[05/04/21 - 11:34 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, May 4
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ANIMAL KINGDOM (TNT) - Charlayne Woodard has been cast as the modern-day version of Smurf's old accomplice Pamela Johnson in the show's fifth season. Milauna Jemai Jackson played said role in flashback last season. (TVLine.com)
BIG SKY (ABC) - Elwood Reid will serve as showrunner on the series' just-ordered second season. He'll take over day-to-day duties from David E. Kelley, who "will remain as an executive producer and still will be involved creatively." (Deadline.com)
CONFESSIONS OF A CRIME QUEEN (Discovery+, New!) - The streamer has given a straight-to-series order to Lionsgate Television for "a first-of-its-kind anthology series that brings to life riveting, headline-making stories by combining documentary and scripted genres. Each season will focus on the true story of one larger-than-life woman who created and led a multi-million-dollar criminal empire before a dramatic fall from power. The subject will be portrayed by an A-list actress who will also interview the real life female crime lord at the center of the story." Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson of G-Unit Film & Television and Rich Bye of Goodbye Pictures are executive producing. (Deadline.com)
DYNASTY (The CW) - Kara Royster is the latest bound for the upcoming season as Eva, "Fallon's newest assistant and protégé. Fresh out of Wharton Business School, Eva becomes the assistant Fallon never knew was possible: sweet, smart and fully dedicated to her job. But like Fallon, Eva is also ambitious, cunning, and beautiful. Has Fallon hired a mini-me... or a major troublemaker?" (TVLine.com)
EVERYTHING'S TRASH BUT IT'S OKAY (Freeform) - The Phoebe Robinson-led comedy pilot has cast Jordan Carlos as Jayden, "Phoebe's Blerd-y younger brother who was recently elected as a NY State representative"; Toccarra Cash as Malika, "Phoebe's savvy, smart and beautiful "Code Switch Queen" podcast producer"; Nneka Okafor as Jessie, "Phoebe's sister-in-law who's a former socialite-turned-feminist and college professor"; and Moses Storm as Michael, "Phoebe's BFF, roommate and friend since freshman year of college." Additionally, Chioke Nassor has been tapped to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. (Deadline.com)
FLASH, THE (The CW) - Original cast members Tom Cavanagh and Carlos Valdes will both exit as regulars after the current seventh season. "Tom and Carlos have been an integral part of our show for seven seasons, and will be greatly missed," showrunner Eric Wallace said in a statement. "Both are incredible talents who created beloved characters that fans and audiences around the world have come to love. Which is why we are happily keeping the door open for return appearances." Additionally, Jessica Parker Kennedy will reprise her role as Nora West-Allen for the show's 150th episode, which also will see the debut of Jordan Fisher as Bart Allen. (Deadline.com, TVLine.com)
FROM (Epix) - Harold Perrineau is the first to board the sci-fi horror series as Boyd Stevens, "the sheriff whose Draconian rules have held the fragile town together, even as he searches for a way to escape this seemingly inescapable nightmare." (Deadline.com)
HOT PINK (Amazon) - Kym Whitley and Danny Garcia will recur on the pilot, which is loosely inspired by Elana K. Arnold's book "What Girls Are Made Of." Characters specifics continue to remain under wraps. (Variety.com)
IRREGULARS, THE (Netflix) - The streamer has nixed the supernatural detective drama, based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, after one season. (Deadline.com)
LIZA ON DEMAND (YouTube) - The Liza Koshy-led comedy will sign off after its upcoming third season. (Deadline.com)
RUN THE WORLD (Starz) - Rosie O'Donnell will guest star in the upcoming comedy as Josephson, "a brash, foul-mouthed therapist that all four best friends discover they are all seeing. She is a tough loving counselor that challenges the women to take ownership of their actions and acquire new tools for problem-solving." (Variety.com)
STAIRCASE, THE (HBO Max) - Rosemarie DeWitt has been cast in the Toni Collette/Colin Firth-led limited series as Candace Zamperini, Kathleen Peterson's sister. (Deadline.com)
SWEET MAGNOLIAS (Netflix) - Jamie Lynn Spears (Noreen Fitzgibbons), Dion Johnstone (Erik Whitley) and Brandon Quinn (Ronnie Sullivan) will return as regulars on the series' second season. (Deadline.com)
WITCHER, THE (Netflix) - Co-executive producer Jenny Klein has signed a one-year first-look deal with Blumhouse Television. (Deadline.com)

  [may 2021]  


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