Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Development News - Vanessa Williams Set as Female Lead on 'Happy Accident'; CBS Plots 'FBI' Spinoff; Plus 8 More Updates!

Development News - January 29, 2019

ABC's Happy Accident, Stumptown, Triangle & Untitled Hannah Simone; CBS' FBI: Most Wanted; FOX's Patty's Auto; Pop's Best Intentions & Ride or Die; and Syfy's Cipher & (Future) Cult Classic.

  • BEST INTENTIONS (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written by Adam Herz (American Pie). Directed by Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine). Executive produced by Herz, Pink, Howard T. Owens, Ben Silverman and Barry Jossen. Co-executive produced by Jay Weisleder. Produced by A+E Studios and Propagate. Logline: The comedy revolves around a teenager, his awkward single father who is the guidance counselor at his high school, and the all-too-smart women of their fumbling affections.
  • RIDE OR DIE (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written and executive produced by Matt McConkey (Heathers). Produced by The Gotham Group and Nomadic Pictures. Logline: When an elite spin studio is rocked by a strange murder, a down-on-her-luck outsider teams up with a true-crime buff to find the killer.
  • CIPHER (Drama) - Written by Allison Miller (Strange Angel). Directed by Peter Hoar (The Umbrella Academy). Executive produced by Miller, Hoar, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Brandon James. Produced by Universal Cable Productions and Rough House Pictures. Logline: After secret military technology is unexpectedly implanted in the brain of a 13-year-old video game junkie, the boy and his father unwittingly find themselves at the center of the next great war - over artificial intelligence.
  • (FUTURE) CULT CLASSIC (Dark Comedy) - Written by Shay Hatten (Ballerina). Directed by Tim Kirkby (Veep, Brockmire). Executive produced by Hatten, Kirkby, Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer. Produced by Universal Cable Productions and Broadway Video. Logline: Set 18 years in the future, the lives of a group of teens are rocked by a 1990s slasher-movie obsessed serial killer. Our heroes quickly realize they're being targeted and decide to take matters into their own hands and track down the killer - before time runs out.
  • Vanessa Williams will play the female lead on the comedy pilot starring Matt Walsh and JoAnna Garcia Swisher. She previously starred for four seasons in ABC's Ugly Betty, two seasons in ABC's Desperate Housewives, one season in ABC's 666 Park Avenue and one season in VH1's Daytime Divas.
  • She will play Sheri, a hotel lounge singer who is a gorgeous diva with no money. She had a regional hit in the late '80s but acts like she's performing at Lincoln Center every night. Her son is the most important thing in her life - but her career is a close second.
  • FBI: MOST WANTED (Drama) - Spinoff of freshman drama FBI (which has already been renewed for a second season). Airing as a backdoor pilot later this spring, with a hefty series commitment (meaning CBS would pay a fee if it isn't ordered to series). Written by Dick Wolf and Rene Balcer. Directed by Fred Berner. Executive produced by Wolf, Balcer, Berner, Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney. Produced by Universal Television, CBS Television Studios and Wolf Films. Logline: The spinoff follows the department of the FBI tasked with tracking and capturing the criminals on its Most Wanted list.
  • PATTY'S AUTO (Comedy, Multi-Camera) - Written by The Big C creator Darlene Hunt. Executive produced by Hunt, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman. Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Brownstone Productions. Logline: Inspired by Patrice Banks' Girls Auto Clinic, a Pennsylvania-based auto repair shop with all female mechanics. The series revolves around Patty and the eclectic women who work for her.
  • STUMPTOWN (Drama) - Written by Jason Richman (Detroit 1-8-7). Executive produced by Richman, Ruben Fleischer, Dave Bernad, Greg Rucka, Matthew Southworth and Justin Greenwood. Produced by ABC Studios and The District. Logline: Inspired by the graphic novels, Dex Parios is a strong, assertive and unapologetically sharp-witted army veteran working as a private investigator in Portland, Oregon. With a complicated personal history and only herself to rely on, she solves other people's messes with a blind eye toward her own.
  • TRIANGLE (Drama) - Written by Jon Harmon Feldman and Sonny Postiglione. Executive produced by Feldman, Postiglione and Jennifer Gwartz. Produced by ABC Studios and Random Hill Productions. Logline: What if the Bermuda Triangle was not a watery grave in the middle of the ocean, but a land lost in time that has trapped travelers over the course of human history? When a family is shipwrecked in this strange land, they must band together with a group of like-minded inhabitants - from throughout history - to survive and somehow find a way home.
  • UNTITLED HANNAH SIMONE PROJECT (Comedy, Single Camera). Starring New Girl's Hannah Simone. Written and executive produced by Simone, Matt Fusfeld and Alex Cuthbertson. Produced by ABC Studios. Logline: Hannah (Simone) and her Indian-American immigrant father have always been close, but after she admits to herself that she's in a dead-end job and he reveals his marriage is over, they're starting over together and each finding a new path. This new chapter will either make them crazy close... or just crazy.