[08/31/21 - 11:34 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, August 31
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CROWN, THE (Netflix) - Actress/producer Vanessa Kirby's Aluna Entertainment has signed a multi-year first-look deal with the streamer. (Deadline.com)
HOW I MET YOUR FATHER (Hulu) - Josh Peck and Ashley Reyes are the latest bound for the spin-off series. Peck will play Drew, "the handsome vice principal at Jesse's (Chris Lowell) elementary school"; while Reyes plays Hannah, "smart, practical, devoted to her job, Hannah is Sid's (Sharma) girlfriend who's a surgical resident in Los Angeles, so they are forced to maintain a long distance relationship." (Deadline.com)
JEOPARDY!/WHEEL OF FORTUNE (Syndication) - Sony Pictures Television has fired Mike Richards as executive producer of both series. "We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at Jeopardy! it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks. That clearly has not happened," Suzanne Prete said in an internal note to staff. "Michael Davies from Embassy Row has agreed to help with production on an interim basis until further notice. Michael and I will work together with all of you in the weeks ahead to ensure that production remains on schedule and we do not miss a beat as we head into the new season." (Deadline.com)
KAISER KARL (Disney+, New!) - The streamer has ordered a six-episode drama series about the famed fashion designer based on the biography of the same name by Raphaëlle Bacqué. Isaure Pisani-Ferry and Jennifer Have are penning the project, which "begins in the summer of 1972 and traces Lagerfeld's quest to become successor of Coco Chanel, who died the year prior, and the most successful French couturier at a time when Yves Saint Laurent was the biggest fashion personality. The rivalry between Lagerfeld and Pierre Bergé (Yves Saint Laurent's partner) as well as Lagerfeld's love story with Jacques de Bascher will also be central to the series." Gaumont is producing. (Deadline.com)
MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN (Paramount+) - The Jeremy Renner-led series for the streamer has cast Aidan Gillen as Milo Sunter, "a leader of the Russian mob currently serving a life sentence in Kingstown's supermax prison"; Hamish Allan-Headley as Robert, "a SWAT Captain on the drug task force"; James Jordan as Ed Simmons, "a prison guard at Kingstown Prison"; Nichole Galicia as Rebecca, "Mike's (Renner) fiercely loyal assistant"; Andrew Howard as Duke, "a key member of the Aryans and a former inmate of Kingstown Prison"; Mandela Van Peebles as Sam, "a young prison guard in over his head"; Nishi Munshi as Tracy McLusky, "the wife of the youngest McLusky brother Kyle, who is a police officer in Kingstown"; Necar Zadegan as Evelyn Foley, "the Assistant District Attorney and one of the power brokers in Kingstown"; Michael Beach as Kareem Moore, "one of the prison captains in Kingstown"; Jason Kelley as Tim Weaver, "a colleague of Mike's (Renner) from Kingstown Prison"; Rob Kirkland as Police Captain Walter, "one of the police captains in Kingstown"; and Natasha Marc will play Cherry, "a female inmate at the women's prison." (Deadline.com)
NEXT LEVEL CHEF (FOX) - The network has announced chef and restauranteur Richard Blais will serve as a mentor on FOX's upcoming cooking competition series, joining fellow mentors Gordon Ramsay and chef Nysesha Arrington. He replaces the previously announced Gino D'Acampo.
POWER BOOK III: RAISING KANAN (Starz) - LeToya Luckett, Omar Dorsey, Krystal Joy Brown and Paulina Singer are slated to recur on the series. Luckett will play Kenya, "Jukebox's mother and Marvin's ex"; with Dorsey as Cartier "Duns" Fareed, "who is handsome, charismatic, overflowing with confidence, and always dressed to kill"; Brown as Renée Timmons, "Marvin's anger management therapist"; and Singer as Zisa, "a beautiful up-and-coming singer looking to make a name for herself with Lou and Crown's label." (Deadline.com)
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ORIGINAL SIN (HBO Max) - Alex Aiono, Mallory Bechtel and Eric Johnson have all joined the cast of the reboot series. Aiono will play Shawn, "Noa's (Maia Reficco) supportive boyfriend and one of the most popular jocks at Millwood High"; while Bechtel is Karen, "Millwood High's reigning queen of mean and an antagonist to the Little Liars"; and Johnson as Sheriff Beasley, "the domineering patriarch of the Beasley family." (Deadline.com)
REAL, THE (Syndication) - Tenia L. Watson and David Goldman have been named executive producer/showrunner and co-executive producer, respectively, of the upcoming eighth season, due on September 20. Co-hosts Garcelle Beauvais, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai Jenkins will return to the studio in-person. (Variety.com)
WALKER (The CW) - Dave Annable has booked a recurring role on the show's sophomore season as Dan Miller, "Denise's husband, brimming with bravado. Dan is fiercely loyal to the Davidson family and very protective of his wife. He has taken on the Davidsons' distrust of the Walkers and is clearly not going to settle into Austin without a fight." (Deadline.com)

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