Rescue Me alumna Andrea Roth and JD Pardo (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) have been cast in NBC’s JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke drama pilot Revolution, directed by Jon Favreau. The high-octane action drama follows a group of people struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. Roth, repped by Domain and Levine/Okwu/Erickson, will play Rachel, the mother of two of the leads. Prado, repped by Innovative Artists and One Talent Management, will play Nate, an expert archer. READ MORE »
Dustin Ybarra has landed the other lead opposite John Leguizamo in ABC’s multicamera comedy pilot Only Fools And Horses. Based on the British format, the multicamera comedy chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney (Ybarra), and their aging grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. Ybarra is with CAA and Andrew Tetenbaum Management.
The Killing‘s Katie Findlay and Ellen Wong have joined just-cast AnnaSophia Robb in the CW pilot Carrie Diaries. The project, based on Candace Bushnell’s novel, chronicles Carrie Bradshaw’s (Robb) coming of age in the 1980s when she asks her first questions about love, sex, friendship and family while exploring the worlds of high school and Manhattan. Wong will play Jill “The Mouse” Thompson, Carrie’s best friend in high school who is pragmatic, bright and super loyal. Findlay, repped by Thruline and agent Russ Mortensen, will play Maggie Landers, Carrie’s oldest friend, a townie and the daughter of the police chief who has little ambition to leave her town, mostly because she has no idea what she would be leaving for.
Emmy-winning director Richard Shepard is set to direct and executive produce the CBS pilot Golden Boy. The drama, written and executive produced by Nicholas Wootton and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, hails from Warner Bros TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods. It is a show about the making of a man — it tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to Police Commissioner. In addition to directing, Shepard will executive produce the pilot. He has been loaned out from CBS TV Studios, where Olé, his production company with Sean and Bryan Furst, is under a deal. Shepard, an Emmy winner for directing the pilot for ABC’s Ugly Betty, most recently directed the pilot for the CW’s Ringer. He also directed the pilots for Criminal Minds and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
The CW went heavily after pre-sold titles in its pilot choices today, greenlighting Arrow, based on the DC Comics book Green Arrow; an adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s novel The Carrie Diaries, a prequel to Sex And The City; and a reboot of the 1980s series Beauty And The Beast. The three join the first pilot ordered by the CW this season, mystery drama Cult.
Arrow is described as a modern retelling of the story of DC Comics character Green Arrow. The project, from Berlanti Prods and Warner Bros TV, was written by Andrew Kreisberg (Warehouse 13) and Marc Guggenheim based on a story by Greg Berlanti and Guggenheim. The three are credited as writers/executive producers on the pilot. David Nutter is expected to direct. Justin Hartley, who played the character on the CW’s Smallville for several seasons, is not attached to the new project. Arrow marks the second pilot order for Berlanti and Guggenheim this season along with the Fox legal drama Guilty, written by Guggenheim and executive produced by him and Berlanti.