Departing Criminal Minds co-star Paget Brewster is set to voice a lead opposite Patton Oswalt in Fox’s animated presentation Working Class Hero, which was ordered in February.. The project, co-written and executive produced by American Dad co-creator/executive producer Mike Barker and produced by 20th Century Fox TV, is set in a world where superheroing is just another low-paid government job and centers on Jeff (Oswalt), a dad whose powers are no match for his misfit superhero co-workers and demanding family. Brewster, repped by UTA, manager Joannie Burstein and attorney Joel McKuin, will play Karen, Jeff’s overly supportive wife. She is an EMT, and the family’s main financial support. She also saves more lives than Jeff on a weekly basis, but is kind enough to avoid pointing this out to her husband. Barker co-wrote Working Class Hero with American Dad animator Brent Woods and the show’s staff writer Jordan Blum. Woods and Blum serve as co-executive producers, Oswalt as producer. Working Class Hero reunites Brewster with American Dad‘s Barker, Woods and Blum — she had a recurring role on the Fox animated comedy.
Paget Brewster To Star In Fox Animated Pilot ‘Working Class Hero’, Tyler James Williams Named Regular On NBC’s ‘Go On’
NBC has released the first images from the two pilots it has picked up to series so far: single-camera comedies Go On and Save Me. The images feature stars Matthew Perry and Anne Heche, respectively, as well as gallery shots of the casts. (Click on the pictures for larger view.) Go On stars Perry as an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who tries to move on from loss with the help of the members of his mandatory group therapy sessions. Save Me stars Heche as a woman who lets herself – and her marriage – go until she undergoes an “awakening” that transforms her into a desirable and outspoken woman who just might be channeling god.
Related: ‘Save Me’ Picked Up To Series At NBC
NBC‘s freshman drama Grimm received a very early renewal in mid-March. And the network’s comedy pilot Go On starring Matthew Perry was given an unusually early series pickup 10 days ago. I hear both are being eyed for an early launch in August, following NBC’s coverage of the Summer Olympics in London. NBC, which is seeking a ratings turnaround, had been contemplating an early rollout for a number of series to take advantage of the monster promotional platform the Olympics provide. To make an August launch date, Grimm and Go On are expected to start production early. I hear Grimm writers are already working, while writers on Go On, created by Scott Silveri and directed by Todd Holland, will convene as early as next week.The single-camera Go On stars Perry as an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, trying to move on from a loss, finds solace from the members of his mandatory support group. An August premiere will certainly get the comedy on the air ahead of similarly themed single-camera pilot Rebounding, which is in serious consideration for a series pickup at Fox. In addition to Grimm, also expected to return earlier than this season are NBC’s midseason reality flagship The Voice and Broadway drama Smash, which are being considered for a …
And we have the first pilot from this year’s crop to make it to the schedule for next season: I’ve learned that NBC has picked up comedy pilot Go On to series with a 13-episode order. The project brings back to NBC’s primetime former Friends star Matthew Perry and co-showrunner Scott Silveri. (Will they return to the Thursday 8 PM slot?) Perry stars in and co-executive produces Go On, a single-camera project written by Silveri and directed by Todd Holland. Produced by Universal TV, it centers on an irreverent yet charming sportscaster (Perry) who, trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group. The series hails from Holland and Karey Burke’s production company Dark Toy, which just re-upped its overall deal at Universal TV. Silveri, Holland and Burke executive produce. The cast of the pilot also includes Laura Benanti, Julie White, Suzy Nakamura, Allison Miller and Khary Payton. The early pickup for Go On will allow the show to start staffing right away and get its pick of available writers. The move may also put pressure on the other networks to start picking up pilots they believe in so they can start locking in writers too.
Laura Benanti (The Playboy Club) has landed the female lead opposite Matthew Perry in NBC’s comedy pilot Go On. The single-camera project, written by Scott Silveri and directed by Todd Holland, centers on Ryan (Perry), an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who, trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace in the members of his mandatory support group. Tony winner Benanti, repped by Innovative and Brookside Artist Management, will play Lauren, the leader of the Transitions support group who is wound tightly but manages to keep her cool … most of the time. The pilot also co-stars Julie White, Khary Payton, Allison Miller, and Suzy Nakamura.
Dharma & Greg alumna Jenna Elfman is set to co-star as the First Lady opposite Bill Pullman in the NBC comedy pilot 1600 Penn, co-created by Josh Gad, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett and directed by Winer. Produced by 20th TV, it is a dysfunctional family comedy set at the White House, where the president’s (Pullman) out-of-control oldest son (Gad) returns home and becomes not only the family’s biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. Elfman will play the street-smart First Lady with working-class roots who is eager to win over her four stepkids, two of them played by Gad and Amara Miller.
Friends alum Matthew Perry is returning to NBC and reuniting with former Friends co-showrunner Scott Silveri. Perry is set to star in and co-executive produce Go On, a single-camera NBC comedy pilot written by Silveri and directed by Todd Holland. Produced by Universal TV, Go On centers on an irreverent yet charming sportscaster (Perry) who, trying to move on from a loss, finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group. “Scott has written a very funny, touching pilot,” said Perry, who was approached for several pilots this season both on the comedy and drama side. “I’m very excited to be working with him again. I asked him to turn this into an ice show. He said no. We have picked up right where we left off.”
Silveri wrote the script for Perry without actually intending to. “When I started writing the character, no matter who I was thinking of at 9 AM, by 10 AM I was writing with Matthew’s voice,” Silveri said. Despite doing it subconsciously, writing for Perry felt natural. “Writing for him (on Friends) was one of the great creative experiences of my life,” he said. Needless to say, when NBC picked up Go On to pilot, Silveri’s first choice for the lead was Perry. “Thank god he was open to it,” Silveri said, adding, “Matthew is a mightily talented actor and one of our great comedic voices. He and I worked together for eight wonderful years on Friends. I’m thrilled for this opportunity for him to learn my name.”
EXCLUSIVE: After fielding several offers, Julie White (Transformers) has become the first actor cast in NBC’s comedy pilot Go On, written by Friends alum Scott Silveri, who is exec producing with Karey Burke and the pilot’s director Todd Holland. The single-camera project centers on an irreverent yet charming sportscaster who tries to move on from loss and finds solace among the members of his mandatory group therapy sessions. Tony-winner White will play Anne, a feisty and recently widowed woman stuck in the anger stage of grief. The actress, repped by Paradigm and Himber Entertainment, recently completed filming Steven Speilberg’s feature about Abraham Lincoln.
Former Greek star Scott Michael Foster has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour. The ABC Studios project centers on a man who, after spending 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine, becomes involved in one the most compelling conspiracies in human history. Foster’s casting stems from his talent holding deal with ABC. He will play a member of the Modern Skeptic magazine staff.
Writer-comedian Ed Weeks has landed a lead in Mindy Kaling’s Fox single-camera comedy pilot, in which she stars as a young Bridget Jones-type Ob/Gyn balancing personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. Weeks will play a hot doctor who is a complete flirt and a ladies man.
Izabela Vidovic has been cast as Nick (John Stamos) and Katie’s (Gillian Vigman) 10-year daughter in Fox’s comedy pilot Little Brother.