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[11/15/18 - 11:18 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, November 15
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!


CROOKED BROOKLYN (CBS, New!) - Adair Cole has set up a new drama at the Eye about "the DAs of the Brooklyn Rackets Division [who] are given badges and guns and tasked with both investigating crime on the streets and prosecuting those crimes in the courtroom." The project is based on Michael Vecchione and Jerry Schmetterer's 2015 bestselling book of the same name, subtitled "Taking Down Corrupt Judges, Dirty Politicians, Killers and Body Snatchers." Silver Pictures Television's Joel Silver and Rodney Ferrell will also executive produce while Nick Nantell co-executive produces for Lionsgate Television. (Deadline.com)
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (Netflix) - Lauren Holly and Benjamin Watson are both set to recur on the show's third season as Lynn Harper, "the daughter of a renowned Virginia senator, who is married to Mars Harper, Kirkman's new Chief of Staff"; and Dontae Evans, "a mid-20s Digital Officer in the West Wing," respectively. (Deadline.com)
FALSE MEMORIES (CBS, New!) - Steve Maeda has sold a new drama to the Eye about "a forensic psychologist who uses her expertise in the malleability of human memory to investigate crime scenes and analyze the memories of victims and witnesses in her quest for justice." The project is based on Emmy Bryce's July 2017 article in Wired UK, subtitled "The Psychology of Imagined Crimes." Condé Nast Entertainment's Jonathan Koa and Silver Pictures Television's Joel Silver and Rodney Ferrell will also executive produce for Lionsgate Television. (Deadline.com)
FAMILY EMERGENCY (CBS, New!) - Michael Rauch has sold a potential drama to the Eye about "three sisters who often clash but always have each other's backs work together in a busy ER, saving patients' lives while navigating the complications of love, medicine and family." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour with Jennie Snyder Urman also on board to executive produce. (Deadline.com)
GRAND HOTEL (ABC) - John Marshall Jones, Richard Burgi and Adrian Pasdar are all set to recur on the midseason drama. Jones will play Malcolm, "husband to Mrs. P and father of Jason"; with Burgi as Michael Finn, "owner of the Finn Hotel Group"; and Pasdar as Felix, "the ex-husband of Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez) and father of Yoli and Carolina." (Deadline.com)
MAN. WOMAN. CHILD. (NBC, New!) - Vanessa McCarthy has booked a potential comedy at the Peacock about "a single man in his 30's who makes the calculated decision to start a family and have a baby via surrogacy. With loads of opinions and judgment from his friends and family, only one young woman - with her unique entrepreneurial goals and financial needs - would be the perfect match for this man and his approach to having a child." Hazy Mills Productions' Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner and Will Packer Media's Will Packer and Sheila Ducksworth will also executive produce for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)
MANIFEST (NBC) - Matt Long is bound for the freshman drama in the recurring role of Zeke, "a mysterious new character whose arrival triggers a new relationship triangle and upends the series' mythology." (Deadline.com)
PULLER (FOX, New!) - Carla Kettner is looking to bring David Baldacci's bestselling John Puller book series, about "an investigator with the Army's Criminal Investigation Division," to the small screen. "Puller, a decorated former Army Ranger, faces the most difficult case of his life when his brother, a convicted traitor, escapes from a maximum security prison. Together with Veronica Knox, an army intel specialist, Puller searches for his fugitive brother." The network has given a script commitment plus a penalty to the Sony Pictures Television-based project with Osprey Productions' Josh Berman, Chris King and Karen Spiegel; and Flying Studio's Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski executive producing alongside Kettner and Baldacci. (Deadline.com)
UNDOING, THE (HBO) - Hugh Grant has been cast opposite Nicole Kidman in the limited series as Jonathan Sachs, "an acclaimed pediatric oncologist, devoted husband to Grace Sachs (Kidman) and doting father, whose past undergoes scrutiny when he suddenly disappears, leading to a chain of terrible revelations." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED WELLRED PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Comedian Trae Crowder is back in business with the Alphabet for a new single-camera comedy about "three best friends in the rural south and the women in their lives." He'll star in and co-write the project alongside Andrew Reich, Corey Forrester and Drew Morgan. The District's Ruben Flerischer and David Bernad will also executive produce for ABC Studios. Crowder was behind a different project at the network last year, which in turn was redeveloped from its original sale to FOX in 2016. (Deadline.com)
VERONICA MARS (Hulu) - J.K. Simmons is the latest bound for the revival series as Clyde Prickett, "an ex-con who served 10 years for racketeering, and was smart enough to be the first guy in Chino to offer protection to Neptune's richest real estate developer, Big Dick Casablancas, on Big Dick's first day in prison. Now a free man, Clyde works as Big Dick's fixer. He's the smarter and more dangerous of the pair, and he has a network of fellow ex-cons he can count on to keep his own hands clean." (Deadline.com)





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· CROOKED BROOKLYN (CBS)
· DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (NETFLIX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FALSE MEMORIES (CBS)
· FAMILY EMERGENCY (CBS)
· GRAND HOTEL (ABC)
· MAN. WOMAN. CHILD. (NBC)
· MANIFEST (NBC)
· PULLER (FOX)
· UNDOING, THE (HBO)
· UNTITLED TRAE CROWDER PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED WELLRED PROJECT (ABC)
· VERONICA MARS (HULU)





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