[03/25/16 - 11:38 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 25
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BULL (CBS/CTS; W: Paul Attanasio & Phil McGraw; D: Rodrigo Garcia) - Jaime Lee Kirchner ("Mercy") has booked a key role on the Michael Weatherly-led drama pilot, based on Dr. Phil McGraw's early days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time. She'll play Danny, "the team's investigator, a former FBI interrogator with a photographic memory." (Deadline.com)

CHAD: AN AMERICAN BOY (FOX/20th; W: Nasim Pedrad & Rob Rosell; D: Jason Winer) - Ariana Molkarahas has been cast in the single-camera comedy pilot, about a 14 year old boy (Nasim Pedrad) in the throes of adolescence who is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks. She'll play Nikki, "Chad's little sister." (Deadline.com)

MIDNIGHT, TEXAS (NBC/Universal; W: Monica Owusu-Breen; D: Niels Arden Oplev) - Parisa Fitz-Henley and Yul Vazquez have both been cast in the drama pilot, a small screen take on the three-book series by Charlaine Harris, about Midnight, Texas, where the real world and the supernatural collide in a dangerous, sexy, place full of dark secrets and mysterious people. Fitz-Henley will play Fiji, "a quirky, funny, free spirit who marches to the beat of her own drum"; while Vazquez is set as Reverand, "a grizzled Mexican cowboy who always wears his Stetson boots. He presides over the wedding chapel and cemetery." (Deadline.com)

TAKEN (NBC/Universal; W: Alexander Cary; D: Alex Graves) - Simu Liu is the latest addition to the Peacock's prequel to the Liam Neeson-led film franchise, about a retired CIA operative on a one-man mission to save his kidnapped daughter which would follow a young Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) before he marries and has a daughter. He'll play Faaron, "a member of the team whose job it is to act quickly in support of the team on the ground." (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - HBO's "Togetherness" will sign off on April 10 after two seasons (Deadline.com); Spike TV has pressed pause on its upcoming drama "Red Mars" following the departure of showrunner Peter Noah (Deadline.com); The CW is looking to redevelop its small screen adaptations of "The Notebook" and "Weaveworld" next season (Deadline.com); Jeff Pierre has joined the cast of Freeform's "Beyond" as Jeff, "former military, tough but vulnerable; he is obsessive and guilt-ridden while being driven by a higher calling" (Deadline.com);

Tania Raymonde has likewise boarded Amazon's "Trial" as Brittany Gold, "a legal secretary and old friend of Billy's who moonlights as an escort" (Deadline.com); Cas Anvar will recur on "The Strain" as "an opportunistic young businessman eager to place himself in a protected position amidst the chaos" (Deadline.com); Liv Hewson is the latest to be cast in season two of "Top of the Lake" (Deadline.com); and Leo Howard will guest on "Major Crimes" as "a self-entitled, arrogant prep school graduate whose girlfriend disappeared after he was seen arguing with her" (TVLine.com).

  [march 2016]  


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