Don’t Trust the B—- alumna Dreama Walker is set to-co-star opposite Sam Trammell in Amazon Studios’ dramedy pilot Cocked. Written by Samuel Baum and Sam Shaw, Cocked centers on Richard Paxson (Trammell), a Washington D.C. management consultant who’s estranged from his father Wade and brother but is pulled back in to the fray of his family’s gun manufacturing company after a corporate rival, run by their uncle, moves to take them over. Walker will play Wade’s illegitimate daughter Tabby, who now works in marketing for the Paxson Firearms company and butts heads with Richard.
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Jocko Sims (TNT’s The Last Ship) has joined the second season of Showtime‘s Masters Of Sex as recurring. He will play Robert, who first comes into Libby’s (Caitlin Fitzgerald) orbit through his sister, Coral, who is working in the Masters’ home. He is an activist with CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and has a clear eyed sense of injustice and a willingness to do whatever is necessary to see his cause through. Sims, repped by APA, Benedetti Management and Skrzyniarz & Mallean, will be seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
EXCLUSIVE: The case of Los Angeles’ notorious “Grim Sleeper” serial killer is getting a TV movie treatment with Lifetime‘s The Grim Sleeper starring Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust The B—-) and co-starring actress-singer Macy Gray (Training Day), Ernie Hudson (Call Me Crazy), and Michael O’Neill (Dallas Buyers Club). It will be directed by Stanley M. Brooks in the veteran TV movie producer’s return to the genre. In 2010, Brooks left the TV movie business after 21 years when he filed for bankruptcy as a result of a dispute with AFTRA, WGA and DGA over residuals from the Logo series Sordid Lives. Since then, he quietly took on a new career as a director with horror indie Perfect Sisters, which is awaiting release. It is fitting that Brooks’ return to the TV movie business is via Lifetime where he was a top telefilm supplier until severing ties with the network in 2010 amid his guild troubles. (Brooks is married to Lifetime’s head of TV movies Tanya Lopez.)
The Grim Sleeper, written by Robert Nathan (Law & Order) and Teena Booth (The Drew Peterson Story), is inspired by the true stories of the victims and survivor of the alleged serial killer dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” — referring to the apparent 14-year hiatus between his alleged murders. He targeted women in the Los Angeles area between 1985-2009. The plot will center on LA Weekly investigative reporter Christine Pelisek (Walker), who broke the story of the serial killer and coined the nickname. Read More »
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.
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.