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Several More Actors Join Broadcast Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

Danneel Ackles (formerly Harris) and Jamie Lee Kirchner have landed the last 2 leads in NBC’s comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You. The single-camera project, from writer/exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV, is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad (Nick Thune) and Missy (Kirchner), introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad’s Allie (Ackles) and Missy’s Sarah (Anna Camp), to each other. Ackles, repped by Gersh and Untitled, co-stars in 20th TV’s comedy series for NBC Friends with Benefits, which is yet to be scheduled.

A day after his FX series was canceled, Lights Out co-star Billy Brown has booked a pilot, NBC’s drama Reconstruction. Written by Josh Brand, the project is set in a Missouri town during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era and centers on Jason (Martin Henderson), a soldier who crosses the country and settles into a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior. Brown will play Sam, a former a former slave with a hearty, life-affirming laugh who brings Jason up to speed on the happenings of the their small Missouri town. Brown, represented by TalentWorks and Benerspink, played “Death Row” Reynolds, the boxing nemesis of Patrick “Lights” Read More »

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PILOT CASTINGS: NBC’s ‘I Hate That I Love You’ And ABC’s ‘Identity’ Find Leads

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 6:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Comedian Nick Thune has been cast as the male lead in NBC’s comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You. The single-camera project, from writer/exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV, is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad (Thune) and Missy, introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad’s Allie and Missy’s Sarah (Anna Camp), to each other. Earlier this season, Thune was attached to another NBC comedy project, an ensemble show penned by Spike Feresten. Thune, repped by WME and 3 Arts, has a Web series, Nick’s Big Show.

Colin O’Donoghue (The Rite) has landed the male lead in ABC’s drama pilot Identity. The project, from ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. and writer John Glenn, is an action procedural based on a British format that centers on an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime. Irish-born O’Donoghue will play John Bloom, an intensely private, psychologically insightful former undercover FBI agent who’s secretly never left his undercover identity behind, even though he is now working with his old comrade Martha Adams (Angela Bassett) in the FBI’s new Identity Crimes Unit.

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PILOT CASTINGS: Two Land Comedy Projects

Nellie Andreeva

True Blood alumna Anna Camp has become the first actress cast in the NBC comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You, landing one of the four leads in the single-camera project from writer-exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV. It is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad and Missy, introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad’s Allie and Missy’s Sarah (Camp), to each other. Allie and Sarah hit it off but things get complicated when Allie becomes pregnant with Brad’s baby.

Michael “Mookie” Blaikock (Secret Girlfriend) has joined the ABC/20th TV comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23. Written by Nahnatchka Khan, the project centers on June (Dreama Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who is forced to move in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Blaikock, repped by Innovative and Andy Corren Management, will play Eli, the preppy perv-next-door.

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Emmy-Winning Directors Back On Pilot Duty

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Richard Shepard, who won an Emmy for directing the pilot of ABC’s Ugly Betty, has come on board to direct another hourlong pilot with a female lead, CBS’ Ringer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Ringer, written on spec by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, centers on a troubled young woman (Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her wealthy twin sister. Shepard’s gig on Ringer stems from his overall deal at CBS TV Studios, which produces the pilot. This is WME-repped Shepard’s second pilot this season; he also directed CW’s Danni Lowinski. Shepard previously helmed the pilots for CBS’ Criminal Minds and its upcoming spinoff Criminal Behavior.

Marc Buckland, who won an Emmy for directing the pilot for NBC’s My Name Is Earl, is back at NBC as director of the drama pilot  Grimm. Created by David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf, it is described as a dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. ICM-repped Buckland, who served as an exec producer on Earl, has also worked on drama series, including Murder One and Medical Investigation.

Meanwhile, UTA-repped Nicole Holofcener is set to direct NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You, from Jhoni Marchinko and 20th … Read More »

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NBC Orders Steven Spielberg Musical Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

New NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt is putting his stamp on the network’s development with a pilot order for a project he originally developed while at Showtime. NBC just greenlighted Smash, an ambitious one-hour musical about the mounting of a Broadway musical based on an idea by Steven Spielberg. The pilot, which will be produced by DreamWorks TV and Universal Media Studios, follows a cross section of characters who come together to put on a Broadway musical. TV writer/playwright Theresa Rebeck wrote the script and is executive producing with Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey of DreamWorks TV, Hairspray producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron  and Grammy and Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman who will pen original songs for the show. Negotiations are underway  for Michael Mayer (American Idiot) to direct. Smash joins an expansive slate at DreamWorks TV, which includes 4 series, including the upcoming The Borgias on Showtime and Terra Nova on Fox. Musicals have been a hot genre on the broadcast networks this development season with in light of the success of Fox’s Glee, but Smash is the first such project to reach a pilot stage.

Also greenlighted to pilot at NBC under Greenblatt is the comedy spec I Hate That I Love You, from Will & Grace alumna Jhoni Marchinko and 20th Century Fox TV. It is described as a twisty single-camera romantic comedy in which a straight couple … Read More »

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