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[06/19/18 - 11:20 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, June 19
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!


INVINCIBLE (Amazon, New!) - The streaming service has commissioned an eight-episode hourlong animated series based on Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley's comic book series of the same name, about Mark Grayson, "a normal teenager except for the fact that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, Mark begins to develop powers of his own and enters into his father's tutelage." Amazon Studios-based Skybound Entertainment is behind the project with Kirkman, Simon Racioppa, David Alpert and Catherine Winder as executive producers and Justin and Chris Copeland as supervising directors. (Deadline.com)
JETT (Cinemax) - Giancarlo Esposito, Elena Anaya, Michael Aronov, Gaite Jansen, Chris Backus, Gil Bellows and Violet McGraw are set to star opposite Carla Gugino in the upcoming drama, about the fresh out of prison, world-class thief Daisy "Jett" Kowalski (Gugino) who's forced back into doing what she does best by dangerous and eccentric criminals determined to exploit her skills for their own ends. Esposito will play Baudelaire, "a powerful crime lord"; with Anaya as Maria, "who served as a surrogate mother for Kowalski's daughter (McGraw) when she was in prison"; and Jansen as Phoenix, "an ex-junkie hooker." Backus, Bellows and Aronov's role were not specified. Additionally, Jodie Turner-Smith, Gentry White, Lucy Walters and Mustafa Shakir will recur, also in unspecified roles. (Deadline.com)
LITTLE AMERICA (Apple) - Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's proposed half-hour anthology has been ordered to series by the company, billed as a look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever. Lee Eisenberg, Alan Yang, Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will also executive produce for Universal TV with Arthur Spector as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)
LOVECRAFT COUNTRY (HBO) - Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis and Elizabeth Debicki have all been cast in the upcoming drama. Vance will play George Black: "Warm, funny, and well read, he was the first to introduce Atticus to the wonderful and strange world of pulp novels. As the publisher of the "Safe Negro Travel Guide" he's been on enough adventures to understand there's no place like home." Ellis then is George's wife Hippolyta Black: "She's been a housewife most of her life with dreams of getting into some adventures of her own, despite her husband's misgivings. Her itch for adventure will eventually, literally and figuratively, take her to the stars and beyond." And Debicki portrays Christina Braithwhite, "the leader of a secret order calling themselves the "Sons of Adam." She's gone to great lengths to earn her father's respect, to no avail. She's going to pave her own path to power, and she's going to use Atticus and his family to do it." (Deadline.com)
MODERN FAMILY (ABC) - Co-creator Steve Levitan took to social media to confirm he will be not be re-upping his current overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television over his disgust with corporate sibling Fox News. (@SteveLevitan)
RESIDENT, THE (FOX) - Jane Leeves has signed a one-year deal to join the cast of the medical drama as Dr. Kitt Voss, "star Orthopedic Surgeon. She will be a kick-ass new mentor for our residents. Kitt attracts the roving eye of Dr. Bell, while butting heads with larger-than-life Cardio-thoracic surgeon AJ Austin (Malcolm-Jamal Warner)." Additionally, co-stars Moran Atias, Merrin Dungey and Melina Kanakaredes have been confirmed as not returning. (Deadline.com)
SCANDAL (ABC) - Former supervising producer Raamla Mohamed has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Mohamed is also behind "Sweet Life," a potential drama at HBO with Issa Rae. (Deadline.com)
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (CBSAA) - Alex Kurtzman's just announced production agreement with CBS Television Studios will reportedly include these four potential new "Star Trek" projects: "a series set at Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz"; "a limited series whose plot details are being kept under wraps"; "a limited series based around the "Wrath of Khan" story"; and "an animated series whose plot details are being kept under wraps." (Variety.com)
YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT (Apple) - Kristen Wiig has bowed out of the upcoming comedy series over scheduling conflicts on the upcoming "Wonder Woman" sequel. The project subsequently is on hold while "Apple and the producers evaluate their options, including proceeding with a different actress." (Deadline.com)





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· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· INVINCIBLE (AMAZON)
· JETT (CINEMAX)
· LITTLE AMERICA (APPLE TV PLUS)
· LOVECRAFT COUNTRY (HBO)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· RESIDENT, THE (FOX)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (CBSAA)
· STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS (CBSAA)
· SWEET LIFE (HBO)
· YOU THINK IT, I'LL SAY IT (APPLE TV PLUS)





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