Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Development News - Josh Hutcherson to Star in Hulu's 'Future Man'; Henry Winkler Joins HBO's 'Barry'; Plus 9 More Updates!

Development News - February 17, 2016

ABC's The Jury, The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport & Time After Time; Amazon's The Interestings; HBO's Barry; Hulu's Future Man; and NBC's Good Fortune, Marlon, Midnight Texas, Time & The Trail.

  • Eve Harlow (The 100, Heroes Reborn) has been cast on the drama pilot starring Archie Panjabi and Jeremy Sisto. She will play Melody, who's completely cynical about the justice system and has a nonplussed, contrarian attitude that borders on nihilism, but has a razor-sharp sense of humor.
  • Henry Winkler (Happy Days) and Anthony Carrigan (Gotham) have joined the cast of the comedy pilot written by and starring Bill Hader. Winkler will play Gene Cousineau, an inspiring acting teacher. Carrigan will play Noho Hank, a Russian gangster.
  • The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson has been tapped to play the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. He has also boarded the pilot as a producer. He will play Josh Futurman, who still lives at home with his parents and has a dead-end job as a janitor at a sexual disease research center called Devlin. Because of a sickly adolescence, he is socially inept, has low self-esteem and can't approach women. The only thing he excels at is Cybergeddon, a video game set in a dystopian future where his character, Future Man, has the top ranking in the world. When Josh beats the final level, he's visited by characters from the game who claim it is a training manual and he's been selected to travel back in time and help them save the world. Is he ready? Absolutely not.
  • Glee alum Jayma Mays will co-star on the comedy pilot written by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller. She will play Carol Anne Keane, the Assistant District Attorney prosecuting Larry Henderson (John Lithgow) for the murder of his wife. Carol Anne is ambitious and Southern tough, wants this case to be a stepping stone for her career and will not let anyone or anything stand in the way of her getting her first death sentence conviction.
  • Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, The X-Files) has been cast as the female lead on the drama pilot written by Lyn Greene and Richard Levine. She will play Jules, who is determined to forge an acting career but winds up being a struggling therapist with a young child, an unemployable husband (Gabriel Ebert) and a tiny New York apartment.
  • Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Suits) has landed he female lead on the drama pilot written by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke. She will play Lucy Preston, a brilliant, sharp and warm history professor who gets whisked away by the government for the top-secret time-travel mission at the heart of the series.
  • Mike & Molly star Katy Mixon has booked the lead role on the single camera comedy pilot written by Sarah Dunn. She will play Katie, a slightly larger, strong-willed mother raising her flawed family of three in a wealthy town filled with "perfect" wives and their "perfect" offspring.
  • Bresha Webb (Truth Be Told) has joined the cast of the comedy pilot starring Marlon Wayans. She will play Yvette, Marlon's (Wayans) worst enemy and his ex-wife's (Essence Atkins) best friend. She has always disliked Marlon and never held her tongue about it. While she is a trainwreck with absolutely zero love life, she is constantly spouting off advice for her best friend.
  • Orphan Black alum Dylan Bruce is the first actor cast on the drama pilot written by Monica Owusu-Breen. He will play Bobo Winthrop, who owns the town's Pawn Shop as well as a chunk of local real estate.
  • Revenge alum Josh Bowman will co-star opposite Freddie Stroma on the drama pilot written by Kevin Williamson. He will play John Stevenson, a brilliant and charismatic surgeon who lives a double life as the infamous serial killer, Jack the Ripper.
  • Tone Bell (Truth Be Told), Beau Mirchoff (Awkward) and Diane Guerrero (Orange Is the New Black) have been cast on the comedy pilot written by Matt Zinman and Craig Gerard. They will play June's best friends Adam (Bell), Dave (Mirchoff) and Bailey (Guerrero) who plan on sticking together no matter what the future might bring.