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CABLE CASTINGS: Loretta Devine Joins ‘Great State Of Georgia’, Bailey Chase To Recur On ‘Damages’, Two Pilots Add Cast

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: ABC Family’s newly picked up comedy series The Great State of Georgia is recasting one of the leads. Veteran Loretta Devine is joining the cast of the sitcom, which centers on Georgia (Raven Symone), an exuberant curvy performer from the south, and her science geek best friend Jo (Majandra Delfino) who try to make headway in New York City. Devine will play the flamboyantly effusive Aunt Honey, a Southern grande dame in a silk Open robe and fur-trimmed mules, who is Georgia and Jo’s landlady and a dear friend of Georgia’s late mother. Devine, who has been recurring on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, replaces Meagen Fay who played the role in the pilot.

Bailey Chase has joined Damages‘ upcoming season on DirecTV for a major recurring arc. Details on his storyline are being kept under wraps but he is said to be a potential love interest to Rose Byrne. Chase, repped by Gersh and Untitled, co-starred on TNT’s Saving Grace.

Australian up-and-comer Kassandra Clementi has landed a supporting role on the VH1 series Single Ladies (form. Flavor Unit), exec produced by Queen Latifah, which stars Stacey Dash, Lisa Raye and Charity Shea as 3 Atlanta best friends. Clementi, repped by Evolution and Aussie agent Aran Michael, will play Dash’s rebellious intern.

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TV CASTINGS: Several Actors Book Pilots

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Taylor Kinney, best known for his role as werewolf Mason Lockwood on Vampire Diaries, has become the first actor cast in Michael Patrick King’s drama pilot for NBC A Mann’s World. In the vein of Shampoo, the project centers on a straight Beverly Hills hairdresser in his 50s who is struggling to stay young and relevant in a place where looks are everything. Kinney, repped by Gersh and Principal Entertainment, will play the current “it” stylist at the spa, a smokin’ hot guy who is constantly pursued by beautiful women and whose goal is to have his own salon one day.

Chris Butler and Ryan Doom have been added to TBS’ pilot Hound Dogs. The project centers on minor league team the Nashville Hound Dogs and its recovering gambling addict general manager (Tom Verica) as they try to handle life’s ups and downs. Butler will play a longtime player who’s going through a slump and his marriage is falling apart. Doom will play a sex addicted, cocky pitcher who gets his shot at the majors.  Butler, repped by SDB Partners and Pine River, recurs on The Good Wife. Doom, repped by SDB and Untitled, recurs on Raising Hope.

In other pilot castings, Anne Meara and  Barry Watson have joined TV Land’s untitled Terry Minksi pilot … Read More »

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TV CASTINGS: Teri Polo, Darrell Hammond Book Pilots, ‘Boardwalk’ Adds A Recurring

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Teri Polo and Mather Zickel have landed co-starring roles on the ABC comedy pilot Man Up!. The project, from 100 Questions creator Chris Moynihan, ABC Studios and Tagline, is a look at what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through the eyes of three best friends and the women in their lives. Moynihan and Zickel (I Love You, Man) will play two of the friends, while Polo will play the wife of the third friend, a playful super-mom who is addicted to Facebook. Additionally, Polo also booked the lead in the Hallmark comedic movie A Taste of Romance. The Little Fockers co-star recurs on Law & Order: Los Angeles, just wrapped the feature Beyond and is in pre-production on Material Lies.

Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond is in negotiations to join the TBS pilot Hound Dogs, written and directed by Ron Shelton. Set in the world of minor league baseball, the project, which has moved from Sony TV to Warner Horizon, centers on minor league team the Nashville Hound Dogs and its endlessly upbeat general manager (Tom Verica), a gambling addict trying to outrun his past, as they try to handle life’s ups and downs, both in and out of the locker room. Hammond, who spent 14 years on SNL, more than any other … Read More »

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Pilot Castings: Actors Board TBS’ ‘Hound Dogs’, TV Land’s Mark Reisman Comedy

By | Wednesday January 26, 2011 @ 6:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Verica has landed the lead in the TBS hourlong comedy pilot Hound Dogs, with Lolita Davidovich and Laura Bell Bundy also cast in the project from feature writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham). Meanwhile, Seinfeld alum Wayne Knight is set as the last lead in the TV Land untitled Mark Reisman comedy pilot.

The Sony Pictures TV-produced Hound Dogs, which Sheldon wrote and will direct, draws from his experience as a baseball player and is set in the world of minor league baseball. It centers on minor league team the Nashville Hound Dogs and its endlessly upbeat general manager (Tom Verica), a gambling addict trying to outrun his past, as they try to handle life’s ups and downs, both in and out of the locker room. Fortitude-repped Davidovich will play the team owner. Bundy will play a sexy bartender/aspiring singer.

TV Land’s Mark Reisman project revolves around 3 divorced … Read More »

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