[03/21/22 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Monday, March 21
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CROWN, THE (Netflix) - Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu will reportedly appear as Monique Ritz, "widow of Charles Ritz who sold his family-named Paris hotel to Mohamed Al Fayed in 1979," in the show's upcoming fifth season. (Deadline.com, 3/20)
DEAR EDWARD (Apple TV+) - The Ann Napolitano adaptation has cast Amy Forsyth as Linda, whose "boyfriend dies tragically in the crash, she is left pregnant with a part time job as a hostess and no support system"; Carter Hudson as John, "Lacey's husband, and Edward's uncle"; Idris DeBrand as Kojo, "charismatic, funny, and open hearted entrepreneur who must leave his beloved home country of Ghana to care for his niece, Becks, after his sister perishes in the crash"; Ivan Shaw as Steve, "always been the golden child, Steve reevaluates his priorities when his estranged brother perishes in the crash"; Jenna Qureshi as Mahira, "Jordan's secret girlfriend who develops a close relationship with Edward after the crash"; Anna Uzele as Adriana, "a whip-smart activist who is just starting her career and reevaluates her professional life after she loses her grandmother, the second-ever black Congresswoman"; Dario Ladani Sanchez as Sam, "an up-and-coming graphic designer with a beautiful wife and young daughter"; Eva Ariel Binder as Shay, "Edward's friend and lifeline after he moves in next door following the crash"; Brittany S. Hall as Amanda, "a piano tuner and aspiring artist who is grieving the loss of her fiancé who died in the crash"; Maxwell Jenkins as Jordan, "Edward's older brother who lives somewhat in the shadows of his very intelligent younger brother"; and Audrey Corsa as Zoe, "Dee Dee's (Connie Britton) daughter. After her father dies in the crash she must grapple with having to deal much more with Dee Dee, with whom she has an extremely strained relationship." (Deadline.com)
FINE BALANCE, A (HBO, New!) - Rohinton Mistry's novel - which "centers on a rich widow, two tailors and a young student from vastly different parts of Indian society whose lives intersect in a tiny apartment" - is being developed as a seven-part series by the pay channel. Blueprint Pictures and Northwood Entertainment are behind the project with Ritesh Batra attached to write and direct. (Variety.com)
FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE (FX on Hulu) - Michael Gaston will recur on the Jesse Eisenberg-led limited series as Dr. Bartuck, "Toby's imposing boss at the hospital who is all handshakes and fundraising winks." (Deadline.com)
FRONT LINE, THE (ABC, New!) - Marc Halsey has sold a potential drama to the Alphabet, billed as "a feel-good medical procedural centered on Sebastian "Bass" Clark, a professional athlete-turned-doctor who left the front line of the football field to start over on the front lines of healthcare as a medical resident - a transition that a handful of real-life NFL players actually have made. The project follows Bass and an ensemble of doctors and staff at a prestigious Pittsburgh hospital as they navigate high-stakes medical cases with all the adrenaline, warmth and big-heartedness of a great sports movie." SMAC Entertainment's Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini and Thea Mann will also executive produce for ABC Signature. (Deadline.com)
LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC) - Demore Barnes will reprise his role as former Deputy Chief Christian Garland later this season. (GiveMeMyRemote.com)
MAURY (Syndication) - Maury Povich released a statement of Sunday confirming the show's current 24th season will be its last: "Six years ago when I was ready to retire, my the NBCUniversal family asked me to continue the show. Even though I told them I was ready for assisted living, out of loyalty to NBCUniversal and my more than 100 staff and crew members, Tracie Wilson and I agreed to one more deal. I'm so proud of my relationship with NBCUniversal and all those who worked on the Maury show but as I occasionally tell my guests on Maury, 'Enough, already!'" New episodes will continue through September with repeats expected to continue in syndication. (Deadline.com, 3/20)
UNTITLED ALEX PINA PROJECT (Netflix, New!) - "Money Heist" creator Alex Pina is spearheading a new high-concept series at the streamer "set in a luxury underground bunker, where the country's 1 percent retreat to escape catastrophe on the surface." The project is part of an extension of Pina's overall deal with Netflix, home to his Vancouver Media banner. (THR.com)
WEDNESDAY (Netflix) - Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday Addams in the Barry Sonenfeld-directed films, has signed onto the small screen take in a yet-to-be-revealed role. Jenna Ortega plays Wednesday Addams in said incarnation. (Deadline.com)
WINCHESTERS, THE (The CW) - Meg Donnelly and Drake Rodger have scored the title roles on the "Supernatural" prequel series pilot. Donnelly will play Mary Campbell: "At 19 years old, Mary Campbell has been fighting the forces of darkness since she was a child. After losing someone close to her, the hardened hunter considers quitting the family business - until her father's disappearance and the arrival of newcomer John Winchester forces her to lead a new team." And Rodger will portray John Winchester: "Recently returned from Vietnam, the selfless and clearheaded John Winchester finds a new mission back home, where traces of his father's past lead him to a secret organization and a whole new war as a hunter." Samantha Smith and Jeffrey Dean Morgan played the adult versions of the characters in the parent series while Amy Gumenick and Matt Cohen also appeared as younger incarnations. (Deadline.com)

