stultsWith the fate of low-rated Fox freshman comedy Enlisted in limbo, its star Geoff Stults has booked the main lead in CBS’ multi-camera odd couple comedy pilot Cuz-Bros, from writers David Caspe and Erik Sommers, Sony TV, CBS Studios and Fanfare. It centers on Nick (Stults), a successful, suave ladies man working as a sportscaster for a local Los Angeles TV station whose perfect life gets turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. Stults was cast as a guest star given his commitment to Enlisted, on which he is a regular. Enlisted, which launched on Fridays, has been very soft in the ratings, though it perked up a bit when moved from 9:30 to 9 PM. Still, a renewal is considered a very long shot. In a calculated risk, pilots often cast actors from existing bubble series. In majority of the cases, the bet pays off, with the actor smoothly transitioning from a cancelled series to a newly picked-up one. There are exceptions, of course; one of the most notable involved Caspe and Sommers’ previous series, Happy Endings, whose Damon Wayans Jr. was cast in Fox’s New Girl pilot, but the character had to be phased out when Happy Endings was renewed.

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