UPDATED, 2:58 PM: Three more actors are set for the Black List‘s June 14 table read of 1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On the Moon. Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers) will play CIA Director Richard Helms, and Mad Men regulars Aaron Staton and Rich Sommer will portray astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, respectively.
PREVIOUSLY, May 30: The online community that connects moviemakers and writers plans a June 14 table read at the Los Angeles Theatre of Stephany Folsom’s 1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On the Moon The story involves a White House Public Affairs assistant who hires Stanley Kubrick to direct a fake moon landing in case something goes wrong with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s lunar visit. Kathryn Hahn of Parks And Recreation will play the assistant, Jared Harris of Mad Men will play Kubrick, Thomas Sadoski of The Newsroom will play NASA Public Affairs administrator Julian Scheer, and Shannon Woodward of Raising Hope will play Kubrick’s assistant, Kara Downs. “Our mission with the Black List has always been celebrating great screenwriting and the writers who do it, and presenting this script to an audience with actors like Kathryn, Jared, Thomas, and Shannon gives us an extraordinary opportunity to continue that mission in a very exciting way,” says co-founder Franklin Leonard.
A bored housewife (Kathryn Hahn) makes a trip to a strip club and finds Her True Calling: saving a 19-year-old “full-service sex worker” (Juno Temple) by hiring her as a nanny. Jill Soloway won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance for Afternoon Delight, which was produced by Jen Chaiken and Sebastian Dungan and also stars Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch. Here’s the first trailer for the dark comedy, which the Film Arcade will release theatrically:
Kathryn Hahn, the female lead of NBC’s short-lived comedy series Free Agents, is staying at the network with a four-episode arc on Parks and Recreation. She will play the campaign manager of Amy’s (Amy Poehler) opposition in the election. Hahn is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Nora Zehetner is set to recur on another series, USA’s upcoming buddy-cop dramedy Common Law, about butting detectives Travis (Michael Ealy) and Wes (Warren Kole) ordered to attend couples therapy. She will play a pretty and offbeat female detective fresh out of training at Quantico and the new head of the digital technology unit. She’s immune to Travis’ flirty charms but is impressed by Wes. Zehetner, repped by APA and the Schiff Co, has recurred on Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men and Heroes.
UPDATE 11:30 AM: NBC has made it official: Starting next week, repeats of Whitney will air in the Wednesday 8:30 PM slot vacated by Free Agents.
PREVIOUS: The inevitable happened this morning after another poor showing from NBC’s freshman comedy. Free Agents averaged a paltry 1.0 rating in 18-49 and 3.3 million viewers last night. The underperforming new comedy got a stay of execution last week, when it also posted a 1.0 demo rating, for one more shot at improving — but that didn’t happen. There is no final decision yet what NBC will put in the Wednesday 8:30 PM slot, but reruns of new comedy Whitney are a strong possibility. NBC’s boss Bob Greenblatt earlier this week replaced canceled The Playboy Club with repeats of new drama Prime Suspect for additional sampling. I won’t be surprised if Whitney eventually migrates to Wednesday with originals while 30 Rock rejoins NBC’s Thursday lineup. Production on Free Agents was stopped right away. As one commenter noted, “They canceled the show in the middle of an episode and in the middle of a work day. Actors were just called to not come to set today. Harsh.” Based on the British series of the same name, Free Agents starred Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn as co-workers who start sleeping together. Azaria started the season with two series on the air, Free Agents and The Simpsons. With Free Agents just cancelled … Read More »
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
TCA: NBC Renews Overall Deal With Greg Daniels, Signs Pacts With Gary Sanchez Prods, Sean Hayes & More From Exec Panel
In his executive session this morning at TCA in Beverly Hills, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, addressing the idea that NBC wants to raise its stakes in the scripted comedy business, admitted only half-jokingly that introducing a new comedy in any time slot in today’s TV landscape is like “standing in the middle of the 405.” And at TCA, NBC’s new comedy Free Agents, based on the British series, was the first to merge onto the freeway in a late-morning panel.
The Wednesday night show, described by the network as a “crooked romantic comedy” from creator John Enbom and director-producer Todd Holland, stars Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn as two corporate PR executives — read damage control experts — whose own personal lives are more of a mess than the people they represent. Hahn’s character drinks too much to cover her pain over the death of her fiance. Azaria’s character is a divorced dad who apparently is as outspokenly miserable as Ray Romano’s character in TNT’s recently cancelled dramedy Men of a Certain Age. In the series, the two grapple with the aftermath of an unexpected romantic tryst. Read More »
Kathryn Hahn is set as the female lead opposite Hank Azaria in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Free Agents. The romantic comedy, based on the UK series of the same name, explores the attraction between two quirky PR executives working together — Alex (Azaria) and Helen (Hahn) — who both are on the rebound, Alex from a divorce and Helen from the loss of a fiance. Hahn, who fielded multiple pilot offers, had a development/talent holding deal with Fox earlier this development season, her second at the network. Hahn, repped by Gersh and Management 360, recently did an arc on HBO’s Hung. Her upcoming features include My Idiot Brother and Wanderlust.
Fox is still high on Kathryn Hahn, signing a new development/talent holding deal with the former Crossing Jordan co-star. Under the pact, the network is actively developing shows for her, primarily comedies. Fox first signed Hahn in a talent holding deal in 2008. Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who ran NBC during the second part of Crossing Jordan’s run, was a fan, Read More »