Friday, February 12, 2016

Development News - Damon Wayans Sr. to Star in 'Lethal Weapon' Reboot; Syfy Orders 'Prototype' Pilot; Plus 10 More Updates!

Development News - February 12, 2016

A&E's The Infamous; ABC's ConvictionPresence, Speechless, Time After Time & Untitled Mackay/Weeks; FOX's A.P.B. & Lethal Weapon; NBC's Miranda's Rights, Untitled Matt Hubbard & Untitled Tracey Wigfield; and Syfy's Prototype.

  • The cable network has given a pilot order to drama Prototype written by Tony Basgallop. He will executive produce with pilot director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. Taylor Latham is set as a co-executive producer. Escape Artists Productions will produce. The project centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics - a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.
  • Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead) and Manny Montana (Graceland) have been cast on the drama pilot starring Hayley Atwell. Kinney will play Tess Thompson, the paralegal for the unit who is bright but comes across as a bit naive - and occasionally, an underlying dark sadness emerges. Tess used to work for the Innocence Project but decided to work for CIU because she thinks she can make a bigger impact working more cases from inside the system. She is a true believer in the cause of wrongful convictions - for reasons that she keeps secret. Montana will play Franklin "Frankie" Rios, who is in charge of Forensics and has a street-savvy reserve that co-exists with a boyish excitement for science. He became interested in the field after watching a forensics show almost daily when serving two years in prison for car theft.
  • Damon Wayans Sr. (In Living Color, My Wife and Kids) has signed on to star in the drama project based on the 1997 feature film. His casting has given the project a formal pilot pickup today. Matt Miller wrote the pilot, which will be directed by McG. Miller executive produces with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. Warner Bros. Television, Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions will produce. When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Wayans Sr.) who, having recently suffered a "minor" heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
  • Andrea Martin (SCTV, Difficult People) has been cast as one of the two leads on the untitled comedy pilot written by Tracey Wigfield. Kimrie Lewis-Davis (Scandal) has also joined the cast today while Beth McCarthy-Miller (30 Rock) has signed on to direct. Martin will play Carol, Katie's mother, a well-meaning, overly-chatty, upbeat but bored mom who never went to college and gave up her career to raise her now adult children. Galvanized by an inspirational eulogy at a friend's funeral, Carol decides to follow her dream of having a big career and lands an internship at her daughter's newsroom where she wins kudos for her honesty. Lewis-Davis will play Portia, the dingbat co-host on the show, a breezy, demanding and clueless woman whose inane story ideas are given the green light.
  • Colin Woodell (The Originals, Devious Maids) has landed a regular role on the drama pilot written by John Ridley. He will play Mike McKay, a young LAPD detective and fellow Army vet who has equal parts heart and charm - a good cop and a good man. His personal and professional life begin to take a turn once Presence (Stephanie Sigman) arrives on the scene as they balance their mutual attraction with the loose partnership they begin to form.
  • As a part of a new two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, Marcos Siega has signed on as director for the drama pilot written by Kevin Williamson. This will be the third time Siega and Williamson have collaborated. Siega previously directed the pilots for Williamson's The Following on FOX and The Vampire Diaries on The CW.
  • Wilson Bethel (Hart of Dixie, The Astronaut Wives Club) will co-star on the drama pilot starring Bokeem Woodbine. He will play Jason Gant, an officer with the LAPD's Crash Unit.
  • Leslye Headland (Sleeping With Other People) is set to make her pilot directing debut with the untitled comedy pilot written by Hannah Mackay and Ed Weeks.
  • Jennifer Getzinger (Mad Men, The Big C) has been tapped to direct the legal drama pilot written by Katie Lovejoy.
  • Christine Gernon (Gavin & Stacey, The Kennedys) has joined the comedy pilot written by Scott Silveri as director.
  • Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have been cast on the untitled comedy pilot written by Matt Hubbard. Additionally, Claire Scanlon (Faking It) has signed on to direct. Chau will play Jae Kim, Josie's (Elizabeth Ho) father, the charismatic, strong-willed, demanding owner of Kim's Academy, a successful tae kwon do studio. He hasn't yet fully accepted Andrew (Chris Smith), who he feels is not quite worthy of his daughter. Chuang will play Sun Kim, Josie's mother, who has lived in the U.S. for 30 years but still holds on to many traditional Korean values, a characteristic that sometimes frustrates her more progressive daughter. Tomei will play Barbara Denton, Andrew's grandmother and a commercial actress from L.A. She is an extroverted and opinionated pain in the ass who Andrew and Josie insist move to Missouri with them so they can keep an eye on her.
FOX's A.P.B.
  • Natalie Martinez (Secrets & Lies, Kingdom) has landed the female lead on the drama pilot written by David Slack. She will play Detective Amelia Murphy, a wry, confident cop from a family of police, who never hesitates to question authority - which may be the reason she has alienated every CO she's worked for and wound up stuck in the dysfunctional 13th Precinct.