[05/09/22 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Monday, May 9
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ANON PLS (HBO Max, New!) - A one-hour drama based on DeuxMoi's upcoming debut novel has received a script-to-series order from the streamer. DeuxMoi is a pseudonymous Instagram account for celebrity gossip that has 1.5 million followers. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter of the Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions is behind the project. Jessica Goodman co-wrote the book, in which "when Cricket Lopez, assistant to one of the most notorious celebrity stylists, revamps her old style Instagram account and turns it into a celebrity gossip blog on a drunken whim, she never thinks it will become anything. It's just a way to blow off steam after a terrible, terrible day at work where her nightmarish boss screams at her and blames her for some 18-year-old influencer's screw-up. But when the account grows overnight and, even wilder, when she starts getting gossip from fans - juicy gossip - she has to face facts: her Instagram is now famous. She is now famous. Though no one knows that she is behind the account, its newfound success is affecting her real life. Her boss wonders why she's disappearing on the job, her friends are increasingly irritated by her dedication to the account, and she has celebrities, investors, and journalists approaching her with bright-eyed interest. Plus, there's a steamy new love interest who she meets through her online persona - except she has no idea if she can truly trust his motives. But as the account grows and becomes more and more famous, she has to wonder: is it - the fame, the insider access, the escape from real life - really worth losing everything she has?" (Deadline.com)
CROWDED ROOM, THE (Apple TV+) - Lior Raz and Jason Isaacs have both signed onto the Tom Holland-led seasonal anthology series. Raz portrays Yitzhak, "Danny's landlord, who becomes an important figure in his life." And Isaacs plays Jack Lamb, "a friend of Danny's biological father and Yitzhak's employer." (Deadline.com)
MINX (HBO Max) - Executive producer Ben Karlin has extended his first-look deal with the show's producer Lionsgate Television. (Deadline.com)
MURDER RULE, THE (FX, New!) - The cable channel is developing a small screen take on Dervla McTiernan's upcoming novel: "The book focuses on an idealistic law student, who is an outsider to her peers. Working with her elite campus' prestigious Innocence Project represents the high point of everything she's sacrificed for, but in a twisted mother/daughter story, she soon reveals that underneath her do-gooder image lies rules pounded into her by mom. The last one is, make them pay. The author's past novels include The Good Turn and The Sisters." Shane Salerno of The Story will presumably executive produce. (Deadline.com)
NEVER LET ME GO (FX, New!) - Kazuo Ishiguro's novel-turned-film is being developed as a TV series by the cable channel: "As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have re-entered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special - and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together." Writer Melissa Iqbal, Allon Reich and Andrew MacDonald are the executive producers for DNA Films. (Deadline.com)
SULA (HBO, New!) - Shannon M. Houston is developing a limited series at the pay channel based on Toni Morrison's Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning novel, which "tracks the lives of two Black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio neighborhood called The Bottom, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood. Nel Wright has chosen to marry, raise a family and become a pillar of the Black community. Sula Peace has rejected the life Nel has embraced, escaping from The Bottom, submerging herself in city life, and coming into her own as a woman more intellectually and sexually free than anyone around her. Eventually, Sula and Nel must face the consequences of their choices, and their complicated bond. Along with a mysterious third man named Shadrack, they create an unforgettable portrait of a strange American community, and the relationships, tragedies and triumphs that define it." Stephanie Allain will also executive produce and Gabrielle Ebron co-executive produce for Homegrown Pictures and Warner Bros. Television. (Deadline.com)
TOM CLANCY'S JACK RYAN (Amazon) - The John Krasinski-led action series will reportedly sign off with its upcoming fourth season. That's in addition to the already completed third season, which has yet to roll out. It's understood however Michael Peña's Domingo "Ding" Chavez, who will be introduced in the final episode of the upcoming third season, is being eyed for a potential spin-off series. The character has appeared in 22 novels from Clancy's larger Jack Ryan Universe, including seven books from the core Jack Ryan series. No other auspices were given. Amazon Studios, Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television will presumably return to produce. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED BOYS SPIN-OFF PROJECT (Amazon) - London Thor is the latest bound for the spin-off series, replacing the previously announced Reina Hardesty. Also joining the cast are Derek Luh, Asa Germann and Shelley Conn. No specifics about the aforementioned roles were given. Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair, Lizze Broadway and Maddie Phillips also star. (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.