[05/12/22 - 11:47 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, May 12
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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9 MONTHS WITH COURTENEY COX (Facebook Watch) - Ample Entertainment is making the rounds with the series following the news Facebook Watch opted not to proceed with a fourth season. (Deadline.com)
ALAN WAKE (AMC, New!) - Remedy Entertainment's video game - which "follows thriller novelist Alan Wake who seeks to uncover the truth behind his wife's mysterious disappearance in the fictional town of Bright Falls, Washington" - is being developed as a TV series by the cable channel. No auspices were given. Peter Calloway had been attached as showrunner when the project first hit the marketplace in 2018. (Deadline.com)
AMERICAN GIGOLO (Showtime) - Production has been paused once again as the series will now wrap after its eighth installment, two short of its original 10-episode commitment. Said report indicates the two-week pause is the result of David Bar Katz, who took over as showrunner from the fired David Hollander, exiting over creative differences with incoming consulting producer Nikki Toscano. (Deadline.com)
AWKWAFINA IS NORA FROM QUEENS (Comedy Central) - The cable channel has renewed the series for a third season. (Deadline.com)
BIG SKY (ABC) - Jensen Ackles will guest on tonight's season finale as Beau Arlen, "a confident and charming good ol' boy from Texas who steps in as temporary Sheriff (and Jenny Hoyt's new boss) as a favor to his friend Sheriff Tubb (Patrick Gallagher)." (Deadline.com)
FIND THE LIGHT (ABC) - Sendhil Ramamurthy, Johnny Simmons, Rachel Hilson, Demetrius Grosse and Rahnuma Panthaky will star opposite Marsha Stephanie Blake in the drama pilot. Ramamurthy will play Amit, a "big-hearted, instantly likable, gentle, intuitive, well-respected relationship therapist"; with Simmons as Clay as a "charming, confident (perhaps overly-so), self-assured military veteran, therapist"; Hilson as Naomi Josef, a "fresh-faced, smart, enthusiastic idealist who leads with her heart and radiates warmth"; Grosse as Theodore Ghanem, "blue-collar "Chicago" handsome, tough, rough around the edges, cocky"; and Panthaky as Sonali, "brilliant, intuitive, impeccably put-together, relationship therapist at the "Mindful Insight Therapy Group."" (Deadline.com)
HIJACK (Apple TV+) - Emmy winner Archie Panjabi will star opposite Idris Elba in the upcoming real-time thriller as Zahra Gahfoor, "a counter terrorism officer who is on the ground when the plane is hijacked and becomes part of the investigation." (Deadline.com)
LA BREA (NBC) - Tonantzin Carmelo's Paara and Michelle Vergara Moore's Ella Jones will return as regulars for the series' second season. (Deadline.com)
QUEENIE (BET, New!) - Taraji P. Henson is in talks to star in a proposed series from BET Studios about Stephanie St. Clair, otherwise known as the "Godmother of Harlem." Leigh Davenport is behind the project, which is based on Shirley Stewart's book "The World of Stephanie St. Clair: An Entrepreneur, Race Woman and Outlaw in the Early Twentieth Century Harlem." Henson and Christine Conley will also executive produce via their TPH Entertainment banner alongside Christine and Mark Holder of Wonder Street. Janet Jackson and director Kenny Leon previously set up a biopic about St. Clair at Lifetime in 2016. (Variety.com)
REALITY BITES (Peacock) - Helen Childress is once again spearheading a TV take on her 1994 film, which "centered on the driven, idealistic Lelaina Pierce and her three best friends as they leave college and try "adulting" in the 1990s. As the world around them is on the brink of a seismic shift, they struggle to hold onto who they are, and to each other." The project is set up at Peacock with Jenna Bans, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Danny DeVito and Casey Kyber also executive producing. The group - along with the film's director Ben Stiller - previously mounted a TV take at NBC in 2013 that didn't move forward. (THR.com)
SO HELP ME TODD (CBS) - Elizabeth Klaviter has been tapped as showrunner of the recently picked up drama series. She succeeds Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, who filled said role for the pilot. (Deadline.com)
SOMEBODY FEED PHIL (Netflix) - The 10 latest episodes of the series will be split into two seasons. The first five will roll out as part of the previously announced fifth season, due on May 25, with the other five targeted for the fall as part of season six. (Variety.com)
UNTITLED 7M FILMS PROJECT (HBO Max, New!) - Director Liza Mandelup is spearheading a documentary series at the streamer about 7M Films, "a management company that represents social media stars and TikTok dancers and is at the center of a controversy accusing it of being cult-like." Ross Dinerstein, Chrissy Teigen, Luke Dillon and Nile Cappello will also presumably executive produce for Campfire Studios, Huntley Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. (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.