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10 Promising Pilots: New Shows from Eddie Murphy, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon and Rebel Wilson

Before the networks unveil their fall lineups this month, TVGuide.com’s Natalie Abrams poured over nearly 100 broadcast scripts, narrowing the contenders down to the 10 most promising pilots:

About a Boy (NBC)
Starring: David Walton, Minnie Driver
Summary: Based on the Nick Hornsby novel and Hugh Grant film, a loutish bachelor (Walton) finds his priorities in life shifting after he befriends the awkward son (Benjamin Stockham) of his neighbor (Driver).
Pedigree: Parenthood’s Jason Katims will write and executive-produce the comedy with original Boy producers Robert DeNiro, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jane Rosenthal. Jon Favreau will helm the pilot.
Why we like it: Walton (Perfect Couples, Bent) is perfectly cast as a man-child in this heartwarming comedy that makes us want to be a kid again.
Why it has a shot: It already has a built-in fan base, which will make NBC’s job easier. Plus: The network is hot on Katims, after giving Parenthood a full 22-episode season.

Believe (NBC)
Starring: Jake McLaughlin, Kyle MacLachlan
Summary: An unlikely relationship develops between a young girl (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evildoers who covet her power, among them Skouras (McLachlan), a mysterious billionaire.
Pedigree: Harry Potter’s Alfonso Cuaron and The Forgotten’s Mark Friedman will write and executive-produce the drama with Lost’s J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk.
Why we like it: The script was bursting with what will likely turn into visually stunning shots and effects at the hands of Cuaron.
Why it has a shot: The pedigree alone should be enough to land this drama a spot on the network’s schedule, especially since Abrams’ Bad Robot gave NBC its only bona fide hit last season with Revolution.

Beverly Hills Cop (CBS)
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Brandon T. Jackson, Christine Lahti
Summary: In a sorta-sequel to the movie franchise, the police officer son (Jackson) of Axel Foley (Murphy) patrols the rich and famous of Beverly Hills under the leadership of Lahti’s Captain Chernick.
Pedigree: The Shield’s Shawn Ryan will write and executive-produce the drama with Murphy.
Why we like it: Axel Foley’s young son is just as hilarious — if not more so — than his legendary pops!
Why it has a shot: Even those who never saw the original films will be attracted to the lavish, gritty world of California’s sunshine-noir. Plus: CBS isn’t likely to pass up the opportunity to bring Murphy back to TV.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
Starring:, Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews
Summary: A group of detectives — including Samberg, Braugher and Crews — form an odd family in a police precinct in an outermost neighborhood of New York City.
Pedigree: Parks and Recreation’s Mike Schur and Dan Goor will write and executive-produce the comedy with 30 Rock’s David Miner.
Why we like it: Samberg, the former SNL goofball, has a chance to prove he can navigate both comedy and tragedy, bringing to mind Hill Street Blues and M*A*S*H.
Why it has a shot: Schur, Goor and Samberg all know comedy cold.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Starring: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na
Summary: It’s based on Marvel Universe’s fictional and secret law-enforcement agency, Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate.
Pedigree: The Avengers’ Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen will write and executive-produce the drama.
Why we like it: An action-packed thrill ride that resurrects Agent Coulson (Gregg) and introduces Ming-Na as a steely new agent? Count us in!
Why it has a shot: The Avengers has grossed $1.5 billion worldwide. Need we say more? Fine, Whedon also brought Buffy, Angel and Firefly to our TV screens!

Mom (CBS)
Starring: Anna Faris, Allison Janney
Summary: A newly sober single mom (Faris) — who blames her own mother (Janney) for her issues — tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley.
Pedigree: Two and a Half Men’s Chuck Lorre will write and executive-produce the comedy with Men’s Eddie Gorodetsky.
Why we like it: True to form, Lorre doesn’t skimp on the schadenfreude as Faris’ hot mess Christy enables our own feelings of superiority.
Why it has a shot: It’s doubtful CBS will say no to Lorre, who has given the network three hit series (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly). Plus: The chemistry between Faris and Janney is sure to be undeniable.

