[06/14/24 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Week of June 10-14
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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500, THE (Amazon, New!) - Andrew Sodroski is looking to bring Matthew Quirk's novel to the small screen at Amazon MGM Studios in which "a former con artist is plucked from his Harvard Law School classroom to become an associate at Washington's most high-powered consulting firm. Quickly pulled into a seductive, dangerous web of power and corruption, he struggles to find his way out." David Weil and Natalie Williams will also executive produce. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
ANNE RICE'S INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (AMC) - Executive producer Rolin Jones has signed a new multi-year overall with AMC Studios, likely heralding a third season of the series. (Deadline.com, 6/14)
BAD MONKEY/SHRINKING (Apple TV+) - Ashley Nicole Black is bound for both Bill Lawrence-produced series as a writer and performer. (Deadline.com, 6/11)
BETTER SISTER, THE (Amazon) - Gabriel Sloyer and Matthew Modine are the latest to board the Alafair Burke adaptation. Sloyer plays Jake Rodriguez, "a colleague of Adam's (Corey Stoll) at a high-level law firm in Manhattan. He and Adam are bonded by their outsider status at the firm, and over time he's grown close with the whole family. But that closeness is tested by Adam's murder." And Modine portrays "the powerful founding partner at Adam's (Corey Stoll) law firm, Bill Braddock, a man of appetites who can be an ally or a threat depending on the day." (Deadline.com, 6/13)
BLADE RUNNER 2099 (Amazon) - Hunter Schafer will join Michelle Yeoh on the film-turned-TV-series. No other details were released. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
BLUE BEETLE (New!) - Director Miguel Puga and writer Cristian Martinez are spearheading an animated series for Warner Bros. Animation and DC Studios which "will build on the movie, developed under DC Studios' previous regime, but will divert from telling the same story." The movie's Angel Manuel Soto, Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, John Rikard and Galen Vaisman are also expected to executive produce with "multiple [cast members] have been approached and DC has received a positive response regarding returns." No target network has given. (Deadline.com, 6/14)
BOYS, THE (Amazon) - Creator Eric Kripke took to social media with the news the series will end with the upcoming fifth season. Season four launched this past week. (therealKripke, 6/11)
COUNTDOWN (Amazon) - Eric Dane will star opposite Jensen Ackles and Jessica Camacho in the drama series as Nathan Blythe, "Special Agent in Charge who's been with the Bureau for 22 years. Military cut, trim, fit, and packing an imposing glare, he's seen a lot in his days on the job, and he has a passion for fighting for justice. Though this isn't his first task force he's led, this one is different. He had already been looking into a potential deal going on with a foreign player trying to buy off DHS officers, but was denied when he tried to open an investigation. After Darden's death, he took matters into his own hands and started going around certain people and keeping things tightly locked, including this opps team. He carefully assembled and handpicked everyone on it and doesn't hesitate to light a fire under them. He wants this solved by any means necessary." (Deadline.com, 6/10)
CRIMINAL (Amazon) - Marvin Jones III, Michael Xavier, Dominic Burgess, Gus Halper, Aliyah Camacho and Michael Mando are the latest to score roles on the series. Jones III will play Chester, "crime boss Sebastian Hyde's (John Hawkes) fearsome chief enforcer. Much like a seven-foot-tall man becoming a basketball player whether he likes it or not, Chester was drafted into the criminal life for his size and fearsomeness. He's no sadist, relying on his reputation and intelligence to get his way. He speaks softly most of the time, but the threat of sudden and deadly violence is always there." Xavier will play Terry, "another criminal, a good friend of Leo (Hunnam), a tough armed robber with a big heart, stepdad to Angie (Aliyah Camacho) and the love of Greta's (Adria Arjona) life." Burgess plays Delron, "a large man with a large appetite and large emotions. Delron is facing a trial in the next few days, and he's at the mercy of a few powers that be in the criminal organization he works for." Halper will portray Ricky, "an unstable guy who likes booze, coke, and speed (and not within moderation), Ricky Lawless has known Leo since they were teenagers. Like Leo, he's the son of a criminal - only his dad was the most-feared man in the city, Teeg Lawless." Camacho then will play Angie, "Greta's (Arjona) daughter. Angie is sharp, alert and maybe a little too adult for her age. Having lost her father at a young age, it is only she and her mom making their way through life. She has an idea of the kind of business her mom is in, no matter how much Greta tries to shield her." And Mando will play Jeff, "a plainclothes Vice detective who pretty much hates all of humanity, and he's looking to make a score screwing over anyone and everyone that is in his way. The kind of bad cop who uses his badge to shove others around and get them to do his bidding." (Deadline.com, 6/12)
