HBO has Cast the ‘Mogadishu, Minnesota’ Pilot

“Mogadishu, Minnesota” is a family drama that grapples with what it means to be American, among the Somalis of Minneapolis. Somali Canadian rapper/singer Warsame wrote the pilot and will direct. He serves as executive producer, along with with Bigelow and Carolyn Strauss. Ezana Alem will play Sameer, the Somali all-American boy, who is described…

John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall’ gets a series order at FX

“Snowfall” s et against the dawn of the crack-cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in 1983, the 10-episode first season is set to premiere in 2017. Production on the series is scheduled to begin in October. Singleton. will executive produce with Dave Andron, Thomas Schlamme , Eric Amadio , Michael London, and Trevor Engelson…

‘Designated Survivor ’and ‘Speechless’ get a full season pickup from ABC

ABC has given full-season pickups to two freshman shows: the Kiefer Sutherland drama “Designated Survivor” and Minnie Driver comedy “Speechless.” Both shows received back-nine orders to bring their total first season episode tallies to 22. “Designated Survivor,” about a cabinet member thrust into the presidency after an attack, hails from…