The CW has tapped the offspring of another Hollywood royalty for a pilot. Maya Kazan, granddaughter of Oscar-winning director Elia Kazan, has joined Company Town. Written by Sera Gamble and directed by Taylor Hackford, the project chronicles the aftermath of a scandal at a Naval base in Virginia, which touches the lives of both civilians and military personnel in the area. The multigenerational, multi-class series centers around two early 20-something women — Krista (Gage Golightly) and Page — who grew up together, were once best friends, but now are on opposite sides of the Townie/Military divide. Kazan will play Krista’s friend Marla, a frustrated/wistful artist. Last year, the CW cast Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer as the lead of Emily Owens, MD, while Gregory Peck’s grandson Ethan Peck co-stars in the pilot The Selection. Steve McQueen’s grandson Steven R. McQueen is on the CW’s hit series The Vampire Diaries.
Comedy veteran George Segal has been cast opposite Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot How the Hell Am I Normal, written by Adam Goldberg and to be directed by Seth Gordon. Inspired by Goldberg’s experience, How The Hell Am I Normal is a family comedy set in the ’80s that centers on in-your-face mother Beverly (McLendon-Covey) and hot-tempered father Murray (Garlin) who love their three eccentric kids so much, they can’t bear to see them grow up. Segal will play Murray’s father Albert who was the stoic, wealthy pillar of the family for years. Segal, repped by ICM Partners and A Management, recently starred in the TV Land comedy series Retired At 35.