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Tricia O’Kelley Lands Co-Starring Role In Roseanne Barr’s NBC Pilot In Recasting

By | Friday April 13, 2012 @ 8:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The New Adventures Of Old Christine alumna Tricia O’Kelley has been cast in Roseanne Barr’s NBC comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile. She replaces Eureka star Salli Richardson who was originally cast in the role. Co-created by Barr, John Argent and showrunner Eric Gilliland, the multicamera Downwardly Mobile stars Barr as Rose, the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. O’Kelley will play Mrs. Denby whose husband (Greg Cromer), a hedge fund guy who recently lost everything in a Ponzi scheme, brought her to the trailer park so they start fresh at the bottom. Miserable in her new surroundings, Mrs. Denby becomes Rose’s foil. The recasting was done after the pilot’s run-through this afternoon. I hear that Richardson, who has an extensive drama resume but hasn’t done comedy series, didn’t feel quite comfortable at the table read yesterday. Because of her respect for Richardson as an actress, I hear Barr stood up for her and Richardson stayed on. But the multi-camera format is an odd duck and could be very challenging for someone who has never done it, so at the run-through Richardson could not synch up with the others, most of them multi-camera veterans like Barr and her Roseanne co-star John Goodman. O’Kelley, repped by Domain and Art/Work Entertainment, most recently recurred on ABC Family’s The Secret Life Of The American Teenager. Last season, she co-starred in … Read More »

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TV Castings: Pilots ‘Downwardly Mobile’ & ‘Cult’, Series ‘LA Complex’ Add To Casts

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 4:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jason Antoon has been cast in NBC’s comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman. The multicamera Downwardly Mobile centers on Rose (Barr), the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Also cast in the pilot are teens Kendra Jain and Hector Duran. Antoon, repped by Bauman Redanty and Shaul and Viking Entertainment, will play Wendell, the stay-at-home Dad of his and Sheila’s (Romy Rosemont) wild child daughter, Skar (Jain). Duran will play Ricky, a shy and timid but sweet 13-year-old boy living in the trailer park who Rose takes under her wing.

Andrew Leeds, who is recurring on Bones, has been cast in a guest starring/recurring role on the CW drama pilot Cult, which centers on Skye (Jessica Lucas), an inquisitive young production assistant on a wildly popular television show called Cult. After a rash of disappearances and a likely murder, she joins Jeff (Matt Davis), a journalist blogger whose brother was among those gone missing, in investigating the rabid fans of the series who might be re-creating crimes seen on the program in real life. Leeds, repped by TalentWorks, will play Kyle, the network Creative VP recently assigned to Cult.

Krista Allen has joined the Canadian soap The LA Complex, which was picked up … Read More »

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Salli Richardson & Greg Cromer To Co-Star In Roseanne Barr’s NBC Comedy Pilot

By | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 3:25pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Eureka star Salli Richardson and Greg Cromer have joined Roseanne Barr’s NBC comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile. Co-created by Barr, John Argent and showrunner Eric Gilliland, the multicamera Downwardly Mobile stars Barr as Rose, the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Barr’s Roseanne co-star John Goodman co-stars as Rose’s buddy Buzz. Cromer will play Mr. Denby, a loveable hedge fund guy who recently lost everything in a Ponzi scheme. He’s taken his wife, Mrs. Denby (Richardson), on a “vacation” — to the trailer park — in the attempt to start fresh at the bottom. Miserable in her new surroundings, Mrs. Denby becomes Rose’s foil. This marks the first comedy series project for Richardson, repped by Innovative and manager Craig Dorfman. She spent the past five years on the Syfy series Eureka where she played Allison Blake. Her co-star on the show, Colin Ferguson, also booked a pilot, Fox’s comedy Like Father. Cromer, repped by Greene & Associates and manager Tom Harrison, has been recurring on Community and The Middle.

