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James Van Der Beek To Co-Star In ABC’s ‘Bitch’ Comedy Pilot As Himself

Nellie Andreeva

In what would be his first major comedy series gig, Dawson’s Creek alum James Van Der Beek is set to co-star in the ABC/20th TV comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23. The Nahnatchka Khan/Dave Hemingson project, to be directed by Modern Family‘s Jason Winer, centers on June (Dreama Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who is forced to move in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Van Der Beek will play Chloe’s best friend James Van Der Beek, a heightened version of himself in the vein of Neil Patrick Harris’ stint in the Harold & Kumar movies and Matt LaBlanc’s starring role on the Showtime comedy Episodes. The role, originally named after and eyed for former ‘N Sync singer Lance Bass, is being completely rewritten for Van Der Beek.

Van Der Beek has always been sought after during pilot season for drama projects. But, following his viral videos for FunnyOrDie.com, for the first time this season, he fielded all comedy offers. On TV, Van Der Beek, repped by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment, most recently co-stared on the NBC medical drama Mercy. He also did a memorable guest spot on the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother as Robin’s ex. Here is one of the Van Der Beek’s FunnyOrDie videos, in which he pokes fun at his character on Dawson’s. Read More »

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PILOT CASTINGS: Two Land Comedy Projects

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True Blood alumna Anna Camp has become the first actress cast in the NBC comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You, landing one of the four leads in the single-camera project from writer-exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV. It is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad and Missy, introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad’s Allie and Missy’s Sarah (Camp), to each other. Allie and Sarah hit it off but things get complicated when Allie becomes pregnant with Brad’s baby.

Michael “Mookie” Blaikock (Secret Girlfriend) has joined the ABC/20th TV comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23. Written by Nahnatchka Khan, the project centers on June (Dreama Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who is forced to move in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Blaikock, repped by Innovative and Andy Corren Management, will play Eli, the preppy perv-next-door.

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Krysten Ritter Set For Title Role In ABC’ ‘Don’t Trust The Bitch’ Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Krysten Ritter, who has been among the most sought-after actresses this pilot season with multiple offers, will play the lead in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 (working title), which is directed by Modern Family‘s Jason Winer. Additionally, Ritter has signed on to topline the indie feature Refuge.

On the 20th TV-produced Bitch, Ritter joins Dreama Walker (The Good Wife) who was cast a week ago as the co-lead. Written by Nahnatchka Khan, Bitch centers on June (Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who, due to circumstances beyond her control, is forced to move in with Chloe (Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate.

Refuge, based on Jessica Goldberg’s play, tells the story of a young woman (Ritter), who is forced to care for her younger brother and sister after her parents have abandoned the family and ends up forming an unorthodox “family” with a young drifter. Ritter, repped by WME, Sanders Armstrong Caserta and The Group, recently wrapped production on comedy BFF & Baby, which she co-wrote with Kat Coiro and in which she  stars opposite Kate Bosworth. Her series credits include Gilmore Girls, Breaking Bad and Gravity.

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PILOT CASTINGS: Dreama Walker To Star In ABC’s ‘Bitch,’ Trio Join TV Land’s ‘Divorced’

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EXCLUSIVE: Dreama Walker, who is recurring on the CBS drama The Good Wife, is set to star in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 (working title), which is directed by Jason Winer. The 20th TV-produced project, written by Nahnatchka Khan, centers on June (Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who, due to circumstances beyond her control, is forced to move in with Chloe, a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Gersh-repped Walker, who plays Zach Florrick’s conniving ex-girlfriend Becca on The Good Wife, also recurred on Gossip Girl.

Meanwhile, veterans Rita Moreno and Robert Walden and Everybody Hates Chris alumna Tichina Arnold have joined TV Land’s comedy pilot Happily Divorced starring Fran Drescher as a woman who re-enters the dating scene after finding out her husband is gay. Moreno and Walden will play her parents, Arnold – her best friend.

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ABC Orders Dave Hemingson/Nahnatchka Khan Comedy Pilot; Jason Winer To Direct

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UPDATED: On the heels of ABC renewing its flagship comedy series Modern Family for a third season, the network is finalizing a deal to pick up a  single-camera comedy pilot directed by the Modern Family pilot director Jason Winer. The 20th TV-produced project, tentatively titled Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23, was written/executive produced by American Dad executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and executive produced/supervised by former American Dad! writer-producer David Hemingson. It centers on an an earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who, due to circumstances beyond her control, is forced to move in with a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Khan and Hemingson originally developed  the project for Fox 2 seasons ago. Now, it is finding a second life at ABC with a pilot order and Winer as director. Bitch marks the first pilot directing gig for Winer since Modern Family, also for ABC/20th TV, which earned him an Emmy and an DGA nomination. Winer, who also served as director/co-executive producer on the first season of Family, is bring along Family producer Jeff Morton who will serve as a producer on Bitch. For Khan, the project is in second position to Connected, a single-camera comedy she has in contention at Fox. Additionally, she has comedy Dealbreaker under consideration at ABC.

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