[04/06/21 - 11:45 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, April 6
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ACAPULCO/HOME ECONOMICS/ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (Various) - Eric and Kim Tannenbaum have renewed their overall television deal with Lionsgate Television, home to the aforementioned series. They'll continue to develop new series projects via their the Tannenbaum Co. banner. (Deadline.com)
BEHIND EVERY MAN/BELLE COLLECTIVE/LOVE & MARRIAGE: HUNTSVILLE (OWN) - Executive producer Carlos King has inked a first-look deal with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The pact gives the company an initial crack at his Kingdom Reign Entertainment banner's output. (Deadline.com)
BIG SKY (ABC) - Michelle Veintimilla and Sebastian Roché have both scored roles on the freshman drama as Rosie Amaya, "the tough as nails daughter of Gil Amaya, the Kleinsasser family's ranch manager"; and Sheriff Wagy, "the polite and parochial Lochsa County Sheriff," respectively. (Deadline.com)
BUCKTOWN (ABC) - Comedian Erik Griffin has scored a role on the multi-camera comedy pilot as Finn, "Amy's (Shannon Woodward) boss. The sweetest, most open-hearted man who adores his wife and partner, Jan (Nicole Richie) but is not afraid to call her out." (Deadline.com)
CHUCKY (Syfy/USA) - Alex Vincent and Christine Elise McCarthy are the latest franchise alums set to reprise their roles on the TV series. The former plays Charles Lee Ray's OG best friend, Andy Barclay; while the latter is Andy's foster sister, Kyle. (Syfy.com)
GOOD FIGHT, THE (Paramount+) - Wayne Brady will recur on the upcoming season as Del Cooper, "a comedian-turned-executive at a top streaming service who intersects romantically and professionally with the lawyers at the firm." (TVLine.com)
GORILLA AND THE BIRD/PLAYERS TABLE, THE (HBO/HBO Max) - Jean-Marc Vallée and Nathan Ross's Crazyrose banner has signed a three-year first-look deal with HBO and HBO Max. The former is home to the limited series, based on the memoir by Zack McDermott which Vallée will also direct; and the latter is developing the Jessica Goodman adaptation. (Deadline.com)
MAGGIE (ABC) - Nichole Sakura, Angelique Cabral, Chloe Bridges and Kerri Kenney are the latest additions to the Rebecca Rittenhouse-led comedy pilot, which has also tapped Natalia Anderson as director. Sakura plays Louise, "Maggie's (Rittenhouse) best friend since childhood; she is funny, single and ready to mingle, all the time"; with Cabral as Amy, "Ben's (David Del Rio) older sister; she's basically the world's most uptight hippie"; Bridges as Jessie, "Ben's girlfriend and Maggie's neighbor in the duplex; she's friendly without seeming inauthentic, full of natural kindness and warmth"; and Kenney as Maria, "Maggie's (Rittenhouse) mother, the kind of person who constantly tells people, "Don't worry about me, I'm easy!" but neither statement is true; Maria has a strong preoccupation with her daughter's life, and specifically her love life." (Deadline.com)
MASTERS OF THE AIR (Apple TV+) - Raff Law has scored a principal role on the WWII drama as Sgt. Ken Lemmons. The project, which has begun production in the U.K., also stars Austin Butler, Callum Turner, Anthony Boyle and Nate Mann. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED KANYE WEST PROJECT (Netflix, New!) - The streamer has landed a multi-part docuseries "spanning over two decades of footage and home videos of Kanye West's life and work." Clarence "Coodie" Simmons and Chike Ozah, who helmed West's 2004 music video "Jesus Walks (Version 3)" and "Through the Wire," are behind the project, which "is said to include never-before-seen footage of West, and will cover his career in music and fashion, his failed 2020 presidential bid, and the death of his mother, Donda West." No other auspices were given. (Variety.com)

  [april 2021]  


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