Thursday, March 15, 2018

Development News - Ryan McPartlin Joins 'Bad Boys' Spinoff; Steven Webber Books 'Get Christie Love'; Plus 9 More Updates!

Development News - March 15, 2018

ABC's The Fix, Get Christie Love, Untitled Bobby Bowman & Untitled Justin Noble; CBS' Welcome to the Neighborhood; The CW's Untitled April Blair; FOX's Our People, Untitled Ilene Chaiken & Untitled Robert Levine; and NBC's Untitled Bad Boys Spinoff & Untitled Aseem Batra.

  • Ryan McPartlin has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. He appeared in five seasons of NBC's Chuck and had a recurring role on Lifetime's Devious Maids.
  • He will play Dr. Patrick McKenna, Nancy's (Alba) husband. He's a former Army medic and now a successful ER trauma doctor in Beverly Hills.
  • Steven Weber, Lisseth Chavez and Dennis Oh have been cast on the drama pilot starring Kylie Bunbury. Weber starred for eight seasons in NBC's Wings and currently recurs on Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and CBS' Mom. Chavez has a recurring role on Freeform's The Fosters. Oh appeared in the HBO documentary East of Main Street: Taking the Lead.
  • Weber will play Steve, Christie's (Bunbury) law school teacher a decade ago. And now, he serves as her mentor and day-to-day confidant. He is a father-figure to Christie.
  • Chavez will play Val, one of the youngest team members, the reality TV-obsessed tech op for Christie's counter-intelligence field unit. Brilliant, sardonic and quick-thinking, she gets the team in anywhere and everywhere.
  • Oh will play Sang, a member of Christie's unit and her lover. Although they appear to be a happy couple, he wants a real relationship while Christie is hesitant. Caring and ambitious, he wants to be the first Asian-American head of the CIA.
  • Bre-Z and Greta Onieogou will co-star on the drama pilot starring Taye Diggs. Bre-Z has starred for two seasons in FOX's Empire. Onieogou recently appeared in the film Miss Sloane.
  • Bre-Z will play Tiana "Coop" Cooper. Tough, funny and always loyal, she is Spencer's best friend, a gay woman living in a world that isn't always accepting of her. Although she struggles to fit in at Crenshaw High and Spencer keeps her safe, she supports him when he leaves the neighborhood in hopes of a better life.
  • Onieogou will play Leila Faisal. Beautiful, sweet and breezily confident, she is a student of Beverly Hills High who seems to have it all, but there's more lying beneath her veneer of perfection.
  • Peyton List will star as the female lead on the drama pilot starring Joseph Morgan. Also cast today is Laysla De Oliveira. List starred in the short-lived CW dramas Frequency and The Tomorrow People. She is currently recurring on FOX's Gotham. De Oliveira will appear in the upcoming films Code 8 and Acquainted.
  • List will play Angela Gennaro, a private detective who teams with Patrick Kenzie (Morgan) using their wits, street knowledge and an undeniable chemistry to right wrongs the law can't in the working-class Boston borough of Dorchester.
  • De Oliveira will play Grace, Cole, Patrick's girlfriend and an ER doctor.
  • Johnny Pemberton has landed a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Sarayu Blue and Paul Adelstein. He starred in FOX's short-lived comedy Son of Zorn and has recurring roles on NBC's Superstore and FXX's You're the Worst.
  • He will play Griff, who is very sweet but nervous. Extremely intelligent in facets except socially, which often means he is very blunt but totally unaware of his own bluntness.
  • Charles Parnell and Saidah Arrika Ekulona have booked series regular roles on the comedy pilot starring Beth Behrs. Parnell has starred for five seasons in TNT's The Last Ship. Ekulona has had recurring roles on TV Land's Impastor and CBS' Bull.
  • Parnell will play Zohar, Abel's always enthusiastic father. A bit of a hardliner for Ethiopian traditions, he comes from a family of farmers and is also father to Aisha and husband to Gigi.
  • Ekulona will play Gigi, Abel's mother. A woman who takes pride in her heritage, she and Zohar are struggling with the fact that Abel is leaving the house against tradition.
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set as a series regular on the drama pilot starring Robin Tunney and Adam Rayner. He starred for two seasons in ABC's Lost and one season in ABC's Ten Days in the Valley - which is unlikely to continue.
  • He will play Steven "Sevvy" Johnson. Charismatic and charming, he is a famous, Oscar-winning actor who was accused of murdering his wife and another woman. During the course of the spectacular trial, he always asserted his innocence. Extremely wealthy, famous, well-loved by many, he is used to getting what he wants. Narcissistic, perhaps sociopathic, he loves to be in control. Now, with the murder of his young girlfriend, he's under suspicion again.
  • Jason Michael Snow has snagged a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Kat Dennings. His Broadway credits include The Book of Mormon and South Pacific. He also appeared in FOX's A Christmas Story Live.
  • He will play Gabe, the lovable, funny and altruistic best friend to Ellie (Dennings), who worries that he's getting too old for the already cutthroat gay dating scene in his area. Nevertheless, he doesn't bog friends down with his problems - in fact, he's always willing to help his best friend, Ellie, with her issues.
  • James Tupper will play the male lead on the drama pilot starring Katie Holmes. Also cast on the pilot today is Paul Walter Hauser. Tupper stars in HBO's Big Little Lies - where he is currently filming the second season. Hauser recurred for three seasons in Audience Network's Kingdom.
  • Tupper will play Moses Fallon, a four star general, military hero and National Security Advisor whose affair with Hazel (Holmes) has just been exposed.
  • Hauser will play Daniel Cohen, a scrappy and scruffy blogger.
  • Johnny Sneed and Brenna D'Amico have been cast on the comedy pilot starring Brooke Elliott. Sneed's guest appearances include Showtime's Ray Donovan, Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and FOX's Lethal Weapon. D'Amico appears in Disney Channel's Descendants film franchise.
  • Sneed will play Buzz, a brilliant scientist with a ton of Ph.D's. He's a wonderful, quirky, warm and loving man with a great sense of humor about himself and life in general. Without his meds, Buzz can go off the deep end and tends to get very anxious and paranoid. He knows his medical issues sometime make things difficult for his family but he also knows that they have his back no matter what.
  • D'Amico will play Vera, a straight-faced troublemaker and rebel.
  • Josh Lawson will play the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Jim Reynolds. Tichina Arnold has also been cast today. Lawson starred for five seasons in Showtime's House of Lies and was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film The Eleven O'Clock. Arnold starred for five seasons in FOX's Martin, four seasons in UPN/CW's Everybody Hates Chris and four seasons in Starz's Survivor's Remorse.
  • Lawson will play Dave, the most polite Midwestern guy you'll ever meet who works as a conflict resolution expert, a job that calls for a friendly nature and excellent diplomatic skills. He and his wife and son have moved from Michigan to live in their dream home, a vintage Craftsman house, in Pasadena. He realizes when they arrive that connecting with their new community is a more complex and delicate endeavor than he expected.
  • Arnold will play Loretta, Calvin's (Cedric the Entertainer) wife. She's the mother of Malcolm (Sheaun McKinney) and Marty (Marcel Spears), and is very devoted to her faith. She judges the newcomers to her neighborhood by their nonexistent knowledge of Scripture and their shockingly poor Sunday service attendance record.