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[02/21/19 - 11:29 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 21
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!


ARROW (The CW) - Caity Lotz's Sara Lance will return to the series for its 18th episode this season, "Lost Canary." (TVLine.com)
AVENUE 5 (HBO) - Josh Gad is the latest addition to Armando Iannucci's comedy pilot as Herman Judd, "the billionaire face and name behind Avenue 5 and the whole Judd brand, which includes hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism. Judd is used to a life of luxury. He made his money from holiday resorts and thinks he's good at everything else. Terrible at science, he leaves that to the scientists he employs to give him the answers he wants." (Deadline.com)
CIPHER (Syfy) - Adrian Grenier and Sydney Morton have both been cast in the drama pilot, about a 13-year-old gamer who has top secret military technology implanted into his brain. Grenier's John "returns to his hometown of Austin to raise his only child, Asa. When he learns that Asa's life is in danger, John is forced to step up and protect his son." Morton then will portray Bridgette, "an NSA operative who knows more about the source of the tech inside Asa than she lets on." (Deadline.com)
DROP THE MIC (TNT) - The series has dropped an upcoming episode featuring Jussie Smollett, executive producer Jensen Karp confirmed via Twitter. (@JensenKarp)
GLAMOROUS (The CW) - Eva Longoria is set to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, about a recent gender non-conforming high school graduate who lands the gig of a lifetime interning at the Manhattan cosmetics company whose products he panned on YouTube. Additionally, Brooke Shields and Jade Payton are the first to be cast. Shields will play Madolyn, "a former supermodel who is no stranger to the covers of Vogue or the runways of Milan and is the founder and CEO of one of the industry's most respected and sophisticated cosmetics companies." Payton then is Venetia, "an ambitious young clotheshorse who serves as Madolyn's trusted personal assistant." (Deadline.com)
GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS) - Stella Maeve will drop by the show's March 10 episode as Sophia, "a sous chef who works at her father's restaurant and dreams of opening her own dining establishment. After Miles and Cara are sent her name by the God account, they discover that Sophia's plans are in danger of falling apart." (TVLine.com)
KATY KEENE (The CW) - Jonny Beauchamp and Julia Chan have both been cast in the potential "Riverdale" spin-off. Beauchamp will play Jorge/Ginger Lopez: "By day, Jorge works at his family's bodega. By night, his drag alter ego Ginger bartends and performs at a local club. Jorge always has aspired to be a Broadway performer, but he's now looking to take his drag career to the next level." Chan then is Pepper Smith, "a New York City "It Girl" who is at the epicenter of all things trendy. As the funny, magnetic life of the party, she dreams of opening her very own version of Andy Warhol's Factory. But behind all the outrageous noise, no one quite knows where she gets all her money - or if she even has any." (Deadline.com)
LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (FOX) - Andie MacDowell and Kathleen Turner are the first to be cast in the pilot, a structurally inventive dramedy, in which the entire first season takes place over the course of single night at a wedding. MacDowell will play Lily, "the bitter, fiery supermodel meets '80's video vixen and the ex-wife of British rock star, Nigel Valentine." Turner then will portray Grace, "the blunt, tactless, and the judgmental mother of Alex Fletcher." (Deadline.com)
LINCOLN (NBC) - Seth Gordon has been tapped to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, which is based on Jeffery Deaver's book-turned-feature "The Bone Collector." (Deadline.com)
MAGNUM P.I. (CBS) - Roger E. Mosley, who played T.C. on the original series, will appear on the reboot as Booky, "a Vietnam vet and barber to whom the new T.C. (played by Stephen Hill) goes for sage advice (and a great haircut)." (TVLine.com)
MINDY PROJECT, THE (Hulu) - Mindy Kaling has reportedly signed a six-year, seven-figure overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, ending her decade and a half run at Universal Television. (Deadline.com)
PATTY'S AUTO (FOX) - Carra Patterson has booked the title role on the multi-camera comedy pilot, which is inspired by Patrice Banks' Girls Auto Clinic, an auto repair shop with all female mechanics. Sarah Levy has also been cast as Jenna, "a service technician who is the most likely employee to be caught crying while working under a car"; with Paola Lázaro as Liza, "a service technician from Puerto Rico who works hard and parties harder"; and Joanna Adler as Chyna, "Patty's former shop teacher and mentor, and now the forewoman of Patty's Auto." Additionally, Betsy Thomas has signed on to direct and co-executive produce. (Deadline.com)
SPINNING OUT (Netflix) - Svetlana Efremova and Charlie Hewson are both bound for the figure skating drama series. Efremova will play Dasha Glushenko, "the sharp-tongued Russian skating coach who rules over Justin and Kat with an iron fist." And Hewson will recur as Dr. Parker, "the super-charming and polished doctor that many of his young skating patients have a crush on." (Deadline.com)
STARGIRL (DC Universe) - Cameron Gellman is the latest to board the DC Comics series as an undisclosed character. (@TheDCUniverse)
UNINSURED (NBC) - Adam Pally, Abby Elliott, Jessy Hodges and Amer Padha-Chatel are set to star in the multi-camera comedy pilot, about young parents Dave (Pally) and Rebecca (Elliott), who end up having to take care of Dave's parents who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizable debt. Hodges will play Joanna, "Dave's edgy younger sister"; with Chadha-Patel as Aram, "Dave's business partner who is fast talking and always trying to make a deal." Additionally, Pally also will serve as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED NANCY DREW PROJECT (The CW) - Tunji Kasim is set to star opposite Kennedy McMann in the drama pilot as Ned "Nick" Nickerson, "Nancy's secret flame. Nick is a former high school athlete with a mysterious past, who should be on full scholarship to a top university. Instead, he's working as a car mechanic when he winds up a suspect in the murder along with Nancy - leading her to uncover a shocking motive from his past. But whether Nick's a victim of circumstance or something far more sinister remains to be seen." (Deadline.com)
VERONICA MARS (Hulu) - Ryan Devlin's notorious Hearst rapist Mercer Hayes is slated to appear in the upcoming revival series. James Jordan, "who played troubled Lucky and teaching assistant Tim Foyle," is likewise due back. (TVLine.com)
YOU (Netflix) - Carmela Zumbado has joined the cast of the show's second season as Delilah Alves: "A natural investigative reporter with a keen nose for a story, Delilah becomes dangerously interested in her new neighbor, Joe Goldberg, who seems to be hiding something." (Deadline.com)
ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (NBC) - Skylar Astin and Alex Newell have both been cast in the Jane Levy-led drama pilot. The former will play Max, "Zoey's co-worker and best friend who is funny and has an indie vibe"; while the latter is Mo, "Zoey's neighbor who is easygoing, open-minded and cool." (Deadline.com)





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· ARROW (CW)
· AVENUE 5 (HBO)
· CIPHER (SYFY)
· DC'S STARGIRL (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DROP THE MIC (TNT)
· GLAMOROUS (CW)
· GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS)
· INDEBTED (NBC)
· KATY KEENE (CW)
· LINCOLN RHYME: HUNT FOR THE BONE COLLECTOR (NBC)
· LOVESTRUCK (FOX)
· MAGNUM P.I. (CBS)
· MINDY PROJECT, THE (HULU)
· NANCY DREW (CW)
· PATTY'S AUTO (FOX)
· SPINNING OUT (NETFLIX)
· VERONICA MARS (HULU)
· YOU (NETFLIX)
· ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (NBC)





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