Former My Name Is Earl co-star Nadine Velazquez, Ugly Betty alum Tony Plana and Lupe Ontiveros and are set to co-star opposite Rob Schneider in his untitled comedy pilot for CBS. The project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co., was written by Schneider and Lew Morton. Based on Schneider’s life, it centers on solitary guy Rob (Schneider) who marries into a huge Mexican-American family. Velazquez will play Rob’s younger, Mexican-American wife Maggie whom he married after knowing her for only 6 weeks. Plana will play Maggie’s conservative and authoritative Mexican-born father. Ontiveros will play Maggie’s tough and feisty maternal grandmother who only speaks Spanish. APA-repped Plana played Betty’s (America Ferrera) Mexican-born father for the entire run of ABC’s Ugly Betty. Velazquez most recently did an arc on the FX comedy The League.
Danny Comden has been cast in another untitled CBS comedy pilot from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaums, the untitled sports radio show sitcom inspired by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd’s outspoken sports talk show. On the workplace comedy set behind the scenes of a sports radio show, which was written by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Comden will play the show’s manipulative producer.