[04/08/22 - 11:27 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 8
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AHSOKA (Disney+) - Peter Ramsey has been tapped to direct at least one episode of the upcoming Rosario Dawson-led "Star Wars" series. (THR.com)
AVERAGE JOE (BET+) - Deon Cole has booked the title role on the upcoming dark comedy, lifting said contingency on its production. He'll play Joe Washington, a blue-collar plumber "who discovers his recently deceased father lived a secret, second life and stole millions of dollars from dangerous people just before he died. Now those people think Joe knows where it is. A bloody and violent confrontation triggers a chain of events that force Joe and his close-knit circle of family and friends out of their very average and mundane lives into a life or death race against time to find the truth and the millions." (Deadline.com)
CALL ME KAT (FOX) - Ted Wass is the latest "Blossom" alum to drop by the Mayim Bialik-led series. He'll play Harley, "Kat's deceased father, in a dream sequence." Julia Sweeney will also appear in said installment as Dr. Green, "a therapist with whom Kat has a session. During said session, Kat proves to be a challenging patient." (Deadline.com)
CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 (Netflix, New!) - Jessica Alba is attached to star in a small screen take on Lisa Unger's international bestseller at the streamer, "in which a working mom (Alba) meets a stranger on a train as she is commuting home who upends her life. As her life unravels and betrayals are revealed, she questions whether we can ever truly know the people closest to us." Charise Castro Smith is spearheading the project with Alba and 3 Arts Entertainment's Michael Rotenberg and Oly Obst also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
HACKS (HBO Max) - Susie Essman and Devon Sawa will both drop by the upcoming sophomore season in a yet-to-be-revealed roles. (Variety.com)
HUG MACHINE, THE (CBS) - Malcolm Barrett, Michaela Conlin and Allison Guinn are set to star in the single-camera comedy pilot, about Dan (Barrett), "a loving, unrealistic father of two. His obsession with music has alienated the people he cares most about, namely his two amazing kids and his ex-wife. So, when he stumbles into playing music at his kid's 6th birthday (swapping out the inappropriate lyrics from his adult band for more kid-themed material) he finds a way to keep doing what he loves while also getting a second chance with his family." Conlin portrays Dan's ex-wife, Tara, "a playful, creative mom and refuses to be the cliché of a judgmental ex"; with Guinn as Nikki, "an impulsive daredevil, Nikki has been Dan's bandmate since college, sticking with him through thin, thinner and (present day) thinnest." (Deadline.com)
REAL, THE (Syndication) - Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and Telepictures are pulling the plug on the series after eight seasons. The news comes as Fox Television Stations Group opted not to renew the series for next season. (Deadline.com)
S.W.A.T. (CBS) - Co-star Shemar Moore took to social media with the news CBS has renewed the series for a sixth season. (@shemarfmoore)
SHRINKING (Apple TV+) - Christa Miller has scored a role on the comedy series as Liz, "Jimmy's (Jason Segel) next door neighbor who has become a mother figure to his daughter. A recent empty nester, she is always there for Jimmy's family even as she embarks on a journey to figure out the next chapter of her own life." (Deadline.com)
YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN (HBO Max, New!) - The streaming service is developing a TV take on DC Comics' young adult graphic novel by Alex Sanchez and Jul Maroh, which "follows Jake Hyde, who doesn't swim, but moves to college on the coast. There's nothing safe about Jake's future, not when he's attracted to swim team captain Kenny Liu, although he struggles to come out. But Jake is full of secrets, including the strange blue markings on his skin that glow when in contact with water. What power will he find when he searches for his identity, and will he turn his back to the current or dive headfirst into the waves?" Denver & Delilah Films' Charlize Theron, AJ Dix, Beth Kono and Andrew Haas will executive produce for Warner Bros. Television. (Deadline.com)

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