Monday, October 31, 2016

Development News - Haley Joel Osment Cast on 'Strange New Things'; NBC Passes on 'Cruel Intentions'; Plus 3 More Updates!

Development News - October 31, 2016

Amazon's Strange New Things; CMT's His Wives & Daughters; NBC's Cruel Intentions; TNT's Claws; and USA's The Sinner.

  • Haley Joel Osment (Alpha House, The Spoils Before Dying) has been cast as a series regular on the drama pilot starring Richard Madden. He will play Sy, a man who used to grow large quantities of marijuana before being recruited to work on the new colony as chief botanist.
  • Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) is set for a lead role on the drama pilot written by Dina Chapman and Steve Sessions. She will play Lorna Larson Banks, Eddie's gorgeous, tough-as-nails and force-to-be-reckoned-with first wife who parlayed her early career success as a duo with Eddie into a huge solo career that eventually matched or even eclipsed her former husband's. Now one of the most famous women in country music, Lorna has her own successful theater in Branson and is slightly out of touch with reality as a result of being in the public eye for so long. She and Eddie have one daughter together, April, but Lorna hasn't spoken to her since April published a salacious tell-all memoir.
  • The Strain alum Jack Kesy has been upped to series regular on the drama pilot starring Niecy Nash and Carrie Preston. He was previously cast as a guest star. He plays Roller, a gangstered-out redneck who runs a barely legal pain clinic and uses Desna's (Nash) nail salon to launder their obscene profits. A swaggering guy who thinks he owns the world, Roller's outrageous lifestyle just might be his downfall.
  • Following prolonged negotiations with Sony Pictures Television, NBC has finally opted to pass on the drama pilot that served as a sequel to the cult film of the same name. Sources say the project is being shopped to other outlets, with many expressing interest. The cast remains under contract until the end of 2016. The pilot starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Taylor John Smith, Kate Levering, Peter Gallagher, Samantha Logan, Sophina Brown, Nathalie Kelley, Coby Bell, Bryce Cass and Taylor Zakhar. Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross wrote the pilot, which Kumble also directed. They executive produced with showrunner Becky Hartman Edwards, Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty.
  • Chris Abbott (Girls), Abby Miller (Justified) and Dohn Norwood (Hell on Wheels) have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman. Abbott will play Mason Tannetti, an air conditioning installer working for his parents' business who's happily married to Cora (Biel) until a sudden act of violence upends their domestic equilibrium and forces him to face the lurking shadows in his marriage. Miller will play Caitlin Sullivan, a young, ambitious cop whose personal connection to Cora and Mason complicates her performance on the job, and eventually changes the course of the investigation. Norwood will play Detective Dan Leroy, a protégé of Detective Ambrose (Pullman) who has to navigate the awkward territory between respecting Ambrose's outlier instincts and doing what he thinks is right.