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 is repped by WME.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
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.” Read More »
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 … Read More »