Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


Matthew Lillard To Star In ‘Problem Child’ NBC Pilot


Matthew Lillard is set as the male lead opposite Erinn Hayes in Problem Child, NBC's single-camera comedy pilot inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. The TV adaptation, written by Scot Armstrong, is described as a family show about the cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents… Read


Daniel Sharman To Star In CBS Pilot ‘LFE'; Joe Spano In Fox’s ‘48 Hours Til Monday’

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Teen Wolf star Daniel Sharman has been cast as a lead in the CBS medical drama pilot LFE, from The Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV. Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, LFE is described as a high-octane medical procedural revolving around second-year residents at New York City's top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity. Sharman will play Joe, a good-hearted, expertly talented surgical resident. In addition to his starring… Read


‘True Blood’s Rutina Wesley To Star In ‘Broad Squad’, More ABC Pilots Add Cast

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Rutina Wesley, coming off playing Sookie’s best friend Tara on True Blood for seven seasons, has been cast as one of the four leads in ABC's period female-cop procedural drama pilot Broad Squad, written by Bess Wohl and directed by Coky Giedroyc. A fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first female patrol officers in 1978, the project centers on four newly minted cops — Eileen, Molly (Charlotte Spencer), Lisa (Cody Horn) and Joanne (Wesley) &mdash… Read


Florence Pugh To Star In Fox’s ‘Studio City'; Kimberley Crossman Joins ‘Fantasy Life’

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The young actresses from the UK and New Zealand are heading Stateside, landing roles in their first U.S. pilots on Fox. UK native Florence Pugh has been cast as the female lead opposite Eric McCormack in Fox's family dramedy pilot Studio City, written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Sanaa Hamri. Inspired by Vernoff's real-life experience growing up as the daughter of a drug dealer to the stars, Studio City is set in present-day Studio City, CA and tells the story of a… Read


Martha Plimpton To Star In Dan Savage ABC Pilot ‘Family of the Year’


Raising Hope star Martha Plimpton is back on pilot duty with another role as a mom in a single-camera family comedy. Plimpton is set as a lead in ABC’s Family Of The Year. Written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson loosely based on the life of gay activist and author Dan Savage, Family Of The Year revolves around the O'Neals, a seemingly perfect All-American family. When the youngest son, Kenny (Noah Galvin), comes out of the closet, all the family secrets are revealed… Read


Christina Vidal To Star In ‘The Curse Of the Fuentes Women’ Pilot, Daphne Rubin-Vega Also Cast


Christina Vidal is set as a lead in The Curse Of The Fuentes Women, NBC‘s drama pilot from Warner Bros TV. Also cast in the project, written/executive produced by Silvio Horta and directed by Jason Ensler, is Daphne Rubin-Vega (Smash). 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 (Vidal), her ailing mother Esperanza (Rachel Ticotin) and… Read


Charity Wakefield To Star In ‘Endgame'; Ben Hollingsworth Joins ‘Code Black’

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Charity Wakefield (The Raven) has landed the female lead opposite Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes in NBC drama pilot Endgame, written by John Rogers and directed by Bharat Nalluri for Davis Entertainment and Sony TV. Described as a high-octane thriller set in the high-stakes world of Las Vegas, it centers on Alex (Winchester), a former intelligence officer turned security expert who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic… Read


Peter Gallagher & Olivia Thirlby Join Fox Pilot ‘Detour’ Inspired By Rivers Cuomo

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Peter Gallagher and Olivia Thirlby will co-star opposite Ben Aldridge in Fox's single-camera comedy pilot Detour, from 20th Century Fox TV. Inspired by the real-life story of Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, Detour centers on Michael Sturges (Aldridge), a charming rock star who made the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Gallagher plays the notorious Professor Zaring, while Thirlby plays Gabrielle, his confident teaching assistant. The… Read


Jack Cutmore-Scott To Play Title Role In Fox Pilot ‘Cooper Barrett’s Guide’

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Jack Cutmore-Scott, who starred in the Fox comedy pilot Cabot College last year, has been cast by the network as another comedy pilot lead. The young Broadway actor has landed the title role in single-camera Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Your 20s, from 20th Century Fox TV and Gail Berman's the Jackal Group. Written by Jay Lacopo, Cooper Barrett's Guide celebrates the mistakes and misadventures of post-college life. It centers on 26-year-old Cooper Barrett… Read


Griffin Gluck Joins NBC’s ‘Cuckoo'; Mia Serafino In Suzanne Martin Pilot, ‘Mama Dallas’ Adds 2

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Griffin Gluck (Red Band Society, Back In The Game) has been cast opposite Flula Borg in NBC’s comedy pilot Cuckoo, an adaptation of the breakout BBC Three comedy series, which starred Andy Samberg. NBC's Cuckoo is the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo (Borg), much to her father's annoyance. Gluck, repped by Paradigm and Leslie Allan Rice Management, will play… Read


Jenny Slate Eyes Own FX Pilot As ‘Married’ Adds New Series Regular

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There will be less of Jess on Season 2 of FX’s Married. I have learned that co-star Jenny Slate is switching from a regular to recurring role on the comedy series and is expected to appear in four of the 10 episodes of Season 2. I hear that is because the Saturday Night Live alumna is being eyed by FX to topline her own pilot. Details about the potential pilot are sketchy, but I’ve learned it is being written by two of the co-writers behind the 2014 Sundance comedy Obvious… Read


Aly Michalka & Maulik Pancholy Join ABC’s Chevy Chase Pilot

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Aly Michalka (Two And A Half Men) and 30 Rock alum Maulik Pancholy are set to co-star opposite Chevy Chase in ABC’s comedy pilot toplined by the Saturday Night Live alum. The project, from Brad Copeland, Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios, centers on a baby boomer couple (Chase, Beverly D'Angelo) who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren. Michalka plays the couple… Read