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Briga Heelan To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘How We Live’

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Ground Floor star Briga Heelan will play the female lead opposite Sam Huntington in NBC's single-camera comedy pilot How We Live, written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley and directed by Gail Mancuso. The project centers on Russell (Huntington), a blogger, and his bubbly, full of energy wife Holly (Heelan) who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors in the style of an anthropologist who's… Read

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Dave Annable & Melissa George Cast In NBC Pilot ‘Heart Matters’

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Melissa George has been tapped for the lead and Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable for a co-starring role in NBC’s drama pilot Heart Matters. Inspired by the life of Dr. Kathy Magliato, the medical soap follows the outspoken Alex Panttiere (George), one of the rare female heart-transplant surgeons. Alex brings an innovative eye to treating patients week to week while also balancing the complications of her professional and romantic life. CAA-repped Annable plays Alex’s… Read

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Daniel Stern To Star In ‘Strange Calls'; Colm Feore Joins ‘The Kingmakers’

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Daniel Stern is set as the co-lead opposite Danny Pudi in NBC’s comedy pilot Strange Calls, from Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum and 20th TV. Also cast in the pilot, written by Blake McCormick, are Allison Miller and Aliyah Royale. Based on an Australian format, Strange Calls centers on Toby (Pudi), an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer. He is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of Gregor (Stern), a peculiar, elderly nightwatchman — he starts… Read

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ABC Pilots ‘Boom’, ‘Mix’ & ‘46 Percenters’ Add To Casts

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Rebecca Rittenhouse (Red Band Society) and India de Beaufort (Jane By Design) have booked series regular roles on ABC drama pilot Boom, from producer Tony Krantz. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and produced by ABC Studios, Boom examines the biggest oil discovery in American history — bigger than Texas and as big as Saudi Arabia — which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 California Gold Rush… Read

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Patrick Warburton To Star In Suzanne Martin NBC Comedy Pilot

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Rules Of Engagement alum Patrick Warburton is set as the male lead in NBC’s untitled multi-camera Suzanne Martin pilot, from Hazy Mills and Universal TV. It chronicles how things backfire for recent empty-nesters Mike Gunn (Warburton) and Martina Gunn when their children and their parents move back home. Stacy Keach plays Mike’s dad. James Burrows is directing from a script by Martin, who executive produces with Sean Hayes and Todd Millner. Warburton is with ICM Partners… Read

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Terry O’Quinn Cast As Male Lead In ABC Pilot ‘The Adversaries’

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Lost alum Terry O’Quinn has been cast as the male lead in ABC drama pilot The Adversaries, from ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by David Zabel, The Adversaries centers on the patriarch of a New York legal dynasty who becomes embroiled in a trial of his own, and his federal prosecutor daughter must decide which side she will fight on. O’Quinn will play Charlie, the head of the law firm Fisher, Fisher and… Read

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Elliott Gould Cast In CBS’ Pilot ‘Doubt'; Lacey Chabert In ABC’s ‘Family Fortune’

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Ray Donovan‘s Elliott Gould has booked a regular role on CBS hourlong pilot Doubt. From longtime Grey's Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, Timberman/Beverly and CBS TV Studios, Doubt centers on Sadie, a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets involved romantically with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. APA-repped Gould will play Isaiah, the head of the boutique go-to criminal… Read

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Sarah Chalke To Star In Fox’s ’48 Hours’

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Sarah Chalke is set as the female lead opposite Rob Riggle in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot 48 Hours 'Til Mondaywritten/exec produced by Charlie Grandy. 48Hours, from Universal TV, chronicles husband and father of three Charlie's (Riggle) desperate struggle not to let every weekend go completely to hell. Chalke, repped by UTA, manager John Carrabino and attorney PJ Shapiro, plays Kelly Bishop who is happily married to Charlie and the mother of their three kids, Kelly… Read

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Ving Rhames Joins ABC NBA Pilot

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Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible franchise) is taking a comedic turn with a co-starring role 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. Written/executive produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, the single-camera NBA project, from ABC Studios, is a buddy comedy about Mo (Blondy Baruti), an NBA rookie who doesn't speak English… Read

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher To Star In Tommy Johnagin CBS Comedy Pilot

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JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Better With You, Once Upon A Time) is set as the female lead opposite Tommy Johnagin in CBS’ untitled CBS comedy pilot inspired by the comedian’s life. The pilot, from writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumack, WBTV and Bill Lawrence's studio-based Doozer, stars Johnagin as Tommy, a stand-up comic raising a family in a small Midwestern town. Garcia Swisher, repped by WME and John Carrabino, plays Michelle, an accomplished pediatrician married to… Read

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Craig Ferguson To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘The King of 7B’

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With his Late Late Show stint over, Craig Ferguson is returning to acting with a starring role in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B. The ensemble project, written by Howard Franklin and directed by David Frankel, focuses on Prentiss Porter (Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. Ben Karlin — who, like Ferguson, has extensive… Read

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Dean Cain, Helen Slater Join ‘Supergirl’ Pilot

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CBS is drawing from the DC Comics superhero TV and film universe for the latest additions to its Supergirl pilot. Dean Cain, who played Clark Kent/Superman in the 1990s TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, and Helen Slater, who played Kara Zor-El/Supergirl in the 1984 film Supergirl, are set to guest star in what is described only as “mystery roles.” Based on the DC Comics characters, Supergirl — from Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Prods. — centers on… Read