[06/14/24 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Week of June 10-14
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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500, THE (Amazon, New!) - Andrew Sodroski is looking to bring Matthew Quirk's novel to the small screen at Amazon MGM Studios in which "a former con artist is plucked from his Harvard Law School classroom to become an associate at Washington's most high-powered consulting firm. Quickly pulled into a seductive, dangerous web of power and corruption, he struggles to find his way out." David Weil and Natalie Williams will also executive produce. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
ANNE RICE'S INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (AMC) - Executive producer Rolin Jones has signed a new multi-year overall with AMC Studios, likely heralding a third season of the series. (Deadline.com, 6/14)
BAD MONKEY/SHRINKING (Apple TV+) - Ashley Nicole Black is bound for both Bill Lawrence-produced series as a writer and performer. (Deadline.com, 6/11)
BETTER SISTER, THE (Amazon) - Gabriel Sloyer and Matthew Modine are the latest to board the Alafair Burke adaptation. Sloyer plays Jake Rodriguez, "a colleague of Adam's (Corey Stoll) at a high-level law firm in Manhattan. He and Adam are bonded by their outsider status at the firm, and over time he's grown close with the whole family. But that closeness is tested by Adam's murder." And Modine portrays "the powerful founding partner at Adam's (Corey Stoll) law firm, Bill Braddock, a man of appetites who can be an ally or a threat depending on the day." (Deadline.com, 6/13)
BLADE RUNNER 2099 (Amazon) - Hunter Schafer will join Michelle Yeoh on the film-turned-TV-series. No other details were released. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
BLUE BEETLE (New!) - Director Miguel Puga and writer Cristian Martinez are spearheading an animated series for Warner Bros. Animation and DC Studios which "will build on the movie, developed under DC Studios' previous regime, but will divert from telling the same story." The movie's Angel Manuel Soto, Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, John Rikard and Galen Vaisman are also expected to executive produce with "multiple [cast members] have been approached and DC has received a positive response regarding returns." No target network has given. (Deadline.com, 6/14)
BOYS, THE (Amazon) - Creator Eric Kripke took to social media with the news the series will end with the upcoming fifth season. Season four launched this past week. (therealKripke, 6/11)
COUNTDOWN (Amazon) - Eric Dane will star opposite Jensen Ackles and Jessica Camacho in the drama series as Nathan Blythe, "Special Agent in Charge who's been with the Bureau for 22 years. Military cut, trim, fit, and packing an imposing glare, he's seen a lot in his days on the job, and he has a passion for fighting for justice. Though this isn't his first task force he's led, this one is different. He had already been looking into a potential deal going on with a foreign player trying to buy off DHS officers, but was denied when he tried to open an investigation. After Darden's death, he took matters into his own hands and started going around certain people and keeping things tightly locked, including this opps team. He carefully assembled and handpicked everyone on it and doesn't hesitate to light a fire under them. He wants this solved by any means necessary." (Deadline.com, 6/10)
CRIMINAL (Amazon) - Marvin Jones III, Michael Xavier, Dominic Burgess, Gus Halper, Aliyah Camacho and Michael Mando are the latest to score roles on the series. Jones III will play Chester, "crime boss Sebastian Hyde's (John Hawkes) fearsome chief enforcer. Much like a seven-foot-tall man becoming a basketball player whether he likes it or not, Chester was drafted into the criminal life for his size and fearsomeness. He's no sadist, relying on his reputation and intelligence to get his way. He speaks softly most of the time, but the threat of sudden and deadly violence is always there." Xavier will play Terry, "another criminal, a good friend of Leo (Hunnam), a tough armed robber with a big heart, stepdad to Angie (Aliyah Camacho) and the love of Greta's (Adria Arjona) life." Burgess plays Delron, "a large man with a large appetite and large emotions. Delron is facing a trial in the next few days, and he's at the mercy of a few powers that be in the criminal organization he works for." Halper will portray Ricky, "an unstable guy who likes booze, coke, and speed (and not within moderation), Ricky Lawless has known Leo since they were teenagers. Like Leo, he's the son of a criminal - only his dad was the most-feared man in the city, Teeg Lawless." Camacho then will play Angie, "Greta's (Arjona) daughter. Angie is sharp, alert and maybe a little too adult for her age. Having lost her father at a young age, it is only she and her mom making their way through life. She has an idea of the kind of business her mom is in, no matter how much Greta tries to shield her." And Mando will play Jeff, "a plainclothes Vice detective who pretty much hates all of humanity, and he's looking to make a score screwing over anyone and everyone that is in his way. The kind of bad cop who uses his badge to shove others around and get them to do his bidding." (Deadline.com, 6/12)
