Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Development News - Walton Goggins to Topline 'The Unicorn'; Michael Sheen to Star in 'Prodigal Son'; Plus 8 More Updates!

Development News - March 5, 2019

ABC's The Hypnotist's Love Story, NYPD Blue & Woman Up; CBS' Evil, Republic of Sarah The Unicorn; FOX's Prodigal Son & Richard Lovely; and NBC's Lincoln & Prism.

  • Walton Goggins will play the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. He previously 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 next stars in the upcoming second season of Epix's Deep State. He recently starred in the films The Hateful Eight, Tomb Raider and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • He will play a recent widower and devoted father to two adolescent girls. He is a big-hearted open-book kind of a guy. Within his wife though, he's finding himself at sea. When his friends persuade him to start dating again, he discovers to his shock that he's kind of a hot commodity - if only he knew what the heck he was doing.
  • Furthermore, the project is shifting back to its original single camera format. It was developed as a single camera comedy but was picked up to pilot as a multi-camera with James Burrows directing. Now, the search for a new director is starting. It will also be the only single-camera comedy pilot at CBS this development cycle. The others are multi-camera or hybrids.
  • Adan Canto has been cast as the male lead on the drama pilot starring Heather Graham. He currently stars in Designated Survivor, which will return for its third season on Netflix later this year. He only signed a one-year deal to return for the Netflix version of the drama. As such, he was free to sign onto pilots this year.
  • He will play Patrick, a devoted single father - warm, romantic, charismatic and quite possibly the one Ellen's been waiting for. But he also lives with the stalker secret. He longs for his relationship with Ellen to work but fears this new relationship can't withstand the pressure of the unseen woman (Graham) who's always out there, always watching.
  • Nicole Sun has joined the cast of the comedy pilot written by Billy Finnegan. She has worked as a writer on ABC's Dr. Ken, NBC's A.P. Bio and NBC's I Feel Bad. Her guest acting credits include Dr. Ken and CBS' Scorpion.
  • She will play Lindsay, Richard's kind and beautiful neighbor. She's a newly divorced mom still adjusting to life as a single parent.
  • Michael Sheen has booked a lead role on the drama pilot written by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver. He previously starred for four seasons in Showtime's Masters of Sex. He next appears in the Amazon limited series Good Omens as well as the third season of CBS All Access' The Good Fight.
  • He will play Martin Whitly, Malcolm Bright's intelligent, wealthy and charismatic father who also happens to be a predatory sociopath who murdered more than 20 people. Martin was also once a devoted family man and successful cardiothoracic surgeon with high-profile patients.
  • Russell Hornsby is set as the male lead on the drama pilot written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli. His casting is officially in second position to FOX's Proven Innocent, which launched a few weeks ago to low ratings. He previously starred for four seasons in ABC Family's Lincoln Heights, six seasons in NBC's Grimm and in the Netflix limited series Seven Seconds. He also starred in the films Fences and The Hate U Give.
  • He will play Lincoln Rhyme, a legendary forensic criminologist who was seriously injured during his hunt for the diabolic serial killer known as the Bone Collector. Called back into action when the killer re-emerges, Lincoln forms a unique partnership with Amelia Sachs, a young beat cop who helps him hunt the deadly mastermind while also taking on the most high-profile cases in the NYPD. 
  • Aasif Mandvi will star as the third lead opposite Katja Herbers and Mike Colter on the drama pilot. He was a correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show for nine years. He has recently recurred on TV Land's Younger, Hulu's Shut Eye, Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events and CBS' Blue Bloods.
  • He will play Ben, a a blue-collar contractor who was recruited for David's (Colter) team early on. He has a deep skepticism about all things supernatural. He is a genius at uncovering the organic reasons behind reported "haunting," but there may be things outside his understanding that will rattle his belief system.
  • Sara Rue has landed a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Malin Akerman and Ramon Rodriguez. She previously starred for four seasons in ABC's Less Than Perfect, one season in ABC's Malibu Country and two seasons in TV Land's Impastor. She has also recurred on CBS' Mom and Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  • She will play Alexis Boden, an ambitious woman who views the trial as her "Serial" opportunity.
  • Sarah Drew has been cast in the lead role on the drama pilot written by Jeffrey Paul King. She previously starred for two seasons in The WB's Everwood and eight seasons in ABC's Grey's Anatomy. She also starred in the Lifetime film Christmas Pen Pals.
  • She will play Sarah Cooper, the unlikely mayor of Morrisville and a quintessential New Englander. She is sharply intelligent, fiercely loyal and always willing to lend a hand. She's hesitant to step into the spotlight at first, but her quiet strength and innate leadership begin to flourish after external forces threaten her community and her way of life.
  • Leon Thomas has booked a series regular role on the comedy pilot starring Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Tawny Newsome. He previously starred for four seasons in Nickelodeon's Victorious.
  • He will play Jeff, Liz (Ellis) and Phoebe's (Newsome) younger neighbor in their apartment building.
  • Sofia Barclay has scored a series regular role on the drama pilot reboot starring Fabien Frankel. She has previously appeared in the miniseries Beyond the Blade and Defending the Guilty.
  • She will play Adela Zal.