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[10/11/17 - 11:50 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 11
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!


BASTARDS (FOX, New!) - Ed Weeks, Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods have sold a single camera comedy to the network about "a philandering game show host who dies, leaving his mansion to his three children, each of whom thought they were an only child, and who ultimately decide to live together and form a new unconventional family." Director James Griffiths and Andrew Reich are also on board to executive produce for ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)
BEING MARY JANE (BET) - The cable channel has ordered a two-hour movie due in 2018 which will serve as a series finale for the veteran drama. (Deadline.com)
DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (The CW) - Co-star Victor Garber is reportedly exiting the series sometime this season. The actor, who plays Martin Stein, is returning to Broadway, "teaming with Bernadette Peters to headline the Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly!, taking over from David Hyde Pierce and Bette Midler." (Deadline.com)
EXPANSE, THE (Syfy) - Anna Hopkins is bound for the upcoming season as Monica, "a charming and savvy journalist who has a way of convincing her subjects to let their guard down. She will debut midway through Season 3 when she is assigned to document Holden's (Steven Strait) administration of the Rocinante." (TVLine.com)
EX-STEPMOM (NBC, New!) - Danielle Schneider and Dannah Phirman have set up a new multi-camera comedy at the Peacock about "a young woman, a totally broke post grad, who finds the one person she can depend on is also the person who drives her the craziest: her ex-stepmom." Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor will also executive produce for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)
GOOD DOCTOR, THE (ABC) - Daniel Dae Kim's 3AD has closed a two-year deal first-look with ITV Studios America. (Deadline.com)
HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix) - The streaming service's flagship drama will begin production on season six in Maryland by the end of this month. (BaltimoreSun.com)
I HATE THE INTERNET (TNT, New!) - Chelsea Handler is looking to bring Jarett Kobek's best-seller to the small screen at the cable channel. Said effort will revolve around "a 40-year-old woman's internet shaming, this funny yet incisive story asks some of the important questions of our time - Why have humans become so eager, on sites like Twitter and Facebook, to give away their intellectual property to wealthy white men? And what has happened to true political dialogue? Is sharing 140-character morality lectures with self-curated social networks enough? And, why in today's America is hate becoming the only thing that unites us?" Studio 8's Katherine Pope and Michael Morris will executive produce alongside Handler and Kobek for Studio T. (THR.com)
LOST IN QUEENS (A.K.A. UNTITLED SINGLE DAD PROJECT) (ABC) - The Rob Riggle-led multi-camera comedy pilot - about a newly single dad (Riggle) who moves his two daughters from Seattle to Queens, to start a new life after his wife left their family - is being redeveloped by the Alphabet. Co-creators Danielle Schneider and Dannah Phirman are behind the new take with Sarah Haskins, Emily Halpern and Larry Wilmore likewise executive producing for ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)
MAYANS MC (FX) - Michael Irby has signed onto the revamped spin-off of "Sons of Anarchy" as a new character, Obispo "Bishop" Losa, "resident of Mayans MC's Santo Padre Charter. From a broken home in the Salton Sea, he was taken in by the family of his cousin, Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Rivera), Mayan MC founder and National President. After a tour of duty in Iraq and one in Pelican Bay, Bishop was sent by Alvarez to set up and run the critical Mexi-Cali border charter. He is as deadly as he is loyal." (Deadline.com)
MIGHTY QUINN, THE (ABC, New!) - Comedian Jen Kirkman has sold a new comedy to the Alphabet about 39-year-old Quinn. "After getting dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Day, Quinn decides to take a year off dating and go on the journey of finding herself. Along the way, she not only transforms her own life but the lives of friends as well, bringing them all closer than ever." Universal Television-based CannyLads Productions is behind the half-hour with Julie Anne Robinson, Kara Baker and David Holden likewise executive producing and Kelly Pancho producing. (Deadline.com)
ORIGINALS, THE (The CW) - Executive producer Julie Plec has signed a new multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. She'll develop new original programming for the studio via her My So-Called Company banner. (Variety.com)
REAL FAIRY GODMOTHER, THE (ABC, New!) - Kristin Chenoweth is set to star in a potential single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about "a self-absorbed "real housewife" (Chenoweth) who learns that she's descended from a secret order of Fairy Godmothers and has an inescapable destiny to use her magical abilities to help those in need. As she begrudgingly executes her assigned weekly FGM missions, she slowly begins to realize just how superficial and morally bankrupt her actual life is and - to the confusion of her dysfunctional family and friends - tries to get them all to be better people." Co-executive producers Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner are penning the script with Goldsmith Yuspa Productions' Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith and Zadan/Meron Productions' Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also executive producing. Chenoweth will receive a producing credit with Mark Nicholson as a co-executive producer. Universal Television is behind the project, which has a put pilot commitment. (Deadline.com)
SNEAKY PETE (Amazon) - John Ales is set to recur on the Giovanni Ribisi-led drama as Luka Delchev, "who emigrated from Montenegro in the late '90s, toward the end of the Balkan wars. Rumor has it he stole many millions from a UN peacekeeping force and left a string of dead people in his wake. He's a funny guy, loves to laugh and is exceptionally brutal. His weapon of choice is sulphuric acid. There is something almost mystical about his ability to avoid being murdered by his rivals." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED GREY'S ANATOMY SPIN-OFF (ABC) - Miguel Sandoval is the latest addition to the "Grey's" spin-off as Capt. Pruitt. No other specifics were given. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED WILL REISER PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Will Reiser (50/50) has sold a single-camera comedy to the Alphabet about Steve Strunsky, "a 30-year-old liberal and perpetual bachelor from Berkeley. Steve has just moved to a small blue collar town in western Pennsylvania in order to be with his one true love, Grace Fitzgerald. Along with Grace's father, a reactionary conservative, and her precocious, war obsessed 8-year-old, this colorful family is learning day by day how to build a life together despite their differences." Sony Pictures Television-based Point Grey Pictures is behind the half-hour, which has a penalty attached. Seth Rogen, James Weaver and Evan Goldberg will also executive produce. (Variety.com)
WARRIOR (Cinemax) - Andrew Koji has been tapped to topline the upcoming gritty, action-packed crime drama, set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco's Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. He'll play Ah Sahm, "a martial arts prodigy who travels from China to San Francisco and ends up becoming a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown." Also on board are Olivia Cheng as Ah Toy, "Chinatown's most accomplished courtesan and madame"; Jason Tobin as Young Jun, "the hard-partying son of a powerful tong boss"; Dianne Doan as Mai Ling, "a beautiful and ruthless Chinese woman who, through sheer force of will, has achieved a position of power in one of the tongs"; Kieran Bew as Officer "Big Bill" O'Hara, "a hard-drinking Irish cop charged with forming a Chinatown squad"; and Dean Jagger as Dan Leary, "the unofficial godfather of the Irish community of San Francisco and leader of the Workingmen's party."

