Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Development News - Katie Holmes to Star in Ilene Chaiken's Pilot; Lauren Cohan Boards 'Whiskey Cavalier'; Plus 12 More Updates!

Development News - February 20, 2018

ABC's A Million Little Things, Get Christie Love, Staties & Whiskey Cavalier; CBS' The CodeGod Friended Me, L.A. Confidential & Magnum P.I.; The CW's Charmed, The End of the World as We Know It & Playing Dead; FOX's Untitled Ilene Chaiken; Freeform's Girls Code; and NBC's So Close.

  • GIRLS CODE (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written by Kim Rosenstock (New Girl, GLOW). Directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy). Executive produced by Feig, Rosenstock, Jessie Henderson, Jay Gorman Wettels and Steve Golin. Co-executive produced by Dan Magnante. Produced by Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Feigco Entertainment. Logline: An odd couple partnership between a brazen, self-centered tech CEO and a community-building social entrepreneur who must overcome their many issues with each other in order to co-run a groundbreaking, all-female tech incubator.
  • Christina Ochoa has been cast on the drama pilot starring David Giuntoli and Romany Malco. She currently plays the lead role in The CW's Valor. As such, her casting on the pilot is in second position. However, it's unlikely that Valor will return for a second season.
  • She will play Ashley, Jon's assistant who literally holds the key to the group knowing what really caused Jon to do what he did.
  • Julia Kelly will co-star on the drama pilot starring Kylie Bunbury. She has previously had recurring roles on Hulu's Freakish and go90's In the Vault.
  • She will play Val, the bookish and nerdy tech op for Christie's (Bunbury) counter-intelligence field unit. She can have her glamorous moments too. She's the kind of expert hacker who gets scooped up by the CIA before they enter the private sector.
  • Jay Hernandez will play the lead role on the drama pilot reboot of the 1980s series. He has recently recurred on ABC's Scandal and Syfy's The Expanse. His film credits include Suicide Squad, Bright and the Bad Moms franchise.
  • He will play Thomas Magnum, a decorated ex-Navy SEAL. Upon returning home from Afghanistan, he repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. The role was iconically played by Tom Selleck in the original drama.
  • Melonie Diaz is set as one of the three leads on the drama pilot written by Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin. She has starred in films Fruitvale Station, The Belko Experiment and Gringo. She has also appeared on television in HBO's Room 104 and VH1's The Breaks.
  • She will play Mel, one of the three main sisters who is a passionate, outspoken activist who loses her way in the wake of family tragedy.
  • Katie Holmes will topline the drama pilot written by Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love. Should the pilot be picked up to series, it would be her first role as a series regular since the end of Dawson's Creek in 2003. However, her television credits recently include Showtime's Ray Donovan and Reelz's The Kennedys.
  • She will play Hazel Otis, a FBI special agent who's in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a personal indiscretion - an affair with a prominent general - shatters her life and threatens her career at the FBI. Now labeled "the mistress," Hazel - a wife, mother and patriot - begins to rebuild her personal life and professional reputation.
  • Lauren Cohan has been cast as the female lead on the comedic drama pilot starring Scott Foley. She emerged as one of the most in-demand actress this pilot season considering her current contract with AMC's The Walking Dead is up at the end of Season 8. Cohan and her agents were not immediately able to figure out a new deal with AMC. As such, she made herself available for pilot season. Of course, the options are still available for her to do both shows if the networks and agents can figure out the deals.
  • She will play Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge (codename: "Fiery Tribune"). She is a quick, cunning and completely fearless CIA operative who finds herself tasked with taking out the same target FBI agent Will Chase (Foley) is assigned to protect. As they trade they quarry back and forth, the two of them get in each other's way, each other's secrets and each other's line of fire.
  • Walton Goggins has booked a lead role on the drama pilot written by Jordan Harper. He starred for seven seasons in FX's The Shield, six seasons in FX's Justified, two seasons in HBO's Vice Principals and one season in History's Six. He will next be seen in the films Tomb Raider and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • He will play Detective Jack Vincennes, who is all swagger and flash with a movie star smile. He knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side.
  • Joe Morton will co-star on the drama pilot starring Brandon Michael Hall. He won an Emmy in 2014 for his role on ABC's Scandal, which is currently airing its final season.
  • He will play Reverend Arthur Finer, Miles' (Hall) father, a thoughtful and intelligent man. He has been the reverend of Trinity Church for the past 25 years. Although he doesn't agree with his son's strong rejection of his faith, he wants him back in his life.
  • Sabrina Carpenter has landed a series regular role on the comedy pilot written by Greg Malins. She starred for three seasons in Disney Channel's Girl Meets World.
  • She will play Jessica, who is sweet, adorable and loves her roommates Kyle and Sebastian. She is always shocking people the crazy and confusing things that come out of her mouth.
  • Tyler Ritter has been tapped as the star on the drama pilot written by Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims. He starred in the short-lived CBS comedy The McCarthys and has had recurring roles on Freeform's Young & Hungry and The CW's Arrow.
  • He will play Joe, a single dad with a teenage son and the director of the Rice Funeral Home. He has a wry sense of humor even though his life didn't turn out as planned.
  • Gage Golightly has been cast as one of the two leads on the comedic drama pilot written by Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. She starred in Amazon's Red Oaks and has recurred on MTV's Teen Wolf and ABC's Ten Days in the Valley.
  • She will play Kate, a struggling actress who's unable to catch a break. She is looking for a role with a "hero line," and finally might have found it when she and her best friend, Laura, stumble upon a crashed spaceship.
  • Phillipa Soo has joined the cast of the drama pilot written by Craig Turk and Craig Sweeney. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton in Hamilton.
  • She will play Lt. Harper, a hyper-organized second lieutenant capable of sub-dividing any problem into color-coded action points. She is a highly capable lawyer who wishes she could skip the small stuff and take on bigger cases.
  • Annie Ilonzeh will play the lead role on the drama pilot written by Matt Partney and Corey Evett. Also cast today is David Zayas. Ilonzeh has had recurring roles on FOX's Empire, CBS' Person of Interest and Freeform's Switched at Birth. Zayas starred for eight seasons in Showtime's Dexter and two seasons in Hulu's Shut Eye.
  • Ilonzeh will play Eliza Cortez. The daughter of a criminal, she has got a chip on her shoulder and a lot to prove. Initially with the Brooklyn NYPD, she's bounced off the force after a one-woman assault on a meth lab leaves a city block in rubble. After getting a job with the Oregon State Police Force - the only squad that would hire her - Eliza is obliged to adjust to an infinitely more easygoing and eccentric team of co-workers.
  • Zayas will play Sergeant Machado, the head of Eliza's new Oregon State Police unit.