Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Development News - Tyler James Williams Joins 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff; CBS Orders 'Code Black' to Pilot; Plus 2 More Updates!

Development News - January 28, 2015

CBS' Code Black, The Half of It & Untitled Criminal Minds Spinoff and HBO's Brothers in Atlanta.

  • Tyler James Williams (The Walking Dead, Everybody Hates Chris) will co-star opposite Gary Sinise on the planted spinoff of Criminal Minds. He will play Monty, the sweet and incredibly smart tech analyst for the team. His attention to detail and kind manner are invaluable as he liaises with the families of those in trouble and uses his tech savvy to help the team fill in the holes as they search for a killer far from home.
  • CBS has given a pilot order to medical drama Code Black written by Michael Seitzman and to be directed by David Semel. Executive producers are Seitzman, Semel, Ryan McGarry, Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Marti Noxon. ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios will produce. Based on McGarry's feature documentary of the same name, the project is set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation - LA County Hospital - where the extraordinary staff confront a broken system in order to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.
  • CBS has also ordered a pilot for multi-camera comedy The Half of It written by Mike Gibbons. CBS Television Studios will produce. The project centers on a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married.
  • HBO has given a formal pilot production greenlit to Brothers In Atlanta, a comedy written by and starring Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin. Lorne Michaels will also serve as an executive producer, with Tim Story attached to direct. Moreover, Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith have been cast as guest stars on the pilot. Broadway Video will produce. The project focuses on struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. An Atlanta native, Langston is an aspiring DJ whose career has stalled due to his lack of focus and his get-rich schemes. New to Atlanta, Moose is a perennial backup singer with dreams of the spotlight, who keeps his foot in his mouth. Rudolph will play Shirle, Moose's demanding boss, an R&B diva whose heyday was in the 90s. Smith will back Curtis, a "New Atlanta" teenager and Langston's rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income.