[08/30/21 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 30
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BATWOMAN (The CW) - Bridget Regan is slated to recur on the upcoming season as Pamela Isley, aka Poison Ivy, "the former botany student of Gotham University, a passionate, brilliant scientist with a mind for changing the world for the better. Pamela's plans shifted when she was experimented on by a colleague and injected with various plant toxins that turned her into the infamous Batman villain Poison Ivy. With a formidable power coursing through her veins, Pamela used her powers to do what she thought was right... even if Batman and those closest to her disagreed with her dangerous methods. Now effectively wiped off the board for years, Batwoman and the Bat Team must prepare themselves for Poison Ivy to return with a vengeance." (Deadline.com)
DEAD RINGERS (Amazon) - Jennifer Ehle and Emily Meade are both bound for the Rachel Weisz-led drama series. Ehle will play Rebecca, "a brilliant and ruthless heiress, regularly featuring on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Married to the hopeful and surprisingly shrewd Susan (Meade), the two share a fascination with science, innovation, and women's health, and become involved in the twins' business venture." Michael Chernus, Poppy Liu, Britne Oldford and Jeremy Shamos also star. (Variety.com)
GIRL FROM PLAINVILLE, THE (Hulu) - Cara Buono and Kai Lennox are the latest to star opposite Elle Fanning in the upcoming drama. Buono will play Gail Carter, "Michelle's (Fanning) mother. At first, it's hard to crack Gail, but as the series progresses, she becomes introspective about her own skills as a mother. Gail tries to help Michelle address her mental health issues. She is terrified of the potential reality of her daughter's complicity in Coco's death and of how the world will critique her." And Lennox is David Carter, "Michelle's father. David works as a Sales Manager to assist in providing his family with what appears to be a normal, suburban lifestyle. 'Appears to be' is the operative phrase, and cracks begin to fissure the illusion." (Deadline.com)
HACKS (HBO Max) - Co-creators Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs have signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group. The pact calls for them to develop new series projects via their Paulilu Productions on an exclusive basis. (Deadline.com)
HOW I MET YOUR FATHER (Hulu) - Daniel Augustin has scored a recurring role on the spin-off series. He'll play Ian: "Handsome, smart, funny, Ian is Sophie's Tinder match who finally meets her in person for the first time." Brandon Micheal Hall was originally cast in said role "but had to exit due to a scheduling conflict when the filming dates for the series shifted." (Deadline.com)
MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN (Paramount+) - Kyle Chandler is the latest addition to the Jeremy Renner-led drama as Mitch McLusky, "older brother to Mike McLusky (Renner). He is a fixer both inside and outside the prison system in a town where the prisons are the economic engines to the city at large." (Deadline.com)
OLGA DIES DREAMING (Hulu) - Jesse Williams has signed onto the Aubrey Plaza-led drama pilot as Matteo, "who is a collector: of music, of objects, of trivia, and mainly, of opinions. A passionate Brooklynite, he won't just tell you where to find the best slice, he'll drive you there to get it. He'd come across as a know it all if, in fact, he wasn't so genuinely curious about everything. He's a person keenly aware of people's inclination to put everyone and everything into neat little boxes and he firmly refuses to conform." (Deadline.com)
ORDINARY JOE (NBC) - Rushi Kota, Jason Burkey and Gabrielle Byndloss are all set to recur on the newcomer. Kota will play Sai, "adorable, neurotic Chief of Staff helping to run a political campaign." Burkey then will portray Darren, "he's married to Jenny Banks with twin 5-year-old girls, but is unaware of Jenny and Joe's romantic past"; and Byndloss is Mallory, "Eric's wife who co-runs their artisanal Pizza restaurant and is fivee months pregnant with their first child." (Deadline.com)
RESIDENT, THE (FOX) - Co-star Emily VanCamp is exiting the series after four seasons. It's understood "the storyline of her character, Nicolette 'Nic' Nevin, is expected to be wrapped up early into Season 5." (Deadline.com)
THING ABOUT PAM, THE (NBC) - Judy Greer and Katy Mixon are set to star opposite Renée Zellweger and Josh Duhamel in the limited series. Greer will play Leah Askey, "the former Lincoln County prosecutor who tried Russ Faria twice for his wife's murder." Mixon then is Betsy Faria, who "had stage 4 cancer when she was found stabbed to death in her home in December 2011." (Deadline.com)
TOM SWIFT (The CW) - The network has ordered the proposed "Nancy Drew" spin-off to series. Co-created by Melinda Hsu Taylor, Noga Landau and Cameron Johnson, the series "follows the serialized adventures of its titular Black, gay, billionaire inventor (Tian Richards) who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father. Tom takes to the road on a quest to unravel the truth, leaving behind the comforts of his usual moneyed lifestyle, all while fighting to stay one step ahead of an Illuminati-scale group hell-bent on stopping him. Tom's missions will require his genius and flair for innovation guided by love, romance, friendship and the mysteries of the universe yet-unsolved." Fake Empire's Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Lis Rowinski will also executive produce for CBS Studios while LeVar Burton, who voiced Barclay, "Swift's steadfast AI companion and tough-love mentor" is also expected to return. (Deadline.com)

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