EXCLUSIVE: Coming off a three-season starring turn on the ABC comedy Suburgatory, Jeremy Sisto is returning to his drama roots with a lead role opposite Mark Pellegrino and Kevin Alejandro in Carlton Cuse’s 10-episode A&E drama series The Returned. An adaptation of the acclaimed French series, Returned, from A+E Studios and FremantleMedia, focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. Sisto plays Peter, a psychologist who runs a grief support group for people in the town who are struggling with the loss of loved ones from a bus accident four years ago. Law & Order alum Sisto, repped by Gersh and the Schiff Co., will segue to Returned after wrapping Fox International’s genre movie The Other Side Of The Door. He recently co-wrote, produced and starred in the indie Break Point, which premiered at SXSW.
Jeremy Sisto And David Walton To Star In Indie Comedy ‘Break Point’ For First-Time Feature Helmer Jay Karas
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Sisto, David Walton, Amy Smart, Joshua Rush, and JK Simmons are starring in the indie comedy Break Point, which just kicked off production in Los Angeles with Jay Karas directing in his feature debut. The Broad Green Pictures pic was written by Gene Hong (Community) based on a story by Hong and Sisto. It centers on two estranged brothers (Sisto and Walton) who come together as doubles tennis partners to make a run at a grand slam tournament. Vincent Ventresca, Chris Parnell, Jenny Wade, Mo Collins, Jerry Minor, Kate Flannery and Cy Amundson co-star. Sisto, Gabriel Hammond and Devin Zimmerman are producing; Hong, Lauren McCarthy and Victor Moyers are co-producing. Daniel Hammond is executive producer.
Sisto currently stars on ABC’s Suburgatory, which the network renewed for a third season with plans to air it in midseason. Walton will star in NBC’s upcoming About A Boy, also set for midseason. Karas is moving onto the film side of things after honing his comedy chops with TV directing credits like E!’s After Lately (where he also was showrunner) and Comedy Central’s Workaholics and The Burn With Jeff Ross, as well as specials for the likes of Jim Gaffigan and DL Hughley.
Karas, Sisto, Walton, Simmons, Smart and Amundson are repped by Gersh. Karas is additionally managed by New Wave Entertainment. Hong …
Suburgatory star Jeremy Sisto has signed with Gersh. The Six Feet Under and Law & Order alum was most recently with UTA. He continues to be managed by the Schiff Co. Also signing with Gersh is Stephen Dorff, whose feature credits include Immortals and Public Enemies. He is managed by Untitled Entertainment.
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At today’s final TCA panel on the ABC single-camera comedy Suburgatory — the story of a bright urban teenager (Jane Levy) whose single Dad (Jeremy Sisto) moves her to the “white-picket-fence nightmare” of the suburbs — show creator and executive producer Emily Kapnek said she was not influenced by the ABC family hit Pretty Little Liars in creating the fictional wealthy suburb these characters inhabit. Rather, Kapnek said, she was more inspired by the tone of ABC’s long-running life-in-the-suburbs hit Desperate Housewives, now entering its eighth and final season. She called Suburgatory “more satirical’” than Pretty Little Liars, with its suburbia featuring a “horror, zombieland quality” similar to what she sees in Housewives. Kapnek said the town is a healthy split between a realistic, contemporary atmosphere and a “stylized, evergreen suburbia.” But Kapnek’s biggest inspiration for the show was reality: her own experience moving from an urban environment with a single parent into a suburb “where families didn’t look like ours and we didn’t’ have as much as they did … there was an economic divide, there were expensive bat mitzvahs … [the difference was] all of the fortune the kids had, and the families were incredibly intact.”
Law & Order alum Jeremy Sisto is making a switch to comedy with a starring role in ABC’s comedy pilot Suburgatory. The pilot, from creator Emily Kapnek, centers on Tessa (Jane Levy), a teenage girl who is moved by her dad George (Sisto) from Manhattan, where she grew up, to her version of hell: the suburbs. Also cast in the pilot is Carly Chaikin (The Last Song) as Dahlia, a trendy girl and the biggest bitch at Tessa’s new high school. She is with Paradigm and the Hofflund Co. ICM-repped Sisto previously starred on NBC’s Kidnapped and HBO’s Six Feet Under.