Adam Brody To Topline CBS’ Dan O’Shannon Comedy Pilot
The O.C. alum Adam Brody will lead the ensemble cast of CBS' untitled comedy pilot written by former Modern Family executive producer Dan O'Shannon and writer Peter Warren. Directed by Pam Fryman, the project revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. Brody will play Andrew, a guy who sees the best in everything. Even at 40, when life’s twists and turns have taken a bit of wind out of his sails, it only takes the reappearance of… Read
HBO’s ‘Looking’ Gets Finale Special – No Season 3
After two seasons, HBO has cancelled comedy Looking, which will be able to wrap its storylines in a special.
“After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special,” HBO said in a statement. “We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.”
Looking was never a strong ratings performer. Last… Read
Chris McDonald Cast In ‘Fantasy Life’ Pilot
Chris McDonald (Boardwalk Empire) has joined Fox's multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life. He replaces James Caan, who was originally cast in the role but exited after the table read. Fantasy Life was written by Tim McAuliffe based on the memoir by top fantasy sports expert, ESPN's Matthew Berry. When hard-working Mitch (Kevin Connolly) lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he's forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never… Read
Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings
There was a noticeable shift toward minority castings last season, with more parts opening up to ethnic actors, a casting term used for non-Caucasian thesps. It was a concerted effort, with more than one instance where a family member role was rewritten as adopted to make them ethnic. Then, following the success of freshman series How To Get Away With Murder, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat, Jane the Virgin and especially Empire, which launched to huge ratings at the… Read
NBC’s Monica Potter Comedy Pilot Rolled
NBC and Warner Bros. TV have opted not to proceed with production on their multi-camera comedy pilot starring Parenthood alumna Monica Potter. The project, from creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, has instead been pushed to next season.
The decision was made after the comedy had undergone a table read and a run-through as it was gearing up for taping. I hear the consensus between the studio and the network was that the project in its current form didn’t live… Read
Affion Crockett Joins Fox Pilot ‘Detour'; Chris Redd in ABC’s ‘Family Fortune’
In The Flow star Affion Crockett has been cast as a series regular 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 (Ben Aldridge), a charming rock star who, unable to rationalize his success, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a music sensation… Read
‘Preacher’ Casts Joseph Gilgun As Cassidy
EXCLUSIVE: AMC’s Preacher has cast another co-lead. British actor Joseph Gilgun (This Is England) has joined the drama pilot based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, is about Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip… Read
ABC Family Picks Up Single-Camera Comedy ‘Kevin From Work’ To Series
ABC Family is officially shifting comedy course with a 10-episode series order to single-camera workplace pilot Kevin From Work, from creator Barbie Adler, producer Aaron Kaplan and director McG.
ABCF built its original comedy brand on multi-camera sitcoms, most notably Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy. The network’s EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke signaled a change in direction, handing out the first pilot orders after joining the cable network to two… Read
‘Billions’ Financial Drama Starring Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis Gets Showtime Series Order
After a short break, Homeland star Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime’s series lineup with a new drama, Billions. The pay cable network has picked up the Billions pilot, toplined by Lewis and Paul Gianatti, to series with a 12-episode order.
Described as a complex contemporary drama about power politics in the New York world of high finance, Billions is written and executive produced by screenwriters Brian Koppelman and David Levien (Ocean’s Thirteen), who will serve… Read
Comedy Pilot ‘Quality Time’ Not Going Forward At TBS
TBS has passed on Quality Time, its comedy pilot from the Broken Lizard quartet of Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Erik Stolhanske. The semi-autobiographical project, written, executive produced by and starring the four, was about a group of college buddies (Soter, Heffernan, Lemme, Stolhanske) who kept their sophomoric ways in suspended animation throughout their 20s and now are succumbing to reproduction. It's a nontraditional fatherhood comedy about the… Read
Hulu Orders ‘The Way’ Family Drama Series About Faith From Jason Katims
Hulu has ordered its first drama series, giving a 10-episode straight-to-series order to The Way, a drama series from creator Jessica Goldberg, Jason Katims' True Jack Productions and Universal Television.
The Way examines a family at the center of a controversial faith–based movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power. Each hourlong episode takes an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want. “Jason Katims and… Read
Jaime Lee Kirchner To Star In CW Pilot ‘Dead People’
Jaime Lee Kirchner (Mercy) is set as the female lead opposite Andrew J. West in the CW pilot Dead People, from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV. Written/executive produced by Californication creator Tom Kapinos, Dead People centers on Floyd (West), down-on-his-luck, semi-alcoholic but roguishly charming cab driver. After a near-death experience when he is pronounced dead following an accident but is revived two minutes later, Floyd suddenly has the ability to… Read