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[09/24/18 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 24
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!


BOOMERANG (BET) - Halle Berry and Lena Waithe have both signed on to executive produce the cable channel's upcoming small screen take on the 1992 film. Waithe and Ben Cory Jones are penning the script with Dime Davis set to direct. Rishi Rajani of Waithe's Hillman Grad Productions will likewise executive produce the 10-episode series. (Deadline.com)
FIRST WIVES CLUB (Paramount) - Mark Tallman, RonReaco Lee and Malik Yoba have scored the male leads in the film-turned-TV series. Tallman will play David, "Ari's (Ryan Michelle Bathe) husband, a very driven politician running for the Senate whose ambition and ego often come before his wife and family." Lee then is Gary, "Bree's (Michelle Buteau) college-sweetheart husband, a dedicated teacher and father whose infidelity will prove to be a challenge for their marriage." And finally, Yoba will portray Derrick, "Hazel's (Jill Scott) unfaithful music-mogul husband who is very entangled in her career." (Deadline.com)
FIX, THE (ABC) - Molly Quinn will recur on the midseason drama as Lindsay, "the murder victim's sister." (TVLine.com)
GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS) - Michael Vartan will drop by the newcomer as the father to Violett Beane's Cara, "a gregarious man whose always been very supportive of his daughter who comes to visit her in New York City after she reestablishes contact with her estranged mother." (EW.com)
HIGH FIDELITY (Disney OTT) - Zoë Kravitz has been tapped to star in and executive produce the small screen take on Nick Hornby's 1995 novel and the 2000 feature at Disney's upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service. She will play "the ultimate music fan, a record store owner who's obsessed with pop culture and Top Five lists, a female take on the character played in the movie by John Cusack." Said project, from writers Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, has been picked up for a 10-episode order. (Deadline.com)
LIFEBOAT CLIQUE (The CW, New!) - Katie Wech has booked a potential drama at the netlet based on Kathy Parks's book of the same name, about "when a freak tsunami hits a Malibu house party, a group of teenagers from diverse social circles are swept out to sea. The place where they wind up is new, but the high school politics and social hierarchies that emerge are not. From the wreckage, an unlikely leader emerges: A social outcast who has spent most of high school despising her fellow castaways, and now must master the social system she loathes... if she wants to survive." CBS Television Studios-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television is behind the hour with the company's Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
PANK (ABC, New!) - Felicia D. Henderson has sold a new drama to the Alphabet about 33-year-old Faith Jones, who "is living and lovin' her life as a PANK: Professional Auntie No Kids: a new guy, a new promotion, a new house, a fast car and plenty of disposable income. It's kinda perfect - until the unexpected happens and circumstances force her to care for her brother's three children." WaterWalk Entertainment's Darryl Taja will also executive produce the project, which has a penalty attached, for 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)
ROYALS, THE (E!) - Lionsgate Television has indicated it could not find a new home for the recently axed E! series. (@LionsgateTV)
RUN (HBO) - Domhnall Gleeson has been tapped to star in the romantic comedic thriller pilot, about Ruby, "a woman living a humdrum existence who one day gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact, promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame." Gleeson will play Billy Johnson, "a successful life guru from a wealthy Irish family. Born with the gift of gab, he deftly combines a boatload of charisma with a boundless need for approval." (Deadline.com)
SECRET TO A GOOD MARRIAGE, THE (CBS, New!) - Martin Gero and Brendan Gall have landed a pilot production commitment from the Eye for a new drama which "centers on an elite pair of CIA spies who, in the wake of their fractured marriage, are pushed to their limits both professionally and personally, fighting to save the world while they forge a new kind of relationship for themselves and their son." Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour with Gall, Quinn's House's Gero and Berlanti Productions' Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter executive producing. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED BLEIWEISS & HARTHAN PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Evan Bleiweiss and Todd Harthan have scored a put pilot commitment from the Peacock for a new drama that centers on "a recently widowed NYPD detective and an officer just promoted to the detective division who is dealing with her own personal challenges." 20th Century Fox Television, home to Harthan's overall deal, is producing. (THR.com)
VERONICA MARS (Hulu) - Jason Dohring, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, David Starzyk and, of course, Kristen Bell have been confirmed as returning for the streaming service's revival. (@RobThomas)
WESTWORLD (HBO) - Executive producer Roberto Patino has inked a multi-year overall deal with the show's producer, Warner Bros. Television, where he'll develop new series projects. (Deadline.com)





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· BOOMERANG (BET)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FIRST WIVES CLUB (PARAMOUNT)
· FIX, THE (ABC)
· GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS)
· HIGH FIDELITY (DISNEY OTT)
· LIFEBOAT CLIQUE (CW)
· PANK (ABC)
· ROYALS, THE (E)
· RUN (HBO)
· SECRET TO A GOOD MARRIAGE, THE (CBS)
· UNTITLED BLEIWEISS & HARTHAN PROJECT (NBC)
· VERONICA MARS (HULU)
· WESTWORLD (HBO)





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