Oxygen (The CW)
Starring: Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter
Summary: An epic romance ignites between a human girl (Teegarden) and an alien boy (Lanter) when he and eight others of his kind start attending high school in the suburbs.
Pedigree: The Good Wife’s Meredith Averill will write and executive-produce the drama with Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol producer Josh Appelbaum.
Why we like it: It feels like District 9-meets-Romeo and Juliet.
Why it has a shot: Sure, it’s a Roswell-esque drama about aliens, but at its core, it’s a high school love story — something at which The CW excels. Plus: 90210’s Lanter and Friday Night Lights’ Teegarden have valuable name recognition.

Rake (Fox)
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Miranda Otto
Summary: Kinnear stars as a brilliant, charming defense attorney whose biggest challenges exist outside the courtroom — he owes money to the IRS and a bookie, he’s juggling overlapping affairs, and he has a cranky kid and an exhausted ex-wife (Otto).
Pedigree: Peter Duncan, creator of the original Australian series, and Rescue Me’s Peter Tolan will write and executive-produce the drama.
Why we like it: It’s not your typical legal series: Kinnear’s character is at times more depraved than his clients, and watching his constant recalibration of his moral compass is intriguing.
Why it has a shot: Fox will likely want to repeat the success it had with bringing Kevin Bacon to TV in The Following by locking down Oscar nominee Kinnear.

Super Fun Night (ABC)
Starring: Rebel Wilson
Summary: Kimmie (Wilson) and her two best friends (Lauren Ash and Liza Lapira) worry that their Friday-night tradition of staying home in their pajamas will be threatened when Kimmie gets a big promotion at her law firm and is invited to a party by the cute transfer from the London office (Kevin Bishop). It’s time to take Super Fun Night on the road!
Pedigree: Wilson will write and executive-produce the comedy with Conan O’Brien and Conan’s Jeff Ross.
Why we like it: As in all her roles, Wilson (Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect) dives head-first into Kimmie, who is both pathetic and endearing — but mostly pathetic. And let’s be honest, we all want to spend Friday night in our PJs. This way, we can do it vicariously with a sympathetic, hilarious heroine.
Why it has a shot: Fat Amy Wilson is among the hottest names in comedy right now; of course ABC wants to be in business with her.

Tomorrow People (The CW)
Starring: Peyton List, Robbie Amell (Arrow star Stephen Amell’s cousin), Mark Pellegrino
Summary: Based on the U.K. series of the same name, it’s the story of a group of young people from around the globe — List and Amell among them — who represent the next stage in human evolution and possess special powers like teleportation and telepathy. They work together to defeat the forces of evil. Genre stable Pellegrino (Lost, Revolution, Supernatural) plays the villain.
Pedigree: Chuck’s Phil Klemmer will write and executive-produce with The Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec and Arrow’s Greg Berlanti.
Why we like it: It’s the promise that Heroes never quite fulfilled, combined with the CW’s special talent for eye candy. Plus: What a great companion show for Arrow.
Why it has a shot: Ordering People to series would expand the network’s relationship with Plec and Berlanti, two of the network’s most valuable players.

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Pilot Scoop: Kristin Chenoweth to Play Matthew Broderick’s Sister in CBS’ Tad Quill Sitcom

April 13, 2013 Leave a comment

In one of pilot season’s final major castings, Kristin Chenoweth is set to play Matthew Broderick‘s sister in CBS’ Untitled Tad Quill Project, TVLine has learned.

The multi-camera comedy, written and exec produced by Scrubs vet Quill, centers on Broderick’s Jack, a recently widowed father who is raising his 12-year old son while simultaneously jumping back into the dating pool.

Chenoweth, whose tube credits include Pushing Daisies, Glee, The Good Wife and GCB, will play Marnie, Jack’s cute but judgmental sister who works as a waitress at a nice but not-too-upscale restaurant (is it shaped like a pie?!) Something of a busy-body with strong opinions about pretty much everything, Marnie considers herself a therapist, even if she hasn’t quite finished her clinical hours for state certification.

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Ryan Murphy’s Sexy Pilot Open Lands at HBO

April 11, 2013 Leave a comment

HBO has acquired Open, Glee creator Ryan Murphy‘s drama spec script about human sexuality and relationships — and promptly given it a pilot order, Deadline reports.

