Monday, March 7, 2016

Development News - Geena Davis Returns to TV for 'The Exorcist'; Jenna Fischer Boards Matt LeBlanc's Pilot; Plus 18 More Updates!

Development News - March 7, 2016

ABC's Conviction, The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez, The Jury, Model Woman, Notorious, Time After Time & Toast; CBS' Real Good People, Training Day, Untitled Matt LeBlanc & What Goes Around Comes Around; The CW's Frequency & Transylvania; FOX's The Exorcist, Lethal Weapon & Untitled Laura Steinel; Hulu's Future Man; NBC's Midnight, Texas; and WGN America's Roadside Picnic & Scalped.

  • Ryan Guzman (Heroes Reborn) and Sepideh Moafi (Black Box) have been cast on the drama pilot starring Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata. Guzman will play Ryan Mills, Julia's (Perabo) eager-to-please intern and son of the network president. Despite his youth and innocent facade, he's ambitious and conniving, desperate to prove himself to his overbearing father. Moafi will play Megan Byrd, a sexy and savvy TV news producer responsible for scheduling and managing guests.
  • Ross Kimball (Chicago Med) will co-star on the (formerly untitled) comedy pilot written by Stephnie Weir. He will play Beau, the eldest son of the family. A good ole boy who adores his mother and worships his father, but didn't inherit their strong moral compass.
  • The cable network has picked up two projects to pilot today - the first being an adaptation of Scalped from DC Comics. Doug Jung will write the pilot, and executive produce with Geoff Johns. DC Entertainment and Warner Horizon Television will produce. Based on the comic book series written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. Guéra, the drama is a modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American Indian reservation. It explores power, loyalty and spirituality in a community led by the ambitious chief Lincoln Red Crow as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse, who has returned home after years away from the reservation.
  • The second project being ordered to pilot today at WGN America is drama Roadside Picnic based on the novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Jack Paglen will write the pilot. He will executive produce with Vivian Cannon, Neil Moritz and director Alan Taylor. Tribune Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Original Film will produce. The project explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone, leaving humankind to explore the wondrous and dangerous mysteries left behind as well as the societal ramifications of their visit, as seen through the eyes of Red, a veteran "stalker" who has made it his life to illegally venture into the once inhabited zone and scavenge the abandoned remains of the alien culture.
  • The Office alum Jenna Fischer has landed the female lead role on the untitled comedy pilot starring Matt LeBlanc. She will play Andi, Adam's (LeBlanc) wife who decides she wants to go back to her job as a medical lab technician, so Adam agrees to take over the parenting chores while she's at work.
  • Francois Arnaud (Blindspot, The Borgias) is set as the lead on the drama pilot written by Monica Owusu-Breen. He will play Manfred Bernardo, a traveling psychic who has grown tired of life on the road and takes the advice of his dead grandmother and decides to settle in the small Texas town of Midnight. Perfectly content with going about his business letting others think he's a hack, he soon realizes that he has much more in common with the locals than he original thought. It would seem that he's found more evil than he left, so he'll have to bond with his supernatural neighbors to figure out what's going on.
  • Glenne Headly (Don Jon) and Ed Begley Jr. (Blunt Talk) have joined the cast of the comedy pilot starring Josh Hutcherson. Headly will Diane, Josh's (Hutcherson) nurturing, ever-supportive mother whose love for his is unyielding and sweet while also a detriment to his growth. She makes it almost impossible for Josh to move out. Begley Jr. will play Gabe, Josh's loving, cheerful and well-intentioned dad who is always thinking of ways to bolster Josh's low self-esteem, and constantly makes excuses for all of his son's failings.
  • Nashville alum Eric Close will play the male lead on the drama pilot starring Gina Torres. He will play Blair Monroe, a handsome and wealthy Miami aristocrat whose family has ruled the city for decades. Once deeply in love with Eva Sofia (Torres), he abandoned her, leaving her pregnant and destitute. Now a candidate for mayor, he meets Eva Sofia by chance at a public function - and pretends he has no recollection of her. However, he vividly recalls their affair - and in truth, there's still a powerful attraction between them, even almost 30 years late. But his insulting and cowardly reaction to their chance meeting enrages Eva Sofia, whose thirst for vengeance may have tragic consequences for all involved.
