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NBC’s ‘I Am Victor’ Extends Options On John Stamos & 5 Co-Stars, Eyes New Pilot

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 4:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE UPDATED:  In another indication that they are high on drama pilot I Am Victor, I’ve learned that NBC and pilot’s producer Universal TV have extended the options on six cast members, led by star John Stamos, who plays the title character, an LA divorce attorney. Also picked up are Matthew Lillard, who plays Victor’s best friend; Angela Sarafyan, who plays Victor’s sassy assistant; Kosha Patel and Josh Zuckerman, who play young legal associates/interns; and McKaley Miller, who plays Victor’s daughter.

Earlier this month, the network commissioned a rewrite by Mark Goffman who wrote the original pilot. Based on Jo Nesbo’s book, I Am Victor centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high-powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. As we reported, the project is being retooled and likely will focus more on Victor’s legal cases while still dealing with his personal life as NBC brass liked the show’s legal world and Stamos, who tested very strong. Read More »

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‘I Am Victor’ In Midseason Contention At NBC With Rewrite

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 6:39pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Boasting a bona fide TV star, John Stamos, NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor came close to a series order last month. And now NBC is taking another crack at the project. I’ve learned that the network has commissioned a two-week rewrite by the original script’s scribe Mark Goffman. Based on Jo Nesbo’s book, I Am Victor centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high-powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. The new direction of the project is still being hashed out, but I hear it will likely focus more on Victor’s legal cases vs. his personal life, which will remain a part of the show. I hear NBC liked the show’s legal world and Stamos, who tested very strong. There is also the issue of the show’s tone, which first became a point of contention during the filming of the pilot and led to the departure of executive producer Katie Jacobs. I hear the reworked version will be lighter than the original, which was deemed by some as being too dark. I also hear there is a possibility for the two lead female characters to be melded into one boss-type figure who would have a flirty relationship with Victor in the vein of ABC’s Castle. If NBC brass like the new script, I hear a pilot reshoot is being eyed for … Read More »

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Michael Beach & James Lafferty Join Rand Ravich Pilot, Josh Zuckerman In ‘I Am Victor

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 10:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Michael Beach (Third Watch) and One Tree Hill alum James Lafferty have been added to the cast of  NBC’s drama pilot from writer-executive producer Rand Ravich, an emotionally charged action thriller set in and around the world of Washington DC. It follows Marcus Finley (Lance Gross), an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job as the President’s son’s protection when the son, along with several of his schoolmates, are kidnapped. Beach, repped by Medavoy Management and Global Artists, plays the FBI Director, who snaps into action after learning of the crisis. Lafferty plays Mr. Nash, this boyishly handsome private school instructor who was abducted along with his students. Read More »

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Lorenza Izzo To Co-Star In ‘I Am Victor’, Stephnie Weir Joins ‘Brenda Forever’

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 2:52pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Up and comer Lorenza Izzo has landed a female lead opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Also cast in the pilot, written by Mark Goffman and based on Jo Nesbo’s book, is McKaley Miller (Hart Of Dixie). It centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high-powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. APA-repped Izzo plays Assistant District Attorney Lena Engles, a Harvard Law graduate with experience clerking for the Supreme Court. Miller, repped by the Osbrink Agency and Management 360, plays Victor’s daughter. Izzo is known for working with Eli Roth — her three English-language credits to date are starring roles in Roth’s movies Aftershock, directed by Nicolas Lopez, and the upcoming The Green Inferno, and an arc on his Netflix series Hemlock Grove. Before recently relocating to Los Angeles from her native Chile, Izzo starred in the Chilean comedy Que Pena Tu Boda directed by Lopez. Read More »

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Terry Kinney Joins NBC Pilot ‘I Am Victor’, Jill Scott Cast In CBS’ ‘Second Sight’

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 6:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Oz alum Terry Kinney is set to co-star opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Written by Mark Goffman based on Jo Nesbo’s book, it centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Kinney, repped by ICM Partners and manager Emily Gerson Saines, will play Olaf, the Norwegian-born founder and head of Victor’s law firm who is also Victor’s father-in-law.

