EXCLUSIVE: Kate Simses (What’s Your Number) has landed a regular role in ABC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Mixology, from feature writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Hangover, The Change-Up) and ABC Studios. I’ve also learned that Ryan Seacrest’s production company is boarding the project as a pod. Shepherding the pilot from Ryan Seacrest Prods will be veteran TV comedy producer Nina Wass, who joined the company as head of scripted in August. Wass has a long history at ABC Studios — she spent eight years there partnered with Gene Stein. I hear ABC Studios has been adding experienced TV producers to several of its newly picked-up pilots, including studio-based Matthew Gross (Body Of Proof), who is joining drama Murder In Manhattan.
Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept Mixology chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night. Simses will play Liv, the alt-cute, smart, deeply indecisive girl engaged to a lovably boring I-Banker but starting to have second thoughts. The actress, repped by APA and manager Ken Treusch, just finished a role in the new Zac Efron film Are We Officially Dating and was in last year’s Showtime pilot Gurland On Gurland.