[03/25/21 - 11:53 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 25
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 AMERICAN (The CW) - Kyanna Simone is set to recur on the current season as Nhani Rivers, "a confident, fun, and energetic student at South Crenshaw High." (Deadline.com)
BATWOMAN (The CW) - Peter Outerbridge will recur on the series as DC Comics villain Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask: "By day, Roman is a pragmatic and charismatic CEO who plays the "white knight" against Gotham's corrupt systems. As Black Mask, an evil mastermind with a deep hatred of The Crows and masked vigilantes, he is willing to tear down Gotham to enact his revenge." (Deadline.com)
BLACK DON'T CRACK (ABC) - Essence Atkins, Tisha Campbell, Tahj Mowry, Beth Grant and Isaiah Mustafa have all been cast alongside Sherri Shepherd in the comedy pilot. Atkins will play Nia Hillis Davis, "a bougie, conservative politician's wife who has lost touch with her more fun-loving college self"; with Campbell as Tasha Marks, "a hip and fabulous Atlanta restaurateur who starts trends instead of following them"; Mowry as Khalil Grant, "Angela's (Shepard) 20 something son"; Grant as Nancy, "Angela's (Shepard) sharp-tongued mother-in-law"; and Mustafa as Charles Daniels, "co-owner with Tasha of a restaurant and bar in Atlanta." (Deadline.com)
COBRA KAI (Netflix) - Co-executive producer Michael Jonathan Smith has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. The pact covers his duties on the series as well as his development for the studio, which includes an adaptation of PlayStation video game "Twisted Metal." (Deadline.com)
FIRST WIVES CLUB, THE/HARLEM (BET/Amazon) - Creator Tracy Oliver has inked a multi-year deal valued in the eight-figure range with Apple. The pact calls for her to develop new series projects via her Tracy Yvonne Productions banner for the company. (Deadline.com)
FLATBUSH MISDEMEANORS (Showtime) - Hassan Johnson is bound for the upcoming comedy series as Drew, "a bold and direct man who is extremely protective of his loved ones. His demands come into conflict with the livelihoods of both Kevin and Dan." (THR.com)
GORDITA CHRONICLES, THE (HBO Max) - The Olivia Goncalves-led comedy pilot has cast Diana Maria Riva as Adela, Cucu's mom; Juan Javier Cardenas as Victor Castelli, Cucu's dad; Savannah Nicole Ruiz as Emilia, Cucu's older sister; Noah Rico as Yosmel "Yoshy" Hernandez, "a Cuban refugee and Cucu's first friend in Miami"; and Cosette Hauer as Ashley, "a needy go-getter desperate to fit in, but nevertheless always sticks out." (Deadline.com)
GREY'S ANATOMY/REBEL/STATION 19 (ABC) - Executive producer Krista Vernoff has signed a new two-year overall deal with ABC Signature. The pact covers her duties on the aforementioned trio as well as any future development from her Trip the Light Productions banner. (Deadline.com)
LINCOLN LAWYER, THE (Netflix) - Christopher Gorham has signed on the series, based on Michael Connelly bestselling novels, as Trevor Elliott, "a brilliant but enigmatic video game mogul who stands accused of killing his wife and her lover, and turns to Mickey to take on his high-profile case." (Deadline.com)
MAGGIE (ABC) - Rebecca Rittenhouse has scored the title role on the single-camera comedy pilot: "Quick-witted, charming and soulful, Rittenhouse's Maggie is a real deal psychic whose visions of the future often complicate her present reality. Due to her psychic gift, she is intensely sensitive and gets a pummeling assault of energy from every person around her. As a result, she has put up emotional walls to protect herself. But underneath this layer of cynical defense, the real Maggie is a huge romantic with a big heart, who just wants to find a way to live what she deems a normal life with normal relationships and ultimately find love. With the help of her close-knit circle of friends and family, Maggie attempts to live like the rest of us do, creating the best future for herself with only the information of the present." (Deadline.com)
MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, THE (Amazon) - John Waters will guest on the show's fourth season in a yet-to-be-revealed role. (Variety.com)
REPUBLIC OF SARAH, THE (The CW) - Daniel di Tomasso has scored a recurring role on the upcoming drama as Weston, "a reporter who arrives in Greylock, New Hamphsire to chronicle the life and times of the new nation." (Deadline.com)
TERMINAL LIST, THE (Amazon) - Patrick Schwarzenegger has scored a role on the Chris Pratt-led drama as Donny Mitchell: "Fresh out of training, Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class Donny Mitchell is James Reece's baby-faced youngest team member. While the other guys crack jokes as a way to cope with what they've seen, Donny's feisty sense of humor is different... he's only seen the brotherhood of the SEALs in times of strength, not yet in times of suffering. As the platoon's point man, he is the first to lead the team into unsecured territory." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED LAKERS PROJECT (HBO) - The pay channel's 1980s Los Angeles Lakers series has cast Jason Segel as assistant coach Paul Westhead and Bo Burnham as Boston Celtics icon Larry Bird. (Deadline.com)

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