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[03/04/20 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, March 4
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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9-1-1 (FOX) - Rumer Willis has booked a "pivotal role" in an upcoming episode of the series. No other specifics were given. (TVLine.com)
AT THAT AGE (NBC) - Emayatzy Corinealdi is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, billed as "an exploration of an African-American family's legacy." She's set as Victoria Cooper-Hargrove, "an attorney who is the poised and overachieving middle child." (Deadline.com)
BEST INTENTIONS/FLACK/FLORIDA GIRLS (Pop TV) - The cable channel has pulled the plug on all three series as it pares down its scripted programming commitments following the Viacom-CBS merger. Their respective studios are free to shop the shows to other outlets. "Flack" had been slated to return next Friday, March 13; while newcomer "Best Intentions" and season two of "Florida Girls" were both set to begin production in the coming months. (Variety.com)
CHAD (TBS) - Thomas Barbusca will recur on the upcoming comedy series as Reid, "an upbeat popular kid that 14-year-old Chad (Nasim Pedrad) attempts to impress and befriend." (Variety.com)
CLEANING LADY, THE (FOX) - Shannyn Sossamon has booked the title role on the drama pilot: Reyna Salonga, a whip-smart doctor who comes to the U.S. for a medical treatment to save her ailing son. But when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalized. Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules. Additionally, Michael Offer has come aboard to direct and executive produce. (Deadline.com)
ECHO (NBC) - Wesam Keesh has scored a role on the Janina Gavankar-led drama pilot as Riley Burnside, "an FBI agent with an enormous intellect and big heart." (Deadline.com)
GHOSTS (CBS) - Rose McIver has booked the lead role on the single-camera comedy pilot as Samantha, "a put together, Type A personality who loves fun, but not as much as she loves planning fun. A freelance journalist, Sam and her sous chef husband, Ryan, spend so much time trying to make ends meet that they barely have time for each other, so when she inherits a massive country estate, she's eager to move there, rent free. A great listener and a genuinely good person, Sam strives to help the ghosts, even while being driven a bit crazy by their constant clamoring for her attention." (Deadline.com)
LA BREA (NBC) - Jon Seda is bound for the high-concept drama pilot as Dr. Benjamine Glass, "a former Navy Seal who knows how to take charge." (Deadline.com)
LUCIFER (Netflix) - Tom Ellis has finalized a new deal to return for a potential sixth season of the series. (TVLine.com)
MIXED-ISH (ABC) - Executive producer Karin Gist has re-upped her overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. There she'll continue as showrunner of the series as well as develop new series projects via her newly launched The Gist of It banner. Already in the works is "Our Kind of People," which is being redeveloped off-cycle by FOX. (Deadline.com)
NCIS (CBS) - Three-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd will drop by the veteran drama as Joe Smith, "a 95-year-old former Navy sailor who served on the USS Arizona when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Determined to have his ashes laid to rest with his fellow sailors when he dies, the "sharp, spry and unapologetic curmudgeon" becomes the focus of an investigation and confounds Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) and the entire team, who are not sure if they can believe him." (TVLine.com)
PARENTING WITHOUT BORDERS (Disney+, New!) - Jessica Alba is slated to front a new documentary travel series for the streaming service which "will follow Alba, an actress, producer, entrepreneur and mother of three, as she immerses herself with families around the world, exploring the parenting beliefs and practices shaping families today." Kathryn O'Kane will direct and executive produce the project - which is inspired by Christine Gross-Loh's book of the same name, subtitled "Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us" - alongside Alba, Boardwalk Pictures' Andrew Fried and Dane Lillegard, Hunting Lane Films' Jamie Patricof, Five All in the Fifth Entertainment's Doug Banker and Underground Films' Trevor Engelson. (Deadline.com)
ROOK, THE (Starz) - The pay channel has axed the Emma Greenwell/Olivia Munn-led series after one season. (TVLine.com)
THIS COUNTRY (FOX) - Chelsea Holmes, Sam Straley, Taylor Ortega and Krystal Smith are set to star alongside Seann William Scott in the single-camera comedy pilot. Holmes will play Kelly, "an outwardly tough young adult who's actually a softie"; with Straley as Shrub, "Kelly's cousin and best friend who has a soul of an artist"; Ortega as Nadine, "Shrub and Kelly's old high school classmate who is beautiful, successful and married to Kelly's old crush, Dylan"; and Smith as Big Mandy, "a menacing town presence who loves tattoos and her two dogs." (Deadline.com)
TOKYO VICE (HBO Max) - Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) is the latest to board the upcoming drama as "a supervisor to reporter Jake Adelstein, played by Ansel Elgort." Production on the 10-episode series is underway in Tokyo. (THR.com)
WALKER (The CW) - Jeff Pierre is the latest addition to the "Walker, Texas Ranger" reboot series as Trey Barnett: "Warm and loving but haunted, Trey is Micki's boyfriend. An Army medic recently back from his deployment, he's doing his best to adjust but it's not easy. He has a good relationship with Micki; they keep each other honest, and know each other better than they let anyone else know them." (Deadline.com)
WAYS & MEANS (CBS) - Troian Bellisario is the latest addition to the Patrick Dempsey-led drama pilot as Claire, "a newly elected, progressive, idealistic freshman Democratic Congresswoman who leads with her intelligence and straightforwardness. She's going to have to figure out how to merge her idealism with her ambition - she will either change Congress, or Congress will change her." In addition, Phil Abraham has signed on to direct and executive produce. (Deadline.com)





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· 9-1-1 (FOX)
· AT THAT AGE (NBC)
· BEST INTENTIONS (POP)
· CHAD (TBS)
· CLEANING LADY, THE (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ECHO (NBC)
· FLACK (AMAZON)
· FLORIDA GIRLS (POP)
· GHOSTS (CBS)
· LA BREA (NBC)
· LUCIFER (NETFLIX)
· MIXED-ISH (ABC)
· NCIS (CBS)
· OUR KIND OF PEOPLE (FOX)
· PARENTING WITHOUT BORDERS (DISNEY PLUS)
· ROOK, THE (STARZ)
· THIS COUNTRY (FOX)
· TOKYO VICE (HBO MAX)
· WALKER (CW)
· WAYS & MEANS (CBS)





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