Monday, March 29, 2021

Development News - Christina Ochoa Boards 'Promised Land'; Pete Holmes to Star in Untitled CBS Comedy; Plus 1 More Update!

Development News - March 29, 2021

ABC's Promised Land; CBS' Untitled Mark Gross; and The CW's All American: Homecoming.

  • Christina Ochoa has been cast as a series regular on the drama pilot written by Matt Lopez. She previously starred for one season in ABC's A Million Little Things as well as Syfy's one-season drama Blood Drive and The CW's one-season drama Valor. She has also recurred on TNT's Animal Kingdom.
  • She will play Veronica Sandoval, the eldest daughter of the Sandovals, a wealthy vineyard-owning family in the Sonoma Valley. She is the highly capable heir to the Heritage Wines empire and her father Joe's trusted Number Two. But her drive and ambition have left her with some glaring personal blindspots, and Veronica's seemingly perfect life soon starts to unravel.
  • Pete Holmes will play the lead role in the comedy pilot written by Mark Gross. The stand-up comedian previously created and starred in HBO's Crashing, which ran for three seasons.
  • He will play Tom, a family man through and through. He is an emblematic Midwest husband and father who gets laid off after working a car assembly line all his life. He decides to do something he never thought he'd do - take a chance - and shoot for the moon.
  • Peyton Alex Smith, Cory Hardrict, Kelly Jenrette, Sylvester Powell, Netta Walker and Camille Hyde will co-star on the backdoor pilot spinoff of All American starring Geffri Maya. Smith starred for three seasons in The CW's Legacies. Hardrict starred for two seasons in Crackle's The Oath. Jenrette starred in the Spectrum limited series Manhunt: Deadly Games. Powell recurred on Facebook Watch's Five Points. Walker has guest starred on NBC's Chicago Fire. Hyde starred in The CW's one-season drama Katy Keene.
  • Smith will play Damon Sims, a nationally ranked high school baseball prodigy. He is originally from the south side of Chicago, but his family moved to an affluent neighborhood shortly after his Little League team was involved in a controversial national scandal. An experience that had more of a longterm effect on him than he realized. Once his number one love, baseball has now become like a job, in part due to his mother-turned-manager.
  • Hardrict will play Coach Marcus Turner, who played baseball at Bringston University and was drafted into pro ball, only to have an injury sideline his career. Now assistant head baseball coach at Bringston, he is tough, blunt and committed to raising honorable young men.
  • Jenrette will play Amara Patterson, a successful journalist-turned-professor, Simone's (Maya) aunt and the most popular professor on campus. Despite her success as the youngest full-time professor in Bringston's history, her unapologetic activism occasionally puts her at odds with her family.
  • Powell will play Jessie Raymond Jr., an Atlanta native and varsity baseball player. He became friends with Damon as teen ballplayers on the national scene. Though he is skilled and hardworking, he doesn't have Damon's natural gift on the field, and constantly being in his shadow is complicating their friendship.
  • Walker will play Keisha McCalla. Having grown up on campus with her dad, an administrator at the University, she is the life of the party and the unofficial mayor of Bringston University - knowing everyone and everything, despite only being a freshman. Although Pre-Med, she would pursue her dream of dance instead of medicine if given the choice - much to her father's dismay.
  • Hyde will play Thea Mays, a queen-bee sophomore who gives off slight mean girl tendencies. A tennis prodigy, she takes her responsibility for representing the Black community in the sport very seriously. Simone's arrival at Bringston shakes things up for Thea as her instant dislike of her rival clashes with the bond they share as Black women in tennis.