CBS’ comedy pilot from Jeff and Jackie Filgo has won the Becki Newton sweepstakes. With several pilots vying for the former Ugly Betty co-star, Newton picked the CBS family comedy (formerly Homegrown) as her starring vehicle this pilot season. The pilot is formally in second position to Newton’s NBC series Love Bites, which is yet to be scheduled and has little chance of returning for a second season.
The untitled Filgos project centers on a blue-collar guy who wrestles with how to parent his unmarried grown daughter (Newton) and her 12-year-old son while sharing a house with them as well as his wife and his recently widowed mother. Newton is with Gersh.
In other pilot castings, singer-songwriter-actress Caitlin Crosby has joined NBC’s drama A Mann’s World, starring Don Johnson as a fiftysomething Beverly Hills hairdresser. Crosby, repped by Paradigm and John Carrabino, will play the genius hair colorist at the salon.