[11/21/19 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, November 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!

AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX) - Emmy winner Margo Martindale has been cast as Lucianne Steinberger Goldberg in the anthology's "Impeachment" installment. Martindale's Goldberg, "a literary agent and author, met Linda Tripp while working on the proposal for the book on the death of Clinton aide Vince Foster. The two women became friends, and in 1997 Goldberg advised Tripp to secretly record former White House intern Lewinsky talking about her sexual relationship with President Clinton. Goldberg mistakenly advised Tripp that it was legal to record phone conversations in Maryland without the consent of the other party." (Deadline.com)
AMERICAN GODS (Starz) - Danny Trejo, Julia Sweeney and rapper Wale will all drop by the new season. Trejo will portray "one of the many forms of Mr. World (Crispin Glover)"; with Sweeney as Ann-Marie Hinzelmann, "the disarmingly warm one-woman welcome wagon for Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) when he arrives"; and Wale as "the fiery, silver-tongued Orisha named Chango, an important link to Shadow's unexplored past." (EW.com)
CUP OF JOE (Quibi, New!) - Joe Jonas of The Jonas Brothers will topline an eight-part travel series for the streaming service in which "before he hits the stage on his sold-out Happiness Begins tour, Joe will experience each city like a true native - as a local guides him through each destination." Jonas, Phil McIntyre, John Taylor and Ben Winston are the executive producers for Philymack and Fulwell 73 with David Soutar directing. (Deadline.com)
FLASH, THE (The CW) - Efrat Dor will join the cast of the current season in the series regular role of Eva McCulloch: "A quantum engineer and co-founder of McCulloch Technologies, Eva McCulloch is a scientific genius who works on the bleeding edge. Eva has been away from Central City for many years. But a chance meeting with Iris West-Allen results in a surprising alliance that pushes the boundaries of sanity, while also uncovering a vast conspiracy to take down Team Flash and its allies." (EW.com)
HUNTERS (Amazon) - Creator David Weil has signed an overall deal with producer Amazon Studios. The pact gives the company exclusive access to his TV output. (Deadline.com)
LIAM HEMSWORTH QUIBI PROJECT (Quibi) - The Liam Hemsworth-led action thriller has cast Jimmy Akingbola, Sarah Gadon and Zach Cherry in recurring roles. Gadon is set to play Dodge's wife Valerie; with Cherry as Looger, Dodge's best friend from childhood; and Akingbola in a yet-to-revealed secret role. (Deadline.com)
ONCE MORE (ABC, New!) - Jack Moore has set up at single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about Will Wilde, "a 45-year-old sad sack of a man whose life has not turned out how he'd hoped. That is until one fateful day when Will makes a wish and wakes up to find himself back in his childhood bedroom. It's 1999 and Will is 12 years old again, only now he has all the knowledge and memories of his 45 year old self." Justin Spitzer, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner will also executive produce for the Universal Television-based Hazy Mills Productions. (Deadline.com)
POWER (Starz) - Cedric the Entertainer and Brandon Micheal Hall are bound for the show's final episodes as "part of an out of town underworld team." Also on tap are Geoffrey Owens and Mark Feuerstein, the latter as "a political operative." (Deadline.com)
SISSY (Showtime, New!) - Jacob Tobia is looking to bring their recent memoir, subtitled "A Coming-of-Gender Story," to the small screen at the pay channel. The project would follow Tobi Gibran, "a non-binary college grad and full time gender weirdo from North Carolina. Tobi moves to New York City in search of queer utopia. Though they score a prestigious job at the UN, Tobi quickly learns that NYC is less "glittering trans paradise" and more "trash-filled hell with a side of street harassment."" Tobia and Michael Lannan are co-writing the script and will executive produce for Legendary Television. (Variety.com)
STAIRCASE, THE (Netflix) - Harrison Ford is reportedly attached to star in and executive produce a scripted adaptation of the much-ballyhooed documentary series, which "detailed the trial of American novelist Michael Peterson." Antonio Campos will write and also executive produce the project, which is currently being shopped to networks and streaming services, for Annapurna Television. (Variety.com)
THIS IS US (NBC) - Kay Oyegun has signed an overall deal with producer 20th Century Fox Television. There she'll continue as a producer as well as develop new series projects. (Deadline.com)
UNDONE (Amazon) - Amazon Studios has closed an overall deal with the recently renewed series' co-creator Kate Purdy. (Deadline.com)

  [november 2019]  


[01/17/20 - 01:45 PM]
Apple TV+ Announces New Docuseries "Dear... " from Emmy and Peabody Award Winner R.J. Cutler
The 10-episode series will profile internationally recognized leaders including Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird and more.

