I hear NBC is keeping comedy pilot Assistance in contention with an order for three more scripts. Additionally, I hear producing studio Universal TV has extended the options on several cast members, including star Krysten Ritter and pilot standout Alfred Molina. Assistance, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods, is based on the play by Leslye Headland, who wrote the adaptation. It centers on an idealistic “working girl” assistant (Ritter) who is pulled between her colleague (“work husband”) and her real-life fiance while trying to manage a demanding (translation: crazy) boss.
Alfred Molina may be returning to his comedy roots with a starring role opposite Krysten Ritter in the NBC single-camera comedy pilot Assistance, from Gary Sanchez Prods and Universal TV. Written by Leslye Headland, Assistance centers on Nora (Ritter), an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague Seth (Zach Cregger) and her real-life fiance (Peter Cambor) while trying to manage her demanding boss Daniel (Molina). Daniel is a very successful film producer with a large presence and thick intensity. Molina currently stars on David E. Kelley TNT drama series Monday Mornings, which has done poorly in the ratings and is not expected to go to a second season. Since headlining a couple of sitcoms on CBS a decade ago, Molina, repped by WME and manager Joan Hyler, has stayed largely on the drama side with starring roles on Law & Order: LA and Monday Mornings.
Comedy writer-producers Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener have closed an overall deal at Universal Television. Under the two-year pact, the duo is joining the studio’s NBC comedy pilot Assistance as executive producers. They also will develop new projects. “We’ve been longtime fans of Bycel and Fener and are happy to have them as part of the Universal TV family,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria,. “They are both strong showrunners and developers, individually, as well as a team.” UTA-repped Bycel and Fener most recently worked on ABC’s Happy Endings, Bycel as executive producer and Fener as co-executive producers. The two also worked together as co-executive producers on Fox’s American Dad.
Megan Dodds is set as a female lead opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Written by Mark Goffman based on Jo Nesbo’s book, it centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Dodds, repped by UTA, Untitled and UK’s Independent Talent, plays Victor’s wife Helen, an accomplished businesswoman and a caring, family-oriented mother of two.
Sherlock‘s Vinette Robinson has been cast in another NBC pilot, single-camera comedy Assistance starring Krysten Ritter, from Gary Sanchez Prods. and Universal TV. Written by Leslye Headland, Assistance centers on Nora (Ritter), an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague Seth (Zach Cregger) and her real-life fiance (Peter Cambor) while trying to manage a demanding boss. Brit Robinson, repped by KLWGN, United Agents and attorney Fred Toczek, will play Jenny, a British beauty with a head for numbers who is a threat to Nora and Seth.
Peter Cambor has been cast opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Assistance, from Gary Sanchez Prods. and Universal TV. Written by Leslye Headland based on her play, Assistance centers on Nora (Ritter), an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague (“work husband”) and her real-life fiance (Cambor) while trying to manage a demanding boss. Cambor, repped by Paradigm, Brillstein Entertainment and Tom Hoberman, plays Jeremy, Nora’s longtime boyfriend, a recent medical school graduate. He has recurred on CBS’ NCIS: LA and recently co-starred on TBS’ The Wedding Band.
Joe Egender and Melissa Tang have landed leads in Fox‘s single-camera comedy pilot To My Future Assistant. Written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer, Assistant revolves around the assistants at a big New York law firm who band together
Krysten Ritter is eying a quick return to primetime. The star of ABC’s recently cancelled Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 has been tapped as the lead of NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Assistance, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods and Universal TV. Ritter also will serve as a producer on the project, written by Leslye Headland. Additionally, I’ve learned that Ritter, who was hotly pursued for comedy pilots the moment she became available last month, has signed a first-look deal with Universal TV.