Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Development News - TBS Orders Pilot for Lena Waithe's 'Twenties'; Don Johnson to Star in 'Daddy Issues'; Plus 7 More Updates!

Development News - February 14, 2018

ABC's False Profits & Staties; The CW's Charmed; FOX's Daddy Issues & The Passage; NBC's Bright Futures & The Enemy Within; Showtime's Ball Street; and TBS' Twenties.

  • TWENTIES (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe (Master of None, The Chi). Executive produced by Waithe and Andrew Coles. Produced by Hillman Grad Productions and The Mission Entertainment. Logline: Hattie, a queer black girl, and her two best friends, Marie and Nina, spend their days talking shit and chasing their dreams. The series explores friendship, finding love and screwing everything up along the way. Based on Waithe's YouTube series of the same name.
  • Don Johnson will play the male lead in the comedy pilot written by and starring Erin Foster. He starred in five seasons of NBC's Miami Vice and six seasons in CBS' Nash Bridges. He has recently appeared in El Rey's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, ABC's Blood & Oil and Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • He will play Roman, Andi (Foster) and Jane's father. He is a narcissist who perpetually dates younger women in an effort to fill a void in his life ever since his divorce - until he finds a new girlfriend who he believes to be "the one."
  • Geoff Stults will guest star in the comedy pilot starring Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells. He starred in FOX's short-lived Enlisted and has recently recurred in CBS' The Odd Couple, CBS' Zoo and Netflix's Grace and Frankie.
  • He will play Dawn's (Regina Hall) husband, a trust fund kid who now runs his family's stud farm.
  • BRIGHT FUTURES (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written by Hale Rothstein, Danny Segal and Isaac Schamis (Grown-ish). Executive produced by Rothstein and Kenya Barris. Co-executive produced by Segal and Schamis. Produced by ABC Studios and Khalabo Ink Society. Logline: A group of friends stumble through the transition from the clueless, immature 20-somethings they are now to the successful professionals they're destined to be.
  • Ser'Darius Blain will co-star on the drama pilot written by Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin. He can currently be seen in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. He has also recurred on Starz's Survivor's Remorse and ABC Family's Jane by Design.
  • He will play Galvin, the ideal boyfriend, funny, mellow, in touch with his emotions, and totally on board to follow his lady across the country for her dream job. An aspiring filmmaker who has yet to catch the break he's sure is just around the corner.
  • Andy Karl has been cast as the male lead on the drama pilot written by Matt Partney and Corey Evett. He has been nominated for three Tony Awards for his performances in Rocky the Musical, On the Twentieth Century and Groundhog Day.
  • He will play Sam King, an Oregon State Trooper whose investigative techniques don't exactly follow protocol. He is an experienced (but quite eccentric) trooper with a tragic past.
  • Kosha Patel has landed a lead role on the drama pilot written by Kayla Alpert. She has recurred on Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce and MTV's Mary+Jane. Also cast on the pilot today is newcomer Kapil Talwalkar. 
  • Patel will play Parvun Chattoraj, a soft-spoken, whip-smart employee at the TJ Maxx, who's much more sophisticated about computers than most people. She quickly agrees to become the third musketeer in Laura's trio of multi-level marketers.
  • Talwalkar will play Ramesh, who works with Ameet at the Courtyard Marriott and is in the management training program at ASU.
  • Raza Jaffrey has booked a series regular role on the drama pilot written by Ken Woodruff. His credits include supporting roles in NBC's Smash, CBS' Code Black, Showtime's Homeland and Netflix's upcoming Lost In Space remake.
  • He will play Ali Ziai, an FBI agent specializing in interrogation techniques, though he focuses more on empathy than intimidation.
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar. She had a recurring role on HBO's Encourage and was a series regular on Hulu's recently canceled Shut Eye.
  • She will play Dr. Lila Kyle, a surgeon and Brad Wolgast's (Gosselaar) ex-wife.