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[10/02/20 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Friday, October 2
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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2020-21 SEASON PILOTS (ABC) - The Alphabet has extended the cast options on four its pilots - "Bossy," "Harlem's Kitchen," "Home Economics" and "Work Wife" - through June 2021. A fifth project - "Triage" - recently began casting. Its three other pilots - "Prospect," "Wild Child" and "Wreckage" - will presumably not move forward during the current cycle and could be redeveloped. (Deadline.com)
2020-21 SEASON PILOTS (CBS) - The Eye has likewise picked up the options on its cast for seven of its pilots through June 2021: "The Big Bad Wolfes," "Ghosts," "Good Sam," "The Three of Us," "The United States of Al," "Untitled Daley, Goldstein & Kingsbury Project" and "Ways & Means." Of said group, "United States of Al" is expected to start production in about a week. Not getting extended were "Jury Duty," but the project remains in consideration, and, presumably "Out the Door," which was previously pushed to midseason. (Deadline.com)
2020-21 SEASON PILOTS (FOX) - The network has picked up the options on all six of its previously ordered pilots: "The Big Leap," "Blood Relative," "The Cleaning Lady," "Pivoting," "This Country" and "Untitled Film Re-Enactment Project." Some got extensions through June 2021 while others are only through December 2020. FOX has two additional projects - "Our Kind of People" and "Untitled Melissa London Hilfers Project" - which have opened writers' rooms with an eye towards straight-to-series commitments. (Deadline.com)
2020-21 SEASON PILOTS (NBC) - The Peacock network has also picked up the cast options on its six proposed pilots: "American Auto," "Grand Crew," "La Brea," "Langdon," "Night School" and "Ordinary Joe." It's understood "Night School" has completed production while "La Brea," which has extended Natalie Zea and Zyra Gorecki through December 31, is still delivering additional scripts for a potential straight-to-series order. The others have yet to film with the Toronto-based "Langdon" expected to be the next out of the gate. (Deadline.com)
ALAM, THE FAMILY (CBS, New!) - Sabrina Jalees has booked a semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy at the Eye about "a Pakistani American family living in New Jersey in the '90s that explores race, queerness and the idea that we're all different but we're all the same." Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are the executive producers with Jalees as a co-executive producer for CBS Television Studios. The project is in first position to her recently sold ABC comedy. (Deadline.com)
ALL AMERICAN (The CW) - The series will pause filming on Monday as a precautionary measure "after a member of the production tested positive for COVID-19." (THR.com)
FOLLOW THE MONEY (CBS, New!) - Michael Peterson has sold a potential drama to the Eye about "a brilliant forensic accountant, who turned in her own father for engineering a high-profile pyramid scheme, teams with a hedonistic FBI agent running from his troubled past to solve the most challenging crimes by following financial clues, proving that while people may lie, money never does." Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment will also executive produce for CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)
GIRLS5EVA (Peacock) - Kat Coiro has signed on to helm the debut installment of the Tina Fey-produced comedy, in which when a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90's gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. (Deadline.com)
LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME (NBC) - Matt Olmstead has stepped down as showrunner of the upcoming Christopher Meloni-led spin-off series. It's not clear who will take over the reins of the series, which is due at midseason at the earliest. Olmstead will presumably switch to development as part of his recently signed three-year overall deal with Universal Television. (THR.com)
MAID (Netflix) - Andie MacDowell is set to star opposite her real life daughter Margaret Qualley in the upcoming drama, about Alex (Qualley), a single mother who turns to housekeeping to make ends meet as she battles poverty, homelessness and bureaucracy. MacDowell will play Alex's mother, Paula, "a self-proclaimed artist, who is the life of every party. She is eccentric, passionate, scrappy, and unabashed about her sexuality, which attracts an endless rotation of boyfriends. However, everything that makes Paula infectious to be around is also indicative of her constant struggle with her psychological demons - a struggle she has never acknowledged, and often does not win." (Deadline.com)
MONSTER: THE JEFFREY DAHMER STORY (Netflix, New!) - Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Carl Franklin and Janet Mock are set to team for a 10-part limited series which "chronicles the story of one of America's most notorious serial killers, largely told from the point of view of Dahmer's victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree." Already cast is Richard Jenkins as Dahmer's father Lionel, "a chemist, who showed him how to safely bleach and preserve animal bones when he was a child, a technique Jeffrey later gave a sinister twist with his victims." Murphy, Brennan, Mock and supervising producer David McMillan are penning the scripts with Franklin directing the pilot and Mock helming additional episodes. Alexis Martin Woodall and Eric Kovtun will also executive produce with Rashad Johnson also as a supervising producer and Scott Robertson as a co-producer. (Deadline.com)
TIFFANY HADDISH PRESENTS: THEY READY (Netflix) - The streaming service has commissioned a second season of the series, which is set to film with an audience - while adhering to COVID-19 protocols - this weekend in Long Beach, California. Godfrey, Tony Woods, Barbara Carlyle, Erin Jackson, Kimberly Clark, and Dean Edwards are featured in said run, which is due to roll out in 2021. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED JERMAINE FOWLER PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Jermaine Fowler has set up an animated comedy at the network "loosely based on his formidable years growing up in a working class town in Prince George's County, Maryland, with his family." FOX Entertainment is producing. (Deadline.com)





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· ALAM, THE FAMILY (CBS)
· ALL AMERICAN (CW)
· AMERICAN AUTO (NBC)
· BIG LEAP, THE (FOX)
· BLOOD RELATIVE (FOX)
· BOSSY (ABC)
· CLEANING LADY, THE (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FOLLOW THE MONEY (CBS)
· GHOSTS (CBS)
· GIRLS5EVA (PEACOCK)
· GOOD SAM (CBS)
· GRAND CREW (NBC)
· HARLEM'S KITCHEN (ABC)
· HOME ECONOMICS (ABC)
· JURY DUTY (CBS)
· LA BREA (NBC)
· LANGDON (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME (NBC)
· MAID (NETFLIX)
· MONSTER: THE JEFFREY DAHMER STORY (NETFLIX)
· NIGHT SCHOOL (NBC)
· ORDINARY JOE (NBC)
· OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (FOX)
· OUT THE DOOR (CBS)
· PIVOTING (FOX)
· PROSPECT (ABC)
· THIS COUNTRY (FOX)
· THREE OF US, THE (CBS)
· TIFFANY HADDISH PRESENTS: THEY READY (NETFLIX)
· TRIAGE (ABC)
· UNITED STATES OF AL, THE (CBS)
· UNTITLED DALEY, GOLDSTEIN & KINGSBURY PROJECT (CBS)
· UNTITLED FILM RE-ENACTMENT PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED JERMAINE FOWLER PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED MELISSA LONDON HILFERS PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED SABRINA JALEES PROJECT (ABC)
· WAYS & MEANS (CBS)
· WILD CHILD (ABC)
· WILDE THINGS (CBS)
· WORK WIFE (ABC)
· WRECKAGE (ABC)





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