[03/17/22 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 17
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ALL AMERICAN (The CW) - Madison Shamoun will recur on the current season as Syke, "the granddaughter of Sheila Wills. Shamoun's character enters the characters' world and causes chaos with their relationships." (Variety.com)
ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN (BET+) - J. Marques Johnson is bound for the show's sophomore run as Rayshon, "an amateur at Madam's Club Eden, who isn't cut out for the life of an exotic dancer, though that doesn't keep him from trying. With VIP hazing going on inside of the club and private clients luring him into a dark underworld outside of the club, Rayshon often finds himself the victim. Constantly a punching bag to those around him, the question begs - how much is too much before someone snaps?" (Deadline.com)
BAD MONKEY (Apple TV+) - Natalie Martinez has scored a lead role on the Vince Vaughn-led drama as Rosa, "a Miami medical examiner who is starting to realize she may not be cut out for her job, so is happy to ditch work and help Yancy try to figure out the story of the severed arm he brings into her lab." She replaces Ana Villafañe, who had previously been cast in the role. (Deadline.com)
DAMAGE (Netflix, New!) - Richard Armitage, Charlie Murphy, Indira Varma, Rish Shah and Pippa Bennett-Warner are set to star in a three-part series for the streamer which "centers on a dangerous love triangle that emerges when the enigmatic Anna Barton (Murphy) embarks on a passionate affair with her fiancé's father William (Armitage). Whilst Anna fights to sustain both relationships, William is drawn into an obsessive spiral." Writers Morgan Lloyd-Malcolm and Benji Walters and directors Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa are behind the project with Gina Carter producing and Matthew Read, Frith Triplady and Alison Jackson executive producing for Gaumont and Moonage Pictures. (Deadline.com)
DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC) - Andrew Llinares is exiting as executive producer of the series after five seasons. The search is underway for his replacement. (Deadline.com)
DISCLAIMER (Apple TV+) - Hoyeon is the latest addition to the Cate Blanchett/Kevin Kline-led thriller series as Kim: "Ambitious, hardworking and eager-to-please, she knows that working for Catherine Ravenscroft is going to be her big break." (Deadline.com)
EARLY EDITION (REBOOT SERIES) (CBS) - Alice Eve, Jay Ali, Charles Michael Davis and Fiona Rene have all been cast in the reboot series pilot. Eve's Beth "is the Executive Producer of KSEA, a local Seattle TV news station. A journalist/investigative reporter since she was a kid, Beth is very focused on getting the story no matter what - which sometimes puts her at odds with her beloved mentor, Tommy, who believes that the most important thing about a story is the people and its human toll." Ali will play Anthony, "Beth's news director and good friend. Anthony strives to find balance, a nearly impossible task amidst the chaos of a newsroom, but he knows his version of an ideal life would be something that includes Beth. He cares very deeply for her, so much so that he hires his Army contact - Derick - to protect Beth during this tumultuous time." Davis then is Derick, "a former cop who served in Afghanistan without incident, but on his return home he was injured on the job and forced to retire. He's a man of action but has been forced to the sidelines. He now joins Beth as a temporary "bodyguard" while she navigates the aftermath of previous events, and with that, he is unknowingly thrown into the mystery of the newspaper." And Rene plays Trina, "a close friend of Beth's and one of the reporters at her local news station. She survived a troubled childhood, but she came out stronger, full of heart and charm. Trina brings her quirky beliefs to the newspaper trio, balancing out the skepticism of Derick and the hard and fast pace of Beth." (Deadline.com)
HARLEY QUINN (HBO Max) - Harvey Guillén will voice DC Comics hero Nightwing in animated series' upcoming third season. (Deadline.com)
KOLD X WINDY (ALLBLK/WE tv, New!) - Kenny Young, Phil James and Vernon "Xtreme" Brown have scored an eight-episode order from AMC Networks for a new series which "follows rising hip-hop and drill star Malika (stage name Kold), who is desperate to create a better life for her and her son in Chicago's south side. Her trusted confidant and group member Renee (stage name Windy) is a rapper with a strong dedication to the city streets. As Malika's career begins to ignite, her lifelong hustle - credit card fraud - catches up with her and rival drill artists see her as a threat. Faced with increasing pressure, she soon finds herself at a crossroads and must decide which path to choose. However, Renee-who also dabbles in credit card fraud-disagrees with her bestie's desire to change their image and will stop at nothing to prevent it. Will Malika be able to break free of her life of crime to achieve her music dreams and save her family?" Chalice Entertainment is producing. (Deadline.com)
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (Showtime) - Jimmie Saito, Josh Wingate and Caroline Neff will all recur on the upcoming vampire drama. Saito plays Ben, "a dedicated NYPD homicide detective, Ben is a loyal partner and true friend to Naomi (Aniki Noni Rose); with Wingate as Roland, "a former special ops and loyal disciple of Matthew (Nick Stahl), Roland takes orders well and knows his place, but is not above using brute force to get a job done"; and Neff as Danielle Wilson, "the talented head chef of Zeke's restaurant, and the new boss of Mark (Demián Bichir)." (Deadline.com)
SCENT OF BURNT FLOWERS, THE (FX, New!) - Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is attached to star in a six-episode limited series at the cable channel based on Blitz Bazawule's upcoming debut novel, which "centers on Melvin and Bernadette, a Black couple fleeing persecution in 1960s America. They seek asylum in Ghana, where they meet charismatic Ghanaian musician Kwesi, who they lean on to preserve their freedom. Abdul-Mateen would play Kwesi in the series, which intertwines the dark chapters of history with a magical realist lens, elevating the story to an otherworldly experience." Bazawule will write, direct and executive produce alongside Abdul-Mateen, Charles D. King, Marta Fernandez, Ahmadou Seck, Gaby Mena and Natalia Williams for Macro Television Studios, M88, Inward Gaze and House Eleven10. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED DR SEUSS PROJECT (Amazon, New!) - Super Delicious, Amazon Studios and Dr. Seuss Enterprises are set to team for a new baking competition series at the streamer which "will see some of America's best bakers step into the mind of Theodor Seuss Geisel and use their imaginations to craft cakes inspires by his beloved characters, which also includes Horton the elephant and the Lorax." Casting is underway on the project however no other auspices were given. (Deadline.com)

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