Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Development News - Billy Campbell to Headline 'National Parks'; 'Painkiller' Adds Trio to Backdoor Pilot; Plus 1 More Update!

Development News - February 16, 2021

ABC's Harrity Elementary & National Parks; and The CW's Painkiller.

  • Billy Campbell will play the lead role on the drama pilot written by Kevin Costner, Aaron Helbing and Jon Baird. He previously starred for three seasons in ABC's Once and Again, three seasons in USA's The 4400, two seasons in AMC's The Killing, two seasons in Syfy's Helix and four seasons in Hulu's Cardinal.
  • He will play Cal Foster, an experienced ISB special agent who has worked in the field for years but is now stepping into a new leadership role. He wonders how the team he's worked alongside will respond to taking orders from him, but Cal is determined to honor the position and help his fellow agents no matter what.
  • Sibongile Mlambo, Alexander Hodge and James Roch will co-star on the backdoor pilot spinoff of Black Lightning starring Jordan Calloway. Mlambo previously starred for one season in Freeform's Siren and two seasons in Netflix's Lost in Space. Hodge starred in the fourth season of HBO's Insecure. Roch starred for four seasons in NBC's The Night Shift.
  • Mlambo will play Maya, a strikingly attractive woman yet is icy and mysterious. She is a natural leader who immediately gives the impression that she is someone who expects results and is not to be messed around with.
  • Hodge will play Philky, a ruggedly handsome with long raven hair, ink art on his body, and one born from a strong and honorable Chinese lineage. He has had a rough history, who was once a homeless alcoholic from Gotham but now works as an inconspicuous bartender and an exceptionally gifted tech wiz helping Khalil (Calloway).
  • Roch will play Cousin Donald, a larger-than-life, gentle giant who wears a distinct uniform - head-to-toe leather with matching boots - a juxtaposition of his military past. He was a medic in the Marines and knows medicine well but also has the ability of talking perspective to others. There is a duality about Cousin Donald, which is why he understands Khalil better than others.
  • HARRITY ELEMENTARY (Comedy, Single Camera) - Written by and starring Quinta Brunson (A Black Lady Sketch Show). Executive produced by Brunson, Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker. Produced by Warner Bros. Television and Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions. Logline: A group of teachers are brought together in one of the worst public schools in the country, simply because they love teaching. They will rely on one another to make it through the day and find a way to counteract the school district's bullsh*t attitude toward educating children.