Hollywood homages trending in Super Bowl ads this year? While Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong and Tom Hiddleston star in a Super Bowl ad for the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, directed by The King’s Speech and Les Miserables helmer Tom Hooper, Dannon’s Oikos spokesman John Stamos will star in an ad, joined by Bob Saget and Dave Coulier with whom he co-starred in ABC’s late-80′s/early 90′s hit sitcom Full House that averaged about 30 million viewers a week in its heyday. Super Bowl XLVIII will be broadcast Sunday on Fox. Watch it here:
EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: In another indication that they are high on drama pilot I Am Victor, I’ve learned that NBC and pilot’s producer Universal TV have extended the options on six cast members, led by star John Stamos, who plays the title character, an LA divorce attorney. Also picked up are Matthew Lillard, who plays Victor’s best friend; Angela Sarafyan, who plays Victor’s sassy assistant; Kosha Patel and Josh Zuckerman, who play young legal associates/interns; and McKaley Miller, who plays Victor’s daughter.
Earlier this month, the network commissioned a rewrite by Mark Goffman who wrote the original pilot. Based on Jo Nesbo’s book, I Am Victor centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high-powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. As we reported, the project is being retooled and likely will focus more on Victor’s legal cases while still dealing with his personal life as NBC brass liked the show’s legal world and Stamos, who tested very strong. Read More »
Boasting a bona fide TV star, John Stamos, NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor came close to a series order last month. And now NBC is taking another crack at the project. I’ve learned that the network has commissioned a two-week rewrite by the original script’s scribe Mark Goffman. Based on Jo Nesbo’s book, I Am Victor centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high-powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. The new direction of the project is still being hashed out, but I hear it will likely focus more on Victor’s legal cases vs. his personal life, which will remain a part of the show. I hear NBC liked the show’s legal world and Stamos, who tested very strong. There is also the issue of the show’s tone, which first became a point of contention during the filming of the pilot and led to the departure of executive producer Katie Jacobs. I hear the reworked version will be lighter than the original, which was deemed by some as being too dark. I also hear there is a possibility for the two lead female characters to be melded into one boss-type figure who would have a flirty relationship with Victor in the vein of ABC’s Castle. If NBC brass like the new script, I hear a pilot reshoot is being eyed for … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of signing on for the lead in the NBC drama pilot I Am Victor, John Stamos has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming third season of USA Network‘s Necessary Roughness. He will appear in all 10 episodes of the show starring Callie Thorne. The gig keeps Stamos in the NBCUniversal family. He has been recurring on freshman NBC comedy The New Normal and is prepping for the network’s I Am Victor pilot. He will segue from the pilot to Necessary Roughness on sibling USA, wrapping his gig in time to return to I Am Victor if it gets picked up to series.
Stamos’ character on Necessary Roughness Connor McClane is a departure from the good, likable guys he usually plays. The founder of V3, a big global sports and entertainment management company, McClane sees Dr. Dani’s (Thorne) success with TK (Mehcad Brooks) and the New York Hawks, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get her into the V3 family. I hear USA went aggressively after Stamos and landing him for the role shows the network’s commitment to Necessary Roughness, which has not been among USA’s flashiest series despite doing solidly in the ratings. Stamos’ presence is sure to give the series extra attention going into Season 3.
ER alum John Stamos is returning to NBC as the lead of I Am Victor, a drama pilot from former House executive producer Katie Jacobs and bestselling Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo. Stamos is in final negotiations for the project, written by Mark Goffman based on Nesbo’s book. It centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Quick, charming, disarming, brazen and direct, he unapologetically says what most people think, but dare not say, and the methods he uses on behalf of his clients are anything from jurisprudence and artful negotiation to manipulation and pure extortion. Nesbo, Jacobs, Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers and Niclas Salomonsson executive produce for Universal TV.
Stamos, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, already is in business with NBC — he is recurring on comedy The New Normal. The actor, coming off a Broadway run in The Best Man, was sought after for pilots, fielding four offers before settling on I Am Victor.
As the pilot casting season gradually shifts from straight offers to tests — a lot of tests — the broadcast networks are racing against the clock to lock in names as the leads of its pilots. Of the early offer magnets, Rose Byrne and Kevin Kline passed on everything they had been offered and may not commit to a show after all, while Jason Issacs, Kyle Chandler and Felicity Huffman signed as the leads of CBS’ The Surgeon General, Showtime’s The Vatican and Fox’s Boomerang, respectively.
Now a new group of hotly pursued actors has emerged. It includes The Office’s Rainn Wilson, John Stamos and Corey Stoll, all of whom have been getting multiple offers. Despite striking out with the proposed Rainn Wilson spinoff from The Office, NBC appears determined to keep the actor in the fold. I hear Wilson had been offered the lead in the network’s comedy pilot Donor Party with a six-episode guarantee. I can only think of a handful of instances in the past 10 years when actors would command episodic guarantee in a pilot (Kelsey Grammer for Back To You and Calista Flockhart for Brothers & Sisters come to mind), but in today’s economic environment such arrangements are very rare. What’s more, I hear NBC has the script of the pilot rewritten for Wilson in order … Read More »
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
John Stamos dropped by a TCA panel discussion today for NBC‘s The New Normal held on the set at Paramount featuring the cast and executive producer Ali Adler (co-creator with Ryan Murphy). Stamos is guesting in an episode in which he plays a character of ambiguous sexual orientation (to explore the fallacy of “gay-dar”). Stamos was asked to compare today’s TV sitcom world — which can accommodate the “new normal” of a gay couple who are expectant parents via a surrogate — to his days on Full House. “It was three men living together in San Francisco raising a couple of kids. It’s the same thing,” Stamos quipped.
