Newcomer Chris Douglass (Hollidaysburg) has been cast as the male lead opposite Stacy Farber in NBC comedy pilot Take It From Us, from Greg Malins, Barry Schwartz and Sony TV. The multi-camera/hybrid project, described as a love story told in flashbacks in 1990s New York, is about a couple who tell their son the lessons they learned growing up in the ’90s in the hope that he and his fiancée can avoid making the same mistakes. Douglass, repped by ICM Partners and Authentic Talent and Literary Management, will play Luke, who is not a rule follower but a risk taker. It’s that quality that led him to move from Seattle to New York without a college degree to try to be a journalist. So far, it’s working. Kind of. He’s a lowly headline writer but is hoping to get promoted soon.
Trace Lysette (Transparent) has booked a series regular role in The Curse Of The Fuentes Women, NBC‘s drama pilot from Warner Bros TV. When a magical and mysterious young man (Adan Canto) inexplicably emerges from the ocean, he breathes new passion into the lives of the Fuentes women – the beautiful but lonely Lola (Christina Vidal), her ailing mother Esperanza (Rachel Ticotin) and her troubled daughter Soledad (Katie Sarife). Lola has given up on love and dedicated herself to caring for her daughter, her mother and their floundering family restaurant – until the mysterious stranger enters her life, opening up a world of possibilities. Lysette, repped by The Carson Kolker Org., will play Gloria, the brash transgender hostess at Café Fuentes, Gloria is never shy about voicing her opinions, often to her own detriment. Lysette also is set for a guest role on Starz’s pilot Blunt Talk.
Maureen Sebastian (Revolution) is set as a series regular in Fox comedy pilot Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life, from 20th Century Fox TV and the Jackal Group. Written by Jay Lacopo, Cooper Barrett’s Guide is a nostalgic celebration of the mistakes and misadventures we all wind up going through in the years after college and before we settle down. It centers on 26-year-old Cooper Barrett (Jack Cutmore-Scott) who, during a particularly disastrous experience, decides it’s time somebody let the under-20 crowd know about the unexpected challenges of post-college life. Sebastian, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates, and Susan Yoo Management, will play Cooper’s over-achieving, loving and very self-sufficient sister-in-law Leslie Barrett.
Gabrielle Dennis (Blue Mountain State, The Game) has booked a series regular role in Fox’s untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot, a closed-ended procedural written/executive produced by Todd Harthan and directed by Richard Shepard. It centers on Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Chestnut), a gifted, charismatic private pathologist who can read living and dead bodies like a book. Dennis, repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment, will play Pippy Rosewood, Beaumont’s younger sister who is also a vital member of his pathology team.