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 In today’s roundup, Tracy Oliver signs on to write Paramount Network’s “First Wives Club” and BBC’s “A Very English Scandal” expands its cast. 

DEVELOPMENT

Paramount Network and Paramount Television have announced a new half-hour show that the planned series based on the hit 1996 film “First Wives Club” has enlisted Tracy Oliver as its writer. Oliver’s recent credits include “Girls Trip,” “Black-ish” and “Barbershop III.” Karen Rosenfelt, who produced the “Twilight” films and “The Devil Wears Prada,” is set to executive produce.

CASTING

BBC One and Amazon Prime have announced further casting for the mini-series “A Very English Scandal,” which tells the true story of the trial of a British politician who plotted to kill his ex-lover in the wake of Britain’s decriminalization of homosexuality. Alex JenningsPatricia HodgeMonica DolanAdrian Scarborough, Jason WatkinsEve MylesMichele Dotrice, and Blake Harrison will join the cast. Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw have previously been announced to star.

 

EXECUTIVE NEWS

On Monday, Russ McCarroll was announced as senior vice president of production and development for Discovery Channel.  McCarroll was previously senior vice president of programming and development for History Channel. For Discovery Channel, he will oversee the East Coast production and development of Discovery’s unscripted programming slate on all development and series and all US production and development originating from Discovery’s London office.