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[01/07/20 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 7
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!


9-1-1 (FOX) - Connie Britton is in talks to reprise her role as former 9-1-1 operator extraordinaire Abby in a multi-episode arc later this season. (TVLine.com)
AMERICA'S MOST WANTED (FOX) - The network is reportedly looking at reviving the former staple, which "will build on the legacy of the John Walsh-hosted original but aims at creating urgency and going global." "Wanted" signed off from FOX as a weekly series in 2011, subsequently moving to Lifetime for one season in 2012. Casting is underway for a new host on the potential pilot. (Deadline.com)
CHICAGO FIRE/CHICAGO PD (NBC) - Brian Geraghty will reprise his role as Officer Sean Roman in a two-part crossover between the series on Wednesday, February 26. (TVInsider.com)
DANCING WITH HORSES (FOX, New!) - Claudia Rosencratz and Adrian Woolfe's Studio One is developing an out-of-the-box competition series for the network described as "Dancing on Ice with horses." No other details were given. (Deadline.com)
HEELS (Starz) - Alison Luff has been cast in the wrestling drama as Staci Spade, "the reluctant young matriarch of a family-owned Southern wrestling promotion. Having married into the world of independent wrestling, she soon learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family." (Deadline.com)
HOT DROP, THE (Quibi, New!) - The streaming service plans to roll out a weekly dating series in which users submit videos for the chance to go on a dating adventure, with the community itself determining who goes on the date. The audience will then watch the resulting date and decide whether the single should either continue dating "off the app" or stay single. Jessica Sebastian, Simon Thomas and Cassie Lambert Scalletar of Sirens Media, and Angela Jain, Gail Harman and Martin Lau of ITV Studios Entertainment are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)
I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE (FOX, New!) - The network has ordered a pilot for a domestic take on the Korean mystery game show. The series "sees a pop star try and guess the skilled vocalists from the tone-deaf singers without hearing them sing. With the help of a "tone-deaf detective team," they must eliminate one or two singers in each round before performing on the "Stage of Truth" with the star. If the final singer can hold a tune, they will receive a special reward, but if the final mystery singer is tone-deaf, they will receive a cash prize." Lee Seon-young originated the format for CJ ENM. (Deadline.com)
INK MASTER (Paramount Network) - Judge Oliver Peck, "who sparked a swift backlash after old photos of him wearing blackface resurfaced," is bowing out of the series after 13 seasons. His final season, which has already been filmed, launched tonight on the cable channel. (Deadline.com)
LORD OF THE RINGS, THE (Amazon) - Robert Aramayo has booked a lead role on the fantasy series, replacing Will Poulter who had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. He'll take over as young hero Beldor, however specifics about the role remain under wraps. (Deadline.com)
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (Hulu) - Melissa McCarthy is set to star opposite Nicole Kidman in the limited series as Francis, one of the nine "perfect" strangers. (Deadline.com)
ROOM 104 (HBO) - Co-creators Mark and Jay Duplass have inked a four-year first-look deal with the pay channel. Their Duplass Brothers Productions banner had previously operated under an overall deal with HBO. A fourth season of their series has "not yet been officially confirmed but is expected to be announced soon." (Variety.com)
STEP UP TO THE PLATE (FOX, New!) - Gordon Ramsay is set to host a potential series for the network in which he mentors the "next food superstar." The project was ordered to pilot by BBC with FOX now mulling its import. No producing credits were given. (Deadline.com)
TEXANIST, THE (FOX, New!) - FOX Entertainment is developing a comedy series based on the column at Texas Monthly magazine. No specifics or auspices were given about the project, which will be done in conjunction with the publication. Among the recent columns: "Should I Stop Wearing My Stetson Now That They've Become So Popular?", "How Can You Be a Texan If You're a Liberal?", and "My Husband Shouldn't Be Driving Around Town Without His Shirt On, Should He?" (Variety.com)
UNTITLED 24 PROJECT (FOX) - Todd Harthan is reportedly the latest auspice taking a stab at a potential revival of the "24" series. No specifics were given other than it is a separate concept from the two previously indicated: a real-time legal thriller from Howard Gordon and Jeremy Doner, and the prequel that traces the origin story of CTU agent Jack Bauer, from Gordon, Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED MARA BROCK AKIL PROJECT (FOX, New!) - FOX Entertainment has entered into a network-direct script deal with writer and producer Mara Brock Akil. Under the agreement, Brock Akil will develop and write a scripted series for FOX to air on the network. FOX Entertainment would produce the project.





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· 24 (FOX)
· 9-1-1 (FOX)
· AMERICA'S MOST WANTED (LIFETIME)
· CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)
· CHICAGO PD (NBC)
· DANCING WITH HORSES (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HEELS (STARZ)
· HOT DROP, THE (QUIBI)
· I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE (FOX)
· INK MASTER (PARAMOUNT)
· LORD OF THE RINGS, THE (AMAZON)
· NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (HULU)
· ROOM 104 (HBO)
· STEP UP TO THE PLATE (FOX)
· TEXANIST, THE (FOX)
· UNTITLED 24 PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED MARA BROCK AKIL PROJECT (FOX)





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