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Skylar Astin To Star In NBA Comedy Pilot

Pitch Perfects Skylar Astin has been cast as one of the two leads in ABC’s untitled NBA buddy comedy pilot, executive produced by Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, Mandalay Sports Media’s Peter Guber & Mike Tollin, and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan. The pilot is being done with the cooperation of the NBA and the Golden State Warriors, which is co-owned by Guber.

Astin has been among the most sought-after twentysomething comedy male leads this pilot season. He just became available after his TBS series, Ground Floor, was cancelled after two seasons.

abclogoWritten/executive produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, the single-camera NBA project, from ABC Studios, is a buddy comedy about an NBA rookie who doesn’t speak English and a translator who doesn’t speak basketball.

Astin will play the translator, Jason, an average-sweet and a little wimpy guy with no athletic prowess who is working as a teaching assistant and living in his parents’ basement when he is recruited by the NBA team. A munchkin among giants in the world of professional basketball, Jason soon discovers that he’s being paid to be a lot more than just a translator. He also must be the new player’s 24/7 guide/best friend/mentor and protector, and he also has to find a way to light a fire under this incredibly tall and talented athlete who seems to lack drive.

Astin, repped by Principal Entertainment, Authentic Management, UTA and Fred Toczek, is reprising his role as Jesse in Pitch Perfect 2.

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9 Comments

  1. Esther Joneson Feb 17, 2015 3:14 pm

    “Astin has been among the most sought-after twentysomething comedy male leads this pilot season. He just became available after his TBS series, Ground Floor, was cancelled after two seasons.”

    what

    • on Feb 18, 2015 2:18 am

      What?
      This is how I find out Ground Floor was cancelled? Way to go TBS.

  2. on Feb 17, 2015 3:15 pm

    WOW! Hollywood has found a way to do a comedy pilot about the NBA starring two white guys. That’s like doing a comedy pilot about Montana ranchers with Mike Epps and Craig Robinson.

    • Iam Dwall Russon Feb 17, 2015 4:58 pm

      No that sounds like it would be funny. This sounds like Perfect Strangers meets Perfect Strangers.

  3. …..on Feb 17, 2015 3:34 pm

    White savior in the NBA. Seriously tone deaf.

    • Americanon Feb 17, 2015 9:17 pm

      What a racist and inaccurate thing to say?

      • outside...on Feb 19, 2015 12:31 pm

        Perhaps you’re one of the EP’s and therefore so “inside” this project that you can’t see how it looks to the outside world. The premise of your show is what’s racially insensitive, not the comment above. From where you’re standing it probably does seem “inaccurate” but that would be your blind spot talking. Perhaps a skillful execution can mitigate this, but that would require applying some critical thinking and not being precious.

  4. on Feb 17, 2015 11:38 pm

    who is seeking him?

  5. on Feb 17, 2015 11:39 pm

    this announcement is funnier than the show ever will be