[12/18/20 - 11:43 PM]
Development Update: Friday, December 18
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ALL AMERICAN (The CW) - Lamon Archey and G.G. Townson will recur on the show's third season. Archey will return as Superintendent D'Angelo Carter "who finished last season with a large-scale proposal to convert South Crenshaw to a Magnet School"; while Townson will play Lil Jewel, "a singer working on her upcoming album and another one of JP's artists." (Deadline.com)
BIG LEAP, THE (FOX) - The drama pilot has suspended filming in Chicago "following confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in a zone of the production that includes the cast as well as crew members who interact with the actors." No decision has been made about the approximately four days left to shoot. (Deadline.com)
CUTBLOCK (HBO, New!) - Writer/directors Andrew Cividino and Trey Edward Shults are developing a limited series at the pay channel which "tracks a family of west coast timber fallers in their century-long pursuit of prosperity." Hyperobject Industries' Adam McKay and Betsy Koch will executive produce alongside the duo. (Deadline.com)
DADHOLES (CBS, New!) - Brian Keith Etheridge is developing a multi-camera comedy at the Eye which "centers on two dads with nothing in common who find themselves stuck together when their kids bond on the first day of kindergarten." The project is inspired by the indie web series created by comedian Chris Wylde. Both will executive produce alongside Cloud Nine Productions' Eric Christian Olsen for CBS Studios. (Deadline.com)
DAYLIGHT (FOX, New!) - Denise Hahn has sold a new drama to the network based on Marion Pauw's novel "Daglicht," about Iris, "a high-powered Korean American lawyer, who makes the shocking discovery that a local convicted murderer is her estranged brother. When she learns the prisoner shares the same developmental disability as her son, she gets pulled into the case and ends up exposing a web of corruption and shocking family secrets that lead her to a truth she never expected." Both will executive produce alongside Laura Michalchyshyn, Eva Miller, Sofia Sondervan-Bild and Janet Grillo for FOX Entertainment and Blue Ant Studios. (Deadline.com)
DEBRIS (NBC) - Gabrielle Ryan will recur on the upcoming drama as Dee Dee, "Finola's (Riann Steele) younger sister who is the apple of her father's eye and struggling to get her life together in London." (Deadline.com)
FINAL FRIEND, THE (TBS, New!) - Chloe Searcy and Josh Margolin are developing a new comedy at the cable channel about "a close-knit group of friends whose lives get thrown into chaos when one of them starts dating a serial killer." One-Two Punch Productions' Deb Spera will also executive produce for Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)
FIRST LADY (CBS) - Jessica Grasl's drama - in which "the beloved First Lady of the United States does the unthinkable - she divorces her husband while he's still in office and uses her prominence to become an advocate for truth and justice by revitalizing her career as a lawyer and reuniting with her family at their Philly firm" - is being redeveloped at the Eye. Corinne Brinkerhoff will co-write the hour with Green Ribbon Entertainment's Tiffany Grant and Cloud Nine Productions' Eric Christian Olsen also executive produce for CBS Studios. (Deadline.com)
FRUIT MAN (Hulu, New!) - Daniel Koren is set to star in a proposed comedy at the streamer about "a neurotic Brooklynite (Koren) who discovers the Tree of Knowledge growing on his patio and uses the power of its fruit to change his life." Koren will co-write the half-hour alongside Kieran Valla with Cloud Nine Productions' Eric Christian Olsen likewise executive producing for CBS Studios. (Deadline.com)
GUERRILLAS (ABC, New!) - Al Madrigal and Jaime Camil are attached to star in a single-camera comedy at the Alphabet in which "when Miles Flores (Madrigal), a lonely efficiency expert for an oil company gets kidnapped in South America, he ends up working for a disorganized group of guerrilla soldiers to earn back his freedom. Camil plays the "Commandante" (leader) of the Guerrilla soldiers who kidnapped Miles." Madrigal and Matt Kellard co-wrote the project with Sutton Street Productions' Jennie Snyder Urman and Joanna Klein also executive producing for CBS Studios. Camil will co-executive produce. (Deadline.com)
IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX) - Filming on the series has been paused "after a confirmed positive case in Zone A that was discovered through a routine screening, in adherence with the show's strict health and safety protocols." Production is expected to resume in January. (Deadline.com)
LOCKE & KEY (Netflix) - Co-showrunner Meredith Averill has signed a new overall deal with the streamer. She'll continue on the newly extended drama as well as develop new series projects. (Deadline.com)
LOOK AT ME (NBC, New!) - Tom Donnelly and Josh Oppenheimer are developing a drama series at the network inspired by the life of deaf model, actor and activist Nyle DiMarco. The project is detailed as "an ensemble drama about a multi-generational deaf family, living under one roof, and their hearing daughter-in-law and granddaughter who move in after a change in their circumstances." All three will executive produce alongside Melrose Placed's Sami Housman and Zadan/Meron Productions' Neil Meron and Mark Nicholson for the Universal Television. (Deadline.com)
NEVER HAVE I EVER (Netflix) - Utkarsh Ambudkar and P.J. Byrne have signed on to recur on the new season as Mr. Kulkarni, "the coolest teacher on staff at Sherman Oaks High"; and Evan, "a head research assistant in Kamala's program at Caltech." (Deadline.com)
RESIDENT, THE (FOX) - Jessica Lucas is joining the cast of the new season as Billie, "once a top neurosurgery resident at Chastain who was cut after a tragic error and left under a cloud. Nic (Emily VanCamp) has known and loved her since childhood and wants her to return. Will Billie's pride, hot temper, and ego get her in trouble again? She'll have to control the fact she knows all too well, that she's nearly always the smartest person in the room." (Deadline.com)
SAY THEIR NAMES (HBO, New!) - Jonathan I. Kidd and Sonya Winton-Odamtten are likewise developing a limited series at the network which "examines the "Grim Sleeper" murders from the perspective of Bajan-American, human rights activist Margaret Prescod who founded The Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders in the mid-1980s." Said duo recently renewed their overall with the pay channel in an eight-figure deal. Provenance Venutures' Lisa Ellis; Tribeca Productions' Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh; and director Elliott Lester will also executive produce with Prescod as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED ALL AMERICAN SPIN-OFF PROJECT (The CW, New!) - The netlet is reportedly developing a potential spin-off of the football-themed drama featuring Geffri Maya's college-bound Simone Hicks, to be set at a historically Black university. No specific auspices were given for the project, which would be set up via a backdoor pilot episode this season. The parent series is executive produced by Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and John A. Norris for Warner Bros. Television, CBS Television Studios and Berlanti Productions. (TVLine.com)
VIRGIN RIVER (Netflix) - Zibby Allen and Stacey Farber are both bound for the show's just-ordered third season. Allen will join the cast as Brie, Jack's (Martin Henderson) sister, "a lawyer who is smart, hard-charging, ballsy and a whole lot of fun." Farber then will recur as Tara Anderson, "Lilly's (Linda Boyd) daughter, who we finally meet this season since she is helping her with Baby Chloe while her three other siblings are living away from home." (Deadline.com)

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