Actor-comedian Hayes MacArthur (Perfect Couples) has been cast in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding. The project, written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and directed by Jason Winer, is an uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team, one of them played by MacArthur. Port and Wiseman are executive producing Rebounding with Steve Levitan. The project reunites MacArthur with Winer. In 2005, the duo wrote, directed and starred in a short, The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend, which got the attention of 20th Century Fox TV executives who signed them to adapt the short as a TV series. The project went to pilot at Fox the following year and launched the Winer and MacArthur’s TV careers. MacArthur, repped by CAA, Flutie Entertainment and attorney Todd Rubenstein, will next be seen in the feature Bachelorette, which premiered at Sundance.
Kearran Giovanni has landed a co-starring role on TNT’s upcoming series Major Crimes, a spinoff from the network’s long-running hit The Closer. In her first series regular role, Giovanni, who has recurred as Dr. Vivian Wright on the daytime drama One Life to Live since 2009, will play Detective Amy Skyes, an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran who served in Afghanistan. Giovanni’s credits include the Broadway plays Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Catch Me if You Can, Guys and Dolls and Sweet Charity. She is with Bauman Redanty & Shaul. Premiering the week after The Closer airs its series finale this summer, Major Crimes stars Mary McDonnell who will continue her role from The Closer. Also transitioning from the mothership series are veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, along with guest stars Robert Gossett, Jon Tenney and Jonathan Del Arco.
Sophia Bush, star of the CW’s departing drama One Tree Hill, is switching to comedy with a lead role in the CBS half-hour pilot Partners. The multicamera comedy, from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchick and David Kohan, centers on two lifelong friends and business partners — one straight and one gay. Bush will play the straight guy’s girlfriend. James Burrows is directing.