It’s never difficult to distinguish between a ray of sunshine and a TV critic at a Q&A session for a new show they don’t like. One throws a meaningful question about “overdone gender dynamics” at the creator of ABC‘s new comedy Manhattan Love Story (“he’s into boobs, she likes purses and cries all the time”) – and wonders if viewers will have to suffer through the We Get To Hear The Characters’ Thoughts gimmick used in the pilot episode for the run of the show. The other is bright.
Yes,” creator Jeff Lowell said of the gimmick being in the show for the long haul, explaining “we want to establish that men and women think about things differently.”
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Young actress Chloe Wepper has been added to My Thoughts Exactly, ABC‘s comedy pilot from writer Jeff Lowell, Brillstein Entertainment and ABC Studios. It is a romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple, Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman) embarking on a new relationship. In her first pilot season, Wepper, repped by 3 Arts, Grace Kallis and Lev Ginsburg, has booked the role of Chloe, Peter’s young sister.
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Ann-Margret is set for a recurring role on the second season of Showtime’s Mark Gordon Co-produced drama series Ray Donovan. She will play the ever-beautiful June Wilson, a major star back in her day who has a past with Ray’s boss Ezra Goldman (Elliott Gould).
Laurence Fishburne has closed a deal as a recurring for ABC’s untitled Anthony Anderson pilot (formerly Black-ish) from ABC Studios, Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy and Principato Young. Written by Kenya Barris (The Game) and loosely based on his personal experiences, the single-camera comedy centers on an upper-middle-class black man (Anderson) who struggles to raise his children with some sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father, and his own assimilated, color-blind kids. Fishburne, repped by Paradigm and Landmark Artists Management, will play the dad.
Jade Catta-Preta (China, IL, Daddy Knows Best) has signed on as a series regular in My Thoughts Exactly (aka untitled Jeff Lowell), the ABC comedy pilot from Lowell and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. ABC Studios, where Brillstein is under a TV deal, is producing. Written/exec produced by Lowell (John Tucker Must Die), the half-hour is described as a romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship. Catta-Preta will play the role of Amy, Dana’s (Analeigh Tipton) former sorority sister who plays guitar, teaches yoga out of her apartment and trained to be a pastry chef at the Cordon Bleu. Jake McDorman also stars. Catta-Preta is repped by APA and Levity Entertainment Group.
Jake McDorman has been cast as the male lead in the ABC comedy pilot My Thoughts Exactly (aka untitled Jeff Lowell). Written by Lowell, the romantic comedy exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple (McDorman, Analeigh Tipton) embarking on a new relationship. McDorman, repped by UTA and Elissa Leeds at Reel Talent, recently recurred on Showtime’s Shameless.
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UPDATED: ABC continues to be aggressive this pilot season, handing out early orders. The latest pilot green light has come for a half hour single-camera comedy project from writer Jeff Lowell (John Tucker Must Die) and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. ABC Studios, where Brillstein is under a TV deal, is producing. Former Brillstein TV president Peter Traugott is in negotiations to executive produce, marking a reunion with the company where he spent 15 years before moving to NBCUniversal in June 2011 with a three-year overall deal. Traugott, who originally developed and executive produced the Jeff Lowell project that was set up at NBC during the 2010-11 season through BEP and ABC Studios, is still based at Universal TV but has asked Uni TV for permission to return as an exec producer. Written/exec produced by Lowell, the untitled half-hour is described as a romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered internal monologues of a young couple embarking on a new relationship. For Traugott and his producing partner Rachel Kaplan, who also worked at BEP, the Jeff Lowell comedy had been a favorite project. When the rights to the script were recently reverted back to Lowell, he, Traugott and Kaplan took it out to the marketplace, getting strong interest from ABC, which had been looking to get ahead of the pilot curve with early pickups. Because of the project’s history, ABC Studios … Read More »