EXCLUSIVE: Natalie Zea, coming off roles on Fox’s The Following and CBS’ Under The Dome, has been tapped to star in the Amazon comedy pilot The Outlaws. Written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, The Outlaws is about the ins and outs of a professional football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office. It centers on Julie Levine (Zea), the wife of a pro-football team owner who now needs to run the flailing organization after her husband dies. Zea, repped by UTA, manager Robert Semon and attorney Jamie Feldman, also recurs on FX’s Justified as Timothy Olyphant’s ex-wife.
Peter Fonda has been cast as a recurring guest star in Lifetime’s drama pilot HR. He’ll play Jonathan Quaff, one of the founders of the company Ellen (Alicia Silverstone) works for as Director of Human Resources. After a head injury alters her outlook on life, Ellen throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Jonathan is bowled over by Ellen’s unorthodox and shocking ideas on how to upgrade the company’s image while keeping everyone happily employed. Fonda is repped by Innovative Artists and Somers Mauldin The Rose Group.
Bethany Joy Lenz (Dexter) has landed the lead in one of E!’s first two scripted pilots, the Krista Vernoff/Diane Warren drama Songbyrd executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. It centers on Lauren Byrd (Lenz), a character loosely inspired by hitmaker Warren. Lauren, writer of hit love songs, employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. But when her ex-fiance reveals himself to be less than the man she remembers, she realizes that she can no longer live in the past and must find a new, true inspiration for her sake and those around her. Uni TV is co-producing with Universal Cable Prods; Michael Morris is directing. Lenz is with Gersh, Untitled and attorney Adam Kaller.
Greg Germann is set to co-star opposite Alicia Silverstone in the Lifetime drama pilot HR. Written by Glenn Porter, HR centers on the uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company Ellen (Silverstone) who, after a head injury alters her outlook on life, throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Germann, repped by Innovative, Silver Lining and Frank Stewart, will play Ellen’s boss, the company’s CEO. Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment is exec producing.
Ravi Patel (ABC pilot Middle Age Rage) is set to recur on the new ABC comedy series Super Fun Night starring Rebel Wilson. He will play Alex, a somewhat smarmy but still endearing underachieving lawyer who works at the firm where Kimmie (Wilson) works. He is with Seven Summits and TalentWorks.
Darren Star will helm the Lifetime pilot HR starring Alicia Silverstone, the cable network announced today. The Sex and The City creator, writer and executive producer will also serve as EP on the pilot with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The drama will be co-executive produced by I Melt With You writer Glenn Porter and Michael Lohmann. HR, which Lifetime says is a working title, focuses on the professional and personal changes Silverstone’s Ellen Bell, the uptight Director of Human Resources for a multinational corporation, goes through after suffering a head injury. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva first broke the news of Silverstone joining HR back in late February. Star, who also created Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, is repped by UTA.