Ellen Barkin, who portrays the bigoted mother of the pregnant surrogate (Georgia King), said she was not surprised by the controversy surrounding the show (a Utah TV station has refused to air it). “It’s part of the reason why many of us got involved in the show, it was saying something that is not always said in a sitcom,” she said. Barkin last summer told Deadline she believes an affiliate has the right to ban something, but considers it censorship.Read More »
John Stamos is about to get busy in New York. The Glee guest star has joined the cast of the indie comedy My Man Is A Loser, which follows two men trying to be better spouses. Michael Rappaport and Bryan Callen play the husbands. Stamos will unsurprisingly play their playboy pal who tries to help them get their spark back. Mike Young, who wrote the script, is directing. David Goldin and Eric Bamberger of Step One of Many Entertainment are producing with Michael Becker of Imprint Entertainment. Loser starts filming in NYC this month. Also in the Big Apple, Stamos is joining James Earl Jones in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, currently on Broadway. He will take over Eric McCormack’s role as presidential candidate Joe Cantwell in Vidal’s 1960 play about backstage jockeying in presidential politics. Stamos, along with Cybil Shepherd and Kristen Davis, will join the play July 10. He is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
John Stamos has closed a deal to star in the Fox comedy pilot Little Brother. The actor has been actively involved in tweaking the pilot with its writer, Everybody Loves Raymond alum Mike Royce, and director Shawn Levy. The project, ordered to pilot in September, cast actor-comedian T.J. Miller as one of the two leads in November but had been having difficulties casting the other lead until it approached Stamos. The single-camera comedy, from 20th TV, Marty Adelstein and Levy’s 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods and Hat Trick, is about a man (Stamos) who finds out that he has a half-brother (Miller) he never knew who also happens to be an ex-con. Stamos, who had been eyed for multiple pilots this season, starred in the Super Bowl commercial for Dannon Yogurt’s Oikos brand, which has generated a lot of buzz, landing on a number “best of” lists. He is with WME and Brillstein Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: John Stamos is in preliminary talks to star in the Fox comedy pilot Little Brother. I hear Stamos’ decision hinges largely on a rewrite, which is now being done by the project’s scribe, Everybody Loves Raymond alum Mike Royce. The project was originally ordered as an off-cycle pilot in September. It cast actor-comedian T.J. Miller (ABC’s Carpoolers) as one of the two leads in November but had been having difficulties finding the right actor for the other lead. The single-camera comedy, from 20th TV, 21 Laps/Adelstein Prods. and Hat Trick, is about a man, the role Stamos is eyed for, who finds out that he has a half-brother (Miller) he never knew about who also happens to be an ex-con. The project has a long history. It was originally written by British scribe Fintan Ryan and rolled by Fox for the past 2 seasons until Royce was brought in in September to write a new script, which quickly netted a cast-contingent pilot order. The pilot already has an A-list director attached, 21 Laps/Adelstein principal and project’s exec producer Shawn Levy, should Stamos agree to do it. Stamos, who is being sought after for multiple pilots this season, is generating buzz with his upcoming commercial for Dannon Yogurt’s Oikos brand, which will premiere during the Super Bowl on Sunday.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures TV is resurrecting Dead Lawyers, the high-concept legal drama it originally developed for SyFy eight years ago, with Graham Yost on board to co-write/executive produce and John Stamos attached to star. The project’s first incarnation, written by Christopher Murphey, went to pilot at Syfy and was directed by Paris Barclay and starred Sean Patrick Flanery. Now Sony TV is taking another stab at the concept — a hotshot defense attorney is run over by a bus and finds himself in his own version of hell: a law firm on earth composed of other dead lawyers, all trying to right miscarriages of justice in order to redeem themselves — with Yost, the developer/executive producer of the studio’s FX drama Justified. CAA-repped Yost will co-write the script with Justified co-executive producer Fred Golan. Stamos is set to play the hot-shot lawyer in what would be his first series starring role since his stint on ER. The project, envisioned as a legal procedural with a twist, is being pitched to the networks this week. Stamos, repped by WME and Brillstein, recently recurred on Fox’s Glee.
EXCLUSIVE AND UPDATED: Fox 2000 has beat out Universal Pictures by paying north of $2 million for a pitch by Susannah Grant and rights to songs from the Beach Boys song catalogue that will form the basis for an original musical that Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, and John Stamos (who used to regularly sit in with the band in more modern times) will produce. The template for the film is to do with the Beach Boys songs what the global blockbuster Mamma Mia! did with Abba. This is not a biopic of the famous musical group; instead the Beach Boys serve as a backdrop for an original narrative. According to the log line: “The story takes place in Southern California over a summer in the 60′s. It’s inspired by the sounds of the Beach Boys music and the beach culture of that time.” Much like Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried belted out Abba tunes in Mamma Mia!, the idea will be to pack the film with a cast that will sing Beach Boys standards. The 2 studios bid hard on the original musical and I heard both tendered 7-figure bids for Grant’s pitch. The trio of producers already teamed The Beach Boys: An American Family, a biographical ABC miniseries about the band.
Considering how much Beach Boys tunes are indelibly linked to movies that include American Graffiti to Love Actually (how perfect was the tune God Only Knows in the … Read More »
There had been a lot of buzz surrounding a new character that will be introduced on Fox’s Glee next season, a new member of the New Directions glee club at the center of the show. After a several rounds of testing a large pool of newcomers, Chord Overstreet was just cast in the recurring role of Sam, a McKinley high school athlete who starts off as Finn (Cory Monteith)’s protégé but becomes his competition. Read More »