CBS Pilot ‘The Surgeon General’, NBC’s ‘Brenda Forever’ Add To Casts

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS’ drama pilot The Surgeon General has enlisted three well known actors for guest starring/potentially recurring roles. The project centers on Dr. John Sherman (Jason Isaacs), the most powerful doctor in the nation, the Surgeon General, who has 315 million patients. Anna Deavere Smith will play the Vice President; Paul Read More »

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Lorenza Izzo To Co-Star In ‘I Am Victor’, Stephnie Weir Joins ‘Brenda Forever’

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 2:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Up and comer Lorenza Izzo has landed a female lead opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Also cast in the pilot, written by Mark Goffman and based on Jo Nesbo’s book, is McKaley Miller (Hart Of Dixie). It centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high-powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. APA-repped Izzo plays Assistant District Attorney Lena Engles, a Harvard Law graduate with experience clerking for the Supreme Court. Miller, repped by the Osbrink Agency and Management 360, plays Victor’s daughter. Izzo is known for working with Eli Roth — her three English-language credits to date are starring roles in Roth’s movies Aftershock, directed by Nicolas Lopez, and the upcoming The Green Inferno, and an arc on his Netflix series Hemlock Grove. Before recently relocating to Los Angeles from her native Chile, Izzo starred in the Chilean comedy Que Pena Tu Boda directed by Lopez. Read More »

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Parminder Nagra Joins ABC’s ‘Reckless’, Da’vine Joy Randolph In ‘Brenda Forever’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ER alumna Parminder Nagra has been cast in the ABC pilot Reckless. Written/exec produced by Chris Black and directed/exec produced by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on David (Patrick Fugit), a resourceful problem solver who, when … Read More »

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Ellie Kemper Set To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Brenda Forever’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 8:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ellie Kemper has closed a deal to play the lead in the NBC single-camera pilot Brenda Forever. In the high-concept project written by Andrew Leeds and David Lampson and produced by Sony TV, stories from Brenda … Read More »

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Andrew Leeds/David Lampson Comedy Spec Lands NBC Pilot Order, Ellie Kemper Circling

By | Wednesday January 30, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE, 12 PM: NBC just confirmed the pilot pickup for Brenda Forever, providing a more detailed logline: “Stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.”

PREVIOUS, TUESDAY PM: It’s been a very tough January spec market this season, with several high profile scripts taken out, including a comedy starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, and none of them selling. Until now. I’ve learned that, in a competitive situation with NBC and Fox bidding, Brenda Forever, a high-concept comedy script by writers Andrew Leeds and David Lampson, just landed at NBC with a pilot order. Casting on the project is yet to begin but I hear Ellie Kemper, who is close friends with Leeds and Lampson, has had informal conversations and is interested in playing the lead. That would be coup for the show as Kemper has been among the most sought-after actresses this pilot season.

Brenda Forever takes place in two time periods, following Brenda growing up as both a 31-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl. The project was developed internally at Sony Pictures TV with studio-based Fedora Entertainment. Lampson, Leeds and Fedora’s Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer executive produce. Sony TV took a gamble with Leeds and Lampson, signing a deal with the duo back in April to develop a project in-house instead of going through the regular pitch process. It just paid off. Brenda Forever reunites Leeds and Lampson with NBC where they landed their first network pilot, the 2010 Rex Is Not Your Lawyer. Read More »

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