Breaking News – Development Update: Wednesday, January 19

[01/19/22 – 11:41 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, January 19
By the Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES ( — The latest development news, taken from recent reports:

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THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Disney+) – Fra Fee and Briana Middleton are both set to star in the prequel series starring Luke Evans and Josh Gad. Fee will play Prince Benoit Berlioz, “a childhood friend of Tilly’s who grew into a handsome, charismatic and confident prince.” And Middleton will play Tilly, “Louie’s half-sister.” (

CITY ON FIRE (Apple TV+) – Chase Sui Wonders has booked a starring role in the upcoming drama, in which “NYU student Samantha (Wonders) is gunned down in Central Park on July 4, 2003. Samantha is alone, there is no has no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Her group of friends play at her favorite club downtown, but she leaves to meet someone promising to come back. She never does. While the crime against Samantha is investigated, she is revealed to be the crucial link between a series of mysterious events throughout the city, the fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy unraveling downtown real estate family. under the pressure of the many secrets they keep.” (

GUYS WE DO****D (FOX, New!) – Corinne Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson and Kristin Belka Maier will team up for a multi-cam network comedy based on the former duo’s podcast, subtitled “The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast.” Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Rick Dorfman, Chris Mills, Kris Koller and Alix Magid will also executive produce the project, billed as “a comedy about an arrogant shopkeeper and a people-pleasing bartender who realizes they’re platonic kindred spirits then that they work in a New Jersey strip mall. Together they tackle women’s adulthood while acting as therapists for local men and each other. Lionsgate Television, FOX Entertainment, The Tannenbaum Company, Authentic Management Productions and Seven Summits Pictures & Management are co-producing (

HOW I MET YOUR FATHER/LOVE, VICTOR/THIS IS US (Hulu/NBC) – Executive producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger have signed a new three-year overall deal with 20th Television, their home for the past decade. There, they will continue on the aforementioned series and develop new series projects through their The Walk-Up Company banner. (

JUMPERS (Showtime, New!) – Shaye Ogbonna has sold a potential drama to the pay channel about “the cutthroat world of the sneaker industry, centering on a self-made sneaker executive turned industry power broker. While the he business changes around him, and old friends become adversaries, he must decide which is more important: industrial capital or cultural relevance.” Justin Hillian will also executive produce for Showtime and 3 Arts Entertainment. (Deadline. com)

THE LAW (ABC) – Toks Olagundoye, Hari Nef and Ian Duff are the latest to join the revival series pilot. Olagundoye will play Assistant District Attorney Erika Jackson, “a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom, but grapples with the role she plays in a prison system as a skilled lawyer and as a woman of color. “. Nef is then Alana Burke, “a transgender lawyer who is so terrific and creative in the courtroom that she makes headlines for her by thinking outside the box”; with Duff as junior associate JJ Freeman, “an idealistic hard charger who has no problem speaking truth to power, including his idol, Jonathan Rollins (Underwood), with whom he has fundamental disagreements over what what does it mean to be a black man in America in 2022.” (

MOON KNIGHT (Disney+) – Gaspard Ulliel, who died Tuesday following a skiing accident, has been revealed as an actor in the next Marvel Studios series. He plays Anton Mogart/Midnight Man. (

WOMEN ON THE BRINK OF NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (Apple TV+, New!) — Gina Rodriguez is attached to star in a proposed TV incarnation of Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 film, about “the romantic misadventures of voice actors dubbing foreign films.” Rodriguez will play Pepa, who was originally portrayed by Carmen Maura in the feature film. Noelle Valdivia is writing the project with Rodriguez, Almodovar, Molly Breeskin, Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell also executive producing for I Can and I Will Productions, El Deseo, 3Pas Studios and Lionsgate Television. Sonia Gambaro will co-produce. (

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