The provocative project, which was penned by Murphy and Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, revolves around five characters. Among them are a thirtysomething married couple, the husband’s male co-worker and a female yoga professional in her 40s.

The potential series is “an adult show that is very frank in its depiction of sex,” Murphy tells Deadline. However, “it is a very honest exploration of relationships and intimacy, and the sex feels organic to the subject matter,” notes 20th Century Fox TV chairman Gary Newman.

Open “is a perfect marriage of an idea and execution,” adds HBO president Michael Lombardo. “This is an area we’ve been talking about doing something in for some time, and Ryan did it in a way that is enormously engaging.”

Casting will begin shortly, with filming set to begin this fall.

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Pilot Scoop: Hellcats’ Aly Michalka Out, Cougar Town’s Briga Heelan In on NBC’s Undateable

April 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Bill Lawrence has made an 11th hour tweak to his NBC comedy pilot Undateable.

Hellcats actress Aly Michalka has exited the project for creative reasons and has been replaced by Cougar Town‘s Briga Heelan, TVLine has learned.

Heelan, who is already tied to Lawrence’s TBS pilot Ground Floor (methinks BL is a Heelan fan), will technically appear as a guest star in Undateable.

The project, written by Adam Sztykiel (Due Date, Made of Honor), centers on Danny (Chris D’Elia) and Justin (Brent Morin), two very different guys who are bonded by their common inability to attract women.

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Pilot Scoop: Cinemax Orders 1970s Drama Quarry

April 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Looking to further expand its original programming slate, Cinemax has ordered a ’70s-set drama pilot titled Quarry, TVLine has learned.

Based loosely on a series of books by Max Allen Collins, the project centers on a Marine marksman who, upon returning home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. The disillusioned vet is quickly recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the Mississippi River.

Rectify scribes Michael D. Fuller and Graham Gordy penned the project and will exec-produce if the series moves forward. John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Road), meanwhile, serves as EP and director of the pilot, with Keith Redmon (Awake), Steve Golin, David Kanter and Matt DeRoss exec-producing, as well.

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Pilot News: Nasim Pedrad Joins NBC’s Lorne Michaels Comedy – Will She Leave SNL?

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Staying in business with her Saturday Night Live boss, Nasim Pedrad has joined NBC’s untitled Lorne Michaels/John Mulaney comedy pilot.

Written by and starring Mulaney, the prospective series is loosely based on the comedian and SNL writer’s life and follows a group of young people and their hijinks.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Pedrad will play Jane, the female lead described as a sweet and intelligent but lazy and procrastination-prone grade school teacher who’s tired of her job and dying to make a change.

Comedy vets Martin Short and Elliott Gould round out the project’s previously announced cast.

Should NBC move forward with the series, Pedrad — who joined SNL in 2009 — will vacate her spot on the late-night staple.

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Pilot Scoop: Matt Long Is One of ABC’s Lucky 7

April 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Private Practice/Mad Men alum Matt Long has been tapped to star in ABC’s drama pilot Lucky 7, TVLine has learned.

From Detroit 1-8-7‘s David Zabel and Jason Richman, the project centers on seven employees at a Queens-area service station whose lives are forever altered when they win the lottery.

The actor will play one of the “lucky,” jackpot-landing employees.

Long — whose other TV credits include The Newsroom, The Deep End and Jack & Bobby — joins the project’s previously cast Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (The Wire), Summer Bishil (90210), Anastasia Phillips (Skins), Christine Evangelista (The Kill Point), Luis Antonio Ramos (Early Edition), relative newcomer Stephen Louis Grush and Lorraine Bruce (The Syndicate).

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Pilot News: Matthew Broderick Lands Widowed Dad Role in CBS Comedy

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Matthew Broderick will topline CBS’ untitled Tad Quill comedy pilot,  Deadline reports.

The multi-cam sitcom revolves around Broderick’s character, a recently widowed father who is raising his 12-year-old son while jumping back into the dating pool.

Scrubs vet Quill will serve as exec producer, with comedy legend James Burrows directing.

Broderick’s recent TV credits include guest spots on Modern Family and 30 Rock.

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Pilot News: David Krumholtz Befriends NBC’s Brenda Forever

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

David Krumholtz has found a new onscreen bestie. (Sorry, Louis.)

