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Cheech Marin To Co-Star In ‘Outnumbered’ And Harry Hamlin To Recur On ‘Army Wives’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In what would be be his first comedy series gig in almost 20 years, Cheech Marin is set to co-star on Fox’s half-hour pilot Outnumbered. Meanwhile, Harry Hamlin has been tapped as a recurring on Lifetime’s Army Wives.

Inspired by the BBC sitcom, Outnumbered, which is being directed by Larry Charles, revolves around one set of parents Sue (Ana Ortiz) and Pete (Cliff Chamberlain) who are often overwhelmed by their three children. Marin will play Sue’s dad, who is taking a pharmacopoeia of prescription pills and believes that sometimes the kids could use a good swat. Marin’s only major previous comedy series gig was his role on the Golden Girls spinoff The Golden Palace. The Nash Bridges alum recently did an arc on ABC’s Lost and co-starred in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete.

Recurring on the upcoming fifth season of Lifetime’s military family drama Army Wives, Hamlin will reprise the role of  Professor Chandler, a public advocacy lawyer, which he originated in a 2-episode guest stint last season. L.A. Law alum Hamlin is with Fortitude and the Independent Group.

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Fox Pilot ‘Outnumbered’ Finds Male Lead

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Chicago-based theater actor Cliff Chamberlain has landed the male lead opposite Ana Ortiz in Fox’s off-cycle comedy pilot Outnumbered, which is being directed by Larry Charles. Inspired by the BBC sitcom, Outnumbered revolves around one set of parents (Ortiz, Chamberlain) who are often overwhelmed by their three children. Chamberlain will play the dad, Pete Tulley, an attorney who is often exhausted and overwhelmed by the demands of fatherhood. The project is being produced by 20th TV, Chernin Entertainment and Hat Trick Prods, the British company behind the original series.

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Larry Charles And Mark Piznarski Get Pilot Directing Gigs

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Borat and Bruno helmer Larry Charles has been tapped to direct Fox’s off-cycle comedy pilot Outnumbered. Meanwhile, Mark Piznarski, who directed the pilot for Gossip Girl, is set to direct another drama pilot based on an Alloy book series, ABC Family’s The Lying Game.

Outnumbered, an U.S. version of the British comedy series of the same name and revolves around one set of parents who are often overwhelmed by their three children. Barbara Wallace and Thomas R. Wolfe wrote the pilot, with 20th TV, Chernin Entertainment, and Hat Trick producing. Last pilot season, Charles directed 2 pilots, his Our Show at NBC and an Ant Hines project at CBS. He also has a project in the works at Epix.  The Lying Game follows two identical twin sisters separated at birth, one going through the foster system and one adopted by wealthy parents who suddenly goes missing. Charles Pratt, Jr. penned the script; Warner Horizon is producing. In addition to Gossip Girl, Piznarski also directed the pilots for UPN’s Veronica Mars and USA’s In Plain Sight. Charles and Piznarski are with WME.

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