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[07/20/18 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (New!) - Monica Owusu-Breen is spearheading a new reboot of Joss Whedon's supernatural franchise for Fox 21 TV Studios with the new slayer to be African American. The project will be pitched to streaming and cable networks this summer. No other specifics were given. Whedon, Gail Berman, Fran Kazui, Kaz Kazui and The Jackal Group's Joe Earley will also executive produce. (Deadline.com)
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (AMC) - Stephen Henderson, Tonya Pinkins, Mo Collins and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell are all bound for the back half of the show's fourth season in unspecified roles. (@TheWalkingDead)
GOOD TROUBLE (Freeform) - Teri Polo and Sherri Saum will both reprise their roles of Stef and Lena in the upcoming "The Fosters" spin-off. (@TheFostersTV)
MAGNUM PI (CBS) - Tim Kang is bound for the reboot series as "smart and ambitious Detective Gordon Katsumoto, described as an up-and-comer in the Honolulu PD and nobody better get in his way - especially Thomas Magnum." (Deadline.com)
ROOK, THE (Starz) - James D'Arcy and Shelley Conn are the latest additions to the upcoming drama as Dr. Andrew Bristol and Danielle Wulff. No further details were given. (TVLine.com)
TOM CLANCY'S JACK RYAN (Amazon) - Noomi Rapace has signed onto the show's already ordered second season as "a formidable agent in Germany's Secret Intelligence, who meets up with [John] Kransinski's Ryan in South America." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED MIDDLE SPIN-OFF PROJECT (ABC) - Eden Sher has indicated the network has ordered a pilot for her potential "The Middle" spin-off series. (TVLine.com)
WALKING DEAD, THE (AMC) - Samantha Morton has been cast as iconic villain Alpha, "leader of the Whisperers," in the show's ninth season. (Deadline.com)
WU ASSASSINS (Netflix) - Katheryn Winnick, Lewis Tan, Tommy Flanagan, and Tzi Ma have all been cast in the martial arts crime series. Winnick will play Christine "C.G." Gavin, "an undercover cop caught in the middle of a gang war that's breaking out in Chinatown"; with Tan as Lu Xin Lee, "a suave, fierce intelligent leader who owns and operates his own custom garage a la West Coast Customs and runs a car theft ring for the Triad"; Flanagan as Alec McCullough, "an international crime boss with a mysterious interest in San Francisco's Chinatown"; and Ma as Mr. Young, "a kindly Chinatown grocer and a mentor to Kai." (Deadline.com)





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· BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (UPN)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
· FOSTERS, THE (FREEFORM)
· GOOD TROUBLE (FREEFORM)
· JACK RYAN (AMAZON)
· MAGNUM PI (CBS)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· ROOK, THE (STARZ)
· UNTITLED MIDDLE SPIN-OFF PROJECT (ABC)
· WALKING DEAD, THE (AMC)
· WU ASSASSINS (NETFLIX)





[08/17/18 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 17
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[08/17/18 - 12:30 PM]
Fox 21 Television Studios and The Littlefield Company Option Best Selling Author Beth Macy's "Dopesick" for Television
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[08/17/18 - 11:18 AM]
HBO Announces Series Order for Damon Lindelof's "Watchmen"
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[08/17/18 - 11:00 AM]
Disney Channel's New Family Comedy "Coop & Cami Ask the World" Set to Premiere Friday, October 12
The series follows the antics of middle-school siblings Coop and Cami Wrather, who co-host a popular online show while balancing life, family and friendship.

[08/17/18 - 10:16 AM]
Cast Announced - YouTube's Season 2 "Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*"
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[08/17/18 - 10:08 AM]
Netflix Announces "What/If" an All New Original Drama Series Starring Renee Zellweger from Creator Mike Kelley
The social thriller explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things.

[08/17/18 - 10:01 AM]
Investigation Discovery's Fall Season Highlights
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[08/17/18 - 09:18 AM]
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[08/17/18 - 08:28 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: Another Week, Another "Big Brother" Victory for CBS
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[08/17/18 - 08:00 AM]
"Star Wars Resistance," A New High-Flying Animated Adventure Series, Takes Flight with a One-Hour Premiere Sunday, October 7, on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW
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[08/17/18 - 07:31 AM]
Key Art Debut - Jeremy Saulnier's Gripping Psychological Thriller "Hold the Dark," A Netflix Film Starring Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgard, Riley Keough
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[08/16/18 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 16
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[08/16/18 - 02:31 PM]
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[08/16/18 - 01:03 PM]
TNT Orders "The Angel of Darkness" Limited Series
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[08/16/18 - 12:38 PM]
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