Thursday, February 2, 2017

Development News - Gregg Sulkin, Ariela Barer and Rhenzy Feliz to Star in Hulu Drama Pilot 'Runaways'; Plus 5 More Updates!

Development News - February 2, 2017

ABC's The Goldbergs Spinoff & Household Name; CBS' Hannah Royce's Questionable Choices; The CW's Valor; FOX's Amy's Brother; and Hulu's Runaways.

  • CBS has ordered a pilot for single camera comedy Hannah Royce's Questionable Choices written by Matt Tarses - who also wrote the ABC comedy pilot Start Up. He executive produces with Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling and Fiona Clark. CBS Television Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Kapital Entertainment produce. The project centers on a woman who has made some interesting choices throughout her life - namely, having three different kids with three different men, but all have led her to having a very unique, loving, blended family.
  • Gregg Sulkin (Faking It), Ariela Barer (One Day at a Time), Rhenzy Feliz (Casual), Lyrica Okano (The Affair), Virginia Gardner (The Goldbergs) and Allegra Acosta (Just Add Magic) will star in the drama pilot from Marvel. Sulkin will play Chase Stein, a lacrosse-playing, high school heartthrob. While many write him off as a dumb jock, he exhibits flashes of untapped brilliance in engineering, not unlike his wildly successful father. Barer will play Gert Yorkes, a purple-haired, bespectacled, contemporary riot girl. Never passing up a moment to stand on a soapbox, she sometimes wields her persona as a brash social justice warrior to mask her true feelings. Feliz will play Alex Wilder, a loud-and-proud nerd. Admittedly a bit of a loner, he spends much of his free-time playing video games, but deep down, what he wants most is to reunite his childhood group of friends. Okano will play Nico Minoru, tough, intelligent and independent who embodies teenage angst. A budding "Wiccan," her carefully crafted goth appearance isolates her from her peers and family, but maybe what she really needs is someone to talk to. Gardner will play Karolina Dean, model-perfect exterior with a lot going on behind her professionally whitened smile, is burdened by the lofty expectations and responsibilities put upon her by her parents. Underneath her veneer of privilege and perfection, she is experiencing a newfound eagerness to explore her identity and pursue her own desires. Acosta will play Molly Hernandez, the youngest and most innocent member of her friend group, known for her peppy positivity and a deep yearning to belong.
  • FOX has given a pilot order to single camera comedy Amy's Brother executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. Jim Cashman and Mitch Silpa (The Boss) wrote the pilot and will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television produces. The project revolves around the unconventional family that is formed when a successful type-A man and his estranged sister, plus her two children, find themselves not only back in each other's lives but also living under one roof.
  • The CW has picked up its fifth pilot of the season - drama Valor written by Kyle Jarrow (Lost Generation). He executive produces with Bill Haber. CBS Television Studios produces. The project centers on the boundaries between military discipline and human desire that are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets, and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.
  • A spinoff of hit comedy series The Goldbergs has officially been picked up to pilot at ABC. Adam F. Goldberg and Marc Firek wrote the pilot. They executive produce with Doug Robinson and Seth Gordon. Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison Productions produce. The project is set in the 1990s and follows two high school teachers who become unlikely father figures to the kids at their Philadelphia school. Bryan Callen and Tim Meadows are rumored to reprise their roles from the original series for the spinoff. They play Coach Rick Mellor and guidance counselor Andre Glascott, respectively. The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey is also expected to guest star in the pilot. However, ABC notes that there are currently no actors attached to the project.
  • Emmy winner Carol Burnett (The Carol Burnett Show) is one step closer to an official return to television. ABC has ordered a pilot for multi-camera comedy Household Name starring Burnett. Michael Saltzman (Murphy Brown) wrote the pilot. Burnett and Saltzman executive produce with Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Dave Becky and Michael Pelmont. Universal Television, Paper Kite Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and The Nacelle Company produce. The project follows a family who has an opportunity to buy the house of their dreams but under extremely abnormal circumstances: They must live with the previous owner, an eccentric, larger-than-life actress (Burnett).