Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Development News - 'Roswell' Reboot Among Six CW Drama Pilot Pickups; Plus 1 More Update!

Development News - January 30, 2018

The CW's The End of the World as We Know It, In the Dark, Playing Dead, Skinny Dip, Spencer & Untitled Roswell Reboot; and NBC's Guess Who Died.

  • Beth Lacke and Adrian Martinez have been cast on the comedy pilot written by Norman Lear and Peter Tolan. They join stars Hector Elizondo and Holland Taylor.
  • Lacke (Frequency) will play Cybil, Murray's (Elizondo) daughter who works as a poetic writing teacher at a community college. Loyal and devoted, she visits her parents every day and helps with her mom's care.
  • Martinez (The Blacklist: Redemption) will play Lopez, the security guard at the main gate of the Las Esperanzado Senior Community in Palm Springs.
  • THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (Drama) - Written by Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker (Powerless, Harley Quinn). Executive produced by Halpern, Schumacker, Rob Thomas, Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Alloy Entertainment, Ehsugadee Productions and Spondoolie Productions. Logline: When a prison spaceship carrying the universe's most deadly aliens crashes in Souther California, two young woman with bigger dreams than working at a kids' pizza place in the valley are recruited by a space cop to hunt down the escaped criminals, who have camouflaged themselves as eccentric Angelenos. Based on the book by Iva-Marie Palmer.
  • IN THE DARK (Drama) - Written by Corinne Kingsbury (The Newsroom, Fam). Executive produced by Kingsbury, Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn and Nicky Weinstock. Produced by CBS Television Studios and Red Hour Films. Logline: A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only "witness" to the slaying of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also maintaining her colorful dating life and the job she hates at Breaking Blind - the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.
  • PLAYING DEAD (Drama) - Written by Rina Momoun (Mistresses) and Josh Reims (Valor). Executive produced by Momoun, Reims, Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter. Produced by CBS Television Studios and Intrigue Productions. Logline: A mortician and his son's lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death.
  • SKINNY DIP (Drama) - Written by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner (Dirk Gently). Executive produced by Friend, Lerner, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan. Produced by CBS Television Studios and Keshet Studios. Logline: After her husband tries to kill her on what she thought was a romantic cruise to celebrate their second wedding anniversary, a woman teams with a jaded ex-cop to exact her own twisted brand of revenge on her cheating spouse, and winds up uncovering a wider conspiracy in the process. Based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen.
  • SPENCER (Drama) - Written by April Blair (Reign). Executive produced by Blair, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Robbie Rogers is a producer. Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions. Logline: When a high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds - Compton and Beverly Hills - begin to collide. Based on the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger.
  • UNTITLED ROSWELL PROJECT (Drama) - Reboot of the 1999-2002 drama. Written by Carina Adly MacKenzie (The Originals). Executive produced by MacKenzie, Kevin Kelly Brown, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Lawrence Bender. Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Amblin Television. Logline: After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he's an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.