EXCLUSIVE: Punk’d alum Ryan Pinkston (Bad Santa) and Groundlings Matt Cook (Harry’s Law) and Mike Castle have been cast as leads in TBS‘ multi-camera ensemble workplace comedy pilot from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. The untitled project (aka Buzzy’s, Clipsters) is about a group of kids from high school who ran in different circles but now all work together at a local Charlestown, MA barbershop called Buzzy’s. Their dreams may lie across the Charles River in Boston, but for now, their work, their lives, their loves and their worries remain in the town they grew up in.
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Pinkston, repped by Pakula/King & Associates, Principato-Young and Lev Ginsburg, plays Ben, the greedy owner of Buzzy’s, who is always trying to squeeze an extra penny out of his business and appears to be unaware that all his employees know and despise his shopworn manipulative ploys. Castle, repped by Principato-Young, plays A.J. Salerno, one of the hair stylists at the shop, a true hometown boy who was his town’s top hockey player before being humbled by a devastating knee injury. He still plays neighborhood hockey and has a healthy enough ego to think he might get that classic “second chance” at a pro career — but he’s not. Cook, repped by Stone Manners Salners, Working Entertainment and Lichter, Grossman, plays Mo, another stylist at the shop who is Ben’s best friend and his direct opposite. Kohan and Mutchnick’s KoMut Entertainment and Warner Horizon are producing.