Nancy Travis Gets Female Lead In ABC's Tim Allen Pilot, Jere Burns Joins NBC Comedy

Nancy Travis has landed the female lead opposite Tim Allen in ABC’s untitled comedy pilot headlined by the former Home Improvement star. The multicamera project, from writer Jack Burditt, 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th TV, centers on Tim Fitzgerald (Allen) who, even though the world around him has declared the traditional male an “endangered species,” is fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women. Travis will play Vanessa, Tim’s smart and loving wife who doesn’t miss much. Allen and Burditt are executive producing the pilot with John Pasquin, who will direct, as well as Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Richard Baker and Rick Messina. This is the second broadcast pilot for Travis this season; she also booked a guest starring/recurring role on the CW drama Heart of Dixie. She is with APA and Greenlight Management.

Jere Burns has been cast in a lead role in NBC’s untitled Dan Goor comedy pilot. The multicamera comedy, from writer/exec producer Dan Goor, centers on Adam Foote (Andrew J. West), a doctor who joins his parents’ (Jean Smart, Burns) medical practice and spends as much time tending to his family as to his patients. Burns, repped by Innovative Artists and Jackson-Medavoy, has been recurring on AMC’s Breaking Bad and FX’s Justified.

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