[06/09/21 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, June 9
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BACHELOR IN PARADISE (ABC) - Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, David Spade and Lil Jon have been confirmed as the rotating celebrity guest hosts for the upcoming season. (@BachParadise)
CROSSOVER, THE (Disney+) - Derek Luke, Sabrina Revelle, Skyla I'Lece, Deja Monique Cruz and Trevor Raine Bush will round out the cast of the drama pilot. Luke will play Chuck Bell: "The father of 13-year-old twins Filthy (Jayln Hall) and JB (Amir O'Neil), is a former pro basketball player who knows everything there is to know about the game. A loving husband and father, he'll do whatever it takes to give his family what they need." Revelle then will portray Crystal Bell, "a life force and the mother of 13-year old twins Filthy and JB"; with I'Lece as Alexis, "a talented musician who just moved back into the neighborhood"; Cruz as Maya, "sharp as a tack, observant, perceptive and not afraid to speak her mind, Maya is one of Filthy and JB's best friends"; and Bush as Vondie, "Filthy and JB's best friend and fellow basketball player on the team." (Deadline.com)
ECHO 3 (Apple TV+) - Jessica Ann Collins has scored the female lead in the upcoming drama series, "set in South America and follows Amber Chesborough (Collins), a brilliant young scientist who is the emotional center of a small American family. When she goes missing along the Colombia-Venezuela border, her brother (Luke Evans) and her husband (Michiel Huisman) - two men with deep military experience and complicated pasts - struggle to find her in a layered, personal drama, set against the explosive backdrop of a secret war." Additionally, Pablo Trapero has been confirmed as directing and executive producing. (Deadline.com)
LITTLE AMERICA (Apple TV+) - Executive producer Siân Heder has signed an overall deal with streamer, exclusive for television and first-look on features. (Deadline.com)
MACGRUBER (Peacock) - Sam Elliott, Laurence Fishburne and Mickey Rourke will join Will Forte (MacGruber), Kristen Wiig (Vicki Gloria St. Elmo) and Ryan Phillippe (Lieutenant Dixon Piper) in the franchise's new TV series incarnation. Elliott will play Perry: "MacGruber's rock has always been his father, Perry. Though they've drifted apart over the years, MacGruber will need his father's sage guidance if he hopes to succeed." Fishburne is General Barrett Fasoose, "a highly decorated soldier who commands the respect of the entire US military. In addition to his illustrious career, he is currently married to MacGruber's ex-wife, Vicki St. Elmo." And Rourke's Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth is "one of MacGruber's mortal enemies. Long thought dead, he has resurfaced to carry out a heinous plot to destroy the world, and in the process, claim his revenge against MacGruber." (Deadline.com)
MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC) - D.J. Nash has revealed the upcoming fourth season of the series will be 20 episodes, its largest commitment to date. (Deadline.com)
OFFER, THE (Paramount+) - Giovanni Ribisi, Colin Hanks and Dan Fogler have been cast opposite Miles Teller and Matthew Goode in the limited series. Ribisi will play crime boss Joe Colombo; with Hanks as Barry Lapidus; and Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola. (Deadline.com)
OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (FOX) - Rhyon Nicole Brown is the latest to be cast in the upcoming drama as Lauren Dupont, "Leah (LaToya Luckett) and Raymond's (Morris Chestnut) daughter, a beautiful and ultra-privileged girl who rules the young social set of The Bluffs and is an established social media influencer. She takes an instant dislike to Angela's (Yaya DaCosta) daughter Nikki (Alana Bright), who has the audacity to call her out for her public rudeness. However, behind the scenes, she is trying to come to terms with her identity as a queer woman of color in her conservative community, and when Nikki discovers her secret, Lauren's antipathy for the newcomer grows." (Deadline.com)
SINNER, THE (USA) - Cindy Cheung, Ronin Wong, Neal Huff and David Huynh have all booked roles on the anthology's fourth season. Cheung will play Stephanie Lam, who "like the island matriarch Meg Muldoon (Frances Fisher), Stephanie will do anything to protect her son who becomes embroiled in a local mystery." Wong then is Mike Lam: "Alongside his wife Stephanie, Mike runs a local restaurant. Although Hanover Island has been his home of many years, in times of crisis, Mike is made to feel like an outsider by long-time residents." Huff is set as Sean Muldoon, "a dutiful lobsterman with a sensitive soul, Sean works for his family's business." And Huynh will recur as C.J. Lam, "son of Mike and Stephanie. He is caught between supporting his parents in their businesses on Hanover Island and his longing to establish his own life on the mainland." (Deadline.com)
WITH LOVE (Amazon) - The one-hour romantic comedy series has cast Rome Flynn as Santiago Zayas, "a modern Afro-Cuban American Mr. Darcy"; Isis King as Sol Perez, "Lily and Jorge's cousin on their mom's side"; Todd Grinnell as Miles Murphy, "a reconstructive plastic surgeon with a good heart who has eyes for Sol Perez"; and Desmond Chiam as Nick Zhao, "Jorge's best friend and roommate." (Deadline.com)
ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (NBC) - Creator Austin Winsberg took to social media to confirm the network has canceled the series after two seasons, adding he hopes it finds a home elsewhere. (@austinwinsberg)

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