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[10/25/21 - 11:50 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 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!


BATWOMAN (The CW) - Warner Bros. Television has released a statement about Ruby Rose's accusations of bullying and abusive behavior by her former co-star Dougray Scott. "We condemn the comments made by Ruby Rose about Dougray Scott. Warner Bros. has found Mr. Scott to be a consummate professional, and never received any allegation against him of bullying, or of abusive behavior on his part. Mr. Scott was greatly respected and admired by his colleagues, and was a leader on the set," the studio noted. "Warner Bros. Television did not pick up Ruby Rose's option for an additional season because of multiple complaints about workplace behavior that were extensively reviewed by the Studio." (Deadline.com)
BLANK SLATE (NBC, New!) - Dean Georgaris has scored a put pilot commitment from the network for a new drama billed as "a high-concept procedural about a government agent who may not be what he seems." Davis Entertainment's John Davis and John Fox will also executive produce for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)
DAISY JONES & THE SIX (Amazon) - Tom Wright and Jacqueline Obradors are both bound for the Taylor Jenkins Reid adaptation. Wright will play Teddy, "a renowned L.A. record producer with a singular talent for bringing out the best in his artists. Always the coolest guy in the room, Teddy is as much a father figure to his young musicians as he is a creative genius." And Obradors portrays Lucia, "Camila's mom, a practical, down-to-earth woman wary of her daughter's relationship to budding rock star Billy Dunne." (Deadline.com)
FAKES (Netflix, New!) - Emilija Baranac, Richard Harmon and Jennifer Tong will topline a new YA comedy series at the streamer in conjunction with CBC Gem, billed as "the story of two teenage best friends who accidentally build one of the largest fake ID empires in North America." David Turko is behind the 10-episode project, with Reality Distortion Field's Simon Barry and Stephen Hegyes; and Jax Media's Lilly Burns and Tony Hernandez also executive producing. Jasmin Mozaffari will direct the debut installment. (Deadline.com)
GOOD DOCTOR, THE (ABC) - Co-star Osvaldo Benavides is departing the series despite being promoted to regular a few months ago. No reason for the exit was given. (TVLine.com)
HELLO TOMORROW! (Apple TV+) - The Billy Crudup-led half-hour dramedy has cast Hank Azaria as Eddie, "slick salesman with a gambling problem"; Haneefah Wood as Shirley Stedman, "Jack's (Crudup) right-hand and the glue that keeps the operation together"; Alison Pill as Myrtle Mayburn, "an aggrieved customer out for justice"; Nicholas Podany as Joey Shorter, "Jack's protege and newest addition to the sales team"; and Dewshane Williams as Herb Porter, "an eternal optimist and Jack's hardest working salesman." (Deadline.com)
KENAN (NBC) - Hayley Marie Norman is slated to recur on the show's second season as Janay, "a new force in Kenan's (Kenan Thompson) life. She is described as funny, beautiful, fierce, loving, and determined to get what she wants. Janay comes into Gary's (Chris Redd) life and shakes things up for the Williams brothers." (Deadline.com)
LUSTER (HBO, New!) - Jackie Sibblies Drury and Lileana Blain-Cruz are spearheading a TV take of Raven Leilani's debut novel, in which "Edie is a young Black artist living a precarious existence in New York City when she takes a white lover in an open marriage, eventually moving in with him and his wife in the suburbs. There she not only finds herself in an increasingly tense relationship with the couple, but also becoming an unlikely mentor to their adopted Black daughter Akila." Viva Maude's Tessa Thompson and Kishori Rajan will also executive produce alongside Gaumont's Alexandra Hunter, Sean Wolfson and Terry Kalagian. (Deadline.com)
MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, THE/PROMISED LAND (Disney+/ABC) - Both series are relocating to California "as part of the Golden State's film and TV tax credits program." (Deadline.com)
POOR DEVIL (HBO Max, New!) - Miguel Esteban, Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla have set up an animated series at the streamer which "tells the story of Stan, a seemingly ordinary boy who is in fact the anti-christ and is one month away from turning 666 months old. Stan must fulfill his prophecy to plunge humanity into chaos but is much more interested in singing and dancing in a Broadway musical show." The project marks Spain's debut animation series for the service. (Deadline.com)
UNCOUPLED (Netflix) - The Neil Patrick Harris-led comedy series has cast Tisha Campbell as Suzanne, "an expensively put-together high-powered real estate agent who is Michael Lawson's business partner and loyal friend"; Emerson Brooks as Billy, "one of Michael's close friends and a celebrity TV weatherman"; Brooks Ashmanskas as Stanley, "another of Michael's close friends, who is witty and quick and a bit of a snob"; Marcia Gay Harden as Claire, "an Upper East Side socialite in the midst of a bitter divorce from her husband"; and Tuc Watkins as Colin, "a hedge fund manager who blindsides his longtime partner Michael Lawson when he leaves him on the eve of his fiftieth birthday." (Deadline.com)
VIRGIN RIVER (Netflix) - Mark Ghanimé and Kai Bradbury have both joined the cast of the upcoming fourth season. Ghanimé will play Cameron Hayek, "the clinic's dashing new physician"; while Bradbury will portray Denny Cutler, "Doc's (Tim Matheson) long-lost grandson." (Deadline.com)
WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING (Freeform, New!) - The cable channel has given a pilot order to a small screen take on Kristin Newman's memoir, which "follows Kacey, single for the first time in her 30s, as she escapes her fast-paced life in Los Angeles to see the world. From culture clash to vacation romances, the comedy is a globetrotting journey of self-discovery that will inspire the wanderlust inside everyone." Chelsea Frei has already been cast in the lead role with Catherine Cohen as Sasha, "Kacey's best friend since childhood"; Alice Hunter as Hope, "a sporty surfer and former free spirit who now is happily buckled down, working her face off at a business job in Los Angeles"; and Kosha Patel as Rikita, "a pregnant, salt-of-the-earth nonprofit lawyer, who is happily married to her wife and committed to her work." Becca Gleason is directing from a script by Newman with Newman, Susanna Fogel and Blair Breard executive producing. (Deadline.com)





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· BATWOMAN (CW)
· BLANK SLATE (NBC)
· DAISY JONES & THE SIX (AMAZON)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FAKES (NETFLIX)
· GOOD DOCTOR, THE (ABC)
· HELLO TOMORROW! (APPLE TV PLUS)
· KENAN (NBC)
· LUSTER (HBO)
· MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY, THE (DISNEY PLUS)
· POOR DEVIL (HBO MAX)
· PROMISED LAND (ABC)
· UNCOUPLED (NETFLIX)
· VIRGIN RIVER (NETFLIX)
· WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING (FREEFORM)





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