EXCLUSIVE: Undercovers standout Ben Schwartz and Josh Lawson have been tapped to co-star opposite Don Cheadle in the Showtime dark comedy pilot House of Lies. The View co-star Sherri Shepherd is set to co-star opposite Christine Taylor in TV Land’s untitled Terri Minsky comedy pilot, David Alan Basche (Lipstick Jungle) has come onboard the untitled Mike Reisman comedy pilot for TV Land, while Desperate Housewives alum Jeffrey Nordling has joined Lifetime’s untitled Michael Sardo drama pilot starring Carrie-Anne Moss.
Showtime’s House of Lies, written by Matthew Carnahan based on the book by Martin Kihn, centers on Marty (Cheadle), a self-loathing highly successful management consultant from a top-tier firm who is never above using any means necessary to get his clients the information they want. WME-repped Schwartz will play a member of Marty’s team and his closest friend. Lawson (Romantically Challenged) will play Marty’s Harvard-educated associate. He is with UTA and Management 360.
TV Land’s untitled Terri Minsky project is a multi-camera office comedy set at Rip City Cola, a regional beverage manufacturer and distributor in Oregon. When a young, Ivy League-educated New York woman (Taylor) takes over as the boss, the entire office is shaken and unsure of what happens next. Shepherd will play the Rip City Cola office drama queen, who, like the others, is curious about the new CEO, and very nervous about the fact that someone’s going to be fired. CAA-repped Shepherd, who starred and exec produced her own sitcom Sherri for Lifetime, recurs on NBC’s 30 Rock and will appear on TV Land’s first original sitcom, Hot In Cleveland, next month.
TV Land’s Mark Reisman project revolves around 3 divorced guys who live in an apartment building where their landlord is their sexy female divorce attorney (Kristen Johnston). Basche will play one of the 3 guys, a caring cosmetic dentist who has a secret crush on his landlord/attorney. He joins Donald Faison, recently cast as one of the 3 tenants.
Lifetime’s untitled Michael Sardo project, from Universal Cable Prods., centers on New York’s premiere celebrity psychiatrist Ann Brown (Moss) who leaves town to join her sister, the Dean at a teaching hospital, and becomes the chief of staff of the hospital’s psych ward. APA-repped Nordling, who has co-starred on 24 and Dirt, will play a brilliant psychiatrist who was in line for the chief of staff job until Ann got hired in by the Board. From the beginning, he has simmering resentment of Ann is and is not afraid to stand up to her. Also cast in the pilot is Katherine LaNasa.