Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Development News - Ashley Tisdale to Co-Star on 'Pandas in New York'; Hulu Passes on 'Locke & Key'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Development News - March 27, 2018

ABC's Most Likely To; CBS' 25 & Pandas in New York; The CW's Roswell & Skinny Dip; and Hulu's Crash and Burn & Locke and Key.

  • Ashley Tisdale will co-star on the comedy pilot starring Dhruv Singh. She starred in Disney's High School Musical film franchise. She also executive produced and recurred on the Freeform comedy Young & Hungry.
  • She will play Maya, the director of the free clinic where Rishi (Singh) works. She has a highly developed sense of fairness and an outsized focus on social justice, particularly when it comes to the dismal state of healthcare for the poor. Underneath her tough exterior is a warm, sensitive person who is attracted to Rishi, which she tries to deny.
  • KJ Smith and Brent Sexton have been cast on the drama pilot starring Sarah Wright Olsen. Smith has previously recurred on The CW's Dynasty and OWN's Queen Sugar. Sexton currently appears as a series regular on the USA anthology Unsolved.
  • Smith will play Karla. A misplaced Detroiter now living in Miami, she is a detective investigating the strange disappearance of Joey (Olsen). Coming off a bad relationship of her own, she interviews Chaz (Ben Aldridge) and immediately gets the feeling that something's not quite right.
  • Sexton will play Red. Ruthless and tough as nails, he's known as "Red" to friends and enemies alike. A self-made, albeit corrupt businessman, he uses his charm and charisma to conceal his violent nature.
  • Karan Oberoi has booked a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Jeanine Mason and Nathan Parsons. He has previously recurred on CBS' NCIS and ABC's Notorious.
  • He will play Noah Bracken, Isobel's (Lily Cowles) sexy, charming and devoted husband who senses a secret in his wife that's starting to tear them apart.
  • Max Jenkins has landed a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Yvette Nicole Brown and Lesli Margherita. He starred for two seasons in NBC's The Mysteries of Laura.
  • He will play Dante Almanzar, a stylish, fabulous and fun gay man who works at Markie's (Brown) salon as a hairdresser and is the perfect friend when she needs to vent.
  • CRASH AND BURN (Drama) - Written by Aaron Zelman based on the novel by Michael Hassan. Executive produced by Zelman, Michael Dinner, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Katie Dimento. Produced by Sony Pictures Television. Starring Alex Fitzalan, Sebastian Chacon, Alex Wolff, Camila Perez, Denis O'Hare and Rachel Bay Jones.
  • LOCKE AND KEY (Drama) - Written by Joe Hill based on the comic book series of the same name. Directed by Andy Muschietti. Executive produced by Hill, Muschietti, Carlton Cuse, Ted Adams, David Ozer and Lindsey Springer. Starring Frances O'Connor, Jackson Robert Scott, Megan Charpentier, Jack Mulhern, Owen Teague, Nate Corddry and Danny Glover.
CBS' 25
  • Tom Maden has joined the cast of the comedy pilot starring Matt Shively and Emily Osment. He has had recurring roles on MTV's Scream, Freeform's Famous in Love and ABC Family's Make It or Break It.
  • He will play Jimmy, Kate's (Osment) long-term boyfriend. Sincere and genuinely nice, he just proposed to Kate - just as Kyle (Shively) walked onto the scene. He welcomes Kyle to town with open arms, unaware that Kyle is angling to steal his fiancée away from him.