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[01/29/18 - 11:47 PM]
Development Update: Monday, January 29
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!


DADDY ISSUES (FOX) - The Erin Foster-led/penned single-camera comedy has been ordered to pilot by the network. Liz Meriwether, Oly Obst and Josh Lieberman also serve as executive producers on the half-hour, from 3 Arts Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox TV. The project is detailed by FOX as follows: "Loosely based on Erin Foster's life, "Daddy Issues" revolves around Andi (single, 30-something), who refuses to settle down, and her friendship with her playboy dad. Andi's world is turned upside down when she discovers her dad's fallen in love with her best friend."
F.B.I. (CBS) - Niels Arden Oplev has been tapped to direct and executive produce the debut installment of the Dick Wolf-produced series, about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Deadline.com)
FOUR, THE: BATTLE FOR STARDOM (FOX) - Charlie Walk, a judge on the new series, has been "accused by a former label executive of sexually harassing her during his stint at Sony Music." In response, the network said, "We are currently reviewing this matter and are committed to fostering a safe environment on all of our shows." (Deadline.com)
LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC) - Ken Randall has booked a return trip to the veteran drama as Fin Tutuola's (Ice-T) son Ken Randall. (Deadline.com)
MESSIAH (Netflix) - Tomer Sisley, Mehdi Dehbi and John Ortiz have all been cast in the upcoming drama, which will chronicle the modern world's reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Sisley will play Avrim Dahan, "an embittered Shin Bet operative who is violent, aggressive, a non-believer who is fighting for the protection of his country and nothing else." Dehbi then is set as Al Massih, "described as an enigma, his origins a mystery." And Ortiz will round out the trio as Felix, "smart, humble and unassuming on the outside; though blessed with a strong faith and a loving family, Felix struggles with his lot in life leading a tiny, uninspired congregation in a border town in Texas where he assumes he will live out the rest of his days." (Deadline.com)
MRS. OTIS REGRETS (A.K.A. UNTITLED CHAIKEN & SCRIVNER-LOVE PROJECT) (FOX) - The drama, from Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love, is likewise heading to pilot at the network. Judy Smith and Oly Obst are also set to executive produce for 20th Century Fox Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. The project's synopsis is as follows: "FBI Special Agent Clementine Otis is in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion - an affair with a prominent general - shatters her life and threatens her career at the FBI. Now labeled "the mistress," Clementine Otis - wife, mother, patriot - begins to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation."
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS) - Tembi Locke will recur on the current season as Leigha Winters, "a powerful executive at an investment bank who assumes control after the death of the firm's head." (Deadline.com)
RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS (HBO, New!) - Filmmaker Terence Nance has reportedly scored a six-episode order from the pay channel for a late-night series "described as a subversive look at the zeitgeist." Nance is expected to co-write and direct the ensemble comedy, from MVMT Films, however other auspices were given. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED BAD BOYS SPIN-OFF PROJECT (NBC) - Ernie Hudson has been cast as Joseph Burnett, father to Gabrielle Union's Syd Burnett, in the film franchise's small screen spin-off. (Deadline.com)





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· DADDY ISSUES (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FBI (CBS)
· FOUR, THE: BATTLE FOR STARDOM (FOX)
· LA'S FINEST (SPECTRUM)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· MESSIAH (NETFLIX)
· MRS. OTIS REGRETS (FOX)
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
· RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS (HBO)





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