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[10/31/18 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 31
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!


BLACK-ISH (ABC) - Quvenzhané Wallis is set to recur on the series as Kyra, "Dre's (Anthony Anderson) young cousin who comes to stay with the family for a while after her mom can't take care of her." (Deadline.com)
BOOMERANG (BET) - Brittany Inge, Joey BadA$$ and Kimberly Hall have all scored roles on the film-turned-TV series. Inge will play Crystal Garrett, "a Type-A Southern belle, Crystal works in advertising with Bryson and is one of Simone's best friends"; with BadA$$ as Camden Knight, "gorgeous, edgy and sexy, Camden is a professional musician; the only innocent thing about him is his smile"; and Hall as Rocky, "a lesbian with a dominant personality, she is very protective over her girlfriend Tia and her career." (Deadline.com)
EINSTEIN (NBC, New!) - Michael Reisz is looking to import Martin Ritzenhoff and Matthias Dinter's German series about "a whip-smart, smooth-talking and illegitimate descendant of Albert Einstein who is recruited by the police for his skills at solving particularly complex cases." Universal Television is behind the hour with Intrigue's Tariq Jalil; Carol Mendelsohn Productions' Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz; and Red Arrow Studios International's Jan David Frouman, Henrik Pabst and Shirley Bowers also among the executive producers. Joe Wiggins and Lucas Carter are co-producers. (Deadline.com)
EUPHORIA (HBO) - Algee Smith and Austin Abrams have both been cast in the teen drama. Smith will play McKay, replacing Brian "Astro" Bradley from the original pilot. Abrams then will portray Ethan. (Deadline.com)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO) - Josh Whitehouse has been cast alongside Naomi Watts on the proposed spin-off series. (Deadline.com)
JEOPARDY!/WHEEL OF FORTUNE (Syndication) - Hosts Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak and Vanna White have all extended their contracts through the 2021-22 season. (Deadline.com)
LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (FOX, New!) - Writer Tom Kapinos and director Sanaa Hamri have sold a domestic take on Mélissa Drigeard and Vincent Juillet's French series "Quadras" to the network, billed as "a structurally inventive dramedy, in which the entire first season takes place over the course of single night at a wedding." 20th Century Fox Television and Endemol Shine North America are behind the project, which has a put pilot commitment with Sharon Levy, Nicolas Coppermann and Francois-Xavier Demaison also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE (ABC, New!) - Maggie Friedman has sold a potential drama to the Alphabet about "a gifted therapist, accustomed to helping other people navigate their messy lives, who finds herself facing a crisis in her own life." The project, which has a penalty attached, is based Lori Gottlieb's upcoming memoir with UnbeliEVAble Entertainment's Eva Longoria and Ben Spector also executive producing for 20th Century Fox Television. Gottlieb will receive a producing credit. (Deadline.com)
SPINNING OUT (Netflix) - Emma Roberts has bowed out of the figure skating drama due to a scheduling conflict with another project. Producers plan to recast the role with Lily Collins reportedly in negotiations. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED HANNAH SIMONE PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Hannah Simone is set to star in a single-camera comedy for the Alphabet which "follows the broke, single and nearly thirtysomething Hannah (Simone) as she and her father form a new bond when he announces that he and her mother are separating." Simone will also co-write the ABC Studios-based project, which has a put pilot commitment, alongside Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED LESLIE ODOM, JR. PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Tony-winner Leslie Odom, Jr. is attached to star in a potential comedy at the Alphabet "inspired by the experiences of real-life couple Pastor Touré Roberts and Pastor Sarah Jakes-Roberts. Leslie, played by Odom, and Hope are joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles." Saladin K. Patterson is penning the ABC Studios-based project, which has a put pilot commitment. Odom, Patterson and Simpson Street's Kerry Washington and Pilar Savone are the executive producers with Roberts and Jakes-Roberts as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)
WITCHER, THE (Netflix) - The Henry Cavill-led fantasy drama series has rounded out its principal cast with Eamon Farren as Cahir; Joey Batey as Jaskier; Lars Mikkelsen as Stregobor; Royce Pierreson as Istredd; Maciej Musial as Sir Lazlo; Wilson Radjou-Pujalte as Dara; Anna Shaffer as Triss; Rebecca Benson as Marilka; Shane Attwooll as Nohorn; Luke Neal as Vyr; Matthew Neal as Nimir; Tobi Bamtefa as Danek; Sonny Serkis as Martin; Roderick Hill as Fletcher; Inge Beckmann as Aridea; Charlotte O'Leary as Tiffania; Natasha Culzac as Toruviel; Amit Shah as Torque and Tom Canton as Filavandrel. (Deadline.com)
WORK WIFE (ABC, New!) - Michael Ian Black has scored a put pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a multi-camera comedy that "explores the dynamics surrounding our work spouses, who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else." ABC Studios is behind the project with Ryan Seacrest Productions' Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass and Andrea Shay; and Milojo Productions' Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini also executive producing. (Deadline.com)





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· BLACK-ISH (ABC)
· BOOMERANG (BET)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EINSTEIN (NBC)
· EUPHORIA (HBO)
· GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
· JEOPARDY (SYNDICATION)
· LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (FOX)
· MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE (ABC)
· SPINNING OUT (NETFLIX)
· UNTITLED GAME OF THRONES SPIN-OFF PROJECTS (HBO)
· UNTITLED HANNAH SIMONE PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED LESLIE ODOM, JR. PROJECT (ABC)
· WHEEL OF FORTUNE (SYNDICATION)
· WITCHER, THE (NETFLIX)
· WORK WIFE (ABC)





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