P.J. Byrne (Horrible Bosses) is the first actor cast opposite Martin Lawrence in Lawrence’s CBS comedy pilot. The project, written by Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger and produced by CBS TV Studios, stars Lawrence as a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46. Byrne, repped by Greene & Assoc., will play Kip, the Captain’s self-important busy body who likes to involve himself in everything that happens at the station house and relishes making the lives of his fellow officers difficult. Byrne will next be seen in the Warner Brothers feature The Campaign.
Erich Bergen (Jersey Boys) and Brooklyn Sudano have been added to the cast of CW’s pilot Joey Dakota, about Maya (Amber Stevens), a documentary filmmaker and her time-traveling romance with the subject of her film, Joey Dakota (Craig Horner), a rock star who met an untimely death in the 1990s. Bergen, repped by Buchwald/Fortitude and Lori Danziger, will play the regular role of Paul. Sudano, repped APA and Greenlight Management, will play the guest-starring/recurring role of Holly.
Kym Whitley has booked guest-starring roles in two NBC’s pilots, prison drama Bad Girls and vet hospital comedy Animal Kingdom. On the latter, she had a series regular option if the pilot gets picked up. Whitley is with Untitled and Innovative.
EXCLUSIVE: Craig Horner, star of cult syndicated fantasy series Legend Of The Seeker, is set as the leading man in another potential dual-reality drama series. The Australian actor will play the title character in the CW drama pilot Joey Dakota. Based on the Israeli format Danny Hollywood, the romantic-time-travel-musical centers on Maya (Amber Stevens), a documentary filmmaker making a film about Joey Dakota, a rock star who met an untimely death in the 1990s. She travels back in time to the 1990s where she meets and falls in love with Joey and when she unexpectedly returns to present day, she must find her way back to the past to reunite with her love and prevent his death. This marks APA-repped Horner’s first gig since the end of Legend of The Seeker in 2010. The pilot was written by Bert Royal, with CBS TV Studios and Harmon/Tannenbaum producing.
The CW today gave the green light to three more drama pilots: J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn’s Shelter; Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain’s The Selection; and Bert Royal’s Joey Dakota, which has Mark Harmon executive producing. That brings the total number of hourlong pilots picked up at the CW this year to eight, which is at the high end of projections and a record for the 6-year-old network. The CW also re-entered the comedy arena this development season with several scripts. Word is that the network still may order 1-2 half-hour pilots, but they will likely be off-cycle.
Shelter, written by One Tree Hill creator/showrunner Schwahn and produced by Warner Bros TV, is set at a historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own. WME-repped Abrams and Schwahn are executive producing through their companies Bad Robot and Mastermind Laboratories, along with Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. This marks Abrams’ first project at the CW. It reunites him with CW president Mark Pedowitz and EVP Development Thom Sherman, who worked with him at ABC and ABC Studios. Most recently, Pedowitz was president of ABC Studios, where Abrams was under an overall deal before moving to WBTV in 2006, and Sherman ran Abrams’ production company Bad Robot for two years before joining … Read More »