Friday, February 3, 2017

Development News - Greg Berlanti's 'Black Lightning' Moves from FOX to The CW with Pilot Order; Plus 8 More Updates!

Development News - February 3, 2017

ABC's Jalen vs. EverybodyLosing It & Untitled Phirman/Schneider; CBS' 9J, 9K and 9L, Brothered Up & S.W.A.T.; The CW's Black Lightning; NBC's Good Girls; and Syfy's The Machine.

CBS' 9J, 9K, AND 9L
  • David Walton (About a Boy, Masters of Sex) will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Mark Feuerstein. He will play Andrew, Josh's (Feuerstein) successful, narcissistic and very competitive brother, who lives in the apartment next door with his wife and baby.
  • After being developed this season at FOX, The CW has swooped in and given a pilot order to DC Comics drama Black Lightning written by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil (Being Mary Jane). The move comes after FOX decided not to move forward on a pilot after looking at the roster of sci-fi projects it already has on the schedule and planned for the next year. The Akils executive produce with Greg Berlanti (who is behind the 4 other DC Comics shows at The CW) and Sarah Schechter. Warner Bros. Television, Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions produce. Based on the character created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, the project centers on Jefferson Pierce, who hung up his suit and his secret identity years ago. However, with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he'll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante Black Lightning.
  • The Americans alum Annet Mahendru has been cast in a lead role on the drama pilot based on the film of the same name. She will play Yana, a brilliant but troubled programmer who has created the world's first super intelligent Artificial Intelligence. With an IQ 500 times greater than Einstein, this S.A.I. is capable of conquering the world's most complex problems, such as disease, poverty and environmental devastation. But Yana begins to suspect that instead of helping humanity, this new intelligence wants to destroy it. With her superiors under the S.A.I.'s thrall, Yana must overcome her personal demons and outwit the greatest intellect the world has ever known.
  • CBS has ordered a pilot for multi-camera comedy Brothered Up written by Mark Gross (Mike & Molly, Man With a Plan). CBS Television Studios produces. The project revolves around an emotionally guarded African-American cop who is partnered with an emotionally available Pakistani cop. Together they are forced to find a way to connect as they patrol a Detroit neighborhood.
  • Mike & Molly alum Reno Wilson has booked a regular role on the drama pilot written by Jenna Bans. He will play Stan, a mall security guard, Ruby's husband and father to Harry and Sara, who has kidney disease. Stan shares his wife's concerns for their daughter, and her frustration that the care she needs is unaffordable. 
  • CBS has given a pilot order to drama S.W.A.T. based on the 2003 film of the same name. Aaron Thomas wrote the pilot, which will be directed by Justin Lin. Both executive produce with Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, Neal Moritz, Pavun Shetty and Danielle Woodrow. CBS Television Studios, Sony Pictures Television, MiddKid Productions, Original Films and Perfect Storm Entertainment produce. The project centers on a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he's tasked to run a highly trained unit that is the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.
  • The network has ordered a pilot for an untitled multi-camera comedy written by Dannah Phirman and Danielle Schneider (Telenovela). They executive produce with Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern. ABC Studios produces. The project centers on an intellectual but emotionally challenged single dad who moves to Queens with his two young daughters and forms an unlikely family with the other residents in their apartment building.
  • The broadcast network has also handed a pilot order to single camera comedy Losing It written by DJ Nash (Growing Up Fisher, Truth Be Told). He executive produces with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor. ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment produce. The project revolves around three adult siblings and their parents who - between their minds, their marriages, their freedom and life - are all losing it in different ways.
  • And lastly, ABC has ordered a pilot for single camera comedy Jalen vs. Everybody starring ESPN personality Jalen Rose. Fresh Off the Boat creator Nahnatchka Khan wrote the pilot. Khan and Rose will executive produce with Jake Kasden, Melvin Mar and Mandy Summers. ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox Television and Fierce Baby Productions produce. The projects follows the former NBA player and current ESPN personality as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad.