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[10/18/18 - 11:49 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 18
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!


ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS (Netflix) - The streaming service has axed the Simmons family comedy after one season. (Deadline.com)
ANIMALS. (HBO) - Creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano have signed a two-script deal with 20th Century Fox TV to create new projects for the studio, one written by themselves and another supervising. (Deadline.com)
BAKER AND THE BEAUTY, THE (ABC, New!) - Writer Dean Georgaris and director David Frankel are set to team for a domestic take on Assi Azar's Israeli series about "the impossible Miami love story between a simple baker and an international superstar." Universal Television is behind the hour, which has a put pilot commitment, with Keshet Studios' Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan are also on board to executive produce. (Deadline.com)
CONSTANCE (TNT) - Kevin Dunn is bound for the Elisabeth Shue-led drama pilot as Dale Fogerty, "the City Manager at City Hall, and Constance's (Shue) boss. Glowing with entitlement, he tries to be sensitive to his employees, but even in his most genuine of moments and with the best of intentions, he still operates from a place of clueless privilege." (Deadline.com)
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (Netflix) - Anthony Edwards and Julie White are both bound for the revived third season as Mars Harper, the President's Chief of Staff; and Lorraine Zimmer, the President's new Campaign Manager, respectively. (Deadline.com)
HANGING ON (FOX, New!) - Comedian Sabrina Jalees has set up a multi-camera comedy at the network in which "to escape the boredom of retirement and a strained relationship, Phyllis and her husband make a cross-country move from North Carolina and into a house across the street from their lesbian daughter and her new fiancé. Unexpectedly, moving far away from their old life and being inspired by their daughter's relationship brings them closer together." Warner Bros. TV-based Vita Vera Films is behind the half-hour with Diablo Cody executive producing and Jalees co-executive producing as well as potentially starring. (Deadline.com)
HYPNOTIST'S LOVE STORY, THE (ABC, New!) - Katie Wech is developing a small screen take on Liane Moriarty's book, which "centers on successful hypnotherapist Ellen, who after a string of failed romances is optimistic about her current boyfriend, until he reveals a disturbing truth: a stalker ex-girlfriend who has been following him for years. Ellen finds herself intrigued, and oddly thrilled by the stalker, entirely unaware that they've already met." Heather Graham is attached to star and executive produce the ABC Studios-based project alongside David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks of Mandeville Television. (Deadline.com)
I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE (HBO) - Mark Ruffalo's long in the works limited series, based on Wally Lamb's bestselling book, has been given a six-episode order. Derek Cianfrance is writing and directing the project, an epic family saga that explores the American identity following the parallel lives of twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey (both played by Ruffalo) throughout the latter half of the 20th century. Ruffalo, Lamb and Cianfrance will also executive produce alongside FilmNation Entertainment's Ben Browning and Glen Basner as well as Gregg Fienberg and Anya Epstein. Lynette Howell Taylor and Jamie Patricof co-executive produce. (Deadline.com)
MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL (Netflix) - Peter Halpin is slated to appear as Theo Nelson, "the affable, younger brother of attorney Foggy Nelson," in the new season, which drops tomorrow on the streaming service. (Deadline.com)
SEARCH PARTY (TBS) - Three-time Emmy-winner Louie Anderson will recur on the upcoming season as Bob, "a sweet but extremely absentminded old-school lawyer from Chicago. He's warm, sentimental, and optimistic but can't seem to remember his clients' names and is maybe dying." (Deadline.com)
SEE (Apple) - Christian Camargo and Hera Hilmar have both been cast in the high-concept drama as Tamacti Jun, "the head of Queen Kane's (Sylvia Hoeks) army"; and Maghra, "a determined mother," respectively. (Deadline.com)
SUPERGIRL (The CW) - Producers are currently casting for iconic DC Comics villain Lex Luthor for the show's fourth season. (@DCComics)
TERROR, THE (AMC) - Derek Mio is the first to be cast in the anthology's second season as Chester Nakayama, "the son of Japanese born immigrants who has dreams of leaving his insular Japanese-American community and joining the army. Throughout the season, Nakayama transforms from a naïve kid to a war hero." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED CHRISTINA KIM PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Christina Kim has sold a new drama to the Peacock about "three half-Korean women who grew up straddling two cultures and identities are forced to pick sides between their Korean mother and Caucasian father after the latter, the head of a global Asian food empire, is thrown in jail." The project is set up at the Warner Bros. TV-based Quinn's House with the company's Martin Gero also executive producing. (THR.com)





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· ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS (NETFLIX)
· ANIMALS. (HBO)
· BAKER AND THE BEAUTY, THE (ABC)
· CONSTANCE (TNT)
· DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (NETFLIX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HANGING ON (FOX)
· HYPNOTIST'S LOVE STORY, THE (ABC)
· I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE (HBO)
· MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL (NETFLIX)
· SEARCH PARTY (TBS)
· SEE (APPLE)
· SUPERGIRL (CW)
· TERROR, THE (AMC)
· UNTITLED CHRISTINA KIM PROJECT (NBC)





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