Emily's (Alexis Bledel) wife in the show's second season. (TVLine.com)
LA TO VEGAS (FOX) - Zach Knighton will drop by the midseason comedy as "a hip Las Vegas chef who also serves up romantic interest for Ronnie (Kim Matula)." (EW.com)
MR. ERDMAN (CBS, New!) - Ryan Raddatz ("The Odd Couple") is developing a multi-camera comedy at the Eye about "a progressive family that welcomes their lonely widowed neighbor into their lives only to discover he's an outspoken conservative." Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are also on board to executive produce via their CBS Television Studios-based The Tannenbaum Co. (Deadline.com)
NEIGHBORS OF NORTH SYCAMORE (ABC, New!) - Ryan Raddatz ("The Odd Couple") has landed a put pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a single-camera comedy about "a millennial couple who buy their first house only to discover they're living on a block where privacy is a myth, and everyone's drama plays out 24/7 on the street's secret Facebook page." Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are also executive producing. No studio was indicated. (Deadline.com)
PATH, THE (Hulu) - Philip Hernandez will recur on season three of the series as Dr. Costa, "a sexy South American ocular cancer doctor, a devout follower of Lilith's (Sarita Choudhury) who gives her medical counsel." (Deadline.com)
PREACHER (AMC) - Seth Rogen has revealed via Twitter the series has been renewed for a third season. (@Sethrogen)
RESIDENT, THE (FOX) - Director Phillip Noyce has signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television. He'll continue as an executive producer on the midseason drama as well as give the studio first crack at his development output. (Deadline.com)
ROOKIE, THE (ABC, New!) - Nathan Fillion ("Castle") is returning to the Alphabet as part of a new drama about John Nolan, "the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small town life and moved to L.A. to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies twenty years his junior, Nolan must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a "young" cop, determined to make his second shot at life count." Alexi Hawley is penning behind the hour, which is set up at The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. The Alphabet reportedly has made a straight-to-series order for the project. Hawley, Fillion, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)
SEBASTIAN WAKES UP (Pop, New!) - Sebastian Conelli is set to topline an "offbeat, semi-improv comedy" pilot for the network, "described as a blend of improv and hidden-camera prank formats." Alan Aisenberg directed the project as well as executive produced alongside Deverge's Justin Ayers, Juan Cocuy and Andrew Soltys; Improv Everywhere's Charlie Todd; and eshapTV's Evan Shapiro. (Variety.com)
STEP AWAY, A (NBC, New!) - David Holden ("Young & Hungry") has booked a new comedy at the Peacock about "a ragtag group of misfits who find their own empowerment by joining a dance troupe." Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas of Nuyorican Productions are also on board to executive produce for Universal Television with Tanya Wexler and Laura Ivey as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)
STRANGER THINGS (Netflix) - Jim Rash is set to host "Beyond Stranger Things," a new aftershow for the series, which "promises to explore the inspiration for the series, tell behind-the-scenes stories and analyze every aspect of the second season, including answering all burning questions." Said offering will be available in tandem with the show's sophomore run, dropping tomorrow. (THR.com)
TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY (ABC) - Kyra Sedgwick took to Twitter with the news ABC has pulled the newcomer from its Sunday slot. The show's remaining episodes will now roll out on four consecutive Saturdays beginning December 16. (@kyrasedgwick)
WARRIOR (Cinemax) - Rich Ting has been tapped for a role on the Tong Wars drama series as "a universally feared fighter and top lieutenant of the Hop Wei Tong." (Deadline.com)

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