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[12/14/18 - 11:23 PM]
Development Update: Friday, December 14
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!


ANDI MACK (Disney Channel) - Actor Stoney Westmoreland, who plays grandfather Ham Mack on the series, has been terminated by the network following an arrest "for allegedly trying to arrange online to have sex with a 13-year-old." Said the cable channel: "Given the nature of the charges and our responsibility for the welfare of employed minors, we have released him from his recurring role and he will not be returning to work on the series which wraps production on its third season next week." (Deadline.com)
BLACK TAPES, THE (NBC, New!) - Paul Bae and Terry Miles are looking to bring their podcast - which "follows a journalist's investigations into the unexplained supernatural mysteries caught on tape by a skeptical scientist" - to the small screen at the Peacock. The pair will pen the adaptation alongside Matthew Arnold with Management 360's Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner also executive producing for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)
EMBODY (CBS, New!) - Chai Hecht has sold a potential drama to the Eye in which "after a mission gone wrong renders her permanently blind, a special agent volunteers for an experimental government program that can temporarily transfer her consciousness into someone else's body, giving her the ability to see through their eyes as she infiltrates high-stakes situations and takes down criminals from within." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour with Fulwell 73's James Corden, Leo Pearlman and Jeff Grosvenor serving as executive producers and Hecht as a co-executive producer. (Variety.com)
LAST MAN STANDING (FOX) - Tisha Campbell is set to recur on the series as Chuck Larabee's (Jonathan Adams) wife Carol Larabee. She takes over from Erika Alexander, who played said role in the ABC incarnation and was not available to return. (Deadline.com)
LAST SPY, THE (NBC, New!) - Writer David Guggenheim and director Marc Webb are set to team for a new drama at the Peacock "in which the members of an elite deep cover CIA unit are killed after their real-life identities are exposed. In the aftermath, the only operative to escape the onslaught recruits her own team of former spies and assets to complete their missions while also working to unravel the conspiracy behind who betrayed her friends and colleagues." Imagine Television's Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Samie Falvey also executive produce for CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)
MY NEXT GUEST NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (Netflix) - The streaming service has commissioned a six-episode second season, due in 2019. (Deadline.com)
SPINNING OUT (Netflix) - Willow Shields has been cast opposite Kaya Scodelario in the upcoming drama series as her younger sister Serena: "While Serena lacks her sister's natural grace on the ice, she makes up for it with discipline and fierce determination. Her complicated relationship with her sister is made up of equal parts loyalty and competition." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED PEANUTS PROJECT (Apple, New!) - DHX Media has closed a deal to produce new Peanuts content for Apple. First up: "original short-form STEM content that will be exclusive to Apple, featuring astronaut Snoopy." Charles M. Schulz's characters most recently appeared on a short-lived Italian-French-American series that ran on Cartoon Network and sibling Boomerang in the U.S. (Deadline.com)
WHO RULES THE WORLD? (TNT) - Morgan Spurlock has agreed to pay more than $1.17 million to Turner Entertainment Networks to settle a lawsuit over the shelved series. Production on the project, originally announced in May 2017 as an effort to "unpack the most divisive and complicated issues facing women today," was suspended last December after Spurlock himself made a public confession of sexual misconduct. The settlement serves as restitution for not completing the series. (Deadline.com)





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· ANDI MACK (DISNEY)
· BLACK TAPES, THE (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EMBODY (CBS)
· LAST MAN STANDING (FOX)
· LAST SPY, THE (NBC)
· MY NEXT GUEST NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION WITH DAVID LETTERMAN (NETFLIX)
· PEANUTS (CARTOON)
· SPINNING OUT (NETFLIX)
· UNTITLED PEANUTS PROJECT (APPLE)
· WHO RULES THE WORLD? (TNT)





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