[06/30/22 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, June 30
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CHANGELING, THE (Apple TV+) - Samuel T. Herring has been cast in the LaKeith Stanfield-led drama series as William Wheeler, "a man who befriends Stanfield's Apollo in a quest to win back his wife and children." (Deadline.com)
DUNCANVILLE (FOX) - The network has pulled the plug of the animated comedy after three seasons. It's understood the six remaining completed episodes will be made available on 20th Television-sibling Hulu later this year. (Deadline.com)
FIELD OF DREAMS (Peacock) - The streamer has nixed its proposed TV take on the 1989 movie from Michael Schur. No reason for the decision was given. Producer Universal Television is currently shopping the project to other outlets. (Variety.com)
GIRLS ON THE BUS, THE (HBO Max) - Natasha Behnam will star opposite Melissa Benoist in the political drama series as Lola Gabriel, "a sharp-witted and passionately political TikTok star and well-known Gen Z influencer." (Deadline.com)
INVITATION TO A BONFIRE (AMC) - Freya Mavor, Pilou Asbæk and Ngozi Anyanwu are the first to be cast in the six-episode series based on the novel by Adrienne Celt. Mavor's Zoya Andropova "is an orphaned refugee and the consummate outsider at the posh all-girls school where she works. She is a Soviet among Americans, a peasant among silver spooners, an intellectual among the incurious. When the novelist Leo Orlov joins the faculty, Zoya develops a dangerous obsession with him - and his magnetic wife." Asbæk's Leo is "a literary genius currently in turmoil. When he arrives to teach at this upper-crust New Jersey girls school, he bristles with resentment - much of it directed towards his wife. But then he meets Zoya, a young groundskeeper at the school, and the trajectory of his writing - and his life - are forever changed." And Anyanwu plays Hilda, "an ambitious, independent woman who refuses to betray her heart - no matter the cost. After her affluent family refused to accept her for who she is, she left them behind, choosing to start anew in the kitchen at the school." (Deadline.com)
MAGNUM P.I. (CBS) - NBC has revived the recently canceled drama with an order for 20 new episodes to be split into two seasons. The news comes as options on the cast (Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill, Tim Kang and Amy Hill) were set to expire today. Universal Television and CBS Studios will continue to co-produce the series. (Deadline.com)
MOON REPRESENTS MY HEART, THE (Netflix, New!) - Pim Wangtechawat's forthcoming debut novel has been optioned by the streamer and 21 Laps Entertainment to adapt as a limited series. Gemma Chan is attached to star in the project, about "a British-Chinese family with the secret ability to time travel. After the parents vanish, their son and daughter search for them across time while coming of age as adults." Chan will also executive produce alongside the company's Shawn Levy and Josh Barry. (THR.com)
PERRY MASON (HBO) - Wallace Langham will recur on the show's sophomore run as Melville Phipps, "a Los Angeles native and attorney for a very wealthy oil baroness. He works well under women and acts as a caretaker when necessary." (Deadline.com)
POKER FACE (Peacock) - S. Epatha Merkerson and Judith Light are the latest faces bound for the mystery drama series. No details were given about their roles. (Deadline.com)
SAFEHAVEN (Crackle) - Georgie Murphy, Gino Anania and Bob Frazer are set to star in the supernatural thriller series, about "an aspiring comic book artist whose drawings begin to come to life and threaten those around her," with production underway in Winnipeg, Canada. James Seale, David Ozer, Stan Spry, Eric Woods, Anthony Fankhauser, Peter Odiorne, Matt Harton, Larry Swets, Hassan Baqar, Kyle Cerminara, Mark Roberson, David Fannon, Seth Needle, David Nagelberg, Brad Turner and Jessica Petelle are the executive producers for Strong Studios, The Cartel, Unbounded Media, 451 Media, Ballantyne Strong, High Park Entertainment and Screen Media. Kaare Andrews is set to direct. It was previously reported in October 2020 that Stephen Moyer, Belle Shouse and Antonio Cipriano were set as the leads with production eyed for a January 2021 start in Louisiana. (Variety.com)
TOM SWIFT (The CW) - The network has canceled its "Nancy Drew" spin-off series after five episodes. Producer CBS Studios is "trying to extend the options on the cast, which expire today, and plans to shop the series elsewhere." (Deadline.com)
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (FX) - Anoop Desai is set to appear in six of the new season's 10 episodes as "an acquaintance of Nandor's from his ancestral homeland." (Deadline.com)

  [june 2022]  


[08/12/22 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 12
Updates include: Rex Linn bound for new season of ABC's "Big Sky"; Camilla Belle, Gus Halper join NBC's "Law & Order: Organized Crime"; and Sasha Hutchings to recur on AMC's "Demascus."