  • Oscar winner Geena Davis (Commander in Chief, Grey's Anatomy) is plotting her return to series regular television with a starring role on the drama pilot written by Jeremy Slater. She will play Angela Rance, a naturally beautiful, regal and proud woman who is weighed down by stress. She does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can't help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon a sign of what's wrong.
  • Eddie Cahill (CSI: NY, Under the Dome) has been cast as the male lead on the drama pilot starring Hayley Atwell. He will play Wayne Wallis, a confident and self-assured New York District Attorney. Incredibly handsome, magnetic and charismatic, he radiates charm, smarts and political power. He has a clear-cut political future that is as brilliant as his million dollar smile. He is politically ambitious and sharp as a tack. He announces the creation of the Conviction Integrity Unit - and appoints Carter Morrison (Atwell) to lead the charge. There is a history between the two of them - that is equal parts lust and hatred.
  • Genesis Rodriguez (Big Hero 6, Identity Thief) is set as the female lead on the drama pilot starring Freddie Stroma and Josh Bowman. She will play Jane Walker, a museum curator who captivates H.G. Wells (Stroma) upon his arrival in modern-day New York.
  • Andie MacDowell (Groundhog Day, Cedar Cove) will topline the cast of the drama pilot written by Helen Childress. Nicole Ari Parker (Rosewood) and Caitlin Carver (The Fosters) have also been cast. MacDowell will play Bertie Geiss, a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman who is been at the helm of Geiss Agency, an internationally renowned modeling agency, for the past 20 years. She is a confident, powerful and cunning woman who rarely losses control. Self-possessed, poised and authoritative but not lacking humor or warmth, Bertie is at the top of her game - and she intends to stay there. Parker will play Helen Jane Harris, a former model who runs her own modeling agency and is top competition to Geiss Agency. Carver will play Michelle, a reluctant beauty and aspiring photographer who is both intellectual and talented.
  • Luke Allen-Gale (Dominion) and Evan Stern (Mia and Me) have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Laura Brent. Allen-Gale will play Inspector Godfrey, a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective who teams with Victoria (Brent) in Transylvania. Stern will play Igor, a gentle hunchback known for his technical genius.
  • Mad Men alum Kevin Rahm has booked a regular role on the drama pilot starring Damon Wayans Sr. He will play Avery, a successful yet humble captain who is more politician than cop, dressing the part of top brass since his early days as Murtaugh's (Wayans Sr.) partner. He has paired Murtaugh with Riggs hoping the younger cop can put a little vigor back in Murtaugh's career. 
  • Kevin Rankin (Gracepoint) has landed a regular role on the drama pilot starring Archie Panjabi and Jeremy Sisto. He will play Troy, a blue-collar hard-ass who doesn't own a pair of boots without dirt on them, but he's not some stupid redneck, and resents it greatly when people assume that. Beneath his rough exterior is an extremely dedicated single father who was hardened by a few experiences that left him with a pretty understandable chip on his shoulder.
  • Gregg Mettler (The Muppets, Cougar Town) has been tapped to serve as executive producer and showrunner on the comedy pilot written by actors Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg.
  • Lex Scott Davis (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart) will co-star on the drama pilot starring Bill Paxton. She will play Alyse Arrendondo, Kyle's smart and cynical wife, a history teacher who loves and greatly admires her husband and his insatiable drive - despite his reckless displays of heroism.
  • Resurrection alum Devin Kelley is set for a lead role on the drama pilot starring Riley Smith and Peyton List. She will play Julie, Raimy's (List) mother, whose life may be tragically knocked for a loop when Raimy starts interfering with the past via her father's old ham radio.
  • Dougie Baldwin (Nowhere Boys, Upper Middle Bogan) has been cast on the comedy pilot starring Jason Lee. He will play Daschel, either the smartest person in the world or the dumbest - no one's quite sure. He's a typical high school junior who's only capable of thinking a maximum of 5 seconds into the future.
  • Jon Daly (Zoolander 2, Kroll Show) has joined the cast of the untitled comedy pilot starring Judy Greer. He will play Gene. No further character details were immediately released.