DINKS (Amazon) - Jon Gabrus will star opposite June Diane Raphael and Paul Scheer in the multi-camera comedy pilot with Nicole Byer, Carl Tart, and Lennon Parham appearing in guest roles. Gabrus will play Ronan, "Josh's adult nephew renting Josh and Charlie's backhouse. He's 35 years old, going on 16, misguided yet street-smart, hopeful, and too lazy to be ambitious." (Deadline.com, 6/12)
EL GATO (Amazon) - Sarah Jones and Adriana Barraza will star alongside Diego Boneta and Lorenza Izzo in the series. Jones will play Ashley, "a CIA field agent working as our hero Frank's handler. Ash is good at reading people. She's a fast-talking cynic with something to prove. Ash believes the family agricultural business at the center of our series is a front for a criminal enterprise. As she develops Frank as a CIA asset, she will find herself dangerously drawn to him. She is well-trained, physically capable, and seemingly born for this. But it's a deadly game she's playing, and if she wants to survive this, she'll need to watch her back." And Barraza will play Alma, "who, in the 1970s, discovered her husband was living a double life: moonlighting as a costumed vigilante: El Gato Negro. Alma worked side by side with him for years, providing operational support for his missions. She is careful with her words, and vault-like in the keeping of secrets. Alma thought her old life was behind her, but now widowed, she finds herself pulled back into a world of masks. In the series, she will form an unlikely partnership with our hero, Frank - her husband's bastard son. It will test the openness of her heart. This is Alma, back in the saddle for one last ride." (Deadline.com, 6/11)
FOUND (NBC) - Danielle Savre will recur on the new 22-episode season in a yet-to-be-revealed role. (TVLine.com, 6/14)
FOUR SEASONS, THE (Netflix) - Kerri Kenney-Silver has scored a yet-to-be-detailed role on the comedy series, which also stars Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Colman Domingo and Erika Henningsen. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
FRASIER (REBOOT SERIES) (Paramount+) - Original series alums Dan Butler and Edward Hibbert will reprise their roles of Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe and Gil Chesterton, respectively, on the upcoming second season. (Deadline.com, 6/11)
GAME OF THRONES TEN THOUSAND SHIPS PROJECT (HBO) - George R.R. Martin has confirmed Eboni Booth is now spearheading the proposed spin-off series about Nymeria and the Rhoynar, succeeding Amanda Segel. (Deadline.com, 6/12)
GREY'S ANATOMY/STATION 19 (ABC) - Jason George is formally set to return to "Grey's Anatomy" as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season. (Deadline.com, 6/12)
INSIDE OUT TV SERIES (Disney+, New!) - The Pixar Animation Studios film series is heading to the streaming service with a spin-off TV series in 2025. No other details were given. Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer, told the publication: "We have finished. It's coming out next spring. I'm not sure that there's been a specific release date, but in the first film, remember we go to Dream Production to see how Riley's dreams are made? It semi-explains why they're so weird. We've continued the exploration of the power of dreams and how they affect us in our waking life, as well. So it's pretty cool." (EW.com, 6/12)
LEGO MASTERS (FOX) - Will Arnett and Marc Forman's Electric Avenue Productions has signed an overall producing deal with FOX Entertainment Studios which includes a first-look agreement on scripted series developed by the company. (Deadline.com, 6/10)
LOOT (Apple TV+) - Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens's newly formed production company Banana Split Projects has signed a multi-year, first-look deal with the streaming service. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
MAN ON FIRE (Netflix) - Steven Caple Jr. has signed on to direct the first two installments of the series as well as executive produce alongside star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, writer Kyle Killen, Ed McDonnell, Michael Polaire, Stacy Perskie, Natalie Lehmann, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Tracey Cook, Arnon Milchan, Scott Pennington and Yariv Milchan for Chapter Eleven, New Regency Productions, Chernin Entertainment and RedRum. (Deadline.com, 6/10)
