EXCLUSIVE: NBC has cast most of the lead roles in the period Western pilot The Frontier, written by Shaun Cassidy and to be directed by Thomas Schlamme. The Sony TV/Prospect Park-produced pilot chronicles the journey of a group of disparate travelers from Missouri to the West Coast in 1840. Jake McLaughlin will play Cooper, a handsome and driven young farmer who fights like a soldier. Bridget Regan, repped by Gersh and TMT Entertainment, will play Hannah, who is traveling with her husband but becomes close with Cooper. Al Weaver will play a writer assigned to chronicle the journey. Gina Bramhill will play Emily, who is on her way to her fiancee whom she has never met. Ethan Embry will play DJ Jackson, who pretends to be married to Payton (Megan Ferguson) but both are secretly gay.
Chris Smith and Randall Park have been added to CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot from feature writer-director Nick Stoller (The Muppets). Stoller wrote and will direct the untitled project loosely based on his real-life experiences. Produced by 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, it is a twentysomething ensemble comedy that centers on Jake (Michael Angarano), a commitment-phobic ad agency exec who, after breaking up with his girlfriend Laura, realizes he has to continue working with her one cubicle away. Smith, repped by Paradigm and Principato-Young, will play Graham, the Southern very confident best friend of Jake and a co-worker at the ad agency. Park, repped by TalentWorks and Principato-Young, will play a hipster Korean art director who works for Laura. The casting of Park comes on the heels of him doing Stoller’s movie The Five-Year Engagement, which opens in April.
Young actor Nick Kocher (I Want My Pants Back) is has been cast in ABC’s untitled Adam Sztykiel comedy pilot, also single-camera and also from 20th TV. In the show, described as a peek behind the curtain of modern twentysomething relationships, Kocher will play Andrew, a good looking people-pleaser and over-thinker who every girl might want to marry but not have meaningless sex with.