Elizabeth Marvel has been cast as the adult lead in in the CW’s pilot Blink, a quirky, humorous family drama narrated by a father, Greg (John Benjamin Hickey), who is in a coma-like state following a car accident where he cannot speak or move but can see and hear all. Marvel, repped by Gersh and Authentic, plays Greg’s wife Helen Trask, a strong-willed psychotherapist whose life and marriage were abruptly disrupted by her husband’s accident.
My Wife And Kids alumna Brooklyn Sudano has been added to ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque pilot Westside. It focuses on two rival families, the Nances and the Carvers, and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between their offspring Sophie Nance (Odette Annable) and Chris Carver (Luke Bracey) as the families battle for control of Venice. Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer and Bruce Sudano, plays Chris’ girlfriend Jess, who has been waiting six years to be reunited with him after he is released from prison, only to learn that he is now seeing the daughter of his family’s chief rival. She is with APA and Greenlight Management.
John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C) is set as a lead in the CW’s pilot Blink. Written by Vera Herbert and exec produced by David Marshall Grant, Blink is a quirky, humorous family drama narrated by the father, Greg (Hickey), who is in a coma-like state following a car accident where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all. Hickey is with Paradigm and The Schiff Co.
Peter Riegert (The Good Wife) has been cast as a lead opposite Tommy Dewey in Dads, Fox‘s six-episode multi-camera comedy series from Ted‘s Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and Seth MacFarlane. Written by Sulkin and Wild, Dads centers on two successful guys in their 30s, Eli and Warner (Dewey), who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. Riegert, repped by Buchwald/Fortitude, will play Eli’s Jewish father, described as a quiet monster of negativity. Having spent his life being impossible to please, David finds that no one can tolerate his company. 20th TV is producing.
Michael Weston (House) is set to co-star in Blink, the CW’s drama pilot executive produced by David Marshall Grant (Smash). Written by Vera Herbert, Blink is a quirky, humorous family drama narrated by the father, Greg, who is in a coma-like state following a car accident where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all. Weston will play Greg’s slightly disheveled younger brother who moves in with his brother’s family. Madeline Carroll plays the lead, Greg’s teenage daughter Ari.
EXCLUSIVE: Meet the CW’s potential new leading lady. Madeline Carroll (Mr. Popper’s Penguins) has landed the lead in Blink, the CW’s drama pilot executive produced by David Marshall Grant (Smash). Written by Vera Herbert, Blink is described as a warm, quirky, humorous drama about a family whose lives are forever changed, for better and worse, when the patriarch has a car accident resulting in a coma-like syndrome where he cannot speak or move, but can see and hear all. His narration and fantasy sequences emanating from his mind provide context and a wry counterpoint to the stories and conflicts of the family and his own situation. Carroll will play the teen daughter, Ari, an old soul brimming with teen angst who is having hard time dealing with her father’s accident and spends most of her time at the hospital with him. Read More »
The CW rounded out its pilot orders today with pickups of The Tomorrow People, an adaptation of the cult British 1970s sci-fi series from Arrow co-creators/executive producer Greg Berlanti and The Vampire Diaries co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec; and Blink, produced by David Marshall Grant (Smash). In all, the CW picked up eight drama pilots this year, including planted Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, also from Plec. None of them is in the CW’s former bread-and-butter genre of teen soap, with futuristic, sci-fi and high-concept fare galore.
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Berlanti and Plec executive produce Tomorrow People, written/exec produced by Phil Klemmer (Chuck). In the vein of X-Men and Heroes, Tomorrow People is the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil. Created by Roger Price, The Tomorrow People, ITV’s answer to BBC’s Dr. Who, ran on the commercial broadcaster for eight seasons from 1973-1979. Read More »