EXCLUSIVE: Saturday Night Live alumna Michaela Watkins has been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Prairie Dogs. The project, written and executive produced by Jackie and Jeff Filgo, centers on Neil, an uncool cubicle worker aka “prairie dog” who, after becoming the victim of identity theft, discovers that the thief has created a much more fulfilling life with his identity than he ever has and engages the charismatic conman to help him change his life. Watkins, repped by CAA, Flutie Entertainment and attorney Patti Felker, will play Imogene, supervisor of the programming department who tries to make up for her loneliness and deficiencies in her own life by ruling the programming department with an iron fist. Watkins is recurring on New Girl and Enlightened and will next be seen opposite Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd in Wanderlust. Her next feature is In A World, starring, written and directed by Lake Bell.
Charlie Sheen’s new FX comedy series, Anger Management has locked in its final lead, casting Daniela Bobadilla to play Sheen’s daughter. On the comedy series, which has an initial 10-episode order, Sheen portrays Charlie, a former baseball player with anger issues who winds up as an unconventional anger management therapist. There are 3 other leads on the series — Charlie’s own therapist (Selma Blair), envisioned as a love interest for him, his ex-wife (Shawnee Smith) and his 13-year-old daughter (Bobadilla). Bobadilla, repped by ICM and the Michael Abrams Group, recurs on NBC’s midseason drama Awake.
Yaya DaCosta has been added to ABC’s untitled Roland Emmerich drama pilot, from ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co. Written by Emmerich and Harold Kloser and to be directed by Emmerich, the project centers on Carter (Max Thieriot), an astrophysics grad student in NYC who learns that he is the chosen one to destroy the forces of evil. DaCosta, repped by Gersh and Beth Rosner Management, will play Amy, a member of a very special Council who befriends Carter, well aware of his unique calling.