[06/04/21 - 11:44 PM]
Development Update: Friday, June 4
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ANDOR (Disney+) - Robert Emms has scored a role on the "Rogue One" spin-off series. No character details however were given. (Deadline.com)
FIRST LADY, THE (Showtime) - Gloria Reuben has been cast in the limited series as Valerie June Jarrett, "senior advisor to President Obama. Jarrett was Michelle Obama's friend and former boss, whom Michelle credits with teaching her about personal growth in the workplace." (Deadline.com)
FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL (Apple TV+) - Michael Gaston is the latest bound for the limited series as Arthur "Butch" Schafer, "an assistant attorney general with the state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit." (Deadline.com)
FRUITS OF THY LABOR (Peacock, New!) - Billy Porter and Dan McCabe are set to team for a potential drama at the streamer which "follows three generations of an African-American showbiz dynasty navigating their way through life, love, politics and career." Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden are also on board to executive produce for their Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions with Jonathan Gabay producing. (Deadline.com)
MALIBU RISING (Hulu, New!) - The streamer is developing a TV series based on Taylor Jenkins Reid's recently released novel, which "centers on Nina, Jay, Hud and Kit Riva - children to the famed rocker Mick Riva - as they throw their annual party to celebrate the end of summer in 1983. Things take a dramatic turn as the family is forced to confront secrets and reckon with their family history." Amy Talkington and Liz Tigelaar are spearheading the adaptation with Jenkins Reid, Brad Mendelsohn, Stacey Silverman and Jennifer Gwartz likewise executive producing for 20th Television, Circle of Confusion and Best Day Ever Productions. (THR.com)
NEVER HAVE I EVER (Netflix) - Chrissy Teigen has exited a role on the upcoming season in which she was set to guest voiceover. Said report indicates the move is the result of "the growing controversy surrounding Teigen, which started when she was accused of cyber bullying by former reality star Courtney Stodden." (Deadline.com)
RESIDENT, THE (FOX) - Anuja Joshi's Leela Devi will be promoted to regular for the series' fifth season. (Deadline.com)
RIVKAH (Showtime, New!) - Comedian Robby Hoffman is developing a comedy at the pay channel "inspired by her real life and focuses on two worlds - the idyllic contemporary life Hoffman lives as a genderqueer woman on the Eastside of L.A., and her childhood growing up as a closeted girl named Rivkah with nine siblings set in the world of the Hasidic community in Brooklyn's Crown Heights. Hoffman would play the adult version of the character, should it go to series." Alli Reich, Hallie Sekoff, Ravi Nandan and Jordan Tilzer are also the executive producers. (Deadline.com)
TERMINAL LIST, THE (Amazon) - The streamer's Jack Carr adaptation has cast Arlo Mertz as Lucy Reece, "daughter of James (Chris Pratt) and Lauren Reece (Riley Keough)"; Christina Vidal Mitchell as Mac Wilson, "a U.S. Marshal and number two on the San Diego Fugitive Task Force"; and Jared Shaw as Ernest "Boozer" Vickers, who is "beloved by his Navy SEAL brothers, his goodwill is a welcome reprieve from the burden of war." (Deadline.com)
TRAVELER'S WIFE, THE (HBO) - The pay channel's Audrey Niffenegger adaptation has cast Caitlin Shorey and Everleigh McDonell as Young Clare Abshire, "intelligent and charismatic, she is wise beyond her years"; Michael Park as Philip Abshire, "Clare's father"; Jaime Ray Newman as Lucille Abshire, "Clare's mother"; Taylor Richardson as Alicia Abshire, "Clare's little sister"; Peter Graham as Mark Abshire, "Clare's blunt speaking older brother"; Brian Altemus and Jason David as Young Henry DeTamble, who is "growing up with a problem - time travel"; Kate Siegel as Annette DeTamble," a devoted mother to Henry"; Josh Stamberg as Richard DeTamble, "Henry's father"; Chelsea Frei as Ingrid, who "dated Henry for a period of time before he got engaged to Clare"; Marcia DeBonis as Nell, "The Abshire's longtime housekeeper, and friend to Clare"; Will Brill as Ben, "a former co-worker of Henry's at the library"; and Spencer House as Jason, who "is in school with Clare and becomes embroiled in a heated situation with Henry." (Deadline.com)
WITH LOVE (Amazon) - Mark Indelicato will star opposite Emeraude Toubia in the one-hour romantic comedy series as Jorge, "the pinnacle of style, the life of the party, and he is fiercely protective of his sister Lily and his Mexican-American family. After years of dating, he finally jas found a man good enough to bring home, but he is nervous about it." (Deadline.com)

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[06/15/21 - 02:45 PM]
ABC to Encore "The Celebrity Dating Game" Premiere on Wednesday; "Card Sharks" Return Pushed to June 23
Last night's debut will rebroadcast this Wednesday, June 16 at 10:00/9:00c, bumping the previously announced return of "Card Sharks" to next week.

