[04/07/16 - 11:16 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 7
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BOTCOP (FOX/20th; W: Geoff Barbanell & Itai Grunfeld; D: TBA) - Christopher Meloni, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Katy Mixon and Kate Mulgrew have all signed onto the animated pilot presentation, about "a half-man, half-robot cop who in 1985 was considered the cutting-edge of law enforcement. Today, his dial-up Internet and fax machine have become as irrelevant as he is. Fired from the LAPD, Botcop takes a minimum wage job as a guard in a fancy gated community and moves in with his patrol partner - a single dad in need of help, even if it's from an arrogant cyborg who is unaware that his best days are behind him." Meloni will voice the title role; with Faison as his patrol partner, Wally Dubin, "a single dad with two adopted kids, Reuben (Leguizamo) and Lulu (Mixon)"; and Mulgrew as their boss Janice Pinny, "who fought four tours in Iraq and now fights to keep her sanity." (THR.com)

STILL STAR-CROSSED (ABC/ABCS; W: Heather Mitchell; D: Michael Offer) - Grant Bowler ("Defiance") has scored a role on the drama pilot, a sequel to "Romeo & Juliet" that follows the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues in the wake of Romeo and Juliet's deaths. He'll play Lord Montague: "he is hot but scary, rugged, a ruthless and brilliant man hellbent on raising his family's fortunes, no matter the cost." (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED JONBENET RAMSEY PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Tom Forman is developing an unscripted anthology series at the Eye which would focus on a different case each season, the first being the JonBenet Ramsey murder case, a 6-year-old beauty pageant regular killed 20 years ago. The untitled project "will reunite the original investigators in the Ramsey case as well as new experts who all re-examine the unsolved case from 20 years ago." Critical Content is producing. (THR.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Training Day" executive producer Antoine Fuqua has inked a first-look deal with The Weinstein Co. (THR.com); and Melissa McCarthy will reprise her role of Sookie St. James in Netflix's "Gilmore Girls" revival (TVLine.com).

  [april 2016]  


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