[09/22/20 - 11:45 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, September 22
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: LONE STAR (FOX) - Co-star Liv Tyler has opted not to return for the show's second season, with the London-based actress citing "circumstances related to family and travel during the pandemic." (Deadline.com)
BAR RESCUE/BATTLE OF THE FITTEST COUPLES/COYOTE/INK MASTER/LIP SYNC BATTLE/WIFE SWAP/YELLOWSTONE (Paramount Network) - The cable channel is moving out of "long form series television and instead focus its efforts on made-for-TV movies featuring big name stars" under the new moniker Paramount Movie Network. To that end, unscripted series such as "Ink Master," "Wife Swap" and "Battle of the Fittest Couples" have been canceled while "Bar Rescue" and "Lip Sync Battle" will "live on, but will be moved elsewhere within the ViacomCBS cable portfolio." Scripted series like "Yellowstone" will continue however as "the plan is to present the show as a cinematic experience, possibly programming two episodes in a single night with limited commercial interruptions." Still to be determined: the fate of "Coyote," "Mayor of Kingstown" and Spectrum co-production "Paradise Lost." (Variety.com)
CHICAGO PD (NBC) - Nicole Ari Parker has been tapped for a major recurring role on the series as Deputy Superintendent Samatha Miller: "From Atlanta originally, Miller is a progressive, ardent proponent of police reform. She wants to help Voight (Jason Beghe) and Intelligence adapt to the new reality, but will not tolerate breaches of the new police guidelines and protocols." (Deadline.com)
DOPESICK (Hulu) - John Hoogenakker has booked a role on the limited series as Randy Ramseyer, "an Assistant US Attorney with the US Attorney District Office of Western Virginia who worked on the case against Purdue Pharma under US Attorney John Brownlee." (Deadline.com)
GOD'S COUNTRY (NBC, New!) - Gary Scott Thompson is set to team with Blake Shelton for a new drama in which "when the patriarch of a hardworking Midwestern farm family dies mysteriously in a car accident, his grown children discover he was keeping a devastating secret they could never have imagined." The project is inspired by Shelton's hit song of the same name. Both will executive produce alongside Narvel Blackstock and Laurie Pozmantier for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)
INHERITANCE GAMES, THE (Amazon) - Grainne Godfree is spearheading the small screen take on Jennifer Lynn Barnes's recently released YA novel, in which "when an eccentric billionaire dies and leaves his fortune to a teenage girl he's never met, the world-and his relatives-are obsessed with figuring out why." Josh Berman will also executive produce the project via his Sony Pictures Television-based Osprey Productions. Barnes will co-produce the adaptation. (Deadline.com)
KINGS OF NAPA, THE (OWN, New!) - Janine Sherman Barrois has set up a new drama at the cable channel "centered on a gorgeous and idyllic Napa Valley vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and class finds them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch's sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom - to their own power, wealth and legacy." Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films are behind the project, which launched a virtual writers' room this week. Michelle Listenbee Brown will also executive produce. (Deadline.com)
MANIFEST (NBC) - Holly Taylor has joined the cast of the show's third season as Angelina, "a Flight 828 passenger who so far, has flown under Ben's (Josh Dallas) radar. Her reemergence will play an integral part in the lives of the Stone family this season." (Deadline.com)
SEX PLANTS (Quibi, New!) - Jenny Slate is set to host a new travel docuseries on the streaming service which will see her "speak with researchers and botanical experts to learn about the most natural aphrodisiacs Earth has to offer, from roots to tree bark." Jigsaw Productions is behind the project with Slate, Richard Perello and Stacey Offman executive producing. (Deadline.com)
SUPERGIRL (The CW) - Star Melissa Benoist took to social media today to confirm the series will sign off after its upcoming sixth season. Executive producer Jessica Queller added the series will end after 126 episodes, meaning the final season will run for 20 episodes. (@melissabenoist, @jessicaqueller)
TRIAGE (ABC) - Parisa Fitz-Henley has scored the lead role on the drama pilot, which follows pioneering surgeon Finley Briar (Fitz-Henley) over three distinct decades at the same hospital. Said role is further detailed as follows: "Ambitious and warm with a great sense of humor, Dr. Finley Briar is a brilliant trauma surgeon who can think 15 moves ahead in the surgical chess match against time. Sometimes her amazing medical judgment gets her into trouble, bypassing hospital protocol in favor of the quickest path to saving a life. In 2011, Finley is a promising first-year intern with a knack for saving lives in the nick of time, and she's trying to figure out how love fits into her life. In 2021, Finley is a happily married and pregnant trauma surgeon at the top of her game but struggling with her work/life balance. In 2031, Finley is the survivor of a shocking accident and is trying to get her life back on track." (Deadline.com)
TURNER & HOOCH (Disney+) - Anthony Ruivivar, Brandon Jay McLaren, Jeremy Maguire and Becca Tobin are all bound for the Josh Peck-led feature-turned-TV series. Ruivivar will play US Marshall Chief James Clark, "Scott Turner's boss"; with McLaren will portray Xavier Watkins, "a marine-turned US Marshal"; Maguire as Matthew, "Scott Turner's nephew"; and Tobin as Brooke, "a federal prosecutor and Scott Turner's ex-girlfriend." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED CASSIAN ANDOR SERIES (Disney+) - Toby Haynes has signed on to helm the first three episodes, replacing Tony Gilroy, who has "dropped off as director for COVID-19-related travel reasons." Gilroy however will remain as the project's executive producer and showrunner. (Deadline.com)

