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David Walton To Star In NBC’s ‘Bent’, Ken Marino Joins CBS’ ‘Home Game’

By | Friday March 4, 2011 @ 6:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

David Walton has been tapped as the male lead opposite Amanda Peet in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Bent. The project, from writer-exec producer Tad Quill, is a romantic comedy about a recently divorced Type A single mother (Peet) who tries hard not to fall for the sexy surfer dude contractor (Walton) she’s hired to re-do her kitchen. For Walton, the casting is in second position to softly-rated midseason comedy Perfect Couples which shares the same network, NBC, and studio, UMS, as Bent. He is the second Perfect Couples star to book a pilot in second position, following Kyle Bornheimer’s casting in Fox’s comedy The Council of Dads. This is the third consecutive comedy pilot at NBC for Walton, repped by Gersh and Crestview, after 2009′s 100 Questions and 2010′s Perfect Couples.

Party Down alum Ken Marino is set to co-star opposite Rob Riggle in CBS’ comedy pilot Home Game. Loosely based on the experiences of former NFL star Mark Schlereth, it tells the story of Mark (Rob Riggle) as he retires and returns home to his wife Lisa (Constance Zimmer) and daughters to embark on the next chapter of his life. Marino will play Mark’s brother. Marino co-stars on the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. He is currently in post-production on the Universals feature Wanderlust, which he co-wrote and executive produces with director David Wain. Marino, … Read More »

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Five Broadcast Pilots Add To Casts

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Eva Amurri (Californication) is set to star opposite Christine Lahti in CBS’ medical-family drama pilot The Doctor, written by Privileged creator Rina Mimoun and directed by David Nutter. The project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a mother (Lahti) who reconnects with her two adult children – son David  and daughter Natasha (Amurri) when she joins the family medical practice.

Judy Marte, Tom Reed and Stark Sands have joined Leelee Sobieski in the CBS’ drama pilot Rookies, an ensemble cop show from writer Richard Price, which is  executive produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal. In the James Mangold-directed pilot, about six NYPD rookies who balance their personal lives with learning the beat on the streets of Manhattan, Marte, Reed, Sands and Sobieski play 4 of the rookies. Marte (Raising Victor Vargas) is with Greene & Assoc. and managers Eunice Lee & Tim Jordan.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Leah Renee have joined NBC’s drama pilot Playboy. In the 20th/Imagine TV project, set at the Playboy Club in Chicago in 1963, the two will play bunnies. Dewan-Tatum, repped by ICM and Steve Caserta, recently wrapped feature Set Up.

NewsRadio alum Dave Foley has been cast in CBS’ comedy pilot, buddy comedy How to Be a Gentleman created and starring David Hornsby. Based on the book of the same … Read More »

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PILOTS: ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Casts Bosley, Constance Zimmer To Star In ‘Home Game’

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UPDATED: Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) has joined ABC’s Charlie’s Angels reboot as Charlie’s liaison Bosley.The new Charlie’s Angeles, from Sony TV, Flower Films and Millar/Gough Ink, stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh as the trio of sexy sleuths. Rodriguez’s Bosley is described as a charming and funny guy with GQ looks and Peter Pan smile who has great hacking skills and technical knowledge and is a rock of support for the Angels and the good-natured brunt of many jokes. The character of Bosley was played by David Doyle in the original series and then Bill Murray and Bernie Mac in the two features, respectively. Rodriguez’s series credits include The Wire and Day Break. He is with UTA and the Collective.

Constance Zimmer (Entourage) is reuniting with Entourage executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson as the female lead in the Wahlberg and Levinson-produced CBS comedy pilot Home Game. The pilot, from CBS TV Studios and writers Warren Bell and Chris Nowak, is inspired by the experiences of former NFL star Mark Schlereth and centers on Mark, a retired NFL player who returns home to his wife Lisa (Zimmer) and daughters. Lisa is an attractive dynamo who has been raising their three daughters while her husband has been playing in the pros. Zimmerrepped by UTA and Sweeney Management, will star in Roger Kumble’s upcoming play Girl TalkRead More »

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UPDATE: CBS Picks Up Sports-Flavored Comedy Pilots Inspired By Colin Cowherd & Mark Schlereth, Mark Wahlberg To Produce

Nellie Andreeva

CBS brass had sports on their minds today, with pilot orders to two sports-themed multicamera comedies – an untitled sitcom inspired by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd’s outspoken sports talk show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and Home Game, a family show about a retired NFL player inspired by former NFL star Mark Schlereth and his family and  executive produced by Mark Wahlberg.

The untitled sports radio show was written by comedy veterans Bill Martin and Mike Schiff (Grounded for Life) who are executive producing, with Cowherd serving as producer. Also executive producing are Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, whose company co-produces the project with CBS TV Studios. This marks Eric and Kim Tannenbaum’s first pilot order since they relaunched their Tannenbaum Co. banner last summer and set up shop at CBS TV Studios. They were previously partnered with Mitch Hurwitz at Sony Pictures TV for 3.5 years.

An interesting bit of trivia. In 2003, Cowherd was picked to replace another outspoken sports personality, Tony Kornheiser, for the late morning time slot on ESPN Radio. Like Cowherd, Kornheiser too was the inspiration for a CBS sitcom. The multicamera comedy Listen Up!, loosely based on Kornheiser life, starred Jason Alexander and had a short run during the 2004-05 season.

Home Game, from CBS TV Studios and Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson’s Leverage,  is about a retired NFL player who returns home to his … Read More »

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