[07/12/21 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 12
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC) - Creator Vince Gilligan has signed a new four-year, eight-figure overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, extending his 15-year run at the studio for the foreseeable future. The pact covers his duties on the series as well as any future development from his High Bridge Productions banner. (Deadline.com)
BLACKOUT (Netflix, New!) - The streamer has commissioned a six-part anthology series which "will tell six different stories of Black teenagers who find love during a power outage in New York City." Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon will each pen installments for Higher Ground Productions and Temple Hill Entertainment. Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will presumably executive produce. (Variety.com)
COOKING WITH PARIS (Netflix, New!) - Paris Hilton is set to be the focus of a new reality project at the streamer which features "the hotel heiress and business mogul learning her way around the kitchen with the help of her famous friends." The Intellectual Property Corporation's Aaron Saidman, Eli Holzman and Rebecca Hertz will executive produce alongside Hilton. The six half-hour episodes are slated to drop on Wednesday, August 4. (Variety.com)
DMZ (HBO Max) - The Rosario Dawson-led adaptation of the DC Comics series has cast Rutina Wesley as Athena, "a calculating operative for the separatist Free States of America - and the most effective power broker in the DMZ that no one there has heard of"; Mamie Gummer as Rose, "a jaded medic who tirelessly cares for the ill and injured of this disenfranchised population, regardless of the cost"; Nora Dunn as Oona, "a powerful fixture of near-mythical stature who oversees an all-female commune, along with the most valuable currency in all the DMZ: the water supply"; Henry G. Sanders as Cedric, "a straight-shooting citizen of the DMZ whose only care in the world is protecting his grandson"; Venus Ariel as Nico, "a foul-mouthed scavenger with a hankering for mischief"; Jade Wu as Susie, "whose revolutionary past has shown her that the best of humanity can be discovered at its worst moments"; Rey Gallegos as Cesar, "a ruthless and devoted consigliere who'll stop at nothing to secure his gang's authority in the DMZ"; Agam Darshi as Franklin, "one of the only smugglers who can get someone in or out of the DMZ"; and Juani Feliz as Carmen, "the fearless and fiery partner to the biggest bad in the DMZ, and a critical source of power and community in her native Spanish Harlem." Additionally, Ernest Dickerson and Carly Wray have signed on as a director/executive producer and co-executive producer, respectively. (Deadline.com)
FBI: MOST WANTED (CBS) - Alexa Davalos has joined the cast of the upcoming season as "an FBI agent who joins Jess' (Julian McMahon's) team." No other details were given. (Deadline.com)
HISTORY 101 (Netflix) - ITN Productions is reportedly begun work on a second season of the bite-sized history show in anticipation of a renewal by the streamer. Simon George, Bruce Kennedy and Ian Russell are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)
INSTANT KARMA (HBO Max) - Ritza Bloom has been tapped to bring Marissa Meyer's novel to the small screen as a half-hour comedy at the streamer. The project "follows chronic overachiever Prudence Barnett, who is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her." Bloom will write and executive produce with Meyer as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)
JULIA (HBO Max) - The streamer's Julia Child drama, which stars Sarah Lancashire in the title role, has cast Robert Joy as Hunter Fox, "the president of WGBH"; Erin Neufer as Marian Morash, "the James Beard Award winning chef who appeared on Child's cooking show and was married to producer Russ Morash"; James Cromwell as John McWilliams, "Child's father"; and Adriane Lenox as Virginia Naman. (Deadline.com)
LAST POLICEMAN, THE (FOX) - Kyle Killen's small screen take on Ben Winters's sci-fi mystery novel has received a former pilot order from the network, FOX Entertainment, 20th Television, Anonymous Content and Chapter Eleven. The project, which was previously set up at NBC and Sony Pictures Television in 2016, "follows a small-town police detective, who, as an asteroid races toward an apocalyptic collision with Earth, believes she's been chosen to save humanity, while her cynical partner can't decide what he'll enjoy more: her delusional failure, or the end of the world itself." Killen will write, direct and executive produce alongside Winters and Scott Pennington. (Deadline.com)
LUXE LISTINGS SYDNEY (Amazon) - The streaming service took to social media with the news the series will return for a second season. (@luxelistingssydney)
REDRUM (NBC, New!) - Wrtier/director Nzingha Stewart has set up a potential drama at the network about "two best friends - Jess and Sadie - who host a podcast about New Orleans' most infamous serial killers. But when they make fun of the wrong sociopath and people close to them start to turn up dead, our friends, who are grossly ill-equipped for this unfortunate circumstance, realize they have to do what the police haven't: find the killer before they become the victims of their own story. Let the good times roll." Carla Banks-Waddles, Casey Kyber and Jenna Bans are also on board to executive produce via the latter's Universal Television-based Minnesota Logging Company. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED COBURN & WOOTTON PROJECT (NBC) - Jordan Johnson-Hinds has landed a role on the drama pilot as Anthony Flowers: "Smart and ambitious, Anthony Flowers is Val Turner's (Ryan Michelle Bathé) partner and confidante. Inspired by Val's prior success at the Bureau, his determination to rise in the ranks is buffered only by his respect for her." (Deadline.com)

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