MARE OF EASTTOWN (HBO) - The pay channel is in "early discussions" about a second season of the Kate Winslet-led limited series. (Variety.com, 6/12)
MORNING SHOW, THE (Apple TV+) - Co-star Julianna Margulies has opted not to return for the show's fourth season. (Variety.com, 6/10)
MR. THROWBACK (Peacock) - Ayden Mayeri has signed onto the Steph Curry/Adam Pally-led comedy series as Samantha, "Danny's (Pally) ex-wife." (Variety.com, 6/11)
MY DAD THE BOUNTY HUNTER (Netflix) - The streamer has pulled the plug on the animated series after two seasons. (Whats-on-Netflix.com, 6/12)
NIGHT AGENT, THE (Netflix) - Shawn Ryan has signed a four-year overall with the streamer, ending his 13-year run at Sony Pictures Television. The pact covers his duties on the hit series as well as any future development such as spin-off series via his MiddKid Productions banner with Marney Hochman. A writers' room for a proposed third season of the series opens next month in advance of its season two launch. (Deadline.com, 6/10)
PEACEMAKER (Max) - Sol Rodriguez, David Denman and Tim Meadows are among the new faces bound found the show's sophomore run. Rodriguez will play Sasha Bordeaux with Meadows as ARGUS agent Langston Fleury. Denman's role wasn't given. Additionally, director Greg Mottola has been tapped to helm episodes two and three. (@jamesgunn, 6/12)
POWER BOOK IV: FORCE (Starz) - The spin-off's upcoming third season will be its last. "It is bittersweet to write the fulfilling ending of this chapter in Tommy's journey, a character myself and fans have grown to love over the past decade," said executive producer Gary Lennon in a statement. "Season 3 will question everything we thought we knew of Tommy's world and I promise you it will not disappoint! Although this may be the end of the road for Force, there is much more expansive, compelling storytelling for the characters within the Power Universe." (Deadline.com, 6/13)
ST. DENIS MEDICAL (NBC) - The network has picked up five more episodes of the upcoming comedy, bringing its season total to 18. (Deadline.com, 6/14)
TOKYO VICE (Max) - The streamer has confirmed the series won't return for a third season: "From Tokyo Vice's richly written material to the gorgeously composed shots to the lived-in performances, the care and creativity of this enormously talented cast and crew shines in every frame of the show. We thank J.T., Alan, Ansel, Ken, Fifth Season, and Wowow for their partnership on this wholly unique modern noir thriller." Added executive producers J.T. Rogers and Alan Poul: "Over the last five years Max has made sure we got to tell our story. They have supported us through thick and thin. Not only did they give us these two seasons, they said yes when we asked to end season one with a series of cliffhangers, and they said yes when we asked for two extra episodes so we could land the plane in the way J.T. had always envisioned. We're grateful not only to Max, but to our partners Fifth Season, who sold the show around the world, and made it a global success story. They were in the trenches with us always, guaranteeing that we could make the show we wanted to make. The response from both the press and from fans, in particular to Season 2, has been overwhelming. It's been thrilling to find out how deeply viewers have engaged with our characters, and to hear how they are clamoring for more. We know there is more story to tell. Of course we'll see what the future holds, but we are indeed grateful to have been able to share this story on Max until now." (Deadline.com, 6/8)
TRUST (HBO) - Todd Haynes has been set as writer and director of the Kate Winslet-led adapation of Hernan Diaz's novel: "In a story told from multiple, competing perspectives, a 1920s Wall Street tycoon amasses a sudden fortune but loses a beloved wife. Decades later, his attempts to control the narrative of his life are undone by a biographer who uncovers the ultimate secrets of the legendary marriage." Jon Raymond will co-write the project with both executive producing alongside Winslet, Diaz, Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler for Killer Films. (Variety.com, 6/12)
UNTITLED AMANDA KNOX PROJECT (Hulu) - Grace Van Patten is set to star in the streamer's limited series about Amanda Knox, succeeding Margaret Qualley. (Deadline.com, 6/13)
UNTITLED POWER RANGERS PROJECT (Netflix) - The streaming service has nixed its proposed live-action series based on the Hasbro Entertainment property. The latter is now "exploring a new creative direction for the series [with] a new partner." (TVLine.com, 6/11)

