EXCLUSIVE: Georgina Reilly (L.A. Complex), Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life Of An American Teenager) and Matthew Del Negro (Scandal) have signed on to star in USA’s Old Hollywood pilot Paradise Pictures, written and executive produced by Suits scribe Rick Muirragui and executive produced by Suits creator/executive producer Aaron Korsh. The period drama revolves around ambitious people striving to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood, when the dream factory was at its peak. Little do they know the challenges they’re about to face: the end of the studio monopolies, the blacklist and the disruptive new technology of television.
Reilly will play Gretchen Whalon, a successful screenwriter at rival film studio RKO Pictures and ex-girlfriend of the head of production at Paradise Pictures, Tom Kirby (Morgan Spector). Their complicated relationship resurfaces when he asks her to rewrite the script for his dream project. Del Negro plays Ray Aberdeen, the head of security at Paradise Pictures, and Kirby’s right-hand man. Being the studio “fixer” requires Aberdeen to clean up messes, cover up scandals and mete out justice to contract players who have crossed the line. Kagasoff is Wyatt Osborne, an assistant in the studio’s editing department whose real goal is to be a director. A dreamer and a schemer, when he learns the studio’s highest paid screenwriter is writing a novel instead of the studio’s next project, Wyatt writes his own draft and presents it to Kirby.
Reilly returns for a fifth season on CBC’s/UKTV’s Murdoch Mysteries and most recently starred in CBC’s Heartland and hospital drama Saving Hope. She is repped by TalentWorks, InVision Artists, LINK Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern. Kagasoff, repped by Gersh and John Carrabino, played the male lead for five seasons on The Secret Life Of An American Teenager and recurred on Fox’s Red Band Society. Del Negro, repped by TalentWorks and Berwick & Kovacik. currently recurs on Scandal and had extensive arcs on The Sopranos, The West Wing and The United States Of Tara. He most recently played Detective Hauser opposite Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in feature Hot Pursuit.