Friday, January 27, 2017

Development News - The CW Picks Up Pilots for 'Dynasty' Remake and 'Searchers'; Plus 8 More Updates!

Development News - January 27, 2017

ABC's The Gospel of Kevin, Libby & Malcolm & Untitled Marc Cherry; CBS' Untitled Ben Cavell; The CW's Dynasty & Searchers; FOX's Behind Enemy Lines; and NBC's Good Girls, Happy Peppers & Untitled Warren Leight.

  • CBS has given a pilot order to an untitled drama written by Ben Cavell (Justified). He will executive produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Christopher Chulack (Shameless) has signed on to direct and executive produce. CBS Television Studios and Timberman/Beverly Productions produce. The project follows the lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions the country can ask.
  • Amanda Detmer (Second Chance, Necessary Roughness) has been cast on the drama pilot starring Reba McEntire. She will play Randa Post, a sexy and cheap woman who has a sweet quality that is tempered by her desperate need for love.
  • Jahi Winston (Feed the Beast, The New Edition Story) has booked a regular role on the comedy pilot starring Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance. He will play MJ, Malcolm's (Vance) youngest child.
  • The CW has made its first pilot pick ups of the season today - with the first going to a remake of hit primetime soap Dynasty. The pilot is written by Sallie Patrick, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. They executive produce with Richard Shapiro and Esther Shapiro. Lis Rowinski will co-executive produce. CBS Television Studios and Fake Empire Productions produce. Here's the official logline for the remake: "The Rolls Royce of all primetime soaps, returns in a modernized reboot that follows two of America's wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington - daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington - and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal - a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America's most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere - from reality TV to the polling booths - this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal and, in some cases, murder.
  • The network has also ordered a pilot for drama Searchers written by The 100 creator Jason Rothenberg. He will executive produce with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions produce. The project follows a group of unlikely heroes and takes place 10 years after the death of their parents when a pragmatic brother and free-spirited sister are forced to team when they learn that their mother's terrifying and bizarre stories may be a road map to discovering the legends, myths and unexplainable mysteries of the world.
  • The broadcast network has ordered a pilot for multi-camera comedy Happy Peppers written by Jeff Astrof (Trial & Error) and Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace). They both serve as executive producers. Warner Bros. Television, Too Mutch Ink and Barge Productions produce. The project centers on an adult brother and sister who wind up living together for the first time since they were kids after one of them suffers a big loss. They become each other's wingmen, shoulders to cry on, best friends and punching bags as they navigate love, loss and work, while helping to get each other "un-stuck."
  • NBC has also handed out a pilot order to an untitled drama written by Warren Leight (Law & Order: SVU). He will executive producer with Paul Haggis and director Charles McDougall (The Good Wife, Mad Dogs). Sony Pictures Television produces. The project is a real-time event series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough's last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. On a holiday weekend with few doctors on call, the medical staff will be pushed to make the most difficult life-and-death choices as they work to save their patients and themselves.
  • ABC has ordered a pilot for drama The Gospel of Kevin written by Agent Carter showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. They serve as executive producers, with Robert Atwood as a producer. ABC Studios and Fazekas & Butters produce. The project is an hourlong dramedy that centers on Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.
  • Manny Montana (Graceland, Conviction) has landed a series regular role on the drama pilot written by Jenna Bans. He will play Rio, a smart local hustler who recognizes what assets the "good girls" can be to his money laundering business. His casting is technically in second position to ABC's Conviction although the drama is not expected to return for a second season.
  • FOX has given a pilot order to drama Behind Enemy Lines based on the feature film of the same name. Nikki Toscano (Bates Motel, 24: Legacy) wrote the pilot, which will be directed by McG (Charlie Angels). They executive produce with Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, John Davis and John Fox. Albert Page is a co-executive producer. 20th Century Fox Television, Davis Entertainment and Temple Hill Entertainment produce. The project revolves around a group of U.S. soldiers who find themselves trapped behind enemy lines. The multi-perspective narrative closely follows the soldiers on the ground, the officers and service men and women on a nearby aircraft carrier, along with intelligence officers in Washington, D.C., as they attempt to bring the heroes home safely and under the radar.