DINKS (Amazon) - Jon Gabrus will star opposite June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer in the multi-camera comedy pilot with Nicole Byer, Carl Tart, and Lennon Parham appearing in guest roles. Gabrus will play Ronan, "Josh's adult nephew renting Josh and Charlie's backhouse. He's 35 years old, going on 16, misguided yet street-smart, hopeful, and too lazy to be ambitious." (Deadline.com, 6/12)
EL GATO (Amazon) - Sarah Jones and Adriana Barraza will star alongside Diego Boneta and Lorenza Izzo in the series. Jones will play Ashley, "a CIA field agent working as our hero Frank's handler. Ash is good at reading people. She's a fast-talking cynic with something to prove. Ash believes the family agricultural business at the center of our series is a front for a criminal enterprise. As she develops Frank as a CIA asset, she will find herself dangerously drawn to him. She is well-trained, physically capable, and seemingly born for this. But it's a deadly game she's playing, and if she wants to survive this, she'll need to watch her back." And Barraza will play Alma, "who, in the 1970s, discovered her husband was living a double life: moonlighting as a costumed vigilante: El Gato Negro. Alma worked side by side with him for years, providing operational support for his missions. She is careful with her words, and vault-like in the keeping of secrets. Alma thought her old life was behind her, but now widowed, she finds herself pulled back into a world of masks. In the series, she will form an unlikely partnership with our hero, Frank - her husband's bastard son. It will test the openness of her heart. This is Alma, back in the saddle for one last ride." (Deadline.com, 6/11)
FOUND (NBC) - Danielle Savre will recur on the new 22-episode season in a yet-to-be-revealed role. (TVLine.com, 6/14)
FOUR SEASONS, THE (Netflix) - Kerri Kenney-Silver has scored a yet-to-be-detailed role on the comedy series, which also stars Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Colman Domingo and Erika Henningsen. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
FRASIER (REBOOT SERIES) (Paramount+) - Original series alums Dan Butler and Edward Hibbert will reprise their roles of Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe and Gil Chesterton, respectively, on the upcoming second season. (Deadline.com, 6/11)
GAME OF THRONES TEN THOUSAND SHIPS PROJECT (HBO) - George R.R. Martin has confirmed Eboni Booth is now spearheading the proposed spin-off series about Nymeria and the Rhoynar, succeeding Amanda Segel. (Deadline.com, 6/12)
GREY'S ANATOMY/STATION 19 (ABC) - Jason George is formally set to return to "Grey's Anatomy" as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season. (Deadline.com, 6/12)
INSIDE OUT TV SERIES (Disney+, New!) - The Pixar Animation Studios film series is heading to the streaming service with a spin-off TV series in 2025. No other details were given. Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer, told the publication: "We have finished. It's coming out next spring. I'm not sure that there's been a specific release date, but in the first film, remember we go to Dream Production to see how Riley's dreams are made? It semi-explains why they're so weird. We've continued the exploration of the power of dreams and how they affect us in our waking life, as well. So it's pretty cool." (EW.com, 6/12)
LEGO MASTERS (FOX) - Will Arnett and Marc Forman's Electric Avenue Productions has signed an overall producing deal with FOX Entertainment Studios which includes a first-look agreement on scripted series developed by the company. (Deadline.com, 6/10)
LOOT (Apple TV+) - Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens's newly formed production company Banana Split Projects has signed a multi-year, first-look deal with the streaming service. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
MAN ON FIRE (Netflix) - Steven Caple Jr. has signed on to direct the first two installments of the series as well as executive produce alongside star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, writer Kyle Killen, Ed McDonnell, Michael Polaire, Stacy Perskie, Natalie Lehmann, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Tracey Cook, Arnon Milchan, Scott Pennington and Yariv Milchan for Chapter Eleven, New Regency Productions, Chernin Entertainment and RedRum. (Deadline.com, 6/10)
