Friday, February 14, 2020

Development News - Topher Grace to Star in 'Home Economics'; 'A League of Their Own' Rounds Out Main Cast; Plus 4 More Updates!

Development News - February 14, 2020

ABC's Adopted, Home Economics & Thirtysomething(else); Amazon's A League of Their Own; HBO Max's Vegas High; and NBC's Debris.

  • ADOPTED (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written and executive produced by Jimmy Kimmel, Shawn Vance and Daril Fannin. Produced by ABC Studios and Kimmelot. Logline: When a Green Beret returns home to Texas from military service, he and his family struggle with the challenges of adopting his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian boy.
  • Topher Grace will star in and executive produce the comedy pilot written by Michael Colton and John Aboud. He previously starred for seven seasons in FOX's That '70s Show and in the National Geographic limited series The Hot Zone. His recent film credits include War Machine, BlacKkKlansman, Under the Silver Lake and Breakthrough.
  • He will play Tom, the middle sibling and middle-class, but definitely not middle-brow. He's an intellectual, a novelist who's had a couple books that sold decently, but his last one did not. He strives to be where his brother is financially, but fears he'll slip down to his sister's level. He's in a creative field so his income fluctuates. That wasn't such a concern when he was starting out but now he's plagued by financial anxiety after having twins.
  • Patrick Fugit has joined the cast of the drama pilot sequel to ABC's thirtysomething. He previously starred for two seasons in Cinemax's Outcast. He recently had a recurring role on USA's Treadstone.
  • He will play Ethan Weston, the son of Nancy (Patricia Wettig) and Elliot Weston (Timothy Busfield). He's a brilliant musician who refuses to compromise his artistic principles in order to succeed. He's also a recovering drug addict with a lifelong history of depression, and has now had a baby with his current girlfriend, Kat. He is not parent material - nor is Kat - and they often leave the baby with his parents when they go off to play gigs. But he is ferociously determined to stay sober, and takes offense when his mother accuses him of using again. Unfortunately, it's not clear whether or not he's telling the truth.
  • Newcomer Reagan Rozas will play the lead role on the drama pilot written by Sarah-Raquel Jimenez. Kyanna Simpson, Emma Meisel, Lexi Simonsen, Kevin Rahm and Da'Vinchi have also been cast as series regulars today.
  • Rozas will play Laura Hernandez, a sweet, poetic soul and devout Mormon who lives in Las Vegas with her blended family while attending Vegas High.
  • Simpson (Chambers) will play Olive, one of Laura's non-Mormon friends, with a sharp skepticism about Mormon values.
  • Meisel (American Horror Story: 1984) will play Maddie, Laura's best friend and a devout Mormon girl. She is regularly seen attending events with Laura or dropping by the Hernandez home unannounced.
  • Simonsen (2nd) will play Frankie, another non-Mormon friend of Laura's. She is street-smart and an old soul.
  • Rahm (Lethal Weapon, Madam Secretary) will play Bishop Ted. Gentle and handsome, a man with an easy smile and an upbeat, devout, Pat Boone-like manner, he is the Bishop of Laura's branch of the Mormon church.
  • Da'Vinchi (Grown-ish, All American) will play Isaac, the hot best friend to Josh (Josh Andrés Rivera) and the object of Laura's silent passion.
  • Chanté Adams, Roberta Colindrez and Melanie Field will round out the main cast of the hourlong comedy pilot starring Abbi Jacobson and D'Arcy Carden. Adams appeared in the 2020 film Bad Hair. Colindrez currently stars in Starz's Vida, which returns for a third season later this year. Field currently stars in Pop's Florida Girls, which returns for its second season later this year.
  • Adams will play Max, a pitcher with an arm that could make men weep. She is ready for the big leagues and now, she just needs to maker her own path there.
  • Colindrez will play Mita, a cool, calm and collected pitcher from Texas ranch country. She's got a killer poker face, on and off the field. She won't reveal her secrets easily.
  • Field will recur as Jo, a power hitter from Queens, who has survived countless escapades with her best friend, Greta (Carden). Boisterous and up for anything, she will defend her teammates until the end.
  • Riann Steele will play the female lead opposite Jonathan Tucker in the drama pilot written by J.H. Wyman. She previously recurred on Netflix's Lovesick, CBS' NCIS: New Orleans and Syfy's The Magicians. She also appeared in the 2018 film Ant-Man and the Wasp.
  • She will play Finola Jones, a classic rule follower, an agent with MI6 who is partnered with Bryan Beneventi (Tucker) to investigate strange occurrences.