[06/15/21 - 02:00 PM]
2.5 Million Viewers Watched Both the Premiere and Encore Telecasts of the Third Season of the Scripted Series "Tyler Perry's Sistas" and Music Reality Series "BET Presents The Encore" on BET
Over 1.4 million total viewers tuned in to the former's season premiere in Live+3.

[06/15/21 - 01:32 PM]
Showtime(R) Orders Drama Series "American Gigolo" Starring Jon Bernthal
Gretchen Mol, Rosie O'Donnell, Lizzie Brocheré, Gabriel LaBelle and Leland Orser also star in the filmed-turned-TV series.

[06/15/21 - 12:23 PM]
Peacock Celebrates Female Olympic Athletes' Lasting Legacy on the 25th Anniversary of the Atlanta Games
"The '96 Effect" is a three-part documentary series, produced by Lookalike Productions, featuring four legendary USA women's teams who won gold at the Atlanta Games.

[06/15/21 - 11:30 AM]
Freeform's "Cruel Summer" Renewed for Second Season
"Cruel Summer" is the network's most-watched series ever, ranking as the No. 1 new cable drama of the year among Women 18-34.

[06/15/21 - 11:24 AM]
Competitors Taste Their Way to Victory in New High-Stakes Primetime Series "Money Hungry," Hosted by Kal Penn
The series launches with a special premiere Sunday, July 25 at 10:00/9:00c on Food Network.

[06/15/21 - 11:02 AM]
Oxygen Delves Into True Stories of Strong Women Who Escaped Unspeakable Crimes
Look for "Snapped Notorious: The Girl in the Box," premiering Saturday, July 17; and "Snapped Notorious: The Cleveland Strangler" the following Saturday, July 24.

[06/15/21 - 10:30 AM]
The CW Network Sets 2021 Fall Premiere Dates
"Penn & Teller: Fool Us" will kick things off on Friday, October 1 with "The Flash" and "Riverdale" rounding out the rollouts on Tuesday, November 16.

[06/15/21 - 10:06 AM]
Comedy Central's Award-Winning Late Night Franchise "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" to Unveil Brand New Look on Monday, September 13, 2021
Trevor's summer hiatus will commence on Friday, June 18 however the show will continue to produce exclusive brand content across its digital, social and podcast platforms the entire summer.

[06/15/21 - 10:00 AM]
FOX Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment Enter Fast-Growing Non-Fungible Token Market with New Business Unit "Blockchain Creative Labs"
Scott Greenberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Bento Box Entertainment, will serve as CEO of Blockchain Creative Labs and be responsible for overseeing the unit and the newly formed content fund.

[06/15/21 - 09:59 AM]
Video: Paramount+ Reveals Teaser Art & Trailer for New Animated Comedy Series "The Harper House"
Created by Brad Neely and featuring an all-star voiceover cast - including Rhea Seehorn, Jason Lee, Tatiana Maslany and Ryan Flynn as the Harper family - the ten-episode Paramount+ Original Series will premiere this fall exclusively on the service.

[06/15/21 - 09:27 AM]
YouTube Originals Sends Bretman Rock Into the Jungle for "30 Days With: Bretman Rock"
Episode 1 of his four-part docu-series premieres June 30, only on YouTube.

[06/15/21 - 09:02 AM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Films Announces "Bitchin': The Sound and Fury of Rick James"
The film will have a World Premiere at the Tribeca Festival tonight as part of the festival's inaugural Juneteenth programming slate, ahead of the Showtime premiere later this year.

[06/15/21 - 08:23 AM]
Production Begins on BBC One, BBC America and Sister's Third and Final Series of "The Split"
The series will once again be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.

[06/15/21 - 08:05 AM]
discovery+ Greenlights New Home Series with Actress Marsai Martin Who Will Deliver Surprise Bedroom Renovations for Teens
Martin will serve as executive producer of the eight-episode series and will lead the design team that creates stunning bedroom overhauls for exceptional, peer-nominated youth who make a positive impact in their communities.