The actor, last seen on CBS’ short-lived Partners, is joining NBC’s Brenda Forever pilot, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Krumholtz will play a very close pal to Ellie Kemper‘s Brenda, a 31-year-old who does her own thing. He’ll appear as a guest star in the pilot; if the project goes to series, there’s a good chance he’ll be back.

The potential series would consist of stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present, which would mesh together to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be the woman she is today.

Andrew Leeds (Bones), David Lampson (This One Time With Julia), Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and Michael Wimer executive-produce the pilot, which also stars Stephnie Weir (MADtv) and Da’vine Joy Randolph.

Krumholtz played Numb3rs‘ math genius Charlie for six seasons. His recent TV work includes The NewsroomLaw & Order: SVU, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 and Childrens Hospital.

Categories: :: Pilot Season, NBC

Pilot News: Paul Adelstein to Play Husband to Debra Messing in CBS Comedy

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Paul Adelstein is the latest Private Practice alum to book a pilot this development season — and it’s a plum gig.

Per Deadline, the actor is set to star opposite Debra Messing in CBS‘ untitled comedy from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky and based on the Israeli series Mother’s Day.

In the single-camera comedy about a married mom struggling to balance family, life, and work, Adelstein will play Messing’s TV husband Bryan, a Google employee who might be a smidge oblivious to how much of a burden his wife is contending with.

Previously this pilot season, Adelstein’s Private Practice scene partner KaDee Strickland booked a role on NBC’s pulp drama Bloodline, while Taye Diggs landed the male lead in TNT’s Murder in the First pilot from Stephen Bochco.  Earlier this month, there was talk that Kate Walsh is being eyed as the lead in an NBC comedy pilot from Will Ferrell’s production company.

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Pilot News: Regina King Joins ABC’s Divorce

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Another day, another Southland star making contingency plans.

Regina King has booked a role in the ABC comedy pilot Divorce: A LoveStory, our sister site Deadline reports.

Based on the Israeli format, the multi-cam comedy centers on Kenny and Robin, a recently divorced couple who were bad together but are even worse apart and can’t seem to stay out of each other’s lives. Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin (Rules of Engagement) will executive-produce.

King will play Cassandra, the diva-minded wife of Ike (Adam Goldberg, NYC 22), Kenny’s best friend. Jason Jones (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) and Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted) were previously cast as the central couple.

So what does this mean for Southland, which is again on the bubble? For King, Divorce is in second position to the TNT drama; if it gets picked up for a sixth season, she’ll continue in her role of Det. Lydia Adams. However, two of her co-stars — Ben McKenzie and Shawn Hatosy — recently booked their own pilots… which makes the cop series’ future look rather bleak.

“Of course we want [Southland] to come back,” King recently told TVLine. “But there are just certain things that [make us think], ‘Are we?’ No one’s told us that we weren’t, but there are enough things that haven’thappened” – like promotional support — “to question, ‘Are we?’”

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Pilot Scoop: Debra Messing Hits Mother’s Lode, Joins CBS Comedy From Smash Producers

March 26, 2013 Leave a comment

In yet another sign that the curtain is unlikely to rise on a third season of Smash, Debra Messing has signed on to headline a CBS comedy pilot.

The untitled project — which, coincidentally (or not?), is being written by Smash co-exec producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky — is an adaptation of the Israeli series Mother’s Day and centers on a married mom (Messing) struggling to balance family, life, and work.

In addition to playing the lead role, Messing retains a co-exec producer credit.

Technically, the prospective series is in second position to Smash, but the odds of the struggling NBC musical returning next fall are slim at best.

To wit, showrunner Josh Safran recently told TVLine that Season 2′s last episode has been “constructed as a series finale.”

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Pilot Scoop: Carla Gugino Joins ABC’s David Shore-Produced Legal Drama Doubt

March 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Erstwhile Political Animal Carla Gugino has landed the female lead in Doubt, ABC’s legal drama pilot from House creator David Shore, TVLine has learned.

Additionally, John Pankow (Mad About You, Episodes) has joined the cast in a co-starring role.

The potential series centers around Vincent (Tropic Thunder‘s Steve Coogan), a former cop-turned-charmingly low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts and cunning to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife.

