Comedy veterans Mo Gaffney and Dan Castellaneta as well as Angelique Cabral are set to co-star opposite Mimi Gianopulos in ABC Family’s half-hour comedy pilot Continuing Fred, while I Hate My Teenage Daughter alum Aisha Dee has joined another ABC Family pilot, drama Terminales. Continuing Fred centers on twentysomething Winifred “Fred” Harris (Gianopulos), a newly graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school.
Pilot Castings: Mimi Gianopulos To Star In ABC Family’s ‘Continuing Fred’, Laura Allen Joins NBC’s ‘Husbands And Wives’
Mimi Gianopulos has landed the lead in ABC Family’s Continuing Fred, a half-hour multi-camera comedy that the network ordered to pilot last month. It centers on twentysomething Winifred “Fred” Harris (Gianopulos), a newly graduated slacker with an overbearing family who surprisingly finds purpose when she begins to teach at a local elementary school. Gianopulos, repped by ICM Partners, recently appeared in Lionsgate’s What To Expect When You’re Expecting.
Laura Allen has been cast as one of the leads in NBC’s pilot The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives. The thriller/dramatic soap is from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and writer Sascha Penn and revolves around the lives of several couples. Allen, repped by Gersh and Impression Entertainment, will play Alison Dunn, a grounded and levelheaded mother and wife who happens to be hiding the darkest secret of all. It’s a return to NBC for Allen, who was cast in a supporting role then bumped up to female lead on the network’s Awake.
ABC Family has made its pilot orders, greenlighting drama Terminales and comedies Phys Ed and Continuing Fred. The three pilots will go into production this fall along with the previously announced drama pilots The Fosters (working title), executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio. “These pilots will further our strength in both the drama and comedy areas,” said ABC Family EVP Kate Juergens, noting that the network is looking to extend its streak of launching a top-rated new series in the young demos every summer, something it has done in the past three years with Pretty Little Liars (2010), Switched at Birth (2011) and Baby Daddy (2012). Here are the new pilots’ official descriptions:
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that ABC Family is finalizing deals for three pilot orders — to drama Terminales and comedies Phys Ed and Continuing Fred. They will join the network’s recently picked up drama pilots: multi-ethnic family show The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio, about a teen psychopath.
Terminales is an adaptation of the Mexican drama series created and produced by Miguel Angel Fox. Described as “Sex And The City if Carrie Bradshaw was dying of cancer,” Terminales follows a young woman’s life after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Lionsgate TV and Kapital Entertainment are producing; Aaron Kaplan is executive producing; Paul Presburger is overseeing for Televisa, which owns the format.