[12/09/20 - 11:52 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, December 9
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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EXTRAPOLATIONS (Apple TV+) - The streamer has ordered writer/director Scott Z. Burns's proposed anthology to series, which will "tell intimate, unanticipated stories of how the upcoming changes to our planet will affect love, faith, work and family on a personal and human scale. Told over a season of 10 interconnected episodes, each story in the scripted series will track the worldwide battle for our mutual survival spanning the 21st century." Michael Ellenberg, Greg Jacobs and Dorothy Fortenberry will also executive produce for Media Res. (Variety.com)
GHOSTS (CBS) - The Eye's domestic take on the U.K. comedy has cast Asher Grodman as Trevor, "a finance bro who died in the late 1990s"; Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, "a Prohibition era lounge singer"; Richie Moriarty as Pete, "a 1980's era scout troop leader"; Sheila Carrasco as Flower, "a 1960's era hippie"; and Román Zaragoza as Sasappis, "sarcastic, droll and over it." Filming on the pilot began this week. Rose McIver, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Rebecca Wisocky and Brandon Scott Jones also star. (Deadline.com)
GORDITA CHRONICLES, THE (HBO Max) - Claudia Forestieri's single-camera comedy - about a Latina reporter looking back on her childhood as a chubby, willful and reluctant Dominican immigrant growing up with her eccentric family in 1980s Miami - has been ordered to pilot by the streaming service. Josh Berman, Chris King, Jennifer Robinson, Zoe Saldana, Mariel Saldana and Cisely Saldana also executive produce for Osprey Productions, Cinestar Pictures and Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (Amazon) - Craig William Macneill has been tapped to direct and executive produce the debut installment of the film franchise-turned-TV series. (Variety.com)
ICARLY (Paramount+, New!) - Miranda Cosgrove (Carly), Jerry Trainor (Spencer) and Nathan Kress (Freddie) are set to reprise their roles on a revival of the 2007-12 Nickelodeon series, which "followed a group of best friends creating a webcast while grappling with everyday problems and adventures." Jay Kogen and Ali Schouten are spearheading the project, further details of which were not given. (TVLine.com)
LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME (NBC) - Ilene Chaiken has signed an overall deal with Universal Television. As part of the pact, she'll join the Christopher Meloni-led spin-off as showrunner. Dick Wolf, Terry Miller, Fred Berner, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski will also executive produce. (Deadline.com)
MAGNUM P.I. (CBS) - Lance Lim will recur on the current third season as Dennis, "the son of Det. Gordon Katsumoto (Tim Kang)." (Deadline.com)
MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC) - Andrew Leeds will guest on the show's December 17 episode as Peter, "a highly skilled music teacher who works with young artists. But his style is decidedly not gentle - which likely will be a shock to Sophie, Danny, Theo or whatever kid winds up on the other side of his music stand." (TVLine.com)
NEIGHBORHOOD, THE (CBS) - Michael Gladis, real-life husband to co-star Beth Behrs, will drop by the series as "Calvin's "personable and dryly funny" physician, Dr. Fisher. After Dave learns that Calvin hasn't seen a doctor in nearly a decade, he insists his best friend go for a physical, where he's told that he'll need to schedule a routine colonoscopy." (TVLine.com)
NEVER HAVE I EVER (Netflix) - Tyler Alvarez has scored a recurring role on the series as Malcom: "A "Young Hollywood" type, Malcom went to elementary school with Devi and her friends but left when he was cast in a Disney Channel show. He's recently returned to Sherman Oaks High whilst continuing his acting career." (Deadline.com)
PHYSICAL (Apple TV+) - The Rose Byrne-led dramedy has cast Paul Sparks as John Breem, "a conservative real estate developer convinced the mall will save the American family"; Rory Scovel as Danny, "Sheila's husband, a brilliant and disagreeable Berkeley radical taking a long shot run at mainstream politics"; Lou Taylor Pucci as Tyler, "a tender-hearted surfer and aspiring filmmaker"; Della Saba as Bunny, "a meteorite of an aerobics instructor with a hot temper and an enigmatic past"; Dierdre Friel as Greta, "a socially awkward fellow mother at Sheila's daughter's school who becomes her friend and confidant"; and Ashley Liao as Simone, "a student of Danny's who is as enamored with him as she is ambitious." In addition, Craig Gillespie is set to helm the pilot with Liza Johnson and Stephanie Laing also directing installments. All three will also executive produce. (Deadline.com)