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· 500, THE (AMAZON)

[07/19/24 - 01:05 PM]
NBC Orders Dramas "Suits: L.A.," "Grosse Pointe Garden Society" to Series
Stephen Amell, Josh McDermitt, Lex Scott Davis and Bryan Greenberg star in the former, while Melissa Fumero, AnnaSophia Robb, Ben Rappaport, Matthew Davis, Alexander Hodge, Aja Naomi King, Nancy Travis and Felix Avitia lead the latter.

[07/19/24 - 12:51 PM]
TBS Tributes "Big Bang Theory" Star Bob Newhart with "In Memory of Professor Proton" Marathon Sunday, July 21
The marathon includes six classic episodes from various seasons including "The Proton Resurgence," "The Proton Displacement," "The Proton Transmogrification," and more.

[07/19/24 - 10:01 AM]
Boston Police Officer John O'Keefe Documentary Series Coming to Netflix
Netflix has commissioned a three-part documentary series on the death of Boston police officer John O'Keefe in Canton, Massachusetts.

[07/19/24 - 10:00 AM]
CBS Presents "Bob Newhart: A Legacy of Laughter," An "Entertainment Tonight" Special, to Air Monday, July 22
Hosted by Nischelle Turner, this one-hour tribute honors the late comedian with a look back at his 70-year career, featuring never-before-seen interviews, and his final interview from his home in Los Angeles.

[07/19/24 - 09:04 AM]
First Look and Date Announcement: Hulu Original "Tell Me Lies" Season Two
The eight episode second season premieres with two episodes on September 4.

[07/19/24 - 09:02 AM]
New Season of "Gold Rush: Mine Rescue with Freddy & Juan" Premieres on Discovery Channel on August 16
Gold recovery experts Freddy Dodge and Juan Ibarra help struggling mine owners.

[07/19/24 - 08:38 AM]
Video: Peacock Releases Official Trailer for New Season of "Bel-Air"
The series is back for season three premiering August 15 with three new episodes at launch.

[07/19/24 - 07:19 AM]
Video: Watch a First Look at ID's New Series "Fatal Affairs"
Over six episodes, "Fatal Affairs" will chronicle stories of love triangles turned into mysterious whodunits when one of the three ends up dead.

[07/19/24 - 07:01 AM]
Video: "I Can't Live Without You" - Official Trailer - Netflix
When a workaholic ruins a family event, his wife issues an ultimatum. Now, he has to choose between his two loves: his phone or his 20-year marriage.

[07/18/24 - 02:21 PM]
New FYI Series "Andrew Zimmern's Wild Game Kitchen" Premieres on Saturday, July 27th
A lifelong outdoorsman and chef, Andrew Zimmern demystifies cooking wild food over an open fire, creating delicious and easy meals, while sharing tips for sourcing, butchering, and preparing game meat and fish.

[07/18/24 - 01:13 PM]
Discovery's "Shark Week" Grows Reach Over Previous Year's Record-Breaking Performance; Network Ranked #1 in Primetime in Key Demos Through the Week of July 7-13
Delivering a strong performance among several key adult demos, including Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49, the popular programming event reached 25 million total viewers across Discovery Channel, Max and discovery+, a 10% increase over last year.

[07/18/24 - 12:02 PM]
Paramount+ Reveals Additional Voice Guest Stars Featured in the All-New Original Animated Series "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Premiering on Friday, August 9
All 12 episodes of the premiere season will debut on Friday, August 9, exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada, and on Saturday, August 10, in the U.K. and Australia.

[07/18/24 - 10:30 AM]
Video: WE tv Shares Extended Sneak Peek of "The Braxtons" - Watch the First 10 Minutes
In this new series, the fierce Braxton women reunite for the first time since the loss of their beloved sister, Traci, offering viewers a raw and unfiltered look at the family's highs and lows across eight captivating episodes.

[07/18/24 - 10:04 AM]
AMC Networks' August Highlights Include "Snowpiercer," "Orphan Black: Echoes," "Signora Volpe," "Kold x Windy" and More!
All month long, AMC+ invites anglophiles to check out Acorn TV, the premiere destination for British and international television, with a collection highlighting the best of Acorn's mysteries, dramas and international thrillers.

[07/18/24 - 10:01 AM]
Karim Diane and Zoe Steiner Join the Paramount+ Original Series "Star Trek: Starfleet Academy"
Diané and Steiner will play cadets, joining previously announced cadets Kerrice Brooks, Bella Shepard and George Hawkins, as well as cast members Holly Hunter as the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy, and Paul Giamatti as the season's villain.