[06/28/24 - 11:06 PM]
Development Update: Week of June 24-28
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ALL AMERICAN (The CW) - Daniel Ezra's Spencer James will not return as a regular for the show's recently ordered seventh season. "After making the difficult decision to leave All American, my sole focus became completing the journey of the most life-affirming character I've ever played in the manner he deserves. Thanks to Nkechi and the writers, I got my wish. Season six is 'Spencer's goodbye.' I'll miss him. I'll miss our cast and crew. I hope it's been as fun to watch him as it has been to play him," the actor told the publication. (Deadline.com, 6/24)
ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING (The CW) - Cameron Elie is slated to appear in at least four episodes of the show's de facto final season. No character details were released. (Deadline.com, 6/24)
AND JUST LIKE THAT... (Max) - Sebastiano Pigazzi's Giuseppe and Dolly Wells's Joy will return as regulars for season three of the series. Additionally, Mehcad Brooks, Jonathan Cake and Logan Marshall-Green are set to recur in yet-to-be-revealed roles. (Deadline.com, 6/27)
BETTER SISTER, THE (Amazon) - Lorraine Toussaint and Gloria Reuben are the latest additions to the Jessica Biel/Elizabeth Banks-led drama. Toussaint will play Catherine Lancaster: "Grand dame of publishing, New York City queen-maker, Chloe's (Biel) mentor and boss, Catherine is always thinking about the long-game." And Reuben is set as Michelle Sanders, "a respected lawyer who has made a career of standing up when she's told to sit down. Michelle Sanders faces a new kind of challenge when she crosses paths with the sisters." (Variety.com, 6/26; Deadline.com, 6/27)
BIG DOOR PRIZE, THE (Apple TV+) - The streamer has pulled the plug on the comedy series after two seasons. (TVLine.com, 6/28)
CHICAGO MED (NBC) - Dominic Rains's Crockett Marcel is departing the series as a regular after five seasons. (Deadline.com, 6/28)
CRIME EXPOSÉ WITH NANCY O'DELL (Syndication, New!) - Nancy O'Dell will host a new daily, syndicated half-hour true-crime series, due September 23 on local stations covering 95% of the country: "Crime Exposé tells the story of one murder per episode and takes the audience through all aspects of the crime, the investigation, and the solving of each case through interviews with the victim's family, witnesses, actual court records and the law enforcement officials involved in each case. Each episode will end with the Safety Spotlight, a brief informative safety-tip that follows up on each day's story delivered by the series' own law enforcement safety contributor." O'Dell, Hank Cohen and Scott Sternberg are the executive producers for Trifecta Entertainment, Scott Sternberg Productions and Tornante Television. (Deadline.com, 6/27)
D'AMELIO SHOW, THE (Hulu) - The streamer has nixed the reality series after three seasons. (Deadline.com, 6/26)
DEXTER: ORIGINAL SIN (Showtime) - Sarah Michelle Gellar will guest on the prequel series as Tanya Martin, "the CSI Chief at the Miami Metro Police Department and Dexter Morgan's (Patrick Gibson) new boss." (Deadline.com, 6/27)
EINSTEIN (CBS) - The Eye is once again developing a domestic take on the German series: "Brilliant but directionless, the great grandson of Albert Einstein spends his days as a comfortably tenured professor until his bad boy antics land him in trouble with the law and he is pressed into service helping a local police detective solve her most puzzling cases." Writer Andy Breckman and director Randy Zisk are back behind the project, having been behind a take for CBS in 2019. Lauren Gussis and Corinne Brinkerhoff subsequently signed on for a gender-swapped version in 2020; while Michael Reisz and Carol Mendelsohn spearheaded a version for NBC in 2018. CBS Studios, Intrigue Entertainment and Red Arrow Studios International are producing. Tariq Jalil, who has been involved in all four attempts, will executive produce alongside Breckman and Zisk. (Deadline.com, 6/25)
EL GATO (Amazon) - Angela Sarafyan will recur on the Diego Boneta-led series as Elisa Kazanjian, "a stoic CIA agent who, 10 years ago, was involved in a terrible massacre while serving in the military in Afghanistan. The traumatic event left her cold and emotionless, but no less capable. Presently she's serving in Mexico City with the "Company" on a mission to unravel the criminal past of a billionaire agricultural titan Gabriel Guerrero." (Deadline.com, 6/28)