SINGLE DRUNK FEMALE (Freeform, New!) - Sofia Black-D'Elia is set to star in a single-camera comedy at the cable channel which "follows a 28-year-old irreverent alcoholic Samantha Fink (Black-D'Elia), who, after a spectacularly embarrassing public breakdown, is forced to move back home with her overbearing mother to sober up and avoid jail time. But when her childhood best friend reveals surprising news, Samantha realizes she can no longer qualify as a party girl - she's a walking disaster." Writer Simone Finch and director Leslye Headland are behind the 20th Television-based project with Jenni Konner and Phil Traill also executive producing. Also cast are Ally Sheedy as Carol, "Samantha's overbearing but absent parent"; Rebecca Henderson as Olivia, "a brilliant melancholic lesbian who works as one of the greeters at AA"; Sasha Compère as Brit, "Samantha's smart, loyal and always well-put-together ex-BFF"; Lily Mae Harrington as Felicia, "Samantha's fun and fearless drinking companion"; and Garrick Bernard as James, "an isolating, high-functioning drunk who works in the tech industry." (Deadline.com)
STATION 19 (ABC) - Robert Curtis Brown has been cast as the father of Travis Montgomery (Jay Hayden) on the series: Travis, "a buttoned-up, religious father who's hiding a part of himself from his family." (Deadline.com)
SUCCESSION (HBO) - The show's upcoming third season has promoted Justine Lupe's Willa Ferreyra, David Rasche's Karl Muller and Fisher Stevens's Hugo Baker to regulars. (Deadline.com)
TRUE BLOOD (HBO, New!) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jami O'Brien are spearheading a new iteration of the 2008-14 vampire drama, based on Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries novels, at the pay channel. No plot specifics were given about the project, which is expected to have original creator Alan Ball on board as an executive producer. (TVLine.com)
WILD YEAR ON EARTH, A (BBC America, New!) - Northern Pictures has sold a six-part wildlife documentary series to the cable channel which "follows seasonal events of the natural world including migration, rebirth and transformation. Filmed in 4K, it was shot including migration, rebirth and transformation and features the likes of black kites hunting in the flames of wildfire. Over the course of a turbulent year, the series reveals how the natural world and all of its creatures are connected to the Earth's seasonal patterns, which, in the 21st Century, are becoming more extreme and dangerously unpredictable." Laura Carmichael serves as narrator with Karina Holden executive producing and Daniella Ortega producing. (Deadline.com)
WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT (ABC) - Emmy winner Glynn Turman has joined the cast of the limited series as Mose Wright, "Emmett Till's great uncle. A sharecropper, minister, and proud family man, Mose's testimony during Emmett's murder trial was noted among the bravest moments of the Civil Rights Movement; it was one of the first times, if not the first, a Black man stood in open court in the South and accused a white man of a crime." (Deadline.com)
ZORRO (NBC) - Sofia Vergara, Robert Rodriguez and Rebecca Rodriguez have signed onto the network's contemporary take on the classic masked vigilante character, which "centers on Sola Dominguez, an underground artist who fights for social justice as contemporary version of the mythical Zorro. Her life is threatened by several criminal organizations after she exposes them." The Rodriguez sibling duo will pen the script with Rebecca Rodriguez set to direct. They succeed Alfredo Barrios, Jr., who was originally attached. Ben Siverman, Howard T. Owens, Rodney Ferrell, Greg Lipstone, Jay Weisleder, Luis Balaguer, Geoff Clark, Eric Bromberg and John Gertz also serve as executive producers alongside the aforementioned trio for CBS Studios, Universal Television, Propagate and LatinWe. (Deadline.com)

  [december 2020]  


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