Revenge and Legends alumna Amber Valletta is set to co-star opposite Chace Crawford and Don Johnson in ABC drama pilot Boom, from producer Tony Krantz and ABC Signature. Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne and directed by Jonas Pate, Boom examines the biggest oil discovery in American history which has triggered a geopolitical shift and an economic boom in North Dakota on a scale not seen since the 1849 California Gold Rush. The show tracks the epic pilgrimage of a young, ambitious couple, Billy (Crawford) and Cody (Rebecca Rittenhouse), to the oil fields of the Bakken seeking their fortune and a better life. Actress-model Valletta, repped by CAA, John Carrabino Management and attorney Ziffren Brittenham, plays oil tycoon Hap’s (Johnson’s) glamorous, brilliant young new wife, an ex-Goldman Sachs oil-desk type with a masters from Wharton who also is his sharp-as-ice business partner.
Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted) and Krista Marie Yu (The Thundermans) have been cast opposite Ken Jeong in the ABC comedy pilot Dr. Ken from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by Jared Stern, Mike O’Connell and Jeong, who is a licensed physician, Dr. Ken stars Jeong as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting — and succeeding at none of them. Slavin, repped by The Coronel Group and Berwick & Kovacik, is Hector, a dim-witted but big-hearted nurse who is loyal to his boss and friend, Ken. Yu will play Molly, Ken’s daughter who is trying to rebel.