June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn have landed roles in Grace & Frankie, Netflix’s upcoming half-hour comedy toplined by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The 13-episode series, created by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris (Sullivan & Son) and executive produced by Paula Weinstein through Skydance Prods, revolves around longtime nemeses Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married.
Childrens Hospital co-star Erinn Hayes is set as the co-lead opposite June Diane Raphael in NBC‘s comedy pilot Mason Twins. Written/executive produced by Raphael and Casey Wilson, with Stacy Traub supervising the script/exec producing, Mason Twins tells the the story of two fraternal twin sisters, estranged since high school, who could not be more different. Pender (Raphael) is stuck in the 80s and has never made anything of her life. She is reunited with her sister Lizze (Hayes) who is an intense, successful corporate climber who comes back home after she catches her fiancé cheating and loses her job, both in the same day. This marks a return to NBC for Hayes, repped by UTA and Sweeney Entertainment, who co-starred on the network’s comedy series Guys With Kids last season. She appeared in two films at this years’ Sundance Film Festival, Hits and They Came Together.
EXCLUSIVE: Ass Backwards duo Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael have sold a feature pitch to Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, which the writer-actresses will script as a starring vehicle for themselves. Ferrell, McKay, and Jessica Elbaum are set to produce the new project for Gary Sanchez. Plot details are being kept under wraps but the pitch is an original story from Raphael and Wilson, who co-wrote the Kate Hudson-Anne Hathaway comedy Bride Wars and collaborated on Sundance 2012 entry Ass Backwards. The latter, a buddy road trip pic starring Raphael and Wilson as a pair of lovable loser BFFs, is currently in limited release (check out the trailer here). Meanwhile, Raphael and Wilson have been busy. In addition to selling two half-hour projects to NBC via ABC Studios and ABC after inking a script deal with ABC in August, Raphael is shooting New Regency’s Business Trip opposite Vince Vaughn and will turn up in Paramount’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. She’s repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham. Wilson, a client of UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero, and Ziffren Brittenham, most recently appeared in Happy Endings and will be seen in David Fincher’s upcoming Gone Girl.
EXCLUSIVE: June Diane Raphael has been set co-star as Vince Vaughn’s wife in Business Trip, the Ken Scott-directed comedy from New Regency. Steve Conrad wrote the script, which centers on a struggling Midwestern businessman (Vaughn) who takes his team cross-country to win a contract but everything seems to go wrong along the way. His wife (Raphael) wants him to spend more time with his family and kids. Tom Wilkinson is already aboard as one of Vaughn’s travel companions. Raphael and longtime writing partners Casey Wilson recently co-wrote and starred in the Sundance comedy Ass Backwards, which Gravitas Ventures picked up and will release theatrically next month. On the TV side, she and Wilson recently inked a premium blind script deal with ABC Studios for a new comedy series project to star Raphael, who also entered a talent hold deal with the studio. Last month, Raphael, Wilson and Jonathan Groff sold half-hour pilot pitch DINKS (Double Income, No Kids) to ABC with a pilot production commitment and Raphael set to star. She is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney PJ Shapiro.
ABC Buys Comedy From June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson & Jonathan Groff With Pilot Production Commitment
June Diane Raphael, Casey Wilson and Jonathan Groff have sold half-hour pilot pitch DINKS (Double Income, No Kids) to ABC through ABC Studios with a pilot production commitment. The project, which stems from the premium blind script deal Raphael and Wilson inked with ABC Studios last month, centers on a thirty-something couple (double-income, no kids) that straddles the line between life with kids and single life without them. Happy Endings showrunner Groff will executive produce through his overall deal at ABC Studios, reuniting with series co-star Wilson. Raphael, repped by UTA, Silver Lining and attorney PJ Shapiro, is attached to star as part of the holding deal she signed with ABC Studios in conjunction with the script pact. She currently stars on the Adult Swim series NTSF. Wilson is repped by UTA, Odenkirk Provissiero and Shapiros. The duo wrote and starred in the film Ass Backwards which premiered at last year’s Sundance festival and is set for a Nov. 8 release. Groff, who previously worked on Scrubs and How I Met Your Mother, is with Tim Sarkes and Jared Levine.
Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael wrote and starred in the low-brow comedy Ass Backwards which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was acquired in July by Gravitas Ventures. Here’s the first trailer for the pic, in which they star as self-proclaimed stylish New Yorkers with a fragile grip on reality who take a road trip back to their hometown to claim the beauty pageant crown that eluded them as children. Alicia Silverstone, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jon Cryer, Brian Geraghty and Bob Odenkirk co-star, and Chris Nelson directed. It’s set for a VOD release September 30 and a theatrical rollout November 8.
EXCLUSIVE: Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael, star of ABC’s comedy pilot Pulling, are staying in the ABC family. The duo, who had been heavily pursued by multiple studios and production companies, have signed a premium blind script deal with ABC Studios for a new comedy series project to star Raphael, who has entered a talent hold with the studio. There is no talent deal in place for Wilson but I hear there is a possibility for her also to have onscreen presence on the potential series. “We are so excited that Casey and June chose us as their home,” ABC Studios’ head of comedy Amy Hartwick said. “They are incredibly talented superstars and we think that they are a perfect addition to the comedy roster that we have been building over the past couple of years.”
Saturday Night Live alumna Wilson and Raphael previously created and executive produced Walk Of Shame, a single-camera comedy which was in development at ABC during the 2011-12 season through Sony TV/Will Gluck. Wilson and Raphael, who met in a clown class at NYU, are long-time writing and stage partners and best friends. They have performed together at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, co-wrote the feature Bride Wars and wrote and starred in the film Ass Backwards which premiered at last …