Caitlin McGee and Eugene Cordero (Comedy Bang! Bang!) have booked series regular roles opposite Craig Ferguson and Andrea Anders in Crunch Time, NBC’s hybrid game show/comedy pilot written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link). Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, centers on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson). Driven, loyal and level-headed, Emily is finally running a show she created. She has put on hold a personal life in exchange for her career, and time is running out for her to “have it all.” McGee will play Hailey, Emily’s (Anders) assistant. Really ambitious and entitled millennial, Hailey has been in the business for 5 minutes and already believes she could handle Emily’s job. Cordero is Ming Zevallos, a game producer who develops the physical games. Part mad scientist, part sadist, he likes a little danger in his work and his life. Gersh-repped McGee recently recurred on Shades of Blue. Cordero is with Global Artists Agency, Principato Young and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
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Comedian, writer and actor Owen Smith is setOwen Smith as a series regular opposite Sebastian Maniscalco and Tony Danza in NBC’s multi-camera pilot Sebastian, produced by Greg Garcia. The project, from CBS TV Studios and Garcia’s Amigos De Garcia Productions, was inspired by Maniscalco’s life. Written by Austen Earl and to be directed by Scott Ellis, it chronicles Sebastian’s (Maniscalco) old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father (Danza), which are constantly put to the test by his new wife, her family, and the absurdities of the modern world. Smith will play Kev, Sebastian’s beleaguered friend/security guard, who is still single and a little clueless about everything. Smith made his late night stand-up comedy debut on Conan and has produced two hourlong comedy specials – the latest Good Luck Everybody shot entirely on iPhones. As a writer his credits include Survivor’s Remorse. The Arsenio Hall Show, The ESPY’s, The Guy’s Choice Awards, Whitney (NBC), Deon Cole’s Black Box, Are We There Yet and Everybody Hates Chris. Smith is repped by Barry Katz Management, Elev8 Agency for film and TV, and Paradigm for literary.