Gugino will play said ex-wife Linda, a no-nonsense and extremely competent D.A. who has little patience for courtroom antics, especially when it involves her impulsive former spouse. She knows how to push his buttons both in the court and the bedroom (yes, despite their separation, they still hook up occasionally for torrid sex.)

Pankow, meanwhile, will play an old-school attorney who rents space in Vince’s office and serves as a surrogate father to him.

The cast also includes Sons of Anarchy‘s Rockmond Dunbar as Vincent’s former partner on the force, and Heroes‘ Greg Grunberg as Vince’s developmentally disabled by high-functioning older brother Mark.

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Pilot News: Mamie Gummer, Rules Star and Ex-Hellcat Book Roles, Fox Postpones Project

March 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Among the latest pilot castings, former TV M.D. Mamie Gummer is backing up Backstrom, and Bianca Kajlich and Aly Michalka are hereby Undateable. Meanwhile, Fox has put a pin in one of their drama projects.

Per  Deadline….

* Fresh off her abbreviated shift as Emily Owens, M.D., Gummer is providing backup to Rainn Wilson’s Backstrom on CBS, filling the female lead role of Nicole Carlton, a competent police detective who is a lesbian.

* Rules Of Engagement‘s Bianca Kajlich and Hellcats alum Aly Michalka have joined NBC’s Undateable comedy, playing a divorced single mom who works as a wine rep and an attractive waitress who is endlessly attracted to jerks, respectively.

* Following a table read, NBC’s Holding Patterns — a comedy about the survivors of a plane crash — has released 666 Park Avenue alum Robert Buckley, after it was decided he looked too much like series lead Humphrey Ker.

* Fox is dry-docking Wild Blue, an upstairs/downstairs drama about the men and women working aboard an aircraft carrier, in part because the real-life vessel they wish to film on was not yet available.

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Pilot Scoop: Ashley Williams Cast as Kelly Preston’s Sister in ABC’s Keep Calm

March 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) has been tapped to replace Majandra Delfino (State of Georgia) in ABC’s untitled comedy from Accidentally on Purpose‘s Andrea Abbate, TVLine has learned.

The project, fka Keep Calm and Karey On, centers on Kelly Preston’s Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve.

Williams will play Karey’s clueless sister Penny, the role initially occupied by Delfino (who was let go for creative reasons).

Additionally, Haley Lu Richardson has been cast as Destiny, Karey’s teenage niece-turned-daughter.

The ensemble also includes Jane Seymour, Ella Anderson, Steve Talley and Isaac White.

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Pilot News: Christina Ricci Out of Coma, Spencer Grammer to Ironside, Steve Coogan Has Doubt

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

British funnyman Steve Coogan, Greek‘s Spencer Grammer and a onetime Boston Legal eagle are among the latest actors to book pilots — all while Christina Ricci ends her sentence with a coma.

Per  Deadline….

* Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder) has landed the lead in onetime Housekeeper David Shore’s ABC legal drama Doubt, about a cop-turned-low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system while battling assorted personal demons.

* Tara Summers (Boston Legal) has boarded Fox’s Greg Kinnear-fronted adaptation of the Aussie drama Rake, playing the put-upon, no-nonsense assistant to Kinnear’s criminal defense lawyer.

* Greek grad Spencer Grammer has scored the female lead opposite Blair Underwood in NBC’s reboot of Ironside, playing Holly, an ambitious cop who stands up to the titular crime solver and grapples with her past ties to current criminals.

* And using the “out” door is Christina Ricci, who will no longer be NBC’s Girlfriend In A Coma, following the comedy’s first table read. The project follows Karen, a woman who awakens from a prolonged coma to discover she has a 17-year-old daughter (iCarly‘s Miranda Cosgrove). Daniel Stern and Ann Cusack are to play Karen’s parents.

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Pilot News: Terry O’Quinn Takes Berenger’s Gang Gig, Thomas Dekker Helps Backstrom and More

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Lost’s Terry O’Quinn, Sarah Connor‘s son and Comedy Central roast regular Jeffrey Ross are among the latest actors to book pilots this season.

Per Deadline….

* With 666 Park Avenue’s number veritably up, O’Quinn has replaced Tom Berenger on Fox’s Gang Related drama, playing the tough police chief who oversees the Gang Task Force. Berenger and the project parted ways after the first table read.

