EXCLUSIVE: The always in-demand Kyle Bornheimer is set to co-star in Peter Tolan’s comedy pilot for Fox Council of Dads. Inspired by Bruce Feiler’s non-fiction book, the pilot, which is being directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, tells the story of Michael who, just before he dies, enlists five of his guy friends from all aspects of his life to become a “council of dads” to his two young children. Bornheimer will play the “fun dad” on the council, a childhood friend of Michael’s who is loud and larger than life, funny though sometimes inappropriate. On the Sony TV-produced pilot, Bornheimer joins previously cast Diane Farr, Patrick Breen and Ken Howard.
Bornheimer fielded several pilot offers before choosing to go with Council. For him, the Fox pilot is in second position to NBC’s softly-rated midseason series Perfect Couples, on which he co-stars. This is the second consecutive year, in which Bornheimer has booked a pilot in second position to a midseason series. Last year, he was heavily pursued for 4 pilots before the delayed launch of his midseason ABC comedy Romantically Challenged. He eventually settled on the lead role in the Bays/Thomas CBS comedy pilot. When that pilot didn’t go to series, Bornheimer was quickly cast in a lead role on NBC’s newly picked-up comedy Perfect Couples, replacing Kyle Howard, who had to pull out because of his obligation to TBS’ My Boys. Bornheimer, repped by CAA and Flutie Entertainment, got his big break when he was cast as the male lead in the 2008 CBS comedy Worst Week.