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[06/13/18 - 11:39 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, June 13
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!


ARE YOU SLEEPING (Apple) - Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones have all been cast in the Octavia Spencer-led drama, about Poppy Parnell, "a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast." Paul stars as "convicted murderer Warren Cave whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people's minds for the past 20 years"; with Perkins as Melanie Cave, "mother of Warren Cave, the subject of Poppy's podcast"; Phifer as Markus Knox, "a former detective and long time friend of Poppy Parnell"; Beach as Ingram Rhoades, "a successful attorney and Poppy's husband"; Thoms as Desiree Scoville, "Poppy's older opinionated sister"; Wood as Cydie Scoville, "Poppy's fiercely loyal sister"; and Jones as Leander "Shreve" Scoville, "Poppy's father." Jones, while no longer a series regular on "This Is Us," will continue to recur on the NBC drama. (Deadline.com)
CASTLE ROCK (Hulu) - Noel Fisher is set to recur on the upcoming J.J. Abrams/Stephen King-produced original as Zalewski, "a Shawshank prison guard who finds himself embroiled with the discovery of a dark and mysterious inmate." (Deadline.com)
CATCH-22 (Hulu) - Harrison Osterfield has been tapped for a role on the limited series as Snowden, "a tail gunner who does not know what awaits him on his first mission. " (Deadline.com)
CHRISTMAS CONTRACT, THE (Lifetime, New!) - "One Tree Hill" alums Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Danneel Ackles, Antwon Tanner and Tyler Hilton are set to re-team for a holiday movie at the cable channel: "it's Jolie's (Burton) first time going back home to Louisiana since her devastating break up with Foster (Hunter Burke). Seeing him is inevitable as their parents run the town's annual Christmas Market together, but when she discovers Foster is bringing home a new girlfriend, Jolie cannot bear the thought of going home alone and seeing them together. Her best friend Naomi (Ackles) suggests that Jolie bring her flaky brother, Jack (Buckley), home for Christmas as he has no plans this year. Jolie, a professional web designer, is hesitant; so, Naomi, a lawyer, creates a Christmas contract to give them both something they want - a buffer for those awkward moments around Jolie's ex and a website to help sell Jack's upcoming novel. Unbeknownst to them, the Christmas contract proves to be so much more than what they signed up for." Jordan Ladd, Cheryl Ladd, Bruce Boxleitner, Jason London, Teri Wyble and Ritchie Montgomery also star in the Active Entertainment-produced film, which Monika Mitchell is directing from a script by Cassie Doyle with Ken Badish and Daniel Lewis as executive producers. (Deadline.com)
FLASH, THE (The CW) - Danielle Nicolet's Cecile Horton - "the district attorney of Central City and love interest to Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), whose mind-reading superpowers arose when she became pregnant" - has been promoted to regular on the series. (Deadline.com)
JEFF ROSS PRESENTS ROAST BATTLE (Comedy Central) - The cable channel has quietly commissioned a third season of the reality competition. Additionally, Mexico is also getting its own version, to premiere this July. (Deadline.com)
JERRY SPRINGER SHOW, THE (Syndication) - NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has reportedly wrapped production on the series. Pre-produced and encore episodes of the show will serve as its 28th season beginning this fall, now airing on The CW at 3 pm ET as well as in broadcast syndication. The network may put the show back into production in Connecticut where it shares a home with sibling shows "Maury" and "The Steve Wilkos Show," both of which have been renewed for two more years. (BroadcastingCable.com)
KANSAS CITY (Hulu, New!) - Rafe Spall, John Slattery and Allison Tolman are set to star in a "political, dystopian half-hour comedy" at the streaming service set in "a future where the city is separated by a wall between liberals and conservatives. Absurd misinformation and enmity rage as the two cities aim to undermine each other. In West Kansas City, political heavyweight Ellis Brookmeyer (Slattery) holds sway. His former son-in-law, Ben Graham (Spall), lives in East K.C. and yearns to be reunited with his daughter Clarissa (who lives in West K.C.). To accomplish this Ben gets involved with an East K.C. intelligence operation, with consequences he can not predict, let alone control." Tolman will play Tabatha Brookmeyer. Writer Zev Borow and director Rhys Thomas are behind the project, which has yet to get a formal pilot greenlight but already is in production. Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV are co-producing with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey likewise executive producing. (Deadline.com)
NOW APOCALYPSE (Starz) - Real-life brothers Evan and Taylor Hart are the latest to be cast in the upcoming comedy. Evan will play "a scientist named Lars" with Taylor as his on-screen brother Klaus. (Variety.com)
RAY DONOVAN (Showtime) - Tony Curran has booked a recurring role on the series as NYPD Sgt. Mikey "Rad" Radulovic, "a tough, no-nonsense cop." (Deadline.com)
REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD (BET) - Former co-star Boris Kodjoe has signed an exclusive development deal with BET Networks where he'll develop new series projects on a first look basis. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED HILDE LYSIAK PROJECT (Apple, New!) - Writers Dana Fox and Dara Resnik are set to team with director Jon M. Chu for a 10-episode series inspired by Hilde Lysiak, "a young investigative reporter who, at age 9, was the first to expose a murder in her hometown of Selinsgrove, PA, breaking the news in her self-started newspaper, Orange Street News." The family drama "follows a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury." Anonymous Content and Paramount Television are behind the project with Joy Gorman Wettels and Sharlene Martin also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED JUST FOR LAUGHS NEW FACES PROJECT (Amazon, New!) - Director Neil Berkeley is teaming with the Montreal comedy festival "Just for Laughs" for a docu-series at the streaming service which would "follow up-and-coming comedians in New York and Los Angeles as they compete for the New Faces showcase, the segment of the fest that has given way to major comedic talent." The six-episode project comes from Just for Laughs Media and Main Event Media with Berkeley, Jimmy Fox, Star Price and Bruce Hills serving as executive producers. (THR.com)
YELLOWSTONE (Paramount Network) - Barret Swatek will recur on the upcoming drama as "elegant, attractive, Victoria Jenkins who is married to Dan Jenkins (Danny Huston). She's wealthy and bored to tears with the life she's living, and is ready for any kind of excitement." (Deadline.com)





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· ARE YOU SLEEPING (APPLE)
· CASTLE ROCK (HULU)
· CATCH-22 (HULU)
· CHRISTMAS CONTRACT, THE (LIFETIME)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FLASH, THE (CW)
· JEFF ROSS PRESENTS ROAST BATTLE (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· JERRY SPRINGER SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· KANSAS CITY (HULU)
· MAGIC HOUR (APPLE)
· MAURY (SYNDICATION)
· NOW APOCALYPSE (STARZ)
· ONE TREE HILL (CW)
· RAY DONOVAN (SHOWTIME)
· REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD (BET)
· STEVE WILKOS SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· UNTITLED JUST FOR LAUGHS NEW FACES PROJECT (AMAZON)
· YELLOWSTONE (PARAMOUNT)





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