[01/17/20 - 01:05 PM]
Freeform Announces March 18 Premiere Date for the Highly Anticipated Series "Motherland: Fort Salem"
The series is set in an alternate, present-day America where witches ended their persecution 300 years ago by cutting a deal with the burgeoning U.S. government to fight for their country.

[01/17/20 - 01:01 PM]
Freeform Is Feeling the Love with "Love However the FF You Want," Beginning Feb. 8
Anchoring this new campaign is Freeform's first Valentine's Day original film, "The Thing About Harry," which premieres Saturday, February 15.

[01/17/20 - 01:01 PM]
Freeform Releases First Look Photo of "Siren" Season Three and Announces April 2 Premiere Date
Freeform's mermaid drama "Siren" returns for a third season with a two-episode premiere on Thursday, April 2.

[01/17/20 - 01:00 PM]
Season Finale of "Party of Five" to Air as Special 90-Minute Episode on March 4
From Sony Pictures Television, "Party of Five" follows the five Acosta children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico.

[01/17/20 - 12:59 PM]
"Everything's Gonna Be Okay" to Air Pilot on FX
Look for said telecast on Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00/9:00c.

[01/17/20 - 12:58 PM]
Freeform Orders Third Season of Critically Acclaimed Hit Series "Good Trouble"
Starring Maia Mitchell, Cierra Ramirez, Sherry Cola, Tommy Martinez, Zuri Adele, Emma Hunton and Josh Pence, the series follows residents of The Coterie as they deal with the consequences of their personal and professional decisions and realize that sometimes standing up for what you believe in comes at a price.

[01/17/20 - 12:57 PM]
Senioritis Kicks In as "grown-ish" Is Picked Up for Season 4
Starring Yara Shahidi, Trevor Jackson, Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat, Chloe Bailey, Halle Bailey, Luka Sabbat and Diggy Simmons, the series is a contemporary take on the issues that students face in the world of higher education.

[01/17/20 - 12:56 PM]
Freeform Orders "Last Summer" to Series from Bert V. Royal, Jessica Biel, Michelle Purple, Max Winkler and eOne
The series stars Chiara Aurelia, Mika Abdalla, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes, Blake Lee, Nathaniel Ashton and Brooklyn Sudano.

[01/17/20 - 12:01 PM]
Showtime(R) Presents "Mo'Nique & Friends: Live from Atlanta" - New Stand-Up Comedy Special to Premiere Friday, February 7 at 10 PM ET/PT
Filmed at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, the hour-long special features a variety of talented newcomers including Prince T-Dub, Just Nesh, Tone-X and Correy Bell alongside veteran comedian Donnell Rawlings.

[01/17/20 - 12:00 PM]
Disney Channel's New Family Dance Competition Series "Disney Fam Jam" Premieres on Sunday, Feb. 23
Ariel Martin and Trevor Tordjman will co-host the half-hour series.

[01/17/20 - 10:31 AM]
A&E's "Biography" to Premiere "The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne" Detailing the Extraordinary Life and Career of the Rock Legend
Featuring exclusive interviews with Ozzy as he reflects on the many phases of his journey, "The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne" will have its world premiere at SXSW in March and is set to air this summer on A&E.

[01/17/20 - 10:00 AM]
Freeform & Hulu Acquire Linear and Digital Rights to Three Feature Films From STXfilms
The two Walt Disney Television entities struck a deal to license STXfilms' "Hustlers" and "The Upside," as well as the STX hit comedy "I Feel Pretty."

[01/17/20 - 09:41 AM]
Hulu Presents Upcoming Original Series "Little Fires Everywhere," "High Fidelity," "Normal People," and "The Great" at the 2020 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour
Plus: "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" and "Dollface" to return for second seasons.

[01/17/20 - 09:33 AM]
Discovery's Multi-Platform Series "Gold Rush: Dave Turin's Lost Mine" Returns for a Second Season
The series returns for its second season on Friday, February 21 at 9:00/8:00c.