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[09/20/17 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, September 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, THE (The CW, New!) - "Riverdale" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, director Lee Toland Krieger and producer Greg Berlanti are set to re-team for another Archie Comics adaptation, which "reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft." Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater will also executive produce for the Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions. It's not clear if Sabrina will be introduced in "Riverdale" prior to headlining the potential series. Melissa Joan Hart previously starred in ABC/The WB's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" comedy series from 1996-2003. (Deadline.com)
GAME OF THRONES (HBO) - Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman has been tapped to pen the fifth potential spin-off project for the franchise. No specifics however were given other than he is "working closely with author George R.R. Martin." (EW.com)
GOTHAM (FOX) - Michael Maize is set to recur on the new season as Grady: "He's part of Merton's gang as Merton's right-hand man, and has a past connection to Jonathan Crane, aka the Scarecrow." (Deadline.com)
I MOM SO HARD (CBS, New!) - Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley's web series has found a home as a potential multi-camera comedy at the Eye. The project, which has a pilot production commitment, follows "two moms (Hensley, Smedley) who show how their friendship gets them through being wives and mothers." Michelle Nader will pen the script alongside said duo as well as executive produce with Spondoolie Productions' Rob Thomas, Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge will also executive produce for Warner Bros. Television. (Deadline.com)
JANE THE VIRGIN (The CW) - Alex Meneses will recur on the upcoming fourth season as Katherine, "owner of the Cortes Hotel Conglomerate, who is a possible investor of Rafael (Justin Baldoni) and Petra's (Yael Grobglas) hotel." (Deadline.com)
LAST SHIP, THE (TNT) - Troy Doherty and Leo Oliva have both landed recurring roles on season five of the drama. Doherty will play Clayton, "a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy who becomes Chandler's protege"; while Oliva is Pena, "the scariest of Octavio's special operators." (Deadline.com)
LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC) - Sam Waterston will reprise his role of former "Law & Order" staple Jack McCoy in an upcoming episode of the series. No specifics about his return were given. (Deadline.com)
ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC) - Rebecca Mader has booked a return trip to the veteran drama as part of a multi-episode arc. It's not clear if she'll reprise her role of Regina's sister Zelena or be tapped for a new character. (TVLine.com)
PARADISE FALLS (ABC, New!) - Erica Messer ("Criminal Minds") has sold a multi-generational family drama to the Alphabet which "centers on a working mom who figures out the best way to guide her kids (and even the adults) is through a series of homemade parenting videos." She'll write and executive produce via her ABC Studios-based Erica Messer Productions. (Deadline.com)
RAISED BY WOLVES (ABC) - Diablo Cody has signed a multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, home to her recent comedy pilot. (THR.com)
SANCTUARY FAMILY (ABC, New!) - Writer David Feeney and director Christine Gernon ("New Girl") are set to team for a single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about "a hard-bitten husband and empathetic wife who butt heads over the chaos created when they provide sanctuary for their undocumented nanny and her family - and come to learn, if their marriage survives, that the differences both families have aren't as significant as their similarities." Both will executive produce the project, which has a penalty attached, for 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)
WATCHMEN (HBO) - Damon Lindelof's small screen taken on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's much-ballyhooed comic book series has received a formal pilot green light as well as an order for additional scripts. (Deadline.com)
YOU (Lifetime) - Daniel Cosgrove is bound for the upcoming psychological thriller as Ron, "a parole officer who is the neighbor of Joe, and the abusive stepfather with a drinking problem to Paco (Luca Padovan)." (Deadline.com)





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· CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, THE (NETFLIX)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
· GOTHAM (FOX)
· I MOM SO HARD (CBS)
· JANE THE VIRGIN (CW)
· LAST SHIP, THE (TNT)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· NEW GIRL (FOX)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· PARADISE FALLS (ABC)
· RAISED BY WOLVES (ABC)
· RIVERDALE (CW)
· SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH (WB)
· SANCTUARY FAMILY (ABC)
· UNTITLED GAME OF THRONES SPIN-OFF PROJECTS (HBO)
· WATCHMEN (HBO)
· YOU (LIFETIME)





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