With time on pilot castings running out, Lorne Michaels called upon his Saturday Night Live co-star Nasim Pedrad for a lead role in NBC’s untitled John Mulaney multi-camera comedy pilot, which Michaels is executive producing. Written/exec produced by Mulaney and exec produced by Robert Carlock, the project is a young ensemble loosely based on Mulaney’s life. It centers on John (Mulaney), whose naïve and often pointles, desire to “be a good person” challenges his friendship with his roommates, the sweet, intelligent, and lazy Jane (Pedrad) and Seymour (Griffin Newman). Elliott Gould and Martin Short co-star. If the pilot doesn’t go forward, CAA-repped Pedrad is expected to continue on SNL, where she has been since 2009.
Michael Nathanson (Side Effects) is set to co-star opposite Debra Messing and Paul Adelstein in CBS‘ untitled Julie Rottenberg/Elisa Zuritsky comedy pilot (formerly Mother’s Day). The untitled comedy, based on an Israeli format, stars Messing as 40-year-old Gabby (formerly Shira) who, in order to successfully navigate through the demanding life of being a mother of three, a lover, a friend and a career woman, constantly lies her way out of and into situations — little lies, big lies, white and at times not-so-white lies. Nathanson, repped by Innovative and Sweet 180, plays Ted, the best friend of Gabby’s husband (Adelstein).