EXCLUSIVE: Designing women alumna Delta Burke is set as a lead of another comedy about sisters running a business together, ABC/Sony TV’s multi-camera pilot Counter Culture. Written and executive produced by writer-actress Stephnie Weir and executive produced by Claudia Lonow, Counter Culture revolves around three sisters, Billie (Kerri Kenney), Nonie (Burke) and Joyce (Margo Martindale), running their family diner together in West Texas who find that sibling dynamics are always getting in the way of getting the job done. Nonie is the put upon middle sister, a dreamer.
Orlando Jones has joined Claudia Lonow’s other ABC comedy pilot, How to Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life, which she wrote. The single-camera comedy, from 20th TV and Imagine, centers on Polly (Sarah Chalke), a recently divorced single mom, who moves in with her eccentric parents, Elaine and Max, (Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins) a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries. Jones, repped by Paradigm and New Wave, will play Gregg, Polly’s best friend and boss, the only one who truly understands her and is there for her in the midst of the insanity. He also did an ABC pilot last year, drama Identity, and recently did an arc on USA’s Necessary Roughness.
Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy) and Brett Tucker (Spartacus: Vengeance) have been cast as regulars in ABC’s drama series Mistresses. The soap, written by KJ Steinberg, is based on the British format. It centers on four women, April (Rochelle Aytes), Josslyn (Jes Macallan), Katie (Yunjin Kim) and Josslyn’s older sister Sarah (Milano), chronicling their sometimes scandalous romantic lives. George, repped by APA and Management 360, will play the handsome Dominic, who works in the same law office with Sarah and eventually has an affair with her. Aussie Tucker, repped by UTA, Evolution and Australia’s Aran Michael, will play Harry, Sarah’s loving husband, a successful restaurant owner.
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