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[08/16/21 - 11:45 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 16
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!


FOR LIFE/REBEL (ABC) - IMDb TV has passed on reviving the recently canceled ABC dramas "after the streamer evaluated the performance of the two shows' existing seasons on the AVOD platform." (Deadline.com)
GOOD TROUBLE (Freeform) - Odelya Halevi is slated to recur on the current season as Angelica, "a waitress at Douro, where Malika works. The two ladies bond over their shared experiences and work ethic." (Deadline.com)
GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES (Paramount+) - Auriel Rudnick, currently a consulting producer on the series, has signed a three-year overall deal with producer Paramount Television Studios. (Variety.com)
IMPEACHMENT: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX) - The upcoming installment has tapped Mira Sorvino as Marcia Lewis, "Monica Lewinsky's mom"; Dan Bakkedahl as Kenneth Starr, "independent counsel during the Clinton presidency and author of the Starr Report"; Joseph Mazzello as Paul Begala, "adviser to Bill Clinton during his presidency"; Blair Underwood as Vernon Jordan, "business executive and civil rights activist who became a close adviser to Bill Clinton"; Kevin Pollak as Bernie Nussbaum, "who served as White House counsel under President Bill Clinton"; and Patrick Fischler as Sidney Blumenthal, "aide to President Bill Clinton and long-time confidante of Hillary Clinton." (Deadline.com)
MAGNOLIA NETWORK SERIES (Discovery+) - Newcomers "Family Dinner," "First Time Fixer," "Homegrown," "Inn the Works," "The Lost Kitchen," "Point of View: A Designer Profile," "Restoration Road With Clint Harp" and "Super Dad" have all been renewed for second seasons while flagship series "Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines" has also been picked up for a fourth and fifth season. (THR.com)
NEW AMSTERDAM (NBC) - Sandra Mae Frank will recur on the upcoming season as Dr. Wilder: "Young, talented and self-assured, Dr. Wilder is one of the few deaf surgeons in New York City. She's also one of the best surgeons, period. But when Max tries to lure her to New Amsterdam, she refuses to join his team. Many times, in fact. In high demand all over the country, what's it going to take to get Dr. Wilder to practice at this fabled hospital? And who is she replacing?" (TVLine.com)
RAP SH*T (HBO Max) - R.J. Cyler has joined the cast of the comedy series as Lamont, "an aspiring music producer with a sharp ear for talent. He is also the loving but sometimes absentminded young father to Melissa, so by association, he has a complicated relationship with Mia." (Variety.com)
ROAR (Apple TV+) - Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart and Kara Hayward are the latest bound for the anthology series. Gilpin will play Amelia, "a woman so strikingly beautiful that her husband builds her a shelf to sit upon in their home." Syal then is Anu, "a woman stuck in a lackluster marriage who decides to shake up her life and return her husband to the very store she first purchased him from." Stewart will play Jane, "an angsty teenage girl who loves horses and doesn't love much of anything else these days; she embarks on a revenge journey when her father is murdered." And Hayward is Millie, "the preacher's daughter and Jane's childhood friend - the last person you'd want to bring on a revenge journey with you." (Deadline.com)
SACRIFICE (BET+) - Frankie Smith has been tapped to recur on the TV series incarnation as Chauncey Winchester: "Wharton Business School educated, Chancey is a tech-savvy Gen Z-er with the music know-how of a 20-year industry veteran." (Deadline.com)
SEX LIVES OF COLLEGE GIRLS, THE (HBO Max) - Isabella Roland, Kavi Ladnier, Stephen Guarino, Matt Maloy, Donielle Nash, Najee Muhammad, Vico Ortiz, Chris Platt, Jillian Armenante, Mueen Jahan, Scott Lipman, Kim Matula and Amanda Ripley will all recur on the upcoming 13-episode dramedy in yet-to-be-revealed roles. (Deadline.com)
WE OWN THIS CITY (HBO) - The six-hour limited series has cast Dagmara DomiƄczyk as Erika Jensen, "a New York native who, compelled by the 9-11 terrorism to join the Bureau, conducted the federal investigation into the corrupt GTTF officers"; Don Harvey as John Sieracki, "a second-generation city cop officer, assigned to the public corruption task force and working out of the FBI's office in Woodlawn"; Delaney Williams as Kevin Davis, "the Police Commissioner hired after the unrest following Freddie Gray's death"; David Corenswet as David McDougall, "a veteran investigator with the Harford County Narcotics Task Force"; Ian Duff as Ahmed Jackson, "a former D.O.J. trial attorney who is tired of criminal prosecutions and transferred to the Office of Civil Rights"; Lucas Van Engen as Leo Wise, "a veteran federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore and the lead prosecutor assigned to the Gun Trace Task Force case"; Gabrielle Carteris as Andrea Smith, "head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force"; Treat Williams as Brian Grabler, "a retired Baltimore City Detective from an earlier era in policing, now teaching at the police academy"; and Domenick Lombardozzi as Stephen Brady, "president of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police." (Deadline.com)
WECRASHED (Apple TV+) - O-T Fagbenle will recur on the Jared Leto/Anne Hathaway-led limited series as Cameron Lautner, "a partner at a powerful investment firm who is tasked with trying to instill discipline at WeWork and prepare it for its upcoming IPO, which brings him into conflict with the company's eccentric and headstrong CEO." (Deadline.com)
WHITE HOUSE PLUMBERS, THE (HBO) - Filming has resumed on the five-part Watergate limited series "following an on-set incident involving series director/executive producer David Mandel and a member of the prop department that triggered an investigation." The report adds, "As a result of the investigation, HBO has put additional protocols in place for the remainder of the shoot, including HR representatives on set, I hear." (Deadline.com)





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· AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FAMILY DINNER (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· FIRST TIME FIXER (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· FOR LIFE (ABC)
· GOOD TROUBLE (FREEFORM)
· GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES (PARAMOUNT PLUS)
· HOMEGROWN (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· INN THE WORKS (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· LOST KITCHEN, THE (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· MAGNOLIA TABLE WITH JOANNA GAINES (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· NEW AMSTERDAM (NBC)
· POINT OF VIEW: A DESIGNER PROFILE (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· RAP SH*T (HBO MAX)
· REBEL (ABC)
· RESTORATION ROAD WITH CLINT HARP (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· ROAR (APPLE TV PLUS)
· SACRIFICE (BET PLUS)
· SEX LIVES OF COLLEGE GIRLS, THE (HBO MAX)
· SUPER DAD (DISCOVERY PLUS)
· WE OWN THIS CITY (HBO)
· WECRASHED (APPLE TV PLUS)
· WHITE HOUSE PLUMBERS, THE (HBO)





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