UPDATED: Michael Rosenbaum is set to co-star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from studio-based Gary Sanchez Productions and executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Rosenbaum will play Bus, a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likeable NASA astronaut. Rosenbaum, repped by APA, Untitled and attorney Todd Rubenstein, was most recently seen in feature Back In The Day, which he wrote, produced, starred in and directed.
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Comedy veteran Fred Willard is set to co-star opposite Natasha Lyonne and Rita Moreno in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul. Co-created/exec produced by Amy Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener and directed by David Wain, Old Soul centers on a reformed wild child Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Willard will play one of the clients, the razza-mattazy Hector, a veteran Broadway songwriter who has been joyously married to Rita (Moreno), his writing partner, for more than 50 years. One of Nadia’s main jobs with Hector to help him sort through the massive amounts of stuff … Read More »
ABC has pulled new improv comedy series Trust Us With Your Life after two weeks on the air. The series was hosted by Fred Willard, and the move comes two weeks after his arrest for lewd contact. Insiders insist that the two incidents are not related. Indeed, unlike PBS, which fired Willard as the as the voice of Market Warriors right after the alleged incident, ABC kept Trust Us on the air last week as scheduled. Willard himself tweeted about that, “I was not fired from “TUWYL,” so B sure 2 watch,” he wrote last Tuesday. But the controversy didn’t translate to a ratings bump, with Trust Me tumbling 33% from its anemic premiere to a 0.6/2 in adults 18-49 and less than 2 million viewers to become ABC’s lowest-rated telecast of the summer. The network will replace the remaining episodes of Trust Me with Wipeout repeats.
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PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger fielded questions about Fred Willard during today’s TCA presentation. Willard was dropped from the PBS show Market Warriors after his Wednesday arrest in Hollywood at an adult theater for alleged lewd conduct. Mark Walberg, the host of Antiques Roadshow, has stepped in to take over Willard’s role as narrator. “We are actually in production with that series, and at the end of the week when it became known, we realized we had to move fast because we are taping now, it’s a new series,” Kerger said. “His circumstances would have become a distraction to the series. We talked to him and decided we would bring in Mark Walberg, who is hosting Antiques Roadshow. We asked Mark to do both.” She added that the two are companion shows so having Walberg do both provides a natural link between the two.
Veteran actor-comedian Fred Willard has lost his job as narrator of PBS’ new Antiques Roadshow competition spinoff Market Warriors. This follows his arrest Wednesday night on charges of lewd conduct at an adult theater in Hollywood. Boston station WGBH, which produces the show, said “Given the unfortunate news reported today, effective immediately, Fred Willard no longer will be involved with the Market Warriors series.” Antiques Roadshow host Mark Walberg will re-record narration for the episodes already taped. The attorney for the 72-year-old Willard told Fox News that “Fred did nothing in any violation of any law. We will be working vigorously to clear his name.” Willard starred in several ensemble movies directed by Christopher Guest, including Best In Show and A Mighty Wind. He is a frequent actor in TV series and on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show skits.