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Development Update: Monday, November 25
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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AMERICAN SOUL (BET) - The show's second season has tapped Darius McCrary as James Brown; Alex Ball as Dick Clark; Hudson Thames as Elton John; Tone Bell as Richard Pryor; Demetria McKinney as June Pointer; London Brown as Bootsy Collins; D.C. Young Fly as Sly Stone; Big Boi as George Clinton; Ledisi as Patti LaBelle; Melanie Fiona as Chaka Khan; Yung Joc as Gary Shider; Christopher B. Duncan as Ray Bradley; and Kearran Giovanni as Ruby Daniels. (Deadline.com)
DEMO (Freeform, New!) - Joy Gregory has booked a new drama at the cable channel which "follows a 20-something musician who dares to leave behind her struggling indie rock band and her working class family to try writing pop songs in Los Angeles. Though at first she's eager to shed her past, she soon discovers that the best songs tell the deepest truths - if only she can find the strength to tell hers." Kick the Habit Productions' Alex Pall, Drew Taggart, Dan Marcus and Adam Alpert; and Stampede Ventures' Greg Silverman, Paul Shapiro and Cara Fano will also executive produce. (Deadline.com)
HIGHER LOYALTY, A (CBSS) - Amy Seimetz has been cast as Trisha Anderson, "the No. 2 lawyer at the FBI's Office of General Counsel amidst the Trump and Clinton investigations," in the adaptation of James Comey's bestseller. (Deadline.com)
LAST VIDEO STORE, THE (NBC, New!) - Michael Diliberti has sold a single-camera comedy to the Peacock about Calvin, "who returns home to run the last video rental store of a once major franchise with his estranged best friend. Calvin reconnects with his youth and past as he and his employees attempt to navigate life through their love and knowledge of movies." CBS Television Studios-based Cloud Nine Productions is behind the project with Eric Christian Olsen, Bryan Haas and Kate Schumaecker also executive producing as well as John Will producing. (Deadline.com)
LISEY'S STORY (Apple TV+) - Dane Dehaan is the latest bound for the Julianne Moore/Clive Owen-led limited series as Jim Dooley, "a huge fan of Scott's (Owen) books who feels strongly about his unpublished work being released to the world." (Deadline.com)
NEVER TELL (CBS, New!) - Talicia Raggs is developing a small screen take on Stacey Abrams's book about "a star linguistics professor with a complicated past who joins forces with a charismatic online investigative journalist following the discovery of a cryptic message that is the only clue in a missing persons case, setting them off on a partnership working cases with the New Orleans Police Department." Nina Tassler and Denise Di Novi of Pat Ma Productions will also executive produce alongside Raggs and Abrams for CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)
TEST, THE: A NEW ERA FOR AUSTRALIA'S TEAM (Amazon, New!) - The streaming service has commissioned an eight-part series which "offers a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the world's best cricket teams fell from grace and was forced to reclaim their title and integrity." CA Films and Whooshka Media are behind the project, due in early 2020, to directed by Adrian Brown. (Deadline.com, 11/24)
TOMMY (CBS) - Tony winner Katrina Lenk will recur on the midseason drama as Kiley Mills, "a whip-smart and bracingly honest sports agent who knows first-hand the challenges of a woman competing and succeeding in a male-dominated field." (Deadline.com)

  [november 2019]  


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