Thursday, February 16, 2017

Development News - Retta Joins 'Good Girls'; Jessica Lu and Sendhil Ramamurthy Board 'Reverie'; Plus 2 More Updates!

Development News - February 16, 2017

NBC's For God and Country, Good Girls, Reverie and Untitled Grandy/Kaling.

  • Parks and Recreation alum Retta is returning to NBC as one of the three leads on the drama pilot written by Jenna Bans. She will play Ruby, a happily married wife and mother who works as a waitress at a diner. She is smart, likable and a protective mama bear to her 11-year-old daughter. She joins Beth's (Kathleen Rose Perkins) plan to rob a store because she worries her daughter, who has kidney disease, isn't getting the treatment she needs at the local clinic.
  • Jessica Lu (Awkward) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) will co-star on the drama pilot starring Sarah Shahi. Lu will play Alexis Barrett, who has started her own company, Reverie, based on her own fully immersible, customizable virtual reality program, in which clients can have the virtual reality experience of their lives via a simple neural transmitter. Working with a security advisor and several investors, she is very proud of her program but has to do some damage control when some initial users have become reluctant to return to their reality, and their unused bodies have gone comatose. Ramamurthy will play Paul Hammond, who works with Alexis on the Reverie project as the Chief Oneirologist, or dream specialist. He designs the factory presets and training levels for the users.
  • Mouzam Makkar (The Exorcist, The Vampire Diaries) has booked a series regular role on the comedy pilot written by Charlie Grandy and Mindy Kaling. She will play Britney, Vince's on-again, off-again girlfriend since they were 13. She is a smart hustler with an emotional streak that makes her do dramatic things.
  • Newcomer Natacha Karam has joined the cast of the drama pilot written by Dean Georgaris. She will play Jaz, the second member of ISA Special Operations Group Unit 7, one of the few women in the world to make it through the U.S. Army Ranger School, Delta Force Selection and now to serve on one of these teams.