Ravi Patel (Transformers) has booked a series regular role opposite John Stamos in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Grandpa, from ABC Studios and 20th TV. Written by Danny Chun and produced by Dan Fogelman, Grandpa centers on Jimmy (Stamos), a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he’s a father — and a grandfather. Patel, repped by TalentWorks, Seven Summits and attorney Gregg Gellman, will play Ken, Jimmy’s (Stamos) good friend who is always up for a party but is never invited to one. Patel, with his sister, Geeta Patel, directed the indie documentary Meet The Patels, which premieres this summer.
Charlie Saxton (Hung, Betas) is set as a series regular in Fox comedy pilot Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life, from 20th Century Fox TV and the Jackal Group. Written by Jay Lacopo, Cooper Barrett’s Guide is a nostalgic celebration of the mistakes and misadventures we all wind up going through in the years after college and before we settle down. It centers on 26-year-old Cooper Barrett (Jack Cutmore-Scott) who, during a particularly disastrous experience, decides it’s time somebody let the under 20 crowd know about the unexpected challenges of post- college life. Saxton, repped by CAA, Global Creative|Station 3 and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer, will play Neal Kang one of Cooper’s roommates. Fresh out of college, he is excited about his new job working in an office, designing scalable software platforms, but terrified about the number of strangers he’s going to have to interact with.
Robbie Jones (Hellcats) has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot The Curse Of The Fuentes Women, as a series regular. 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 (Christina Vidal), her ailing mother Esperanza (Rachel Ticotin) and her troubled daughter Soledad (Katie Sarife). Lola has given up on love and dedicated herself to caring for her daughter Soledad, her mother Esperanza and their floundering family restaurant – until a mysterious stranger enters her life, opening up a world of possibilities. Jones, repped by Gersh, Untitled and Van Johnson Company, will play Jean-Baptiste, the line cook at Café Fuentes who’s taken over for Esperanza (Ticotin). With business dwindling he spends most of his time gawking at his boss, Lola (Vidal), whom he’s desperately in love with. Jones recently wrapped an arc on Amazon’s Bosch.
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