Penelope Ann Miller, coming off a stint on ABC’s Mistresses, has been cast in the network’s drama pilot American Crime. Written and exec produced by John Ridley, fresh off winning an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, it centers on the racially charged murder of a war veteran and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. Miller, managed by APA and Untitled, will play Eve, the emotionally shattered mother of the killed man’s badly beaten wife who is on life support.
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King & Maxwell alum Chris Butler has booked NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Uni TV and TBD Entertainment. The odd couple comedy centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Cgristian Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Butler, repped by SDB Partners and Pine River Entertainment, plays Campbell Carter, the entitled/selfish childhood friend and neighbor of Dr. Parmenter. He has been recurring on The Good Wife.
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This was a fitting ending to the comedy pilot pickup season, with CBS today greenlighting The Odd Couple, a new take on Neil Simon’s classic. The high-profile project, starring Matthew Perry as one of two mismatched roommates — messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger — is the perfect final entry in a string of odd-couple comedies this pilot season. At CBS alone, there are two of these, The Odd Couple and David Caspe’s multi-camera Cuz-Bros, about a successful and suave ladies man whose perfect life is turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay.
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Then there is NBC’s odd couple multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, which centers on the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Christian Borle) and fun, loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. (NBC also has The Pro, a variation on the odd couple concept, with Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle as two former partners and friends thrown in back together after years apart following a falling-out.) Read More »
Smash star Christian Borle is back at NBC with another series lead role, this time on the comedy side. The Tony winner is set to star in NBC’s multi-camera comedy pilot Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Universal TV and Peter Traugott’s TBD Entertainment. CAA-repped Scott Ellis will direct and executive produce. The odd couple comedy centers on two polar opposites, the uptight, controlling and a bit neurotic Dr. Graham Permenter (Borle) and loose cannon Leon (Jonathan Ryland), who become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Borle, who won a Tony for Peter and the Starcatcher, recently co-starred on NBC’s hugely rated live staging of The Sound Of Music. He also starred in the musical comedy revival Little Me and will next be seen in Michael Mann’s yet untitled next film. Repped by CAA and Management 360.
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British actor Jonathan Ryland is set as one of the two leads in NBC‘s Lifesaver, lifting the cast-contingency off the multi-camera project. Lifesaver, from writer Wil Calhoun, Universal TV and Peter Traugott’s TBD Entertainment, is an odd couple comedy in which two polar opposites, the uptight Graham and loose cannon Leon (Ryland), become inextricably linked after Leon saves Graham’s life by giving him a kidney. Leon isn’t oblivious to rules, guidelines and socially acceptable behavior, he just doesn’t care about them. He is blunt but never rude; he is opportunistic, but generous to a fault. CAA-repped Scott Ellis will direct and also executive produce. Ryland, whose UK series credits include The Syndicate, on which ABC’s Lucky 7 was based, is with SDB Partners and Optimism Entertainment.
UPDATE: NBC also gave a pilot order to single-camera comedy The Pro, starring and executive produced by Rob Lowe. Comedy veterans Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory wrote write the script and serve as showrunners, with Todd Holland set to direct. The project, which had a production commitment, stems from a development deal NBC inked with Lowe in the summer when he was finalizing his upcoming exit from Parks And Recreation. It is co-produced by ABC Studios, which has a deal with Huyck and Gregory, and Universal TV, with ABC Studios taking lead. The Pro stars Lowe as former tennis doubles champion “Big Ben” Bertrahm, whose career flame-out and misguided investments have left him working as the pro at a tennis and golf club, where he tries to hustle and charm his way back into America’s 1%. Huyck and Gregory are executive producing with Holland and Karey Burke through their Uni TV-based Dark Toy banner, and Brillstein Entertainment’s Marc Gurvitz. Read More »