Janina Gavankar (True Blood) will co-star in NBC’s drama pilot The Mysteries Of Laura, written by Jeff Rake and directed by McG. Based on the popular Spanish series, The Mysteries Of Laura follows the life and relationships of Laura Diamond (Debra Messing), a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her hell-raising twin children. Gavankar, repped by APA, Sanders-Armstrong and Felker Toczek, will play Meredith, a tightly wound and perfectly coiffed detective who sees herself as far more sophisticated than her fellow detective and rival Laura Diamond, and it annoys her to no end that Laura is the precinct’s golden child.
Brandon Smith has been cast in NBC‘s multi-camera pilot One Big Happy, from Warner Bros TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production. Written by Liz Feldman and directed by Scott Ellis, it centers on two platonic friends since childhood — a lesbian, Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert), and her straight male best friend, Luke (Nick Zano) — who have been living together and trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time. They finally get pregnant — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life, Prudence. SmithMarcus, a close friend of Luke and a star bowler who supplements his meager income by working at a local bowling alley. He is impressed by Prudence and suggests that Luke “lock it down.” Smith, repped by DBA, LEG Management and will be appearing as Little Richard in the upcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up from Universal.
Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom) is set to play Rebecca Romijn’s son in the NBC/ABC Studios single-camera comedy pilot The Pro starring Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle. Gilman is with ICM Partners and Dmand Talent.