Aasif Mandvi is expanding his role on the new HBO half-hour comedy series The Brink. The Daily Show correspondent has a co-starring role on the show, directed by Jay Roach and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub. In addition to that, he now will serve as a writer/co-producer on the series. Additionally, his memoir No Man’s Land, an account of a second-generation immigrant’s search for meaning and identity in an increasingly confusing world, will be published in October.
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EXCLUSIVE: Actor and Daily Show correspondent, Aasif Mandvi has been cast in The Brink, HBO‘s comedy pilot directed by Jay Roach from a script by Roberto Benabib and Kim Benabib. Exec produced by Jerry Weintraub, The Brink is an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Tim Robbins), a lowly Foreign Service officer (Jack Black); and an ace Navy fighter pilot. Mandvi, repped by ICM Partners and Sweet 180 Management, will play Rafiq Massoud, a young Pakistani employed by the U.S. embassy whose love of America runs as deep as his resentment. He will be seen next in Million Dollar Arm.
Katherine LaNasa (Deception) is set to co-star in USA Network’s untitled Sean Jablonski pilot. The project, from UCP, follows investment banker Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace (Stephanie Szostak), as they struggle to sift through their stagnant marriage, looking for the spark they once had. When Neil discovers that Grace has been seeing a debonaire male escort (Blair Redford) his entire world is turned upside down.
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Will The Daily Show With Jon Stewart have a harder time getting those amusing what-were-they-thinking interviews going forward after one such interview cost a guy his job this week, causing an eruption of headlines and reports across the TV-news landscape? In what may be a Daily Show first, North Carolina county precinct GOP chair, and GOP executive committee member, Don Yelton had to resign after giving an interview in a little segment called, “Aasif Mandvi investigates non-racist fallout from the Supreme Court’s destruction of the Voting Rights Act.” Mandvi sat down with Yelton on Wednesday night to discuss efforts to pass new voter-identification requirements into his state — a requirement that many critics argue will subdue voter turnout in the state. “The law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt,” Yelton said. “If it hurts a bunch of college kids too lazy to get up off their bohonkas and go get a photo ID, so be it. If it hurts a bunch of whites, so be it….If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.” (Watch the interview below.) Read More »
The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi has been cast in a recurring role on Fox‘s upcoming romantic comedy series Us And Them, about young lovers Gavin (Jason Ritter) and Stacey (Alexis Bledel). Additionally, Michael Ian Black, who guest starred in the pilot, has been made a regular. Mandvi will play Dave Coaches, Stacey’s best friend Nessa’s (Ashlie Atkinson) deviously tempting ex (whom Nessa refers to as her “bedroom Beezlebub”). He’s a security guard roadie for the Dave Matthews Band. Mandvi, recently seen in The Internship, just wrapped Million Dollar Arm and will soon reprise his lead role in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced on Broadway. He is with ICM Partners and Sweet 180. Black plays Brian, Stacey’s uncle and her late father’s brother who has taken on the role of family protector.