Jill Scott (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) is set to co-star opposite Jason Lee in Second Sight, CBS‘ drama pilot from Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the British series, Second Sight is a gothic psychological thriller about Tanner (Lee), the lead detective with the New Orleans Police Department who is hiding the fact that he has an ocular disorder that causes him to have horrifying hallucinations. Scott, repped by CAA, Shawn Gee and Stephen Barnes will play eye doctor Dr. Callier, the specialist who tends to Tanner’s ocular disease. She recently co-starred in Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias and will next be ween in Fox Searchlight’s Baggage Claim.

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Matthew Lillard To Co-Star In NBC Pilot ‘I Am Victor’, Trio Added To ABC’s ‘Betrayal’

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 11:39am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Matthew Lillard will co-star opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Written by Mark Goffman based on Jo Nesbo’s book, it centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Lillard, repped by Paradigm, plays Victor’s best friend Elliott, an off-beat, off-books former cop who helps Victor acquire information and things, legally and otherwise. Read More »

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Megan Dodds To Co-Star In NBC’s ‘I Am Victor’, Vinette Robinson In ‘Assistance’

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 4:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Megan DoddsMegan Dodds is set as a female lead opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Written by Mark Goffman based on Jo Nesbo’s book, it centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Dodds, repped by UTA, Untitled and UK’s Independent Talent, plays Victor’s wife Helen, an accomplished businesswoman and a caring, family-oriented mother of two.

Vinette RobinsonSherlock‘s Vinette Robinson has been cast in another NBC pilot, single-camera comedy Assistance starring Krysten Ritter, from Gary Sanchez Prods. and Universal TV. Written by Leslye Headland, Assistance centers on Nora (Ritter), an idealistic “working girl” assistant who is pulled between her colleague Seth (Zach Cregger) and her real-life fiance (Peter Cambor) while trying to manage a demanding boss. Brit Robinson, repped by KLWGN, United Agents and attorney Fred Toczek, will play Jenny, a British beauty with a head for numbers who is a threat to Nora and Seth.

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John Stamos To Star In NBC Pilot ‘I Am Victor’

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 4:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

John StamosER alum John Stamos is returning to NBC as the lead of I Am Victor, a drama pilot from former House executive producer Katie Jacobs and bestselling Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. Stamos is in final negotiations for the project, written by Mark Goffman based on Nesbo’s book. It centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Quick, charming, disarming, brazen and direct, he unapologetically says what most people think, but dare not say, and the methods he uses on behalf of his clients are anything from jurisprudence and artful negotiation to manipulation and pure extortion. Nesbo, Jacobs, Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers and Niclas Salomonsson executive produce for Universal TV.

Stamos, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, already is in business with NBC — he is recurring on comedy The New Normal. The actor, coming off a Broadway run in The Best Man, was sought after for pilots, fielding four offers before settling on I Am Victor.

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NBC Orders Legal Drama Pilot ‘I Am Victor’

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 5:21pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has given a pilot order to drama I Am Victor, from former House executive producer Katie Jacobs and bestselling Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. Written by Mark Goffman (Studio 60, The West Wing), the project, based on Nesbo’s book, has some of House‘s DNA as it is described as “House as a divorce attorney”. It centers on Victor Port, a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Nesbo, Jacobs, Television 360′s Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers as well as Niclas Salomonsson executive produce for Universal TV, the studio behind long-running Fox medical drama House.

Nesbo is one of Europe’s top-selling crime fiction authors, along with such A-listers as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Stieg Larsson. Nesbo is best known for his series of novels involving detective Harry Hole that include The Snowman, a Working Title project that has Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan attached. The rights to his latest thriller novel, The Son, sparked a bidding war, landing at Warner Bros in November. Goffman is with UTA and Ziffren; Nesbo and Salomonsson with RWSG.

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NBC Developing Legal Drama From Hot Author Jo Nesbo & Producer Katie Jacobs

By | Tuesday November 13, 2012 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Former House executive producer Katie Jacobs has teamed with bestselling Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo for I Am Victor, a drama at NBC. The project, based on Nesbo’s book, has some of House‘s DNA as it is described as “House as a divorce attorney”. Mark Goffman is writing, with Nesbo, Jacobs and Television 360′s Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers and Niclas Salomonsson executive producing for Universal TV, the studio behind long-running Fox medical drama House. Read More »

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