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[02/22/19 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 22
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 TOGETHER NOW (NBC) - Will Greenberg ("Wrecked") has been cast in the single-camera comedy pilot, in which a rural church choir gets the director it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League music professor (Bradley Whitford) stumbles through their door. He'll play Wayne, "Ginny's (Anna Camp) ex-husband." Said role is in first position as TBS did not pick up the options on the cast for a potential fourth season of "Wrecked." (Deadline.com)
BATWOMAN (The CW) - Elizabeth Anweis has landed a role on the Ruby Rose-led drama pilot as Catherine Hamilton-Kane, "Kate Kane's step-mother. Catherine made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position her as one of Gotham's most powerful residents. For Catherine, it's a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business." (Deadline.com)
CHARMED (The CW) - Tyler Blackburn will drop by the reboot series as Viralis, "a soul-sucking demon with a loyal cult following. With the power to see into the depths of the human soul, he lures his victims by promising to manifest their greatest desire." Additionally, Leah Pipes will recur as Fiona Callahan, "Elder Charity's younger sister and Harry's former charge." (EW.com)
DIVORCE (HBO) - Dominic Fumusa will recur on the upcoming third season as Jeremy, "a handsome former semipro basketball player who's an assistant coach of the Lady Raiders under Thomas Haden Church's Robert - and has a much more aggressive coaching style." (THR.com)
EMPIRE (FOX) - Producers have dropped actor Jussie Smollett from the remainder of the show's fifth season following his arrest on multiple felony charges yesterday. Furthemore, the role of Jamal Lyon may be recast going forward. (TVLine.com)
FBI: MOST WANTED (CBS) - Nathaniel Arcand is the latest addition to the proposed "FBI" spin-off series as Agent Clinton Skye, "Mohawk Nation, Jess' (Julian McMahon) brother-in-law, a marksman with a law degree." (Deadline.com)
GENIUSES (FOX) - Maggie Lawson is the first to be cast in the multi-camera comedy pilot, about a blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and raise four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses. She'll play Cay, "the mom and clear boss of the family. A Jersey girl, she can be tough and blunt when she needs to be. She's intuitive with a strong nose for BS, which is a useful skill at her job as a pit boss at an Atlantic City casino." (Deadline.com)
HAPPY ACCIDENT (ABC) - Robert Timonthy Smith is the latest to be cast in the comedy pilot, about two Pittsburgh families - a father with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son - who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed. He'll play Miles, Danielle's (Kether Donohue) son.
LA'S FINEST (Spectrum) - Executive producers Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier were both injured on the set of the upcoming series "when a stunt car crashed into the video village where they were watching the scene on monitors." Both received serious but non-life threatening injuries. (Deadline.com)
LOCKE & KEY (Netflix) - Michael Morris has been tapped to helm the first two episodes of the upcoming series as well as executive produce the debut installment. (Deadline.com)
NANA (ABC) - Josh Cooke has signed onto the Katey Sagal-led comedy pilot, about Alex (Cooke) who, after the death of his wife, is forced to invite his brash and bawdy mother-in-law - Nana (Katey Sagal) - into his home to help raise the two granddaughters she barely knows. Cooke's Alex is further detailed as "a fire chief in Indianapolis who clearly is in over his head with the girls but is reluctant to hire help and can't imagine letting a stranger look after his children." (Deadline.com)
NEW YORK UNDERCOVER (ABC) - Malik Yoba will reprise his role of J.C. Williams on the pilot for the revival series, which will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city's most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park. (Deadline.com)
PRODIGAL SON (FOX) - Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau and Frank Harts are set to star in the drama pilot, while Lee Toland Krieger has signed on to direct the pilot and executive produce. Phillips will play Gil, "a recent widower who is a little old school, Gil is a tough, experienced NYPD detective who brings Bright onto his team to help find a copycat killer." Perrineau then portrays Dani, "a Bronx-born NYPD detective and former addict who works with JT and Gil." And finally, Harts will play JT, "an NYPD detective who works with Gil and Dani." (Deadline.com)
RICHES TO RAGS (CBS) - The Jaime Camil-led multi-camera comedy - about when an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her sister's Reseda condo where they delight in the "charms" of the working class but mourn the loss of being the 1% of the 1% - has scored a late pilot order from the Eye. Alex Herschlag penned the script for CBS Television Studios with Camil, Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Ben Silverman, Guillermo Restrepo, Gonzalo Cilley and Maria Lucia Hernandez Frieri also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)
STARGIRL (DC Universe) - Amy Smart, Neil Jackson, Hunter Sansone and Trae Romano will round out the cast of the Brec Bassinger-led drama. Smart will play Barbara Whitmore, "the mother of Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl (Bassinger) and new wife of Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson)." Romano then is Mike Dugan, "the overly charming offspring of Pat (Wilson) and the unctuous new step-relative to household newcomers Barbara and Courtney Whitmore." Jackson and Sansone's roles however were not specified. (Deadline.com)
UNDER THE BRIDGE (CBS) - Victoria Mahoney has been tapped to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, about when a scandal rocks the medical practice she runs with her husband and their friends, a surgeon rises to the occasion and takes the lead in trying to mend both the practice and her own marriage. (Deadline.com)
WYNONNA EARP (Syfy) - Filming on the show's fourth season is reportedly on hold as producer IDW Entertainment "is experiencing financial difficulties, running a deficit, and cannot proceed." (Deadline.com)





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· BATWOMAN (CW)
· CHARMED (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIVORCE (HBO)
· EMPIRE (FOX)
· FBI (CBS)
· FBI: MOST WANTED (CBS)
· GENIUSES (FOX)
· HAPPY ACCIDENT (ABC)
· LA'S FINEST (SPECTRUM)
· LOCKE & KEY (NETFLIX)
· NANA (ABC)
· NEW YORK UNDERCOVER (ABC)
· PERFECT HARMONY (NBC)
· PRODIGAL SON (FOX)
· RICHES TO RAGS (CBS)
· STARGIRL (DC)
· UNDER THE BRIDGE (CBS)
· WRECKED (TBS)
· WYNONNA EARP (SYFY)





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