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[06/24/21 - 11:49 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, June 24
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


BLACKLIST, THE (NBC) - Creator Jon Bokenkamp took to social media with the news he will not return to the series for its ninth season. He joins co-star Megan Boone, who is likewise exiting the series after eight seasons. Boone has since signed a first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television where she'll develop new series projects via her Weird Sister banner. (@JonBokenkamp, Deadline.com)
DAN BROWN'S THE LOST SYMBOL (Peacock) - Raoul Bhaneja, Sammi Rotibi and Keenan Jolliff will recur on the upcoming series. Bhaneja will play "a harmless janitor at the Capitol building, who is revealed to have a hidden agenda"; with Rotibi as Agent Adamu, "a battle-tested, Nigerian-born CIA operative who will see his loyalties to his superiors stretched thin"; and Jolliff as Zachary Solomon, "raised in privilege but left to rot in a Turkish prison by his billionaire father after being caught trafficking drugs abroad." All three appeared in the pilot. (Deadline.com)
EXPATRIATES, THE (Amazon) - Sarayu Blue has scored a role on the Janice Y.K. Lee adaptation as Hilary Starr: "A career woman with immaculate taste, Hilary adores her international life. When her friendship with Margaret is fractured by fate, Hilary must learn to embrace the silver linings that come from new beginnings." (Variety.com)
FOR YOUR OWN GOOD (HBO Max, New!) - Samantha Downing's forthcoming novel is being developed for TV by the streaming service: "Set amid Ivy League admissions rolling in, stiff competition for this year's coveted Teacher of the Year Award and planning for the memorial statue for the recently deceased headmaster, the book and potential series also explore the run of poisonings and dead bodies that have started to pile up at the university." The search is underway for a writer to spearhead the adaptation. Team Downey's Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell; and Berlanti Productions' Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden will executive produce for Warner Bros. Television. Downing will receive a consulting producer credit. (THR.com)
HUNGRY (NBC) - Christian Magby has scored a role on the Demi Lovato-led comedy pilot as Jared, "the support group's leader and creator. He is fit, positive and at ease with his body - everything everyone in this group wants to be." (Deadline.com)
JOE EXOTIC (Peacock) - Dean Winters has been cast as Jeff Lowe, Joe's (John Cameron Mitchell) partner-turned-enemy, in the limited series. (Deadline.com)
JOE PICKETT (Spectrum) - Patrick Gallagher will recur on the C.J Box adaptation as Sheriff Barnum, "an institution in Twelve Sleep County who's learned that enforcing the law is not so black and white in this place and clashes with the Warden's involvement in his murder case and doesn't take kindly to the implication that he isn't doing his job." (Deadline.com)
LIAISON (Apple TV+, New!) - Vincent Cassel and Eva Green are set to topline an English and French-language thriller from Ringside Studios and Leonis Productions at the streaming service: "Liaison is a high-stakes, contemporary thriller exploring how the mistakes of our past have the potential to destroy our future. The series combines action with an unpredictable, multi-layered plot in which espionage and political intrigue play out against a story of passionate and enduring love." Peter Mullan, Gerard Lanvin, Daniel Francis, Stanislas Merhar, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Laetitia Eido, Eriq Ebouaney, Bukky Bukray and Thierry Fremont also star in the project, from director Stephen Hopkins and writer Virginie Brac. Gub Neal, Jean Benoit Gillig, Sarada McDermott, Justin Thomson, Stephen Hopkins and Ed Barlow are the executive producers with Joanie Blaikie and Eric Jollant producing. (Deadline.com)
OFFER, THE (Paramount+) - Juno Temple has signed onto the limited series as Bettye McCartt, "assistant to The Godfather producer Al Ruddy (Miles Teller) but a powerhouse in her own right." (Deadline.com)
OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (FOX) - Lance Gross has scored a role on the upcoming drama as Tyrique Freeman, "a smooth, handsome man with an edge, who was born into modest circumstances but made a fortune in construction and has gained acceptance in The Bluffs. When Angela confronts Leah (LeToya Luckett) at her stuffy fundraiser, Tyrique rallies to help her and her Aunt Piggy save face. The sizzling chemistry between him and Angela is immediately obvious, but he warns the straightforward Angela that she has to play the game if she wants entry into the elite Black community, and he offers to help in any way he can." (Deadline.com)
PAM & TOMMY (Hulu) - Fred Hechinger is the latest bound for the limited series as Seth Warshavsky, "a classic Silicon Valley wonderkind, but with the moral capacity of a used car salesman." (Deadline.com)
P-VALLEY (Starz) - Executive producer Liz W. Garcia has signed a multi-year overall deal with Entertainment One where she'll develop new series projects for the indie studio. (Deadline.com)
WEST PHILLY, BABY (A.K.A. DOT) (ALLBLK) - Colman Domingo's TV take on his stage play "Dot" is officially a go for six, half-hour episodes on the AMC Networks streaming service. The project will "follow the journey of a Philadelphia family forced to grapple with their matriarch's declining memory amidst uncovering long held family secrets that shake the foundation of their home. Midlife crises, troubling revelations, childhood trauma, and complications of Alzheimer's make for an American family story set in the heart of one of the country's oldest and most historically significant cities." Domingo will write, direct and executive produce alongside Alisa Tager for AMC Studios and Edith Productions. Sean San José serves as a story consultant. (Deadline.com)
WINCHESTERS, THE (The CW, New!) - The netlet is developing a "Supernatural" prequel series, billed as "the epic, untold love story of how John met Mary and how they put it all on the line to not only save their love, but the entire world." Original star Jensen Ackles will lend his voice to the project with Dean Winchester serving as narrator. He'll also executive produce alongside his wife Danneel Ackles via their Chaos Machine Productions with Robbie Thompson attached to pen the script and likewise executive produce for Warner Bros. Television. (Deadline.com)





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· BLACKLIST, THE (NBC)
· DAN BROWN'S THE LOST SYMBOL (PEACOCK)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EXPATRIATES, THE (AMAZON)
· FOR YOUR OWN GOOD (HBO MAX)
· HUNGRY (NBC)
· JOE EXOTIC (PEACOCK)
· JOE PICKETT (SPECTRUM)
· LIAISON (APPLE TV PLUS)
· OFFER, THE (PARAMOUNT PLUS)
· OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (FOX)
· PAM & TOMMY (HULU)
· P-VALLEY (STARZ)
· SUPERNATURAL (CW)
· WEST PHILLY, BABY (ALLBLK)
· WINCHESTERS, THE (CW)





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