Patrick Brammall, who co-starred in the Australian comedy series Strange Calls, is set to reprise his role in the U.S. remake. The Aussie actor has been cast in the NBC comedy pilot Strange Calls, from Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum and 20th TV. Written by Blake McCormick based on the Australian format, it centers on an affable but down on his luck young police officer. He is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly. Brammall will reprise his role as Lloyd, a macho cop who made Sergeant at a young age, but is not quite as smart, tough or cool as he thinks he is. In fact, his flawless record and success as an officer are based on his philosophy of confronting the easy-to-solve crimes and pretending the not-so-easy ones never happened. Brammall, repped by Mosaic in the U.S. and RGM in Australia, recently wrapped production on Australian series Offspring and is currently starring in Glitch for Australian network ABC.
Utkarsh Ambudkar (Pitch Perfect) is set as a regular opposite Kevin Connolly and Vanessa Williams in Fox’s multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life, written by Tim McAuliffe based on the memoir by one of U.S.’ top fantasy experts, ESPN’s Matthew Berry. When a hard-working guy, Mitch (Connolly) lands his ultimate dream job hosting fantasy football show on Fox Sports (Fox synergy at work), he’s forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. Ambudkar will play Max, an outgoing and sometimes embarrassingly obsequious IT guy at Fox Sports who is a fantasy football buff and longtime fan of Mitch’s. His dream in life is to be Mitch’s personal assistant, a job he eventually lands. Ambudkar, repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Jackoway Tyreman has recurred as Mindy Kaling’s younger brother Rishi on Fox’s The Mindy Projecy and will be seen in Ride Along 2.