Thursday, January 26, 2017

Development News - Brandon Michael Hall Lands Lead on ABC Pilot; Liam McIntyre Boards 'The Haunted'; Plus 7 More Updates!

Development News - January 26, 2017

ABC's Libby & Malcolm, The Trustee & Untitled Jeremy Bronson; FOX's Ghosted & The Passage; NBC's The Sackett Sisters, Spaced Out & Untitled Grandy/Kaling; and Syfy's The Haunted.

  • Just a day after being ordered to pilot, the comedy has cast Search Party star Brandon Michael Hall in the lead role. He will play Courtney Rose, a talented but struggling hip-hop artist who has been toiling away in obscurity for years. He performs at small, grassroots shows around town, but despite his best efforts, he can't seem to get any attention from radio stations and record labels. Yet he remains a quintessential optimist. When he's out and about in the neighborhood, everyone seems to come up and say hello. 
  • Spartacus star Liam McIntyre will co-star on the drama pilot written by Noga Landau. He will play Reece Mason, a tough and driven detective in the Savannah Police Department who investigates the show's central murder alongside his partner Jordan Terry (DeVaughn Nixon). On the surface, Reece is a charming, Southern gentleman, but his personal connection to this case will unearth old tensions and spur him to take on anyone who challenges his authority.
  • Sayeed Shahidi (Uncle Buck, Switched at Birth) has been cast on the comedy pilot starring Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance. He will play Cassius, Malcolm's (Vance) 11-year-old son and a future politician for sure. 
  • FOX has ordered a pilot for single-camera comedy Ghosted starring Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Craig Robinson (The Office). The pilot was written by Tom Gormican, who executive produces with Scott, Robinson, Naomi Scott, Mark Schulman, Oly Obst and showrunner Kevin Etten. 20th Century Fox Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Getting Rad Productions produce. A comedic take on The X-Files, the project centers on a cynical skeptic (Robinson) and a genius "true believer" in the paranormal (Scott) who are recruited by The Bureau Underground to look into the rampant "unexplained activity in Los Angeles - all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.
  • The network has also given a pilot order to drama The Passage based on the book trilogy by Justin Cronin. The pilot was written by Elizabeth Heldens (Friday Night Lights) and will be directed by Matt Reeves (Felicity). Both executive produce with Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Adam Kassan. Cronin is a co-executive producer. 20th Century Fox Television, Scott Free Productions and 6th & Idaho Productions produce. The project begins as a character-driven government conspiracy thriller and morphs into a post-apocalyptic saga with vampires. The series spans over a century and focuses on a young girl named Amy who must save the human race.
  • The broadcast has made a trio of comedy pilot pickups today. The first is for an untitled single camera project written by Charlie Brandy and Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project). They executive produce with Howard Klein. Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Kaling International produce. Kaling will also have a recurring role on the potential series. The project centers on Vince, a charismatic gym owner with no ambition who lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Kaling), one of his old high school flings.
  • Next up at NBC is a pilot order for single camera comedy The Sackett Sisters written by Luke Del Tredici (30 Rock). He executive produces with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and David Miner. Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Little Stranger produce. The project revolves around the Sackett family, who is reunited when two estranged sisters perform an act of public heroism and are forced to navigate the aftermath together.
  • And finally, NBC has ordered a pilot for single camera comedy Spaced Out written by Adam Sztykiel (Undateable). He executive produces with Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold. Warner Bros. Television and Doozer Productions produce. The project centers on a working-class genius and his struggles to fit in with an established team all made more difficult when their job is building a rocket to Mars.
  • ABC has also given a pilot order today to hourlong comedy The Trustee written by Jay Scherick and David Ronn (The Smurfs, Zookeeper). They executive produce with Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman. Warner Bros. Television and Brownstone Productions produce. The project revolves around a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely help from her precinct's trustee, a larger-than-life ex-con who is finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department. Although the two have completely opposing views on crime and punishment, a highly entertaining and successful partnership is born.