FRASIER (REBOOT SERIES) (Paramount+) - Harriet Sansom Harris and Rachel Bloom will both drop by the revival series. Harris will reprise her role as Frasier Crane's agent, Bebe Glazer, from the original series with Bloom as her daughter, Phoebe Glazer. (Variety.com, 6/27)
GRIMM REALITY, THE (Netflix, New!) - The streamer has shuttered an eight-episode German series from Wiedemann & Berg and Dog Haus Films based on the Brothers Grimm folklore tales of the 18th and 19th centuries. Filming had been completed on the project with Hyuan Wanner, Patrick Isermeyer, Eidin Jalali and Dennis Schuermann starring. No specific reason was given. Till Kleinert and Erol Yesilkaya created the series while Sven Bohse and Florian Dietrich were the directors. (Deadline.com, 6/25)
HAPPY PLACE (Netflix, New!) - Emily Henry's novel is being developed for TV by the streamer: "The Berkley published Happy Place follows Harriet and Wyn, who've been a perfect couple since they met in college - they go together like salt and pepper, honey and tea, lobster and rolls. Except now, for reasons they're still not discussing, they don't. They broke up five months ago, and they still haven't told their best friends. They find themselves sharing a bedroom at the Maine cottage that has been their friend group's yearly getaway for the past decade, and continue to lie through their teeth to their friends about their relationship status." Jennifer Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will executive produce for their Nuyorican Productions banner. (Deadline.com, 6/25)
HIJACK (Apple TV+) - Clare-Hope Ashitey, Karima McAdams and Christian Näthe have been cast in season two of the Idris Elba-led drama. No character details however were given. (Variety.com, 6/24)
JUDY JUSTICE (Freevee) - Sox Entertainment has cleared the show's broadcast syndication run on stations covering 100% of the country beginning September 9. (Deadline.com, 6/27)
LAZARUS (Amazon) - Harlan Coben's latest adaptation has cast David Fynn as Seth McGovern, "Laz's (Sam Claflin) childhood best friend and a city detective whose life has been irrevocably shaped by a terrible event in his childhood"; Karla Crome as Bella, "Laz's childhood sweetheart and first wife"; Kate Ashfield as Alison Brown, "a close friend of Dr L's"; Curtis Tennant as Aidan, "Bella's son"; and Roisin Gallagher as Laura, "a psychotherapist who seeks help from Dr L (Bill Nighy)." (Deadline.com, 6/27)
NEUROMANCER (Apple TV+) - Briana Middleton will star opposite Callum Turner in the streamer's William Gibson adaptation. The series will follow a damaged, top-rung super-hacker named Case (Turner) who is thrust into a web of digital espionage and high stakes crime with his partner Molly (Middleton), a razor-girl assassin with mirrored eyes, aiming to pull a heist on a corporate dynasty with untold secrets. (Deadline.com, 6/28)
NIGHT MANAGER, THE (Amazon) - Frank Murray and Frida Torresblanco of Hangtime International Pictures have joined the series as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com, 6/25)
NO GOOD DEED (Netflix) - Chloe East will recur on the dark comedy series as Emily Morgan, "Paul (Ray Romano) and Lydia (Lisa Kudrow) Morgan's artsy but put-together daughter. She's been away at college, but there may be other reasons she's been distant." (Deadline.com, 6/27)
OBSESSION (Amazon) - The Dove Cameron/Avan Jogia-led drama has cast the follow actors to recur: Patch Darragh as Dan Troxler, "a trustworthy psychotherapist who is closely guarding the secrets of his pet client while attempting to assuage his guilt"; Kira Guloien as Jane Miller, "an enigmatic woman whose attempts at charm thinly veil an ambitious professional agenda"; Celeste Oliva as Camille (Cami) Russo, "a Detective Sergeant of the Boston Police Department and Lee and Karl's boss"; Jesse James Keitel as Alison Meadows, "who is stunning, sophisticated, and underestimated in her ability to see through lies and find ways to expose them"; and Matt Murray as Kevin Sullivan, "the property manager of a swanky Boston apartment building." (Deadline.com, 6/28)
PROOF (FOX, New!) - Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott are spearheading a TV series at the network based on the Image Comics property: "The book, which was created by Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo, pairs two unlikely heroes together - disgruntled FBI Agent-in-Training Ginger Rodriguez and John "Proof" Prufrock, a jazz-loving Bigfoot - to protect the world from Cryptids: obscure creatures whose existence has yet to be proven. While these two start out as a surprising duo, they strike up an unlikely friendship, partnership, and even potential romance as they help save the world side by side." Terence Carter, David Boorstein and Adam Goldworm will also executive produce for FOX Entertainment Studios, Westbrook Studios and Aperture Entertainment. Grecian will receive a producing credit. (Deadline.com, 6/24)
