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Mercedes Ruehl Joins ABC Pilot ‘Doubt’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mercedes Ruehl is set to co-star opposite Steve Coogan and Carla Gugino in David Shore’s ABC legal drama pilot Doubt. The project, from Sony TV, centers on Vincent (Coogan), a former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer using his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife Linda (Gugino). Oscar and Tony winner Ruehl, repped by Frontline Management and Innovative, will play Mrs. Syn Newman, a lawyer who works (and constantly bickers) with his husband (John Pankow) in offices they rent from Vince. Though frequently exasperated by Vincent, she also considers him a son and her frustration with him never dampens her desire to fight alongside him. Doubt reunites Ruehl with Sony TV after starring in the studio’s Fox comedy pilot El Jefe last season. She guest stars in the episode of TNT’s Monday Mornings which airs this Monday and will be seen in the film Chu And Blossom.

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Carla Gugino To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Doubt’

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After a long courtship, Carla Gugino has signed on as the female lead opposite Steve Coogan in David Shore’s ABC legal drama pilot Doubt. Also cast in the project, from Sony TV, is John Pankow. It centers on Vincent (Coogan), a former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer using his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife Linda (Gugino). Linda is a no-nonsense ADA who has little patience for courtroom antics, especially when it comes to her impulsive ex-husband. Despite their separation, they still hook up occasionally for torrid sex, and although she can no longer live with Vince, it’s apparent that Linda still has a deep affection for him. Pankow plays Mr. Syd Newman, an old-school attorney who works with his wife and fellow lawyer in offices that they rent from Vince. Gugino, repped by CAA and Untitled, was first approached for Doubt more than a month ago, one of several pilot offers she fielded this season. Read More »

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Steve Coogan To Play The Lead In David Shore’s ABC Drama Pilot ‘Doubt’

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 5:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

For his follow-up to House, David Shore is bringing to US broadcast television another popular British comedy actor-comedian-writer to play the lead of a drama project. Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder) is set to topline Shore’s ABC legal drama pilot Doubt. The project, from Sony TV, centers on Vincent (Coogan), a former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. Doubt would mark the US series debut for Coogan, a popular TV actor in his native Britain, the way fellow UK comedy star Hugh Laurie was introduced to American television as the lead of Shore’s Fox drama House. This is Coogan’s second US pilot; in 2010, he teamed with Tropic Thunder cohorts Justin Theroux and Ben Stiller for HBO comedy pilot Documental. I hear Coogan, repped by 3 Arts, UK’s Independent and Rick Genow, had no interest in doing US broadcast TV but responded to Shore’s script.

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Michael Irby & Mackenzie Crook Join Fox’s Bad Robot Pilot, Kacey Rohl Cast In ‘Doubt’

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 10:59am PST
Nellie Andreeva

MacKenzie CrookMichael IrbyMichael Irby (The Unit) and Brit Mackenzie Crook (Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise) have been cast in Fox‘s untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman drama pilot (formerly Inhuman). The buddy cop show, from Warner Bros. TV, is set in the near future when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. It centers on one such pairing, cop John Kennex and his android partner Dorian (Michael Ealy). Irby, repped by Greene & Assoc. and Leanne Coronel, plays top LAPD Detective Richard Paul who blames Kennex for the death of fellow officers in the tragic mission that casts a pall over the department. Crook will play Rudy Lom, the eccentric and underpaid designer of the LAPD’s robotics squad. Meanwhile, Bad Robot’s other pilot, NBC‘s Believe, has added Kyle MacLachlan as Skouras, a mysterious billionaire with an even more mysterious agenda

Kacey RohlKacey Rohl has been cast in Doubt, ABC’s legal drama written and executive produced by David Shore. The project, from Sony TV, centers on Vincent, a former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. Rohl, repped by Gersh and Russ Mortensen, will play Monica the firm’s whip-smart paralegal/investigator who often … Read More »

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Rockmond Dunbar Joins ABC Pilot ‘Doubt’, Network’s ‘Lucky 7′ Casts First Co-Lead

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sons Of Anarchy alum Rockmond Dunbar is set for a co-starring role in Doubt, ABC’s legal drama written and executive produced by David Shore. The project, from Sony TV, centers on Vincent, a former cop who’s now a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife. Dunbar, repped by Buchwald/Fortitude & LEG Management, plays Detective Steve Adams, Vince’s former partner in the force who now functions as Vince’s best friend and confidante. His directorial debut, Pastor Brown, premiered on Lifetime this month. Read More »

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David Shore Legal Drama Gets ABC Pilot Pickup

By | Friday January 25, 2013 @ 6:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

David ShoreNo doubt here — House creator David Shore is on his way back to primetime. ABC has handed a pilot order to Doubt, a legal drama written and executive produced by Shore. The project, from Sony TV where Shore is under a deal, centers on a former cop who’s now a cunning, but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife.

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Doubt originally landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment after heated bidding between ABC and CBS. It marks Shore’s return to his legal roots. He is a lawyer by trade and former partner at a boutique law firm in Toronto. A legal drama script, an L.A. Law spec, landed him his first writing job on Paul Haggis’ Due South. In 1996, David E. Kelley picked Shore as one of the three original writers on his hit ABC legal drama The Practice. Shore, repped by ICM, the Shuman Co. and attorney Bill Sobel, worked on two other legal dramas — NBC’s Law & Order and CBS’ Family Law, which he ran — before he wrote the pilot script for medical drama House, which grew into one of Fox’s biggest … Read More »

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