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Roseanne Barr’s NBC Pilot Casts Duo

By | Tuesday March 6, 2012 @ 6:05am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Romy Rosemont and Mary Birdsong have been cast in Roseanne Barr’s NBC comedy pilot Downwardly Mobile. Co-created by Barr, her boyfriend John Argent and showrunner Eric Gilliland, the multicamera Downwardly Mobile stars Barr as Rose, the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Birdsong, repped by UTA and manager Stacy Abrams, will play Kathie Lee, quintessential “trailer trash” who runs the pizza/beer joint in the park. Rosemont, repped by Domain and Main Title, will play Sheila, a resident of the mobile park who works as a nurse on the “death floor” at a nursing home. The pilot expands Rosemont’s relationship with 20th TV; she also recurs on the studio’s Fox musical dramedy Glee as Finn’s mother.

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‘Roseanne’ Reunion: John Goodman To Co-Star In Roseanne Barr’s NBC Pilot

By | Friday February 10, 2012 @ 1:50pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Roseanne co-stars Roseanne Barr and John Goodman together again. I’ve learned that, after lengthy negations, Goodman is in final negotiations to join Barr’s new sitcom, the NBC pilot Downwardly Mobile. Co-created by Barr, her boyfriend John Argent and Eric Gilliland, who will serve as showrunner, the multicamera Downwardly Mobile stars Barr as the proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Goodman will play a man who works at the park and has a buddy relationship with Barr’s character. Barr and Gilliland wrote the script and are executive producing with Argent. Goodman’s casting completes a big Roseanne reunion on the pilot. Gilliland is a former Roseanne executive producer. Gail Mancuso, who spent seven years on the ABC comedy and got her start as a director there, is directing the pilot. And Downwardly Mobile’s casting director Risa Bramon Garcia with Billly Hopkins cast the pilot for Roseanne. Goodman, hot off his turn in The Artist, has several movies in the pipeline, including the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. He also just signed on for Trouble With The Curve. On TV, Gersh-repped Goodman most recently co-starred on Damages.

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New Roseanne Barr Family Sitcom Lands At NBC With Penalty

By | Sunday October 9, 2011 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In 1987, NBC had first crack at a working class family sitcom starring then-up-and-coming standup comedian Roseanne Barr. Legendary NBC programmer Brandon Tartikoff famously passed, and the project landed at ABC where it went to series, Roseanne, which ran for 9 years. Twenty four years later, another sitcom about a lower middle class family starring Barr hit the market, and this time NBC and its new programming chief Bob Greenblatt jumped on it. The network bought the multi-camera comedy, titled Downwardly Mobile, with a script commitment plus penalty. Co-created by Barr, her boyfriend John Argent and former Roseanne executive producer Eric Gilliland, who will serve as showrunner, the ensemble comedy revolves around a family and friends living in a mobile home community. It is produced by 20th Century Fox TV as it stems from a script deal the studio made with Barr in August. Barr, Argent and Gilliland will executive produce with Steven Greener, who also executive produced Barr’s Lifetime reality series Roseanne’s Nuts, which was recently canceled after one low-rated season.

The timing of Barr’s new sitcom is reminiscent of that of Roseanne, which resonated with viewers for its realistic depiction of the struggles of the lower middle class in the post-Ronald Reagan America. Two decades later, America’s working class is going through similarly tough economic times. Barr, who has never been shy about speaking her mind, has morphed into a rather controversial figure since rising to fame … Read More »

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20th TV Developing Roseanne Barr Sitcom

By | Wednesday August 10, 2011 @ 7:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After bringing one 1990s ABC sitcom star, Home Improvement‘s Tim Allen, back to primetime with a new comedy series, 20th Century Fox TV is looking to do the same for another, Roseanne Barr. The studio has signed a script deal with the former Roseanne star for a half-hour comedy she will co-write with her boyfriend Johnny Argent. The project, titled Downwardly Mobile, will explore the same territory as Roseanne, revolving around an optimistic blue-collar family living in hard times. Search is underway for a showrunner to board the project before it’s taken out to the networks. Barr and Argent are executive producing with Steven Greener who also executive produces Barr’s Lifetime reality series Roseanne’s Nuts.

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