Jake McDorman Joins ‘Are You There Vodka’ As Regular, Nick Zano Added To ‘Girls’

By | Tuesday August 9, 2011 @ 5:28pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Greek alum Jake McDorman has landed the male lead opposite Laura Prepon on the new NBC comedy series Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea. He will play a new character, Rick. If you feel like you’ve already seen McDorman in the pilot for the multicamera comedy, you’re not mistaken. McDorman guest starred in it playing a different role, Big Red, which will now be recast. Inspired by late-night star Chelsea Handler’s bestselling autobiographical book about her party-rich life in her 20’s, Are You There Vodka centers on Chelsea Hanson (Prepon), an alcohol-loving, oversexed cocktail waitress. McDorman’s character Rick is a bartender who works with Chelsea. McDorman, repped by UTA and Reel Talent, recently starred in Lifetime’s highly rated movie The Craigslist Killer.

Nick Zano (The Final Destination) has joined another upcoming broadcast comedy series, CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, also playing a bartender. The role will be recurring despite being listed as regular on the casting breakdown. 2 Broke Girls chronicles the lives of two waitresses in their 20s — Max (Kat Dennings), who comes from a blue-collar family, and Caroline (Beth Behrs), who was born rich but is now down on her luck — working together at a Brooklyn restaurant. Zano will play Johnny, a sexy, funny brilliant street artist using “Jpeg” as his art name. Read More »

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The Return Of TV’s Multicamera Comedies

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After getting to the brink of extinction on ABC, NBC and Fox last year, multicamera comedies staged a comeback this upfront season. While the genre has been alive and well on CBS, the number of multicamera comedies on the other broadcast networks had steadily declined in the past few years to three during the 2009-10 season — the short-lived ABC’s Hank, Fox’s Brothers and NBC’s 100 Questions, which didn’t even air in-season — then to only one this season, ABC’s Better with You, which also has been canceled. But sitcoms rebounded this year, with ABC, Fox and NBC ordering a total of five multicamera comedies: NBC’s Whitney and  Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, ABC’s Last Man Standing and Work It and Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter. Three of them, Last Men Standing, Whitney and I Hate My Teenage Daughter, are on the fall schedule in key slots — Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing is launching a new comedy block for ABC on Tuesday, while Whitney and Teenage Daughter landed their networks’ cushiest time periods: after The Office and The X Factor, respectively. Read More »

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Boris Kodjoe, Tom Arnold And Lenny Clarke Join Pilots

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Undercovers star Boris Kodjoe has joined ABC’s pilot Georgetown, an ensemble drama about young staffers on Capitol Hill. Kodjoe, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will play the Democratic president’s fiercely intelligent senior adviser.

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Abigail Spencer To Star In ABC’s ‘Grace’, Several Other Actors Join Pilots

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Abigail Spencer (Mad Men) has landed the female lead opposite Eric Roberts in ABC’s drama pilot Grace, from writer Krista Vernoff. A dysfunctional family drama set in the world of professional dance, it centers on Michael Grace (Roberts), a famous choreographer who tends to sleep with his dancers and has three daughters  with different mothers. He is in danger of losing his studio until his daughter Sarah (Spencer), a former dancer-turned-lawyer, decides to buy her father’s studio and run it for him before he loses it. Spencer, repped by ICM and Untitled, recently filmed the features Cowboys and Aliens and A Haunting in Georgia.  Read More »

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Megan Dodds, Orlando Jones Among Latest Pilot Cast Additions

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Megan Dodds has landed the female lead opposite Ethan Hawke in Fox’s drama pilot Exit Strategy, a high-octane procedural about a team of 5 experts associated with the CIA led by Eric Shaw (Hawke) who are deployed when a … Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Comedy Pilots From Chelsea Handler, Whitney Cummings, Peter Tolan & Jack Black

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UPDATED: It’s a big comedy pilot pickup day at NBC. The network just picked up 4 half-hour pilots, including two multicamera sitcoms based on the comedy of two edgy, good-looking female comedians, Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings, one written by … Read More »

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NBC Developing Sitcom With Peter Murrieta

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NBC, which has 8 comedies on tap for this season – all single-camera – is mulling a return to the multi-camera genre. In one of the last comedy buys this season, the network went for a multi-camera project from sitcom … Read More »

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NBC Picks Up Chelsea Handler Comedy

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Latenight queen Chelsea Handler is making a move in primetime with a comedy project based on her books, which, in a competitive situation, landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. The project titled after one of Handler’s books, Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, is described as an autobiographical multi-camera comedy based on Handler’s life in her twenties. It hails from Warner Bros. and Tom Werner’s studio-based Werner Entertainment. Dharma & Greg co-creator Dottie Zicklin and Julie Larson, both with UTA, will write the adaptation. They will executive produce the project with CAA-repped Handler, who won’t be starring, her producing partner at Borderline Amazing Prods. Tom Brunelle and Werner Entertainment’s Werner and Mike Clements. Read More »

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