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NBC Pilot ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’ Pushed

By | Friday March 29, 2013 @ 9:21am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The decision was made mutually by NBC and the project’s creator, Liz Brixius, and producers, Wolf Films and Universal TV. It comes 10 days after Christina Ricci, who had been cast as the lead in Girlfriend In A Coma, exited the pilot. After seeing a number of actresses, the pilot’s auspices concluded that the talent pool so late in the pilot season is just not wide enough to find a suitable replacement for the Karen role, which carries the project. Based on Douglas Coupland’s book, Girlfriend In A Coma centers on Karen, a woman who was in a coma for many years and unexpectedly wakes up to find she has a 17-year-old daughter, Evie (Miranda Cosgrove). Daniel Stern and Ann Cusack play Karen’s parents, who have been raising Evie. The Girlfriend In A Coma script was a favorite of NBC executives who remain committed to making the pilot as part of the current cycle, with filming tentatively scheduled for June.

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Christina Ricci Exits NBC Pilot ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 3:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Christina RicciEXCLUSIVE: NBC comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma will be recasting its lead following the departure of Christina Ricci. I hear Ricci left the project after the table read. She was the first major cast member to board the pilot, which has been a favorite of NBC brass. As part of Ricci’s casting, the project was expected to move after the pilot from Los Angeles to New York where she is based. Production will now likely stay in Los Angeles if the pilot goes to series. Written by Liz Brixius based on Douglas Coupland’s book, Girlfriend In A Coma centers on Karen, a woman who was in a coma for many years and unexpectedly wakes up to find she has a 17-year-old daughter, Evie (Miranda Cosgrove). Daniel Stern and Ann Cusack play Karen’s parents, who have been raising Evie. Recastings are an unfortunate but unavoidable part of pilot season when 100 pilots are being cast in the span of a month and a half. Other pilots that have undergone recastings so far this season include ABC’s Keep Calm And Karey On, Mixology and Pulling, Fox’s The List and Gang Related and NBC’s untitled Robert Padnick.

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Ann Cusack Joins ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’, John Billingsley Added To ‘Intelligence’

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 12:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ann Cusack (Private Practice) is set to co-star opposite Christina Ricci, Daniel Stern and Miranda Cosgrove in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma, from Wolf Films and Universal TV. It centers on Karen (Ricci), a woman who was in a coma for many years and unexpectedly comes out of it to find she has a 17-year-old daughter, Evie (Cosgrove). Cusack, repped by Innovative and Framework, plays Karen’s mother who, along with her husband (Stern), has been raising Evie.

John Billingsley (True Blood) has been cast in CBS drama pilot Intelligence, centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focused on a unit that has been created around one agent (Josh Holloway) with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Billingsley, repped by Stone Manners Salners, plays Dr. William Crispin, a top computer neuroscientist formerly at the U.S. Cyber Command unit.

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Nicole Beharie Lands Female Lead In Fox’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’, Daniel Stern Joins NBC’s ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

In her biggest break to date, up-and-coming actress Nicole Beharie has scored the female lead in Sleepy Hollow, Fox’s drama pilot written by Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci and Phillip Iscove and directed by Len Wiseman. A modern–day supernatural thriller based on The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, the project, from 20th TV and K/O, follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s Detective Abbie Archer (Beharie) to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. Abbie is about to leave for the FBI Academy when she witnesses the brutal murder of someone close to her, and her story is corroborated by only one person — a man called Ichabod Crane. Beharie, repped by ICM Partners and ATA Management, joins recently cast Orlando Jones and Katia Wintein the pilot exec produced by Kurtzman, Orci, Wiseman and Heather Kadin.

Daniel Stern has been cast in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma, from Wolf Films and Universal TV. Written by Liz Brixius based on Douglas Coupland’s book, it centers on Karen (Christina Ricci), a woman who was in a coma for many years and unexpectedly comes out of the coma to find she has a 17-year-old daughter, Evie (Miranda Cosgrove). Stern plays Karen’s father Tom McNeil, a salt of the earth electrician who, along with his wife, has been raising Evie. Read More »

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Miranda Cosgrove Joins NBC’s ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’; ‘Holding Patterns’ & ‘Hostages’ Also Add To Casts

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

iCarly alumna Miranda Cosgrove has been cast as a lead opposite Christina Ricci in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Girlfriend In A Coma, from Wolf Films and Universal TV. Written by Nurse Jackie‘s Liz Brixius based on Douglas Coupland’s book, it centers on Karen (Ricci), a woman who was in a coma for many years and unexpectedly comes out of the coma to find she has a 17-year-old daughter, Evie (Cosgrove). Evie is a small-town, overachieving loner whose world is turned upside down when her mom wakes up, and every hope she ever had of keeping her nose to the grindstone, saving money, and getting grades for an out-of-state college is thrown out the window. Cosgrove, who has Despicable Me 2 coming out July 3, is with WME and Anonymous Content.

British actor Humphrey Ker has been cast as one of the leads in another NBC comedy pilot, Justin Spitzer’s Holding Patterns, from Peter Traugott’s TBD Prods and Uni TV. It is an ensemble multi-camera comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash. Ker will play one of them, Griffin, a cautious, often-uptight, over-analytical workaholic. Read More »

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Christina Ricci To Topline NBC’s ‘Girlfriend In A Coma’, Parker Posey To Star In DJ Nash

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 3:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has tapped Christina Ricci and Parker Posey for starring roles in two of its comedy pilots as the network is looking to shake off the recent rough patch with a string of disappointing launches and focus on landing top talent for its next batch of potential series.

Ricci is finalizing a deal to play the lead in Girlfriend In A Coma, which centers on Karen (Ricci), a woman who was in a coma for many years and unexpectedly comes out of the coma to find she has a 17-year-old daughter. Posey is set as the female lead in the untitled DJ Nash comedy, about a son who idolizes his blind father and is bemused by his mother’s (Posey) newfound adolescence who watches his family come closer together post-divorce.

Girlfriend In A Coma is from Universal TV, Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius Dick Wolf; the DJ Nash project from Nash and exec producer Jason Bateman. Both are single-camera.

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2ND UPDATE: NBC Orders Four Drama & Three Comedy Pilots

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

2ND UPDATE 5:30 PM: NBC has added another drama pilot to its roster, from Life creator/executive producer Rand Ravich. The untitled drama project, produced by 20th Century Fox TV, is described as an emotionally charged action thriller set in and around the world of Washington DC. It follows an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job. He will need to cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption on his search for the truth. Ravich is executive producing with his producing partner Far Shariat, making a return to NBC where he landed his first series, the 2007 drama Life.

UPDATE 4:30 PM: It has been a busy pickup day at NBC. The network just ordered four more pilots: the Carlton Cuse-produced drama The Sixth Gun and comedies from Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius, Up All Night executive producer DJ Nash and The Office‘s Justin Spitzer. All four hail from Universal TV.

Related: NBC Greenlights Three Comedy Pilots Read More »

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