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[07/13/18 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Thursday-Friday, July 12-13
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


ALL OR NOTHING (Amazon) - Ben Kingsley has been tapped as narrator for the franchise's "Manchester City" installment. (Deadline.com)
ARE YOU SLEEPING (Apple) - Nic Bishop, Annabella Sciorra, Molly Hagan and Tami Roman are the latest additions to the Octavia Spencer-led series. Bishop and Sciorra will play Chuck Buhrman (in flashbacks) and Erin Buhrman, "parents of twin sisters Josie and Lanie." Hagan then is Susan Carver, "Josie and Lanie's aunt." And Roman portrays Lillian Scoville, "Poppy's (Spencer) saucy stepmother." (Deadline.com)
BULL (CBS) - Annabelle Attanasio's Cable McCrory won't return for the show's third season. "I'm excited to share that I have been given the opportunity to direct my first feature film, a story I've been shepherding for four years," the actress told the publication. "Sadly, the film conflicts with my role as Cable on 'Bull.' CBS and the show's producers have graciously allowed me to leave the series so I can pursue this extraordinary opportunity." (TVLine.com)
CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS (Various) - The company has confirmed its initial episodic commitments this season for "Blue Bloods" (22 episodes, season 9); "Bull" (22 episodes, season 3); "Charmed" (13 episodes, season 1); "The Circus" (15 episodes, season 3); "City on a Hill" (10 episodes, season 1); "The Code" (13 episodes, season 1); "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (18 episodes, season 4); "Dynasty" (22 episodes, season 2); "Elementary" (13 episodes, season 7); "Fam" (13 episodes, season 1); "The Good Fight" (10 episodes, season 3); "Happy Together" (13 episodes, season 1); "Hawaii Five-0" (22 episodes, season 9); "In The Dark" (13 episodes, season 1); "Instinct" (13 episodes, season 2); "Jane the Virgin" (18 episodes, season 5); "MacGyver" (22 episodes, season 3); "Madam Secretary" (20 episodes, season 5); "A Million Little Things" (13 episodes, season 1); "NCIS" (24 episodes, season 16); "NCIS: Los Angeles" (22 episodes, season 10); "NCIS: New Orleans" (24 episodes, season 5); "The Neighborhood" (13 episodes, season 1); "No Activity" (8 episodes, season 2); "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (13 episodes, season 5); "Pink Collar Crimes" (8 episodes, season 1); "SEAL Team" (22 episodes, season 2); "Tell Me a Story" (10 episodes, season 1); "The Twilight Zone" (10 episodes, season 1); and "Whistleblower" (8 episodes, season 1).
DOOM PATROL (DC) - April Bowlby is the first to be cast in the upcoming "Titans" spin-off. She'll reprise her role of Rita Farr, "an actress on the rise, adopts the moniker of Elasti-Woman after she was exposed to a toxic gas that altered her cellular structure. Longing for the days of old, Rita finds a place for herself among the Doom Patrol." (Deadline.com)
ERASE (USA) - Elaine Hendrix has been cast in the Denis Leary-led drama pilot as Bella Tanne, "a fun, loving and true problem solver, which is what a desperately running out of time O'Neal (Leary) needs more than ever." (Deadline.com)
IN THE DARK (The CW) - Rich Sommer has joined the cast of the midseason drama as Dean, "a salt-of-the-earth cop." He replaces Austin Nichols, who played the role in the pilot. (Deadline.com)
LAW & ORDER: SVU (NBC) - George Newbern will recur on the show's landmark 20th season as Al Pollack, "a charming, handsome and very wealthy doctor who is a past and future love interest to Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish). They've had a tumultuous relationship in past and he has a bit of a wandering eye, but when they reconnect, things might be different this time - or not." (Deadline.com)
LETTER FOR THE KING, THE (Netflix, New!) - Tonke Dragt's famed Dutch adventure novel - "set in a fantasy world of three kingdoms, and centers on 16-year-old squire Tiuri" - is being turned into an original series at the streaming service. Will Davies is spearheading the project for Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass's FilmWave banner. Production is set to start in the fall in New Zealand. (Deadline.com, 7/12)
RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES, THE (HBO) - Cassidy Freeman, Tony Cavalero and Tim Baltz are the latest to board the Danny McBride-led comedy pilot. Freeman will play Amber Gemstone, "the wife of Jesse Gemstone (McBride). She gave up a career of her own in journalism to devote herself to the church and her husband." Cavalero then is Keefe Chambers, "an ex-Satanist. Keefe was saved from the darkness by Kelvin Gemstone (Adam Devine). Now, he's dedicated his life to serving the Lord and The Gemstones." And Baltz will play B.J., "fiancée to Judy Gemstone (Edi Patterson). He struggles to find acceptance within the Gemstone family." (Deadline.com)
SWEETBITTER (Starz) - The pay channel has confirmed the series will return for a second season. (@STARZ)
TALKING DEAD (AMC) - Yvette Nicole Brown has been tapped to host the show's Season 9 preview special on August 5 as well as the franchise's "Fear Edition" beginning August 12 while the company completes its assessment related to regular host Chris Hardwick. (Deadline.com)





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· ALL OR NOTHING (AMAZON)
· ARE YOU SLEEPING (APPLE)
· BLUE BLOODS (CBS)
· BULL (CBS)
· CHARMED (CW)
· CIRCUS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· CITY ON A HILL (SHOWTIME)
· CODE, THE (CBS)
· CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DOOM PATROL (DC)
· DYNASTY (CW)
· ELEMENTARY (CBS)
· ERASE (USA)
· FAM (CBS)
· GOOD FIGHT, THE (CBSAA)
· HAPPY TOGETHER (CBS)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· IN THE DARK (CW)
· INSTINCT (CBS)
· JANE THE VIRGIN (CW)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LETTER FOR THE KING, THE (NETFLIX)
· MACGYVER (CBS)
· MADAM SECRETARY (CBS)
· MILLION LITTLE THINGS, A (ABC)
· NCIS (CBS)
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
· NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (CBS)
· NEIGHBORHOOD, THE (CBS)
· NO ACTIVITY (CBSAA)
· PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (CW)
· PINK COLLAR CRIMES (CBS)
· RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES, THE (HBO)
· SEAL TEAM (CBS)
· SWEETBITTER (STARZ)
· TALKING DEAD (AMC)
· TALKING DEAD: FEAR EDITION (AMC)
· TELL ME A STORY (CBSAA)
· TITANS (DC)
· TWILIGHT ZONE, THE (CBSAA)
· WHISTLEBLOWER (CBS)





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