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Fox Drama Pilot ‘Guilty’ Officially Dead

By | Saturday January 12, 2013 @ 12:48pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cuba Gooding Jr. is back on the casting market just in time for pilot season. Exactly a year after Fox picked up legal drama Guilty to pilot, the network has officially passed on the project. Guilty was a strong contenter for a series pickup last season, with star Gooding Jr. testing very high. After missing the cut in May, Fox kept Guilty in consideration, and the studio behind it, Warner Bros. TV, in June extended the options on actors Gooding Jr., Jay Harrington, Eva Amurri Martino and Julian Morris. In an unusual twist, Fox eyed Guilty not for midseason but fall 2013. Guilty, from WBTV, Berlanti Prods. and Wonderland Sound and Vision, centered on a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney (Gooding Jr.) who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling and to ultimately exact revenge on the man who set him up. Guilty was written by Marc Guggenheim and directed by McG, who executive produced it with Greg Berlanti and Peter Johnson.

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Fox Pilot ‘Guilty’ Extends Options On Actors As The Network Mulls Pickup For Fall 2013

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 7:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Legal drama pilot Guilty is staying in contention at Fox as the studio behind it, Warner Bros. TV, has moved on to extend the options on four actors, including star Cuba Gooding Jr. Pilots that are kept alive post-upfronts after missing the cut to series are usually put in midseason consideration. But in an interesting twist, I hear that Fox is exploring different scenarios for Guilty, including a potential fall 2013 launch, so the actors’ extensions are longer than normal. Of the five regulars in the pilot, WBTV has extended the options of Cuba Gooding Jr., Jay Harrington, Eva Amurri Martino and Julian Morris. The option on Sharon Leal was not  extended.

Guilty, from WBTV, Berlanti Prods. and Wonderland Sound and Vision, centers on a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney (Gooding Jr.) who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling and to ultimately exact revenge on the man who set him up. Guilty was written by Marc Guggenheim and directed by McG, who executive produced it with Greg Berlanti and Peter Johnson. The pilot came in strong, with Gooding Jr. testing very high. It didn’t make it to the schedule after the network decided to pick up only two new drama series for next season because of limited shelf space. But Fox brass remained interested in Guilty, leading to continuous conversations … Read More »

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Upfront 2012: What Pilots Are Still Alive

By | Thursday May 17, 2012 @ 6:58am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cuba Gooding Jr GuiltyThe broadcast networks left an uncharacteristically small number of pilots in midseason contention this year. The strongest among them is the Fox drama Guilty starring Cuba Gooding Jr, who tested very high. The network picked up only two new drama series for next season, making a third order a possibility despite limited shelf space.

Magical procedural Gotham still has a pulse at ABC and also is exploring a potential cable play. There are several pilots that are dead but their concepts are not: ABC comedy Only Fools And Horses, based on a British series and which is a favorite of ABC boss Paul Lee, will likely be redeveloped. Ditto for American Judy as ABC brass love star Judy Greer and the fish-out-of-water premise of her pilot this year and are looking to develop a new vehicle for her in that vein.

Similarly, the CW is expected to take another stab at developing a TV series based on The Selection series of books by Kiera Cass. The network brass are very keen on having a show on the air that is thematically close to the blockbuster The Hunger Games movie franchise the way the network’s hit The Vampire Diaries is to Twilight.

Related: The CW Eyes ‘The Selection’, Two Comedies For Midseason

Beyond that, there are several pilots being shopped elsewhere, including comedies El Jefe, Super Fun Night and Oh Fk, It’s You.

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FOX First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

By | Monday May 14, 2012 @ 3:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s Ben And Kate - Comedy
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment. From creator/writer/executive producer Dana Fox and executive producer/director Jake Kasdan and executive producers Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope:

Fox’s The Mindy Project – Comedy
Produced by Universal Television and 3 Arts Entertainment. From creator writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling. Executive producers Howard Klein and B.J. Novak (pilot). Executive producer/director Charles McDougall (pilot):


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William Forsythe And Jay Harrington Cast In Fox Drama Pilots

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 2:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

After playing a Prohibition-era gangster on the most recent season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, William Forsythe is set to play a modern day one in in Fox’s untitled Josh Berman/Rob Wright pilot. Forsythe will co-star opposite Jordana Spiro in the project, directed by Michael Dinner, which centers on Grace Delvin (Spiro), one of Chicago’s top young cardiothoracic surgeons who, to save her gambling-indebted brother, is forced to moonlight as a “mob doctor.” Forsythe, repped by the Arlook Group and Innovative Artists, will play Alexander Constantine,  the charismatic leader of the Southside mob. Charming yet diabolical, seemingly low-key yet incredibly powerful, he is an oddly compassionate killer and a Mephistophelean figure to Grace, who may also be his estranged daughter.

Better Off Ted star Jay Harrington has been tapped for a co-starring role opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in the Fox drama pilot Guilty, from Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti. The project, written by Guggenheim and to be directed by McG, centers on William “Billy” Remz (Gooding), a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling … and to exact revenge on those who set him up. Harrington, repped by ICM and A Management, will play Scott, a former colleague of Billy’s who has set up a practice of his … Read More »

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Cuba Gooding Jr. To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Guilty’

By | Monday February 27, 2012 @ 5:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

In what would be his first series-regular gig, Cuba Gooding Jr is set as the lead in Fox’s legal drama pilot Guilty, from Marc Guggenheim and Greg Berlanti. The project, written by Guggenheim and to be directed by McG, centers on William “Billy” Remz (Gooding), a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling … and to exact revenge on those who set him up. Guggenheim, Berlanti, McG and Peter Johnson executive produce the pilot for Warner Bros TV. While broadcast networks very rarely cast black actors as the leads of drama series, this pilot season we have two such projects – Guilty and ABC’s Last Resort, toplined by Andre Braugher. Additionally, Kerry Washington plays the lead in ABC’s upcoming midseason drama series Scandal. Gooding Jr, best known for his Oscar-winning turn in Jerry Maguire, recently co-starred in George Lucas’ Red Tails.

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McG To Direct And Produce Greg Berlanti- Marc Guggenheim Fox Drama Pilot ‘Guilty’

By | Friday January 27, 2012 @ 9:49am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a symbolic move, on the day Chuck, whose pilot McG directed, is ending its 5-season run on NBC, McG has closed a deal to direct his first pilot since Chuck, Fox’s Guilty. The legal drama, from Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, centers on a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been banned from handling and to exact revenge on the men who set him up. The project, written by Guggenheim who is a former lawyer, hails from Warner Bros. TV where Berlanti and McG’s companies are based. As part of McG’s deal, his Woderland Sound and Vision banner will join Berlanti Prods. and WBTV as a production entity on the show. In addition to directing the pilot, McG will executive produce the pilot and the potential series alongside Berlanti, Guggenheim and Wonderland’s Peter Johnson. Berlanti Prods.’ Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive produces.

Guilty, which will be filmed in New York, reunites WME-repped McG with Fox where he directed his only other previous pilot besides Chuck, Fastlane, which also went to series. It also reunites him with Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly who, in the same capacity at NBC, developed Chuck and picked it up to series before his abrupt departure from the network. On the feature side, McG’s next feature, This Means War, opens on Valentine’s Day.

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