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[10/31/19 - 11:41 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, 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!


BIG SHOT (Disney+) - Shiri Appleby and Yvette Nicole Brown have both been cast in the John Stamos-led dramedy. Appleby will play Holly, "the good-humored and down-to-earth assistant basketball coach." Brown will portray Sherilyn, "the no nonsense dean of Westbrook School for Girls." Also landing roles are Richard Robichaux as George, Sophia Mitri Schloss as Emma, Nell Verlaque as Louise, Tiana Le as Destiny, Monique Green as Olive, Tisha Custodio as Carolyn "Mouse" Smith, and Cricket Wampler as Samantha "Giggles". (Deadline.com)
BONE WHITE (Amazon, New!) - C. Henry Chaisson is developing a small screen take on Ronald Malfi's novel in which "after a telepathic distress call from his estranged twin brother jolts him out of his humdrum existence, an agoraphobic professor journeys deep into the Alaskan wilderness to uncover a vast supernatural mystery with the help of an intrepid police investigator." Amazon Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios-based The Littlefield Co. are behind the project with the latter's Warren Littlefield also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
BUILDING SECURITY (FOX, New!) - Steve Koren has sold a domestic take on the Russian series "C.H.O.P." to the network. The single-camera comedy is about "a group of hardworking but extremely ill-equipped men and women who, occasionally, protect and serve the residents of a commercial office building." 20th Century Fox Television and FOX Entertainment are behind the project with Bill Diamond, East2West's Alex Reznik and 3 Arts Entertainment's Greg Walter and Will Rowbotham also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
CASCADIA (CBS, New!) - Frank Military, Eric Christian Olsen and Pierce Brown have sold a new drama to the Eye about "an FBI special agent with an expertise in hunting psychopathic killers who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest and stumbles onto a terrifying new breed of serial murders that threatens to expose a dark secret from her family's past." The project is set up at Olsen's CBS Television Studios-based Cloud 9 Productions with the trio presumably executive producing. (Deadline.com)
HIGHER LOYALTY, A (CBSS) - Steven Pasquale and Oona Chaplin have been cast as FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, "who were reportedly engaged in an extramarital affair," in the studio's adaptation of James Comey's book of the same name. (Deadline.com)
LAST LOOKS (Quibi, New!) - Refinery29 is bringing a new true crime series to the streaming service that will "investigate the real crimes that have been sewn into the fashion industry." "Bringing a strong feminist lens to each story, the series will focus on the life of each subject, charting the sequence of events that led to the crime, while also exploring broader thematic questions about society and culture." No auspices however were given. (Deadline.com)
LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, A (CBS, New!) - The Eye is looking to import the long-running U.K. game show hosted by James Corden. The project, "featuring two teams navigating rounds of sporting questions and physical challenges," will come from CPL Productions and Corden's Fulwell 73 banner. No other auspices were given. (Deadline.com)
NOW, THE (Quibi) - Dave Franco is set to star in the comedy series, which "examines what exactly makes life worth living. For Ed Poole (Dave Franco), clarity comes when a secret from his past has seemingly destroyed his future. He soon realizes the only thing that will make his life worth living is to forget the past, screw the future and just live in The Now." Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly are directing the series from a script by Peter Farrelly, Steve Leff and Pete Jones. Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Jeff Okin will likewise executive produce. (Deadline.com)
REBEL (ABC, New!) - Krista Vernoff has scored a put pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a new drama inspired by the life of activist Erin Brockovich. In the project, "20 years after a movie made her famous, Annie "Rebel" Rebelsky is still working as a legal consultant without a law degree. A funny, messy, brilliant and fearless real-life super hero who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves, when Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost." Davis Entertainment's John Davis and John Fox will executive produce alongside Brockovich and Trip the Light's Vernoff and Alexandre Schmitt for Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. Mike Stein is co-producing. ABC previously developed an Erin Brockovich project last season with a different writer. (Deadline.com)
RUN THE WORLD (Starz) - Corbin Reid and Andrea Bordeaux will join Amber Stevens West and Bresha Webb as the principal leads in the comedy pilot. Reid will play Sondi,"a righteous, feminist scholar who plays mommy to her older boyfriend's 6-year-old daughter"; with Bordeaux as Ella, "a true romantic with an immense amount of wit and currently an equal amount of mess to her life." (Deadline.com)
SANCHEZ, OHIO (FOX, New!) - Writers Isaac Gonzalez and Chris Case are set to team with director Victor Gonzalez for a multi-camera/hybrid comedy about "a Mexican-American dad with traditional values, moves his family from liberal Los Angeles to conservative Ohio, where they find out they have more in common than they ever could have imagined with their new neighbors, a red state white family." SideCar's Gail Berman and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are also on board to executive produce for FOX Entertainment. (Deadline.com)
SNOWPIERCER (TNT) - Sean Bean has joined the cast of the show's second season in a yet-to-be-revealed role. (Deadline.com)
STATION ELEVEN (HBO Max) - David Wilmot has scored a role on the limited series as Clark, "a corporate consultant who gave up artistic ambitions but discovers a hero within himself in the post-apocalyptic landscape." (Deadline.com)
SUPERGIRL (The CW) - Nick Sagar is slated to recur on the series as Rip Roar, "a multi-armed, technologically enhanced villain who goes toe to toe with [Kara]." (TVLine.com)
WELLSVILLE (NBC, New!) - George Northy has sold a high-concept drama to the Peacock inspired by the works of author H.G. Wells. The project is "centered on Ellie, a young scientist lured to a secluded island under the pretense of curing her terminally sick mother. While there she discovers there is more to this island and its inhabitants than it seems." FOX Entertainment-based SideCar's Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady will also executive produce for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)
YELLOWJACKETS (Showtime) - Tawny Cypress and Jasmin Savoy Brown are the latest additions to the drama pilot. They will play "the adult and teen versions of Taissa. In her youth, Taissa was the star player on the Yellowjackets squad; now, 25 years later, her political ambitions threaten to derail the survivors' pact of secrecy." (Deadline.com)





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· BIG SHOT (DISNEY PLUS)
· BONE WHITE (AMAZON)
· BUILDING SECURITY (FOX)
· CASCADIA (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GAME ON! (CBS)
· HIGHER LOYALTY, A (CBSS)
· LAST LOOKS (QUIBI)
· NOW, THE (QUIBI)
· REBEL (ABC)
· RUN THE WORLD (STARZ)
· SANCHEZ, OHIO (FOX)
· SNOWPIERCER (TNT)
· STATION ELEVEN (HBO MAX)
· SUPERGIRL (CW)
· WELLSVILLE (NBC)
· YELLOWJACKETS (SHOWTIME)





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