[07/22/20 - 11:55 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, July 22
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CHICANO (ABC, New!) - Natalie Chaidez has sold a small screen take on Richard Vasquez's novel to the Alphabet, "a multi-generational saga of the Sandovals, a Mexican-American family that immigrates to Los Angeles in pursuit of the American Dream. It will follow the struggles and triumphs of the Sandovals from 1920 through present and explores the question of what it means to be American." Eva Longoria and Ben Spector's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi's Significant Productions are also behind the project, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television and has a penalty commitment attached. Doug Pray will also executive produce. (Deadline.com)
CONNECTING (NBC) - Otmara Marrero is the first to be cast in the comedy series as Annie (fka Abby), "who identifies as female. Her friends describe her as a hermit who would barely go out, even before the quarantine started." (Deadline.com)
CROWN, THE (Netflix) - Filming on the show's fifth season is not expected to begin until June 2021, meaning said run will likely not appear until 2022. The show's fourth season - due later this year - was completed just prior to coronavirus sweeping through television production in March. (Deadline.com)
FUTHA MUCKA (Quibi, New!) - Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are set to re-team for a new animated comedy series at the streaming service. Its logline is as follows: "Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds love each other. More accurately, Ryan loves Sam. When a minor mishap causes Sam to become Ryan's primary caregiver, things get weird." Jim and Brian Kehoe are behind the project with Anonymous Content's Nina Soriano; Maximum Effort's Charlie Scully, George Dewey and Patrick Gooing; and Titmouse's Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoksi and Ben Kalina executive producing alongside the auspices. (Deadline.com)
GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, THE (Netflix) - Production on a new season has been underway for the past two weeks, opening the door for a potential premiere later this year. (Deadline.com)
LOVE ISLAND (CBS) - Pre-production is reportedly underway on the show's second season in a new locale: The Cromwell Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in lieu of Fiji. Said news means that filming could be up and running on the series come August. (Vulture.com)
MASTERCHEF (FOX) - Production on an 11th season of the series is targeted to resume in October. Filming has been shut down since March. Said run, which will feature 18 episodes, "will be produced with health and safety protocols front and center." (Deadline.com)
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS (Hulu) - Tiffany Boone is the latest to score a role on the Nicole Kidman/Melissa McCarthy-led limited series as Delilah, "an employee of the wellness resort, Tranquillum." (Deadline.com)
RODHAM (Hulu, New!) - Sarah Treem is looking to bring Curtis Sittenfeld's novel - "an alternative history where Hillary Rodham never marries Bill Clinton and asks what would have happened to her life and our country, if she had made a different choice" - to the small screen at the streaming service. Fox 21 Television Studios is behind the project with Treem, Sittenfeld and The Littlefield Company's Warren Littlefield executive producing. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED VINCE VAUGHN PROJECT (FOX, New!) - The network has given a blind script deal to Vince Vaughn, Victoria Vaughn and Peter Billingsly's Wild West Picture Show for an animated series. All three will executive produce. No writer is currently attached to the project, which will be set up at FOX Entertainment. (Variety.com)

  [july 2020]  


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