MARE OF EASTTOWN (HBO) - The pay channel is in "early discussions" about a second season of the Kate Winslet-led limited series. (Variety.com, 6/12)
MORNING SHOW, THE (Apple TV+) - Co-star Julianna Margulies has opted not to return for the show's fourth season. (Variety.com, 6/10)
MR. THROWBACK (Peacock) - Ayden Mayeri has signed onto the Steph Curry/Adam Pally-led comedy series as Samantha, "Danny's (Pally) ex-wife." (Variety.com, 6/11)
MY DAD THE BOUNTY HUNTER (Netflix) - The streamer has pulled the plug on the animated series after two seasons. (Whats-on-Netflix.com, 6/12)
NIGHT AGENT, THE (Netflix) - Shawn Ryan has signed a four-year overall with the streamer, ending his 13-year run at Sony Pictures Television. The pact covers his duties on the hit series as well as any future development such as spin-off series via his MiddKid Productions banner with Marney Hochman. A writers' room for a proposed third season of the series opens next month in advance of its season two launch. (Deadline.com, 6/10)
PEACEMAKER (Max) - Sol Rodriguez, David Denman and Tim Meadows are among the new faces bound found the show's sophomore run. Rodriguez will play Sasha Bordeaux with Meadows as ARGUS agent Langston Fleury. Denman's role wasn't given. Additionally, director Greg Mottola has been tapped to helm episodes two and three. (@jamesgunn, 6/12)
POWER BOOK IV: FORCE (Starz) - The spin-off's upcoming third season will be its last. "It is bittersweet to write the fulfilling ending of this chapter in Tommy's journey, a character myself and fans have grown to love over the past decade," said executive producer Gary Lennon in a statement. "Season 3 will question everything we thought we knew of Tommy's world and I promise you it will not disappoint! Although this may be the end of the road for Force, there is much more expansive, compelling storytelling for the characters within the Power Universe." (Deadline.com, 6/13)
ST. DENIS MEDICAL (NBC) - The network has picked up five more episodes of the upcoming comedy, bringing its season total to 18. (Deadline.com, 6/14)
TOKYO VICE (Max) - The streamer has confirmed the series won't return for a third season: "From Tokyo Vice's richly written material to the gorgeously composed shots to the lived-in performances, the care and creativity of this enormously talented cast and crew shines in every frame of the show. We thank J.T., Alan, Ansel, Ken, Fifth Season, and Wowow for their partnership on this wholly unique modern noir thriller." Added executive producers J.T. Rogers and Alan Poul: "Over the last five years Max has made sure we got to tell our story. They have supported us through thick and thin. Not only did they give us these two seasons, they said yes when we asked to end season one with a series of cliffhangers, and they said yes when we asked for two extra episodes so we could land the plane in the way J.T. had always envisioned. We're grateful not only to Max, but to our partners Fifth Season, who sold the show around the world, and made it a global success story. They were in the trenches with us always, guaranteeing that we could make the show we wanted to make. The response from both the press and from fans, in particular to Season 2, has been overwhelming. It's been thrilling to find out how deeply viewers have engaged with our characters, and to hear how they are clamoring for more. We know there is more story to tell. Of course we'll see what the future holds, but we are indeed grateful to have been able to share this story on Max until now." (Deadline.com, 6/8)
TRUST (HBO) - Todd Haynes has been set as writer and director of the Kate Winslet-led adapation of Hernan Diaz's novel: "In a story told from multiple, competing perspectives, a 1920s Wall Street tycoon amasses a sudden fortune but loses a beloved wife. Decades later, his attempts to control the narrative of his life are undone by a biographer who uncovers the ultimate secrets of the legendary marriage." Jon Raymond will co-write the project with both executive producing alongside Winslet, Diaz, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler for Killer Films. (Variety.com, 6/12)
UNTITLED AMANDA KNOX PROJECT (Hulu) - Grace Van Patten is set to star in the streamer's limited series about Amanda Knox, succeeding Margaret Qualley. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
UNTITLED POWER RANGERS PROJECT (Netflix) - The streaming service has nixed its proposed live-action series based on the Hasbro Entertainment property. The latter is now "exploring a new creative direction for the series [with] a new partner." (TVLine.com, 6/11)