* Magic City beauty Elena Satine has scored the last major role in Carlton Cuse’s NBC adaptation of the comic book series The Sixth Gun, playing widow Missy Hume, a powerful madame who stays youthful by being in possession of the Fifth Gun.

* Elizabeth Marvel (Person of Interest, Lights Out) will play wife to comatose John Benjamin Hickey in The CW’s Blink.

* Wynn Everett (The Newsroom) is Christian Slater’s ex-wife-turned-office manager in Kyle Killen’s ABC drama Influence.

And among guest stars who could potentially recur if their pilot goes to series:

* Dekker has boarded CBS’ Backstrom as the titular crankpot detective’s (Rainn Wilson) underworld connection, while Camryn Manheim (The Practice) will play the police chief.

* Jeffrey Ross and Law & Order vet S. Epatha Merkerson have booked roles on Fox’s government hitman-themed Boomerang, playing a handler and a mysterious bureaucrat, respectively.

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Pilot Scoop: Ben and Kate’s Nat Faxon Joins ABC’s Spy as Paget Brewster’s Boyfriend

March 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Former Ben and Kate star Nat Faxon has rebounded with a potentially recurring role in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Spy, TVLine has learned.

Based on the UK satire, Spy follows Tim (Rob Corddry), the well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Mockingbird Lane‘s Mason Cook) who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy dad. Ken Jeong (Community) portrays Tim’s new boss aka The Examiner, and Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) co-stars as Tim’s ex-wife, Erica.

Faxon — who appears as a guest star in the pilot but will likely be seen again should the project be ordered to series — will play Alan, the new boyfriend of Erica who desperately wants to be friends with Tim.

Simeon Goulden, creator of the British Spy, penned the script.

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Pilot Castings: Amber Tamblyn Fights Violence, Stephen Fry Is Super Clyde’s Sidekick and More

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

TV’s erstwhile Joan of Arcadia, funnyman Stephen Fry and a Boss alum are among the latest actors to book pilots. Meanwhile, Tom Berenger drops out of a Gang.

Per Deadline….

* Amber Tamblyn (House, General Hospital) has landed the female lead opposite Skeet Ulrich in Anatomy Of Violence, CBS’ drama project from Homeland‘s Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Alex Cary. It follows an FBI Criminal Psychiatrist (Ulrich) with an expertise in sociopaths who partners with a young female FBI agent (Tamblyn) whose sister was traumatized by a gunman 13 years ago.

* Stephen Fry will play sidekick to fellow Brit Rupert Grint in Super Clyde, CBS’ single-camera comedy about a fast food worker who decides to become a super hero. Specifically, Fry will play a butler who is “the Alfred to Clyde’s Bruce Wayne.”

* Troy Garity (Boss) has joined ABC‘s untitled John Leguizamo comedy pilot, playing a loyal friend-turned-graffiti artist-turned-personal assistant to Leguizamo’s character.

* Beatrice Rosen (Cuts) has boarded Backstrom, CBS’ drama pilot about an overweight, offensive, irascible detective (The Office‘s Rainn Wilson). The actress will play Nadia, a foreign-born civilian who supports the Special Crimes Group.

* Tom Berenger has departed Fox’s Gang Related after a first table read where, Deadline says, it was determined the actor “did not quite mesh with the rest of the cast and his vision of the character was different from that of the show’s producers.”

Categories: :: Pilot Season

Pilot Scoop: Rainn Wilson Is CBS’ Backstrom

March 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Someone might wanna start loading up on the deer jerky.

Rainn Wilson has landed the title role in Backstrom, CBS’ drama pilot about “an overweight, offensive and irascible” police detective who tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior.

The casting news comes not 24 hours after The Office, where for nine years Wilson has played Dwight Schrute, shot its very final scene.

Based on a Swedish book series by Leif G.W. Persson (who will be an EP on the project) and adapted for TV by Bones boss Hart Hanson, Backstrom‘s cast also includes Dennis Haysbert (24) as Detective John Almond, Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected) as forensics unit boss Sgt. Peter Niedermayer and Beatrice Rosen (Cuts) as Nadia, a foreign-born civilian who supports the detectives in the Special Crimes Group.

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