[11/29/19 - 11:34 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BIGGEST LITTLE COOK-OFF (Quibi) - Andy Samberg has signed onto the comedy competition as host and executive producer. In an absurd showdown, two top chefs will battle to create the most delicious, salivating, mouth-watering, scrumptious... single bite of food. Michael Rosenstein, Stephen Kroopnick and Stu Schreiberg are also executive producing. (Deadline.com, 11/27)
MEDICI (Netflix) - Toby Regbo, Daniel Sharman, Synnøve Karlsen, Francesco Montanari and John Lynch are set to star in the show's third and final season, due in early 2020. Said installment, "starts a few months after the infamous Pazzi conspiracy that cost the life of Lorenzo's brother, and nearly his own. Lorenzo, now a more complex and conflicted character, is thirsting for revenge. The Medici are more powerful than ever, but war with Pope Sixtus IV is looming, and Count Riario is trying every way to force it." (Deadline.com, 11/29)
MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN (Netflix) - Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Booker Prize-winning novel is not moving forward at the streaming service. Bhardwaj was tapped as showrunner of the six-part series in November 2018 and was expected to direct three episodes with Aditya Nimbalkar helming the other three. Netflix said in a statement: "We're disappointed to not move forward with Midnight's Children, one of the world's great novels. This was an inherently complex book to adapt and a really ambitious project and ultimately we couldn't bring the story to life in the scale and manner it deserved. We're grateful to Vishal Bhardwaj for his amazing vision and craft as we strove to adapt this pioneering work of literature. We look forward to working with him on other projects in the future." (HuffingtonPost.com, 11/28)
SELENA: THE SERIES (Netflix) - The Selena Quintanilla coming-of-age series has cast Julio Macias as Pete Astudillo; Jesse Posey as Chris Perez; Hunter Reese Peña as Ricky Vela; Carlos Alfredo, Jr. as Joe Ojeda; Juan Martinez as Young A.B; Daniela Estrada as Young Suzette; and Paul Rodriguez, Jr. as Roger Garcia. (Deadline.com, 11/27)
WHITE HOUSE FARM (HBO Max, New!) - The streaming service has scored the U.S. rights to All3Media International's six-part British crime drama which "tells the story of when members of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse." Stephen Graham and Freddie Fox star as DCI "Taff" Jones and Jeremy Bamber, respectively, with Mark Addy, Gemma Whelan, Mark Stanley, Alexa Davies, Cressida Bonas, Alfie Allen, Amanda Burton and Nicholas Farrell in unspecified roles. Paul Whittington directed the project from scripts by Kris Mrksa and Giula Sandler with Willow Grylls, Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke and Kris Mrksa executive producing and Lee Thomas producing. (Deadline.com, 11/29)

  [november 2019]  


[09/23/20 - 12:03 PM]
"Bob's Burgers" and "Family Guy" Receive Two-Season Pickups
The aforementioned renewals will extend both series through 2023.

[09/23/20 - 12:00 PM]
Amazon Prime Video and IMDb TV Announce New York Comic Con 2020 Programming Block, Debuting Thursday, October 8
"Truth Seekers," "Utopia," "Alex Rider," "The Boys," and "Invincible" are among those featured.

[09/23/20 - 10:18 AM]
ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group Announces First Time Directors Program to Develop 50 Original Movies with First Time BIPOC and Women Directors
The deal calls for 50 films across Paramount Network, MTV, Comedy Central and the E&Y portfolio for first time BIPOC filmmakers and women directors to tell diverse stories through the lens of diverse storytellers.

[09/23/20 - 10:15 AM]
Seth Meyers Goes Live on Primetime with "Closer Look Thursday"
The half-hour special will air Thursday, October 8 at 8:30/7:30c, live from Studio 8G in midtown Manhattan's iconic Rockefeller Center.

[09/23/20 - 10:00 AM]
Nickelodeon Orders "Brendar the Barbarian," New Live-Action Puppet Comedy Series from Co-Creators Mike Mitchell and Drew Massey
In the series, a troll who has never ventured out from under his bridge, decides to explore the world for the first time in search of a great adventure and inspiration to fulfill his dream of becoming a singer.

[09/23/20 - 09:48 AM]
Discovery Partners with Team Downey and Glen Zipper on Four Part Event Wildlife Series "The Bond"
The four-part series takes an intimate look at the unique bond between animals and humans, spotlighting these relationships in its purest forms.

[09/23/20 - 09:41 AM]
New Six-Part Comedic Drama "The Trouble with Maggie Cole" Premieres Sunday, October 18 on PBS
Set in an idyllic English fishing village, this six-part series follows the titular character as she navigates the repercussions of her idle gossip.

[09/23/20 - 09:31 AM]
"Peacemaker" Is Coming to HBO Max - New DC Action-Comedy Series Starring John Cena
Cena will reprise his role from "The Suicide Squad" movie to star in the series, and the film's acclaimed writer/director James Gunn will write all eight episodes and will direct multiple episodes, including the first.

[09/23/20 - 09:02 AM]
Video: New Trailer - Hulu's "Helstrom"
Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon star in the series, due on Friday, October 16.

[09/23/20 - 09:00 AM]
Video: AMC Releases Official Trailer for "The Salisbury Poisonings"
The four-part drama tells the remarkable story of how ordinary people and public services reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, displaying extraordinary heroism as their city became the focus of an unprecedented national emergency.

[09/23/20 - 09:00 AM]
"Truth Seekers" Unleashes the Supernatural October 30
The eight-episode paranormal comedy series from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg will launch on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide, just in time for a spook-tacular Halloween.

[09/23/20 - 08:40 AM]
TV One Brings New Episodes of "Fatal Attraction" to the "True Crime Mondays" Programming Block on Monday, September 28 at 9 P.M. ET/8C
Each new episode documents new stories, new drama, and never-before-seen footage that offers viewers first-hand accounts into jaw-dropping cases involving crimes of passion.

[09/23/20 - 08:31 AM]
David Letterman Continues the Conversation with a New Season of "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman"
Dave Chappelle, Kim Kardashian, Lizzo and Robert Downey Jr. are all on tap this season, due on October 21.

[09/23/20 - 08:15 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Dancing with the Stars" Tops Demo Race Over "America's Got Talent"
ABC leads the night in the key demographic while NBC is the most-watched network.

[09/23/20 - 07:31 AM]
HGTV Orders Six New One-Hour Episodes of "Bargain Mansions" Starring Home Renovator Tamara Day
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