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[02/03/23 - 11:14 PM]
Development Update: Friday, February 3
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[02/03/23 - 12:13 PM]
Truth and Rumors Go Head to Head on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Potomac" Three-Part Reunion Beginning Sunday, Feb. 19 at 8 P.M. ET/PT
Host Andy Cohen returns to the couch with Gizelle Bryant, Karen Huger, Ashley Darby, Robyn Dixon, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Dr. Wendy Osefo, Mia Thornton, and friends Charrisse Jackson Jordan and Jacqueline Blake to reflect on a season full of shocking rumors and fractured friendships.

[02/03/23 - 12:00 PM]
DJ Khaled and Musical Collaborators Fridayy, Jay-Z, John Legend, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross Will Perform at "The 65th Annual Grammy Awards"
Music's Biggest Night will be broadcast live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles Sunday, February 5 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

[02/03/23 - 11:54 AM]
discovery+ and ID Highlights - Weeks of February 13 and February 20
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[02/03/23 - 10:35 AM]
ESPN's "NFL Live" Delivers Show's Best Monthly Viewership in More than Six Years, January Continues Impressive Streak of Audience Accolades
In short, January 2023 and January 2022 delivered the most-watched months of "NFL Live" since September 2016.

[02/03/23 - 10:01 AM]
Hello Again, Wisconsin! Netflix Orders Second Season of Hit Comedy "That '90s Show"
Season one premiered on January 19 and immediately reached Netflix's Top 10 English TV list in 35 countries, with more than 41 million hours viewed.

[02/03/23 - 10:00 AM]
HBO Original Documentary "Love to Love You, Donna Summer" Debuts May 2023
The film is an in-depth look at the iconic artist as she creates music that takes her from the avant-garde music scene in Germany, to the glitter and bright lights of dance clubs in New York, to worldwide acclaim, her voice and artistry becoming the defining soundtrack of an era.

[02/03/23 - 09:18 AM]
FOX Sports Unveils Expansive 2023 Daytona Speedweeks Broadcaster Lineup, Highlighted by Network's 20th Daytona 500
FOX Sports today announces its premier broadcaster lineup for the 2023 Daytona Speedweeks and NASCAR's 75th anniversary season, highlighted by a slate of veteran FOX NASCAR voices and a proven, compelling rotation of guest analysts.

[02/03/23 - 09:15 AM]
Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Chris Stapleton Will Perform at "The 65th Annual Grammy Awards"
Trevor Noah returns as host for the third consecutive year.

[02/03/23 - 09:08 AM]
"The Terminal List" Universe Expands - Prime Video Confirms Season Two, Starring Chris Pratt, and Orders New Taylor Kitsch Led Origin Series
Pratt will appear in both series, which are co-produced by Amazon Studios and Civic Center Media, in association with MRC Television.

[02/03/23 - 09:03 AM]
"Marcella Arguello: Bitch, Grow Up!" Debuts February 10 on HBO Max
This Galentine's Day, tune in to watch Marcella Arguello, one of Los Angeles' most exciting Latinx comedians, deliver a night of unadulterated laughter.

[02/03/23 - 09:01 AM]
Video: Rob Lowe & John Owen Lowe Play Father & Son on "Unstable" - Netflix
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[02/03/23 - 09:01 AM]
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[02/03/23 - 08:00 AM]
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[02/03/23 - 07:51 AM]
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