Friday, January 29, 2016

Development News - Gabriel Ebert Joins 'The Interestings'; Archie Panjabi to Star in 'The Jury'; Plus 9 More Updates!

Development News - January 29, 2016

ABC's The Jury; Amazon's The Interestings; CBS' The Great Indoors; The CW's Frequency, No Tomorrow, Riverdale, Transylvania, Untitled Doris Egan & Untitled Kevin Williamson; and NBC's Time & Untitled Matt Hubbard.

  • Tony winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda the Musical, Therese Raquin) has been cast on the drama pilot written by Lyn Green and Richard Levine. He will play Dennis, Jules' less than ambitious husband who knows that she probably wanted a life larger than he could provide for her.
  • Chris Smith (We Are Men) and Elizabeth Ho (Melissa & Joey) have landed the lead roles in the untitled comedy pilot written by Matt Hubbard. The project revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Andrew is a likable nerd and a lawyer. Josie is a hard-charging woman who has never failed at anything.
  • Emmy-nominated director Neil Marshall (Game of Thrones, Black Sails) has signed on to direct and executive produce the drama pilot written by Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan.
  • The Good Wife alum Archie Panjabi has landed the lead role on the drama pilot written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli. Additionally, Neil Burger (Limitless, Billions) has been tapped to direct. She will play Kim Dempsey, who radiates quiet strength and is a force of nature cloaked in a professional demeanor who isn't interested in making friends but instead in finding the truth. She's a crusader. Someone who's always had/is always looking for a cause. She's been accused of jumping from cause to cause in the past, and maybe that's true, but nobody can accuse her of not doing a good job while she was there. At the start of the pilot, it's been less than a year since she was ripped from the cause she thought she'd champion until her death.
  • The network has given a pilot order to multi-camera comedy The Great Indoors written by Mike Gibbons. CBS Television Studios will produce. The project revolves around an adventure reporter who must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.
  • The CW has ordered its first pilots of the current development cycle. First up is an untitled drama written by Kevin Williamson. He will executive produce with pilot director David Nutter. Lauren Wagner will serve as a producer. Warner Bros. Television and Outerbanks Entertainment will produce. The project centers on a young woman who seeks help from a parapsychologist when she begins to experience paranormal phenomena.
  • The second pilot order at The CW today is for a re-imagining of the 2000 film Frequency. Jeremy Carver will write the pilot, and executive produce with Toby Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. Warner Bros. Television will produce. The drama revolves around a female police detective in 2016 who discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the "butterfly effect" wreak havoc in the present day.
  • A reboot of Archie Comics' Riverdale is the third drama getting a pilot order at The CW. Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, the project is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life as well as the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will write the pilot, and executive produce with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater. Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions will produce.
  • The broadcast network has also picked up a pilot for drama Transylvania written by Hugh Sterbakov. He will produce with Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg. CBS Television Studios and Midnight Radio will produce. Set in 1880, the project centers on a headstrong young woman searching for her missing father who ventures from New York to Transylvania, where she teams with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard detective. Together, they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.
  • The next project getting a pilot order at The CW is an untitled drama written by Doris Egan. Robert Zotnowski and Frank Marshall will also executive produce. CBS Television Studios and Kennedy/Marshall Company will produce. The project centers on a team of explorers who arrive on Mars to join the first human colony on the planet, only to discover that their predecessors have vanished. Led by a woman whose husband is among the missing, the colonists are forced to change their mission from exploration and settlement to investigation and survival, while navigating the hostile planet and their own personal demons.
  • The final pilot order at The CW today is for hourlong comedy No Tomorrow written by Corinne Brinkerhoff, Scott McCable and Tory Stanton. They executive produce with Ben Silverman. CBS Television Studios and Electus will produce. The project centers on a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man. She finds out that he lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent. To comedic and poignant results, they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists.