[04/20/22 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, April 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BONE/CENTAURWORLD (Netflix) - The streamer has pulled the plug on its long-delayed adaptation of Jeff Smith's beloved comic book series as part of an overhaul to its animation division. Said report also suggests "Centaurworld" won't be going beyond its initial commitment. Likewise getting the cut: an adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The Twits" (which is pivoting potentially to a feature film) and Lauren Faust's witchy "Toil and Trouble." No other details were given about the latter projects. (Yahoo.com)
FBI (CBS) - Shantel VanSanten will return as Special Agent Nina Chase for the show's April 26 episode and continue to recur through the season finale on May 24. She'll step in for Maggie (Missy Peregrym, now on maternity leave) as "a temporary member of Jubal's team - partnered at first with OA (Zeeko Zaki), but later paired with others as well." (TVLine.com)
GOOD DOCTOR, THE (ABC) - Brandon Larracuente and Savannah Welch will both recur on the recently ordered sixth season with options to become regulars. Larracuente will play Daniel (aka Danny): "In the hospital he is known to charm doctors and nurses alike, even with his interest in somewhat controversial alternative medicine. Outside of the hospital, he is a bit of a lone wolf and an intriguing mystery to his co-workers." And Welch is Danica (aka Danni): "She is an Annapolis graduate, having completed medical school in the Navy. Danni is charismatic, ethical to a fault, and competitive both inside and outside the hospital. She's mature beyond her years and surprisingly comfortable defying authority, which is certain to stir up some drama." (Deadline.com)
LOPEZ VS. LOPEZ (NBC) - Laci Mosley and Kiran Deol will both recur on the comedy pilot while Kelly Park has been tapped to direct. Mosley will play Brookie, "Mayan's co-worker and best friend who always knows what's trending (and sometimes it's her feet pics)"; while Deol will play Dr. Pocha, "the veterinarian who employs Mayan and Brookie and is better at saving pets than talking to people." (Variety.com)
MY FATHER'S SON (HBO Max, New!) - Comedian Chris Powell is attached to star in a potential comedy series for the streamer "inspired by Powell's relationship with his dad." Powell is co-writing the project with Isaiah Lester. Both will executive produce alongside director Richie Keen, Trevor Engelson of Underground Films and Doug Banker for Five All in The Fifth. (Deadline.com)
POKER FACE (Peacock) - Benjamin Bratt is the latest bound for the top secret series from creator Rian Johnson. (Variety.com)
SANTA CLAUSE, THE (Disney+) - Matilda Lawler has scored a role on the film-turned-TV series as Betty, "Santa's acerbic, demanding Chief of Staff. She always the smartest elf in the room, tasked with wrangling Santa while also making sure the reindeer fly on time. Just a bit humorless, Betty is a job-oriented Elf." (Deadline.com)
SON IN LAW, THE (ABC) - Evangeline Young will round out the cast of the single-camera comedy pilot as Charlotte Walton, "Jake's (Chris Sullivan) only child, a smart, tough social-justice minded recent college graduate who is deeply in love with her boyfriend Ben, an EMT with whom she lives in a third story walk-up in the Bronx." (Deadline.com)
SUCK, THE (Amazon, New!) - Ilana Glazer is on track to topline and executive produce a new comedy series at the streamer which "asks the question 'What if the last year on earth was the best year of your life?' It follows Lydia (Glazer) to London, in search of an other-worldly end. it is further described as the upside of apocalypse, because when the things that have always mattered cease to matter, how fun would that be?" Ally Israelson is behind the project with Fulwell 73's Leo Pearlman, Jeff Grosvenor and Saskia Schuster, as well as Range Media Partner's Susie Fox also among the executive producers. (Variety.com)
WILL TRENT (ABC) - Erika Christensen will star opposite Ramón Rodríguez in the drama pilot as Angie, "a detective with the Atlanta Police Department who has seen it all but still can crack jokes about the bleak world of being a cop. She's also Will's on-again-off-again girlfriend. Friends with Will since they were both kids at a group foster home, they always helped take care of each other. Angie struggles with addiction and has yet to confront the dark traumas of her childhood." (Deadline.com)

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[05/20/22 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Friday, May 20
Updates include: Sarah Wayne Callies among latest cast in ABC's "The Company You Keep"; Lupita Nyong'o departs Apple's "Lady in the Lake"; and Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Kyle Mooney and Pete Davidson expected to exit "SNL."