Rounding out the cast are Joanna Vanderham as Penelope Blake, "the aristocratic heir to a railroad fortune trapped in a loveless marriage to the mayor"; Tom Weston-Jones as Richard Lee, "a transplanted Southerner and rookie cop"; Hoon Lee as Wang Chao, "a wiley fixer and profiteer in Chinatown"; Joe Taslim as Li Yong, "a tong Lieutenant and kung fu master"; Langley Kirkwood as Walter Buckley, "a Civil War veteran and Deputy Mayor with his own political aspirations"; Christian McKay as Mayor Samuel Blake, "the Mayor of San Francisco"; and Perry Yung as Father Jun, "the leader of the most powerful tong in Chinatown." Assaf Bernstein (Fauda) is directing the pilot, which begins production later this month in Cape Town, South Africa. (Deadline.com)






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· BASTARDS (FOX)
· BEING MARY JANE (BET)
· DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EXPANSE, THE (AMAZON)
· EX-STEPMOM (NBC)
· GOOD DOCTOR, THE (ABC)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HOUSE OF CARDS (NETFLIX)
· I HATE THE INTERNET (TNT)
· MAYANS MC (FX)
· MIGHTY QUINN, THE (ABC)
· ORIGINALS, THE (CW)
· REAL FAIRY GODMOTHER, THE (ABC)
· SNEAKY PETE (AMAZON)
· SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)
· STATION 19 (ABC)
· UNTITLED SINGLE DAD PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED WILL REISER PROJECT (ABC)
· WARRIOR (CINEMAX)





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