[08/12/22 - 01:43 PM]
Apple TV+ Shares First-Look at "Lessons in Chemistry," New Drama Series Starring and Executive Produced by Academy Award-Winner Brie Larson
Based on the best-selling, debut novel from author, science editor and copywriter Bonnie Garmus, "Lessons in Chemistry" will make its global debut on Apple TV+ in 2023.

[08/12/22 - 12:30 PM]
With Juggernaut "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and "Love & Hip Hop: Miami" Premieres, VH1 Scores Its Highest Monday Prime Rating and Share in Over Two Years
The duo led VH1 to its highest Monday prime rating and share in over two years and dominated the night across social with 2.6M views.

[08/12/22 - 12:30 PM]
Prime Video's New Series "Jungle," Premiering September 30, Brings Stunning Visuals and Rhythmic Storytelling to the Screen
Produced by Nothing Lost, the visually daring and sonically stunning new series presents a distinctive form of rhythmic storytelling rooted in UK rap and drill music, and will premiere Friday, September 30, exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide.

[08/12/22 - 12:10 PM]
MTV's New Series "Teen Mom: The Next Chapter" Premieres Tuesday, September 6 at 8pm ET/PT
The 15-episode season will explore the lives and experiences of Amber, Ashley, Briana, Cate, Cheyenne, Jade, Leah, and Maci together in one monumental series that focuses on the unique bond this "Mom Group" shares as they face the reality of parenthood and adulting while entering the next phase of life together.

[08/12/22 - 10:06 AM]
ABC Delivers a Night of Laughs: "Abbott Elementary" Marathon Airs Aug. 17
Summer break may be coming to a close, but ABC is keeping the fun going with a binge-worthy "Abbott Elementary" marathon, featuring four fan-favorite episodes of the seven-time Emmy-nominated comedy.

[08/12/22 - 10:01 AM]
Disney Branded Television's Spooky Sequel "Under Wraps 2" Will Jump-Start Halloween Season with a Sept. 25 Premiere on Disney Channel
"Under Wraps 2" picks up as Marshall (Malachi Barton), Gilbert (Christian J. Simon) and Amy (Sophia Hammons) are getting ready to attend Amy's father's Spooktacular Halloween-themed wedding to his fiancé Carl.

[08/12/22 - 09:00 AM]
Video: Amazon Freevee Reveals Premiere Date and Official Teaser for "High School," Based on the New York Times Best-Selling Memoir by Tegan and Sara Quin
The first four episodes will premiere on Friday, October 14, with new episodes available every Friday exclusively on Amazon Freevee.

[08/12/22 - 08:25 AM]
Lifetime's September Lineup Sizzles with New Movies All Month Long
Lifetime keeps everyone on their toes this September with "The Bad Seed Returns" premiering on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, then new movies every Saturday, inspired by true stories!

[08/12/22 - 08:09 AM]
"Love, Death + Robots" Volume IV Is a Go!
The 12 time Emmy-winning animated anthology returned to Netflix on May 20 with a critically acclaimed Volume III executive produced by Tim Miller and David Fincher.

[08/12/22 - 08:01 AM]
Video: "Mighty Express" Season 7 Trailer - Netflix Jr
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[08/12/22 - 07:31 AM]
Video: "Chad and JT Go Deep" - Official Trailer - Netflix
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[08/12/22 - 06:01 AM]
Video: "Snabba Cash" Season 2 - Official Teaser - Netflix
When you are out of options you just do whatever it takes.

[08/11/22 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 11
Updates include: Charter Communications to exit original series; Lucy Liu boards Netflix's "A Man in Full"; and Starz nixes Larenz Tate-led spin-off series.

[08/11/22 - 09:22 PM]
Stephen Colbert Announces Louis Cato as New Bandleader on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"
Academy and Grammy Award-winning artist Jon Batiste is leaving after seven seasons to pursue personal and professional interests.