  [december 2020]  

· 9-1-1: LONE STAR (FOX)

[12/02/20 - 10:00 AM]
CBS All Access Renews Six-Man Football Docuseries "Texas 6" for Second Season
The first three episodes are currently available to stream exclusively on CBS All Access, with new episodes available on-demand weekly on Thursdays beginning tomorrow.

[12/02/20 - 09:03 AM]
Tubi Adds "The Masked Dancer" to Its Expanding Lineup of FOX Entertainment Programming
Episodes will be made available on Tubi shortly after their linear premiere.

[12/02/20 - 09:02 AM]
Ken Jeong and Joel McHale Count Down to 2021 on the All-New Special "FOX's New Year's Eve Toast & Roast 2021" (working title) Thursday, December 31, on FOX
Jeong and McHale will commemorate the past year from coast-to-coast with a live, three-and-a-half-hour "Toast & Roast" to 2020.

[12/02/20 - 09:01 AM]
FOX Unmasks a Fifth Season of Television's #1 Entertainment Show, "The Masked Singer"
"This show brings joy to so many families across the country, especially during these trying times, and we can't wait to get even more celebrities suited up in crazy costumes for an hour of pure fun every week," said Rob Wade.

[12/02/20 - 09:01 AM]
Adult Swim Greenlights Half-Hour Comedy "Teenage Euthanasia"
Set in a mildly apocalyptic near-future, "Teenage Euthanasia" centers around the Fantasy Family and their inland Florida funeral home, Tender Endings.

[12/02/20 - 08:59 AM]
Stream "Euphoria" Special Episode Early on HBO Max
HBO Max is surprising fans with an early late-night premiere of a new special episode on Thursday, December 3.

[12/02/20 - 08:32 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelorette" Tops Demos for ABC
The Alphabet once again leads the night among adults 18-49 while NBC is the most-watched network.

[12/02/20 - 08:00 AM]
Nickelodeon's Brand-New Animated Preschool Series "Kinderwood" Debuts on Noggin, Net's Interactive Learning Service, Thursday, Dec. 3
A special festive episode will also air Thursday, December 3 on Nickelodeon as part of the net's "Nickmas" holiday-themed lineup.

[12/02/20 - 07:01 AM]
Video: "Lupin" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.

[12/02/20 - 06:01 AM]
Final Ten Episodes of Emmy-Winning Worldwide Hit Series "Vikings" Premiering First on Prime Video
"On December 30, Prime members in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Ireland will be the first to learn the fates of the beloved characters as the epic drama concludes in the final ten episodes," said Brad Beale.

[12/01/20 - 02:08 PM]
"The Price Is Right at Night" and "Let's Make a Deal Primetime" Celebrate the Holidays with Back-to-Back Themed Primetime Specials, Tuesday, Dec. 22 on CBS!
Said duo was previously scheduled for the night prior, Monday, December 21.

[12/01/20 - 01:30 PM]
Armie Hammer to Star in Paramount+ Limited Event Series "The Offer"
The 10-episode event series is based on Oscar-winning producer Al Ruddy's extraordinary, never-revealed experiences of making "The Godfather."

[12/01/20 - 01:06 PM]
"Little Women: Atlanta" Returns with a Two-Hour Kick Off Special Including a Tribute to Minnie on Friday, January 22
Starting on January 29 the series will premiere 90-minute supersized episodes every Friday night, followed by the all-new 30 minute after show, "Little Women: Atlanta Unfiltered," hosted by Loni Love.

[12/01/20 - 01:01 PM]
Dana Walden Reorganizes Studio and Platform Original Content Operations Under Her Purview
The restructure follows the strategic reorganization at The Walt Disney Company to accelerate the Company's growth in its direct-to-consumer businesses.

[12/01/20 - 12:38 PM]
Nickelodeon and Time's "Kid of the Year" TV Special to Simulcast on Nick, TV Land, TeenNick and Nicktoons Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 P.M. (ET/PT)
The special will also air on Comedy Central on Friday, December 11 and CBS Television Network on Monday, December 21.