RUNNING POINT (Netflix) - Scott Evans will recur on the basketball-themed comedy series as Charlie, "Sandy Gordon's (Drew Tarver) boyfriend whom he has been keeping secret from the rest of the family." (Deadline.com, 6/24)
SEE HER AGAIN (Netflix, New!) - The streamer has acquired the international rights to the Chinese drama series: "It follows a Hong Kong police detective from the 1990s who unexpectedly travels to 2018 and partners with a female police officer to uncover a series of mysterious murder cases from the past." William Chan, Cya Liu, Tse Kwan Ho, Niki Chow, Stephen Fung, Ling Man Lung, Ben Yuen Fu Wah and Man Kit Cheung are among the featured cast. Director KK Wong and writer Tong Yiu-leung are the lead auspices. (Deadline.com, 6/24)
UNTAMED (Netflix) - Lily Santiago and Wilson Bethel will both join Eric Bana and Rosemarie DeWitt in the limited series. Santiago will play Naya Vasquez: "An ambitious young, former Los Angeles cop, Vasquez is the newest addition to Yosemite's ranger squad. She came to the park to find a new life with her 4-year-old son, Gael. Despite being a little green when it comes to a landscape like Yosemite, her strong will, astute investigative skills, and big-city homicide techniques become useful tools in a murder that is distinctly human." And Bethel will portray Shane Maguire: "A former army ranger, Maguire now uses his skills as the park's Wildlife Management Officer. Maguire's a loner, preferring to live by himself in the wilderness where it's easier to follow his own rules." (Deadline.com, 6/24)
UNTITLED OWEN WILSON PROJECT (Apple TV+) - Lilli Kay has scored a lead role on the comedy series as Zero, "a 19-year old, Gen-Z social justice warrior who joins Pryce Cahill (Owen Wilson) on the road as he shepherds a young phenom (Peter Dager) through the world of competitive golf." (Deadline.com, 6/24)
VAN HELSING (CBS, New!) - Jonathan Lee is spearheading a new TV series inspired by Bram Stoker's literary hero at the Eye: "The series is a contemporary take on the monster hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, who uses his uniquely inquisitive mind working alongside his ex, relentless FBI special agent Mina Harker, to solve New York City's most harrowing cases, per the logline." Rob Doherty, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman will also executive produce for Lionsgate Television and Timberman-Beverly Productions. (Deadline.com, 6/26)
WELCOME TO DERRY (HBO) - The prequel series, which is pivoting from Max to sibling HBO, has tapped the following actors to recur in yet-to-be-revealed roles: Alixandra Fuchs, Kimberly Guerrero, Dorian Grey, Thomas Mitchell, BJ Harrison, Peter Outerbridge, Shane Marriott, Chad Rook, Joshua Odjick and Morningstar Angeline. (Deadline.com, 6/26)
YOUNG SHERLOCK (Amazon) - Joseph Fiennes and Natascha McElhone have been cast as the titular hero's (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) parents, Silas and Cordelia: "Sherlock's father is a scientist, explorer and self-made businessman, while his mum is described as a devoted mother, artist and matriarch of the Holmes clan." (Deadline.com, 6/25)

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[07/12/24 - 11:16 AM]
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[07/12/24 - 10:44 AM]
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[07/12/24 - 09:01 AM]
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[07/12/24 - 09:01 AM]
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[07/12/24 - 09:00 AM]
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[07/12/24 - 06:31 AM]
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[07/12/24 - 05:36 AM]
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[07/11/24 - 02:14 PM]
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[07/11/24 - 01:47 PM]
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[07/11/24 - 01:46 PM]
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[07/11/24 - 01:45 PM]
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[07/11/24 - 01:44 PM]
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[07/11/24 - 01:41 PM]
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