EXCLUSIVE: AMC‘s foray into sci-fi is being put on hold. The cable network has passed on drama pilot Line Of Sight, from Brotherhood creator Blake Masters. Co-produced by Fox TV Studios and AMC Studios, it centered on Lewis Bernt …
Richard Kind (Spin City, Argo) rounds out the cast of USA Network‘s single-camera comedy pilot Love Is Dead. Written and executive produced by Zev Borow based on a French short film, Love Is Dead is set at an agency that specializes in breaking up romantic relationships on behalf of those who are willing to pay to not be around when it happens. It centers on Alex (Ben Rappaport) who, after he’s dumped by a representative of the agency, takes a job at the company. Kind, repped by Innovative and Forster Entertainment, plays Ken Bell, Alex’s father, a cantankerous man with a penchant for tough-love advice and quality mustard.
Robyn Lively and Sloan Morgan Siegel lead the cast of Amazon’s kids pilot Gortimer Gibbon’s Life On Normal Street, a look at the lives of three quirky tweens who live in a surreal world of eccentric characters and strange happenings. It centers on Gortimer (Siegel). Lively, repped by Mavrick Artists and Management 360, plays Gortimer’s smart, relaxed and independent mom. Siegel is with Abrams.
Jere Burns has been upped to regular after four seasons as a recurring on FX’s Justified. Burns plays menacing heroin dope dealer Winn Duffy, who offered a partnership to Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) in the Season 4 finale. His recent roles include the cable dramas Breaking Bad, Bates Motel and Burn Notice. Burns is repped by Innovative Artists and Trademark Talent.
Ruth Negga has booked a recurring arc on ABC’s new superhero series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. No intel on her role, which is the Irish actress’ first U.S. TV role. Her credits include the features All Is By My Side, Una Vida and Noble and the UK series Love/Hate, Secret State and Misfits. Negga is with ICM Partners, Principal LA and Jonty Brook in the UK.
Samantha Mathis has been cast in AMC‘s pilot Line Of Sight, from creator Blake Masters and director Jonathan Demme. It tells the story of Lewis Bernt (David Morrissey), a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on an emotionally disorienting quest to discover the accident’s cause. Mathis, repped by Paradigm and the Schiff Co, will play Tony’s (Kai Lennox) wife. She comes off a recurring role on CBS’ breakout Under The Dome.
Canadian actress Natalie Brown (Being Human) has booked the FX pilot The Strain, directed by Guillermo del Toro. It tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team who are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Brown will play Eph’s ex-wife Kelly Goodweather fails to heed her husband’s warning about the contagion spreading in Manhattan. She replaces Lauren Lee Smith who was originally cast in the role. Brown, repped by Thruline and Amanda Rosenthal Talent, recurs on Canadian series Cracked and Bitten.
Jonathan Tucker has been cast in Bryan Fuller’s 90-minute Syfy pilot High Moon, which explores what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the moon’s resources and discover a new form of life. Charity Wakefield has signed on for a guest-starring role in the pilot, written by Jim Danger Gray based on John Christopher’s novel The Lotus Caves. Tucker, repped by Booh Schut Co, UTA, and attorney Steve Warren, will play Stanislav “Stan” Stavin, a handsome and outgoing miner for the Russians who may be hiding something. He also recurs on Parenthood. Wakefield will play the smart and savvy Eve St. John-Smythe, CEO of the world’s most profitable corporation that is responsible for opening up the moon by providing oxygen to the various countries there. Tucker and Wakefield join previously cast Jake Sandvig, Chris Diamantopoulos, Dana Davis and Peter Macon.
EXCLUSIVE: 24 alumna Sarah Clarke has been cast as the female lead in AMC’s drama pilot Line Of Sight. The project, from creator Blake Masters, director Jonathan Demme, Fox TV Studios and AMC Studios, tells the story of Lewis Bernt, a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on an emotionally disorienting quest to discover the accident’s cause. Clarke will play Lewis’ wife Dot, an emotionally complicated woman trying to save her marriage and the life with her husband. Clarke, repped by Gersh and Michael Levine Management, is recurring on the new CW series Tomorrow People and just finished indie The Signal opposite Laurence Fishburne.
Oscar-winning Silence Of The Lambs helmer Jonathan Demme has been tapped to direct and executive produce AMC’s drama pilot Line Of Sight. The project, from Brotherhood creator Blake Masters, marks AMC’s first foray into the sci-fi …
I hear top AMC brass will be in Los Angeles next week for the network’s annual round of producer meetings where the writers/producers behind scripts identified by the cable network as its strongest pilot contenders are invited …