The New Adventures Of Old Christine alumna Emily Rutherfurd has been cast as one of the two leads in ABC Family‘s comedy pilot Work Mom, written by Grant Levy and Dominik Rothbard. The workplace comedy follows Heather, who finally gets promoted at her digital marketing firm, and winds up hiring her vivacious, recently unemployed mother, Eden (Rutherfurd), who mixes up the office in a way no one could have predicted.
Jennie Garth is in talks to join Tori Spelling in another ABC Family comedy pilot, Mystery Girls. Sources are optimistic about the deal, which would reunite the former 90210 co-stars. Mystery Girls, penned by Shepard Boucher based on a story by him and Spelling, follows a former starlet (Spelling) who is roped into solving crimes with her former mystery TV show costar (Garth) when a witness to a crime will only speak to the infamous Mystery Girls. Spelling and Maggie Malina executive produce. Garth’s offer was first reported by TVLine.
Colin Salmon has joined the CW drama pilot Arrow, a modern retelling of the story of DC Comics character Green Arrow, as a recurring. The pilot stars Stephen Amell as the vigilante superhero who fights crime using archery, martial arts and technology under his secret identity as Oliver Queen, a wealthy playboy and billionaire industrialist-turned-outspoken politician in Star City. Salmon, repped by Lighthouse Entertainment and Curtis Brown Group, will play Walter Steele, a former business associate of Oliver’s late father Robert Queen and the No. 2 executive at Queen Consolidated. He married Oliver’s mother Susanna Thompson following her husband’s death at sea and the disappearance of her son. Salmon recently wrapped Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: Retribution, reprising his role from the first Resident Evil film.
The New Adventures Of Old Christine alumna Emily Rutherfurd is back at CBS with a supporting role on another multi-camera project, the untitled comedy written by actors Ben Falcone and Larry Dorf and co-executive produced by Falcone’s wife, Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy. The project centers on David (Falcone), a single 37-year-old who loses everything he has in the real estate collapse and finds himself back home in the house he grew up in … with his parents (Judd Hirsch, Andrea Martin). Rutherfurd will play David’s former high-school crush who now works as a waitress.
Emily Rutherfurd is set to co-star in Tucker Cawley’s comedy pilot for CBS The Assistants, a young ensemble about four assistants who work for celebrity couple Mike and Ali. Rutherfurd will play Ali’s friendly, a bit manic and socially awkward sister who has lived her life in her famous sister’s wake and now works for her as house manager, keeping tabs on everything, including the assistants.
Flight of the Conchords alum Rhys Darby has been cast in CBS’ comedy pilot How To Be A Gentleman, written by and starring David Hornsby. It revolves around a magazine that has changed ownership and centers on Alan (Hornsby) who writes a column on how to be a gentleman – in all aspects of life. Darby will play Alan’s brother in law. Darby, who played the band’s manager on Conchords, co-starred in Pirate Radio and Yes Man. The actor-comedian, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, also tours internationally.
Veteran comedian and comedy writer Carol Leifer is taking an entrepreneurial approach with her new half-hour spec script Have a Great Day. Instead of pitching it to the networks, the Seinfeld alumna is staging a live table read for network and studio buyers and producers. Leifer has assembled a cast of actors she has worked with on other shows as well as other talent brought in by casting director Tracy Lilienfield (Will & Grace). Starring in Have a Great Day, an ensemble comedy based Leifer’s life as a comedian and comedy writer living in LA with her partner and extended family, are Andy Kindler (Everybody Loves Raymond), Rachael Harris (The Hangover), Kym Whitley (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Emily Rutherfurd (New Adventures of Old Christine), Eric Allan Kramer (Good Luck Charlie) and Valerie Harper.
If Have a Great Day is picked up, “it’s my hope to retain this cast, subject to their availability,” Leifer said. Richie Keen is directing the project,
which Leifer describes as a scripted comedy with room for improvisation. Leifer, who appeared on Celebrity Apprentice earlier this year, received an Emmy nomination for her writing work on this year’s Academy Awards. The table read is held by the Collective, which manages Leifer, and Kaplan Stahler Agency, which recently signed her. It will take place November 1 at Acme Comedy Theater.