Friday, February 22, 2019

Development News - Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau and Frank Harts Board FOX's 'Prodigal Son'; Plus 7 More Updates!

Development News - February 22, 2019

ABC's Nana & New York Undercover; CBS' FBI: Most Wanted & Untitled Jaime Camil; The CW's Batwoman; FOX's Geniuses & Prodigal Son; and NBC's Untitled Bradley Whitford.

  • Lou Diamond Phillips, Aurora Perrineau and Frank Harts have been cast on the drama pilot written by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver. Furthermore, Lee Toland Krieger has signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot. Phillips starred for six seasons in the A&E/Netflix drama Longmire. Perrineau will appear in Netflix's upcoming limited series Central Park Five from Ava DuVernay. Harts has previously recurred on Hulu's The Path and Showtime's Billions.
  • Phillips will play Gil, a recent widower who is an old school, tough and experienced NYPD detective. He brings Malcolm Bright onto his team to help find a copycat killer. He is confident about Bright's abilities, and they have a pseudo father/son relationship.
  • Perrineau will play Dani, a headstrong, courageous and experienced NYPD detective from the Bronx. A former addict, she works with JT and Gil. Although she is initially suspicious of Bright's presence on their team, she grows impressed with his work and develops a soft spot for him.
  • Harts will play JT, an NYPD detective who works with Gil and Dani. He is baffled by Bright's eccentricities as a forensic profiler, and wonders if Bright is a psychopath himself. Growing up, his friends were more like future criminals than future cops.
  • UNTITLED JAIME CAMIL PROJECT (Comedy, Multi-Camera) - Starring Jane the Virgin's Jaime Camil. Written by Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace). Executive produced by Camil, Herschlag, Jennie Snyder Urman, Joanna Klein, Ben Silverman, Howard Owen, Guillermo Restrepo, Gonzalo Cilley and Maria Lucia Hernandez Frieri. Produced by CBS Television Studios, Sutton St. Productions, Propagate, RCN Television and Resonant Television. Logline: Two siblings are forced to reconnect when an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby (Camil) is cut off by his father, and he and his wife move into her estranged sister's Reseda condo.
  • Elizabeth Anweis has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Ruby Rose. Her recent guest credits include Freeform's The Fosters, Showtime's The Affair, FOX's 9-1-1 and CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles.
  • She will play Catherine Hamilton-Kane, Kate Kane's (Rose) step-mother. She made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position her as one of Gotham's most powerful residents. For Catherine, it's a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business.
  • Maggie Lawson is set as the female lead on the comedy pilot written by Lon Zimmet. She starred for eight seasons in USA's Psych as well as its followup movie. She has recently recurred on Netflix's The Ranch, FOX's Lethal Weapon and Netflix's Santa Clarita Diet.
  • She will play Cay, the mom and clear boss of the family. A Jersey girl, she can be tough and blunt when she needs to be. She's intuitive with a strong nose for BS, which is a useful skill at her job as a pit boss at an Atlantic City casino.
  • Josh Cooke will play the male lead opposite Katey Sagal in the comedy pilot written by Lon Zimmet. He has previously recurred on Showtime's Dexter, The CW's Hart of Dixie, WGN America's Manhattan, Netflix's Longmire and Hulu's Castle Rock.
  • He will play Alex, a fire chief in Indianapolis who is a newly widowed single father of two girls. It's clear that he is in over his head with the girls, but he is reluctant to hire help and can't imagine letting a stranger look after his children. Overly protective and a bit controlling, the last thing he wants is to welcome his late wife's chaotic, disruptive and inappropriate mother, Nana (Sagal), into the home. After seeing Nana interacting with the girls, he's forced to reconsider his stance. She might be exactly what the family needs in the face of their recent loss.
  • Nathaniel Arcand will co-star on the potential sequel to FBI starring Julian McMahon. He previously appeared for eleven years on the Canadian drama Heartland.
  • He will play Agent Clinton Skye, Jess' (McMahon) brother-in-law and a marksman with a law degree.
  • Malik Yoba will reprise his lead role on the pilot reboot of the hit '90s drama. He starred in the original series for all four seasons. Since then, he has starred for one season in FOX's Empire and had recurring roles on CBS' God Friended Me, TBS' The Last O.G. and ABC's Designated Survivor. He next appears in BET's upcoming First Wives Club series.
  • He plays J.C. WIlliams, who is now overseeing the unit and the next generation of detectives.
  • Will Greenberg has landed a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp. He has starred for three seasons in TBS' Wrecked, which has not yet been renewed for a fourth season. All actors of the TBS comedy are exploring new pilots, which may suggest it's unlikely to return for more episodes.
  • He will play Wayne, Ginny's (Camp) ex-husband.