EXCLUSIVE: Stuck in the Middle star Jenna Ortega has been cast in a lead role opposite Alyson Hannigan and Leslie Bibb in Man of the House, ABC’s multi-camera hybrid family comedy pilot from Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group, ABC Studios and Scandal star Kerry Washington’s studio-based Simpson Street.
Ortega is segueing to Man Of the House from another multi-camera comedy, Disney Channel’s Stuck In the Middle, which wrapped production on its third season last week. It will be the series’ last season, Deadline has learned. The 22-episode third and final season of Stuck In the Middle will begin airing this summer. The series has produced 59 episodes in total.
Ortega, who plays the lead in Stuck In the Middle, hinted at the comedy coming to an end with tearful messages on Twitter and Instagram at the wrap of production last week.
Stuck in the Middle, from executive producer Linda Videtti Figueiredo, stars Ortega as a middle child, Harley Diaz, in a household bustling with nine people – two parents and seven kids – each with distinctive personalities and conflicting schedules. It also stars Isaak Presley as Ethan, Ronni Hawk as Rachel, Kayla Maisonet as Georgie, Nicolas Bechtel as Lewie, Malachi Barton as Beast, Ariana Greenblatt as Daphne, Cerina Vincent as Suzy and Joe Nieves as Tom.
The Stuck In the Middle cast has been lining up high-profile new gigs. Hawk left early in the production of Season 3; she has a new series on Netflix, On My Block. Greenblatt has a major role in the upcoming Disney feature The One and Only Ivan.
Written by Vijal Patel and Frank Pines inspired by Pines’ life and directed by Richie Keen, Man of the House revolves around two recently divorced sisters — Jessie (Hannigan) and Charli (Bibb) — who decide to move in together to raise their kids under one roof. The oldest kid and only son is left to figure out what manhood means in a world where he’s now completely surrounded by females.
Ortega will play Elena, Charli’s (Bibb) fifteen-year-old daughter, a beautiful and mean spirited only child, who doesn’t adjust well to living with her cousins.
Patel and Pines executive produce with Gail Berman and Joe Earley via the Jackal Group as well as Kerry Washington via Simpson Street.
In addition to her starring turn on Stuck in the Middle, Ortega has recurred as Young Jane on the CW dramedy Jane the Virgin. Ortega is repped by CAA and Gilbertson Entertainment.
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