[09/17/21 - 11:03 PM]
Development Update: Friday, September 17
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BRIGANTI (BRIGANDS) (Netflix, New!) - Fabula Pictures has booked a new Italian crime drama at the streamer. It is detailed as follows: "The adventurous transformation of Filomena, from obedient wife to ruthless bandit, takes place out of necessity: hunted and on the run, she seeks shelter in the woods where she meets a band of brigands ready for anything. Her determination and cunning will save her life and, joining them, she decides to give back to the south what was stolen from him: Garibaldi's gold. On his path are two women, Michelina and Ciccilla, sometimes allies, sometimes enemies, equally determined and unpredictable. Inspired by real characters, a modern, epic and action-packed tale." (Deadline.com)
DOLLFACE (Hulu) - Chelsea Frei has scored a recurring role on the new season in a yet-to-be-revealed role. (Deadline.com)
LIDIA (Netflix, New!) - Matilda De Angelis will star in a new Italian drama at the streaming service from Groenlandia, creators Guido Iuculano and Davide Orsini and directors Matteo Rovere and Letizia Lamartire. Its logline is as follows: "Turin, 1884. A court ruling prevents Lidia Poët from practicing the profession of lawyer because she is a woman. Penniless but full of pride, Lidia asks her brother Enrico for a job at his law firm and prepares an appeal, determined to overturn the Court's conclusions. Through a gaze that goes beyond her time, Lidia deals with the suspects looking for the truth behind appearances and prejudices. Jacopo, a mysterious journalist and Lidia's brother-in-law, passes her information and guides her into the hidden worlds of a magniloquent Turin." (Deadline.com)
LYING LIFE OF ADULTS, THE (Netflix) - Valeria Golino has been cast as Vittoria, Giovanna's aunt, in the Elena Ferrante adaptation. Director Edoardo De Angelis is behind the project, with Ferrante, De Angelis, Laura Paolucci and Francesco Piccolo among the writers. (Deadline.com)
NEMESIS (Netflix, New!) - Indigo Film and creators Alessandro Fabbri, Ludovica Rampoldi and Stefano Sardo have likewise booked a new Italian drama at the streamer. It is described as follows: "What makes us what we are: genetics or the social and economic conditions in which we grew up? How much of our destiny is already decided at birth? Diana is a lawyer who comes from nothing and has arrived at the most prestigious law firm in Milan where she finds herself defending Tommaso, heir to a very rich family of entrepreneurs, accused of the murder of his wife Gloria. The case is immediately difficult because the man appears innocent and guilty at the same time, victim and executioner, loving and traitor. During the process, Diana will have to unravel a thread that is lost in the past. And to do so, she will have to reconcile with the darker version of herself struggling to come to light." (Deadline.com)
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY, THE (Bravo) - For the first time in the franchise's history, the network has canceled the show's reunion episodes. "Due to scheduling challenges around taping the reunion of 'The Real Housewives of New York City' in a timely manner, Bravo confirmed there will not be a reunion for this season," a spokesperson told the publication. "It's disappointing to not be able to bring the cast back together, but we are happy to have ended on such a high note with the finale, and are now shifting our focus to next season." (Variety.com)
TUTTO CHIEDE SALVEZZA (Netflix, New!) - Daniele Mencarelli's novel is being turned into an Italian drama at the streamer from Picomedia and starring Federico Cesari as the main lead character, Daniele. Director Francesco Bruni and writers Bruni, Daniele Mencarelli, Daniela Gambaro and Francesco Cenni are also among the auspices. The logline is given as: "To end up under the Tso regime for seven days, does it mean to be crazy? This is what twenty-year-old Daniele asks himself when, after a psychotic crisis, he wakes up in the dormitory of a psychiatric ward. He finds himself with five unlikely roommates with whom he thinks he has nothing in common, pressured by doctors who they want to rummage in his brain, and looked after by nurses who seem cynical and disinterested. But seven days are long and what at first seemed like a sentence gradually turns into one of the most intense and formative experiences of his life. A dramedy of existences that recovers the root of our best bitter comedy, reinterpreted in a contemporary key, as in a cry for help, heartbreaking but full of hope, from the new generations and their enigmatic discomfort in living." (Deadline.com)

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[12/06/21 - 01:08 PM]
Performers and Presenters Announced for the 2021 "People's Choice Awards" Tomorrow, December 7 at 9:00PM ET/PT
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[12/06/21 - 12:15 PM]
All Seasons of "The Office" Coming to Freeform, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022
To celebrate this new addition, Freeform will air two marathons over New Year's weekend, starting with a countdown of the 30 Best Episodes, as determined by fans and multiple publications, on Saturday, January 1, from 1 p.m.-12 a.m EST/PST.

[12/06/21 - 12:01 PM]
Video: "Punk'd" Season 2 - Official Trailer - The Roku Channel
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[12/06/21 - 11:35 AM]
"Ken and Barbie Killers: The Lost Murder Tapes" Follows Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka on a Chilling Crime Spree, Captured on Video
ID will air the shocking story over back-to-back nights on Sunday, December 12 and Monday, December 13 beginning at 9/8c, and viewers can binge the entire four-part series on discovery+.

[12/06/21 - 11:13 AM]
E! Saddles Up with New Series "Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules" Premiering Wednesday, January 12 at 9:00PM ET/PT
A special sneak peek of the premiere episode will air on Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00pm ET/PT immediately following the "People's Choice Awards" on E!.

[12/06/21 - 11:01 AM]
Video: "The Fungies" - New Episodes - HBO Max Family
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[12/06/21 - 10:01 AM]
All-New Special "TMZ's Merry Elfin' Christmas: Bye, Bye 2021!" Premieres Thursday, December 23 at 9/8c on FOX
Joel McHale, Howie Mandel, WWE Champ Becky Lynch, Nene Leakes, and Chrishell Stause are among the featured guests.

[12/06/21 - 09:31 AM]
Video: "MacGruber" - Official Trailer - Peacock Original
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[12/06/21 - 09:20 AM]
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[12/06/21 - 09:01 AM]
Video: "The Matrix Resurrections" - Official Trailer 2 - HBO Max
"The Matrix Resurrections" will be available on December 22 in theaters and on HBO Max, streaming only on the Ad-Free plan in the US for 31 days from its theatrical release.

[12/06/21 - 09:00 AM]
FX Evolves Into Multiplatform Global Programming Brand for Both Linear and Streaming
Additionally, beginning this month, Hulu subscribers will see a shift in "FX on Hulu" branding within the platform and will now find their favorite FX programming, including next day shows from FX linear channels and exclusive original programming, in the new "FX" hub.

[12/06/21 - 08:08 AM]
HGTV's "White House Christmas 2021" Set to Air on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 6 pm ET/PT
During the special, which also will be available to stream on discovery+, First Lady Jill Biden will lead host Genevieve Gorder on a room by room tour of the White House as staff and volunteers bring the holiday spirit to life.

[12/06/21 - 08:02 AM]
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[12/06/21 - 08:01 AM]
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[12/06/21 - 03:01 AM]
Video: "Munich - The Edge of War" - Official Trailer - Netflix
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