Luke Mitchell (Home And Away) has landed a lead in the CW drama pilot The Tomorrow People three weeks after arriving in Los Angeles from his native Australia. Written/exec produced by Phil Klemmer based on the cult British series, exec produced by Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti and directed/exec produced by Danny Cannon, Tomorrow People revolves around several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution and work together to defeat the forces of evil. Mitchell, repped by Management 360, UTA and McMahon Management in Australia, will play John Young, a member of the Tomorrow People with a specialty in teleportation who is instrumental in recruiting other gifted people to the group.
Malese Jow (Big Time Rush) and Titus Makin Jr. are set to co-star opposite Aimee Teegarden in the CW drama pilot Oxygen. The project, written by Meredith Averill and directed by Gary Fleder, centers on Emery (Teegarden), a teen girl who falls in love with an alien boy, one of nine of his kind integrated into a suburban high school. Jow, repped by repped by Sweeney Entertainment and Todd Rubenstein, will play Julia, a sick girl who loses all hope, but may get a second chance at life thanks to the aliens. Makin Jr., repped by LB Talent Agency, will play Emery’s goofy and cute best friend. CBS TV Studios produces; Averill, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Richard Shepard, Bryan Furst, Sean Furst and Daniel Gutman exec produce.
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain have stepped down as executive producers on the CW drama pilot The Secret Circle, based on a three-book series from The Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith. Under their Warner Bros TV overall deal, the Angel and Dollhouse alums last summer were assigned to supervise … Read More »
Alex Breckenridge (Life Unexpected) has been tapped as one of the 2 leads in CW’s pilot Cooper & Stone. The pilot, from writer-exec producer Laurie Arent and CBS TV Studios, is about Jenna Cooper (Breckenridge) and Stone, two … Read More »
British helmer Mark Mylod (Entourage), who directed the pilots for the U.K. series Shameless and its U.S. version on Showtime, has signed on to direct ABC’s drama pilot Once Upon a Time. The project, from Lost executive producers Edward Kitsis … Read More »
The CW has picked up its sixth and final pilot this season, the witch tale Secret Circle executive produced by Vampire Diaries co-creator/exec producer Kevin Williamson.
Williamson recently joined the project, based on a three-book series from … Read More »
The O.C. alumna Rachel Bilson will reunite with the show’s creator-executive producer Josh Schwartz this pilot season after all. Bilson is close to a deal to star in the CW hourlong pilot Hart of Dixie, from WBTV and Schwartz and … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: First the bad news: Kevin Williamson’s potential companion series to Vampire Diaries is not happening, at least for now. The Vampire Diaries co-creator Williamson has notified the CW that his busy schedule on Diaries, which he is executive … Read More »
The CW dramedy pilot Danni Lowinski has cast its last 2 regulars, George Dzundza (Grey’s Anatomy) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Nevermind Nirvana). Meanwhile, Diego Klattenhoff (Men in Trees) has joined Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland. Danni Lowinski is named after the series’ central character: a scrappy hairdresser (Amanda Walsh) who graduates from law school but is brushed off by law firms and sets up her own practice in a shopping mall kiosk. Gersh-repped Dzundza will play Dani’s well-meaning father, a widower who has become a full-blown alcoholic since losing his construction job. Ambudkar, repped by Gersh and Lou Viola Management, will play a hard-working and straightforward guy, working at JB Computers during the day and on his novel at night. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Former Ugly Betty star Eric Mabius has joined the cast of TNT’s drama pilot Bird Dog, while Carla Gallo (Get Him to the Greek) is set to co-star opposite Amanda Walsh in the CW pilot Danni Lowinski. Mike Robe’s … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The CW have found their Danni Lowinski. Sons & Daughters alumna Amanda Walsh has landed the lead in the hourlong CW dramedy pilot based on the German series of the same name. The pilot, once eyed for possible … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of his first pilot order last season, CBS’ The Odds, Jeff Wadlow has landed two projects this season, Hail Mary at CBS and Rush at the CW. Both are from Warner Bros. TV and Silver Pictures, which also produced The Odds. Hail Mary is about a female P.I. in the South who partners with her murdered son’s best friend. Rush is about undercover cops working the New York nightclub scene. Wadlow is writing and executive producing both projects with an eye to direct the potential pilots. Beau Bauman is also producing. Read More »
After a popular Nikita movie and series, why retell the story yet again in a new series? It’s a legitimate question and one the writer of the upcoming CW series Nikita Craig Silverstein asked himself when Warner Bros. TV approached him with the idea to do something with the title. … Read More »
I’m told CW picked up How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls (WBTV/Alloy), which was expected. And I, too, think the title should be changed to ”Surviving The Filthy Rich” as rumored. (Or, even better, “This Is Our Money-Grubbing Attempt to Clone Gossip Girls But Not Call It A Spin-Off”.)
2ND UPDATE: I hear How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls (WBTV/Alloy) is ”probably” picked up at CW, It was considered a slam dunk, like 90210. (Is it true HTTFRG‘s title has been changed to “Surviving The Filthy Rich”?)
UPDATE: I’ve just been told that, as expected, the … Read More »
UPDATE: The Beverly Hills, 90210 Spinoff 90210 (CW/CBS Paramount), a slam dunk pickup, is hiring writers at the CW. I hear the deal is closed with Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah to run the show, and the script is being rewritten. Original alum Jennie Garth is joining. I … Read More »