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· 500, THE (AMAZON)

[07/13/24 - 09:00 AM]
CBS Announces Fall Premiere Dates for 2024-25 Primetime Season
The official "CBS Premiere Week" kicks off with a full week of original episodes beginning Monday, October 14 with the 22nd season premiere of "NCIS," and two hours of the new drama "NCIS: Origins" starring Austin Stowell as a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs and narrated by Mark Harmon.

[07/12/24 - 11:30 AM]
Two of the Universe's Biggest Franchises Collide When Doctor Who and Star Trek Come Together to Celebrate the Inaugural Intergalactic Friendship Day on July 30
The collaboration will kick off at San Diego Comic-Con, where Alex Kurtzman and Russell T Davies come together for an exclusive creator-to-creator conversation about the art of storytelling in alternative universes and to celebrate the power of friendship.

[07/12/24 - 11:16 AM]
AMC Networks Heads to San Diego with a Star-Studded Panel Lineup for Five Series at This Year's Comic-Con International
AMC Networks will also present a special advanced screening of "The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - The Book of Carol" on Friday, July 26 at the Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero.

[07/12/24 - 10:44 AM]
Apple's Global Hit Drama "Presumed Innocent" Lands Season Two Renewal
The second season will unfold around a suspenseful, brand-new case.

[07/12/24 - 09:01 AM]
Video: "The Dragon Prince" Season 6 Trailer - Netflix After School
The war against "The Cosmic Order"... begins.

[07/12/24 - 09:01 AM]
Disney Entertainment Television Announces 2024 San Diego Comic-Con Programming
"Abbott Elementary" will reach new heights at San Diego Comic-Con, inviting attendees to experience A.V.A. Fest (A Very Abbott Festival) firsthand.

[07/12/24 - 09:00 AM]
Video: WE tv Unveils Trailer for All New Docuseries "Wiggin' Out with Tokyo Stylez" Premiering Friday, August 9
The series follows the famed hairstylist to the stars as she takes center stage, creating iconic custom wigs for high-profile celebrity clients such as Cardi B, Trina Braxton, Reginae Carter, TS Madison, Tiffany "New York" Pollard, Ari Fletcher, Flo Milli and more.

[07/12/24 - 06:31 AM]
Video: "Inside the Mind of a Dog" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Embark on a delightful journey into the world of dogs in this documentary that reveals scientific and emotional insights about our lovable BFFs.

[07/12/24 - 05:36 AM]
Global Icon Shania Twain to Host the 2024 "People's Choice Country Awards"
Last year's inaugural show, hosted by Opry members Little Big Town, recognized the biggest and best country music has to offer chosen entirely by the fans across various categories.

[07/11/24 - 02:14 PM]
Starz Shares First Look Images for Season Seven Part Two of "Outlander" Along with an Early Sneak Peek at Prequel Series "Outlander: Blood of My Blood"
"Outlander" season seven part two will premiere on Friday, November 22 with new episodes available weekly on Fridays at midnight ET on the Starz app, all Starz streaming and on-demand platforms.

[07/11/24 - 01:47 PM]
Starz Casts Eight New Roles in the Spectacular Next Chapter of Its Hit Franchise "Spartacus: House of Ashur"
Production has begun in New Zealand on the 10-episode season.

[07/11/24 - 01:46 PM]
Video: Starz Releases Emotionally Stirring Trailer and Key Art for "Three Women" Highly Anticipated Limited Series Based on the #1 New York Times Bestseller That Explores Female Desire Airs Friday, September 13
The series is based on the instant #1 New York Times bestselling book of the same name from literary sensation Lisa Taddeo that will premiere Friday, September 13 at midnight on the Starz app.

[07/11/24 - 01:45 PM]
"Sweetpea," A Darkly Comic and Twisted Coming-of-"Rage" Thriller Set to Debut on Starz in 2024
The six-part series was acquired directly from Sky Studios and is set to debut in 2024 as a Starz original in the U.S. and Canada.

[07/11/24 - 01:44 PM]
Starz Greenlights "Fat Joe Talks," A Dynamic New Interview Series Where Icon Fat Joe Spearheads Of-the-Moment Conversations with Pop Culture's Most Influential Personalities
In each 30-minute episode Fat Joe will lead captivating conversations around a wide range of newsworthy topics and will travel throughout the United States to meet these cultural icons in their environment.

[07/11/24 - 01:41 PM]
Video: "The Couple Next Door" - Official Teaser - Starz
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