[05/20/22 - 05:51 PM]
Disney+ Odds & Ends from National Streaming Day
"Alias," "Eight Simple Rules" and "The Finder" now available; "Glee" coming to Disney+ and Hulu on June 1; "America the Beautiful" to drop on July 4; Josh Duhamel and Lauren Graham to direct "The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers"; and more!

[05/20/22 - 03:29 PM]
ESPN's PGA Championship First Round Telecast Earns Largest Viewership in 20 Years
The telecast, which aired from 2-8 p.m. ET, peaked at 1.7 million viewers at 4:45 p.m.

[05/20/22 - 03:06 PM]
NBA on ESPN: Most-Watched Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Since 2018
The ESPN telecast averaged 6,049,000 viewers, peaking with 6,878,000 viewers at 9:30 p.m. ET.

[05/20/22 - 03:01 PM]
Disney+ Orders a Fourth Season of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" Ahead of the Season 3 Premiere on July 27, 2022
Each of the eight episodes of the third season will stream weekly on Wednesdays, exclusively on Disney+.

[05/20/22 - 12:32 PM]
Peacock Announces Alanna Ubach to Round Out Series Regulars in Seth MacFarlane's Highly Anticipated Comedy Series "Ted"
Ubach will play Susan Bennett, who is kind, selfless, and almost pathologically sweet when it comes to caring for her family, and sees the world through naive, rose-colored glasses.

[05/20/22 - 10:00 AM]
"Zombies 3," The Intergalactic Third Installment of Disney's Hit Franchise, Lands July 15, Exclusively on Disney+
The trequel, which introduces a new group of mysterious outer space aliens to the diverse student body of zombies, cheerleaders and werewolves at Seabrook High, will make its Disney Channel debut on Friday, August 12.

[05/20/22 - 09:33 AM]
Neve Campbell Set to Recur as Guest Star in New Peacock Comedy Series "Twisted Metal," A Live-Action Adaptation of the Global Video Game Phenomenon
Anthony Mackie, Stephanie Beatriz and Thomas Haden Church also star in the project.

[05/20/22 - 09:30 AM]
Prime Video Series "Night Sky" Reaches for the Stars with First-Ever Intergalactic Premiere
Intelsat and SES leveraged AWS modernized cloud infrastructures to securely receive a pre-release of the first episode and their vast ground stations and geostationary satellite fleets to do a 360-degree broadcast of the show's first episode into space.

[05/20/22 - 09:20 AM]
Production Team and Executive Producers Announced for the 74th Emmy Awards
A host and venue will be announced at a later date.

[05/20/22 - 08:31 AM]
Video: Trailer & Key Art Debut - "Love, Victor" Season Three
The new season premieres with all eight episodes on Hulu and Disney+ on June 15.

[05/20/22 - 08:01 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Stranger Things 4" - Volume Split Announced & First 8 Minutes Released
Volume 1 on May 27 will feature seven episodes with the concluding two due on July 1.

[05/20/22 - 07:10 AM]
Disney+ to Debut Walt Disney Animation Studios' New Series "Baymax!" on June 29
The all-new series of healthcare capers returns to the fantastical city of San Fransokyo where the affable, inflatable, inimitable healthcare companion robot, Baymax, sets out to do what he was programmed to do: help others.

[05/20/22 - 07:00 AM]
HBO Documentary Films Acquires Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner, "All That Breathes," from Director Shaunak Sen
The film follows two brothers who run a bird hospital dedicated to rescuing injured black kites, a staple in the skies of New Delhi, India.

[05/20/22 - 06:01 AM]
"Heartstopper" Will Return to Netflix with a Second and Third Season
The graphic novel author and illustrator Alice Oseman returns as writer and creator.