Kelen Coleman has been cast in CBS’ new pilot for The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment. The comedy is being retooled as multi-camera after shooting a single-camera pilot last season. Written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, McCarthys revolves around a big, sports-crazed Irish Catholic clan in Boston and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. Coleman, repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Scott Whitehead, plays the daughter, Jackie McCarthy, who is roommates with her gay brother.
In her return to television, Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross is taking a comedy route, signing on for the lead female role in Fox‘s single-camera comedy pilot Fatrick. The project, written by Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and co-exec producer Corey Nickerson and to be directed by Oscar-winning scribes Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, centers on Patrick, a 30-something moving man and former fat kid, who, realizing that his life isn’t quite where it should be, is forced to face the damage caused by years of being “Fatrick”: a chubby little kid just trying to survive. It will be shifting between the present and Patrick’s school years. Cross will play Patrick’s mother Arlene, seen in both present day and flashback. A fit, energetic nutritionist, she is rigid and intense when it comes to her family’s eating habits. Cross joins recently cast Ray Ford. This marks the biggest half-hour commitment for Cross, who had largely done drama series before her turn in the comedic one-hour Desperate Housewives. She took a break after the end of the ABC series to spend time with her twin girls, born while Cross was on the show, and is now making her return to TV. She is with Gersh and Gartner/Green Entertainment.
Fatrick was one of the first big sales this season, landing a pilot production commitment at Fox in early August. Now the comedy, written by Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23 creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan and co-exec producer Corey Nickerson and to be directed by Oscar-winning scribes Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (The Descendants), has received an early pilot order. Produced by 20th TV, where Khan is under an overall deal, and executive produced by Jeff Morton (Modern Family), Fatrick centers on Patrick, a 30-something moving man and formerly fat kid, who, realizing that his life isn’t quite where it should be, is forced to face the damage caused by years of being Fatrick: a chubby little kid just trying to survive. The project, which will be shifting between the present and Patrick’s school years, will mark Faxon and Rash’s TV directorial debut. Fatrick is one of two high-profile single-camera comedy projects with pilot production commitments this season that focus on a formerly fat protagonist. NBC’s female-centered Former Fat Girl, from Jason Katims’ True Jack Prods., is written by J.J. Philbin loosely inspired by a book. NBC had the similarly themed comedy pilot Brenda Forever last year. Khan also has immigrant comedy project Fresh Off The Boat, which she is writing as well as executive producing …
EXCLUSIVE: In a hot comedy pairing, Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23 creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan has teamed with Oscar-winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) for a half-hour comedy aimed at the 2014-15 season. The project, Fatrick, was taken out today and, not surprisingly, sold at the first place it was pitched to, Fox, which gave it a pilot production commitment. 20th Century Fox TV, where Khan is under an overall deal, produces Fatrick, which centers on thirtysomething Patrick. On the surface, it looks like he has it all — handsome, cool, dating all the hottest girls… But we soon realize that he’s not as far along in his life as he should be because he’s being held back by the insecurities of growing up as Fatrick, a 10-year-old chubster just trying to survive. Khan co-created and will write the pilot with Don’t Trust The B—- co-executive producer Corey Nickerson, with Faxon and Rash set to direct. The four will executive produce with Kevin Walsh.
20th TV is off to a fast start this pitch season with two pilot production commitments, for Fatrick and Cindy Chupack/Jake Kasdan’s The Longest Date, and a put pilot for Michael Green’s League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, all at Fox, and sizable penalties for drama Travelers and comedy Cristela at ABC.