[02/19/21 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 19
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CRIMINAL MINDS (Paramount+, New!) - The streamer is in "very early development" on a revival of the former CBS staple, which "followed a group of criminal profilers who work for the FBI as members of its Behavioral Analysis Unit using behavioral analysis and profiling to investigate crimes and find perpetrators." CBS Studios and ABC Signature would be behind the resulting project, a creative team for which is currently being assembled. (Deadline.com)
FIRST LADY, THE (Showtime) - Judy Greer is bound for the anthology series as Nancy Howe, "Betty Ford's (Michelle Pfeiffer) trusted confidante and social secretary." She places Pamela Adlon, who had to bow out due to a scheduling conflict. (Deadline.com)
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (Amazon) - Spencer Sutherland has booked a recurring role on the feature-turned-TV series. No specifics about her role were given. (Deadline.com)
LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME (NBC) - Ainsley Seiger has joined the cast of the spin-off series while Charlotte Sullivan, Nick Creegan, Ben Chase and Jaylin Fletcher are slated to recur. As with all its roles thus far, no details were given. (Deadline.com)
LONG SLOW EXHALE (Spectrum) - Josh Lucas will star opposite Rose Rollins in the upcoming drama as Hilman Ford, "athletic director of the university." (Deadline.com)
MACGYVER (CBS) - Ernie Hudson and Wendy Raquel Robinson have been cast as Milton and Lauretta Bozer, "parents of Justin Hires' Wilt. In the episode, Mac and Desi go with Bozer back home when his mother's best friend dies in a tragic accident. But soon after arriving there, they realize that the woman's death may have been murder, and the city's contaminated water supply holds the key to finding the killer." (TVLine.com)
MS. MARVEL (Disney+) - Laurel Marsden has been cast in the Marvel Studios series as Zoe Zimmer, "something of frenemy to Ms. Marvel; a popular girl at Coles Academic High, the superhero first saves her in the Hudson River. Zimmer dates the school's 'it' athlete Josh Richardson." (Deadline.com)
OUTER RANGE (Amazon) - Olive Abercrombie, Will Patton, Matthew Maher and MorningStar Angeline are the latest cast in the Josh Brolin-led drama. Abercrombie will play Amy Abbott: "Daughter of Tom Perry (Pelphrey) and Rebecca Abbott, Amy Abbott is a fiercely independent ranch girl. Her anxieties begin to mount as her mother goes missing and she sees her family entrenched in a criminal investigation." Patton then is Wayne Tillerson, "a man who is used to getting what he wants - and the kind of man you want to keep as far away as possible"; with Maher as Deputy Matt, "optimistic and a team player; Sheriff Joy Hawk's right hand man"; and Angeline as Martha Hawk, "bright and optimistic; Sheriff Joy Hawk's partner; they have an adopted three-year-old daughter named Rose." (Deadline.com)
QUEENS (ABC) - Actress/rapper Eve has scored a lead role on the drama pilot, Brianna: "Twenty years ago, Brianna was Professor Sex - one fourth of the iconic 90s hip-hop group, the Nasty Bitches - rapping about money, sex and her all-around glamorous lifestyle. Today, Brianna is a proud wife and mother of five - in a stained sweatsuit who barely has a second to breathe. Not glamorous. But Brianna loves her life. The Nasty Bitches are a distant, distant memory. But when an opportunity arises for the group to reunite, Brianna will grapple with whether or not she still has the swagger and confidence that made her an icon decades ago..." Eve will record and perform songs as her character. (Deadline.com)
SHELL BEACH (FOX, New!) - Lionel Boyce and Davon "Jasper" Wilson have set up an animated comedy at the network which "follows an overzealous lifeguard named Wally and his very smart, but lazy partner, Tyson, who, along with their unique group of friends, inhabit Shell Beach - the most famous beach town in the world. Wally's passion to be the best lifeguard often makes very simple problems become much more complex than they ever would need to be." Tyler, The Creator is also executive producing the project, which comes from FOX Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment. (Deadline.com)
WALKER (The CW) - Alex Meneses is bound for the newcomer in the recurring role of Adriana, "a successful psychiatrist and published author and mother of Micki Ramirez, Cordell Walker's new partner in the Texas Rangers. She is a strong personality who's manipulative and very invasive when it comes to her daughter Micki's life." (Deadline.com)
WOMAN IN THE HOUSE, THE (Netflix) - Tom Riley will star alongside Kristen Bell in the limited series as her "new neighbor, a charming and handsome single dad. But is this undeniably sexy widower too good to be true?" (Deadline.com)

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