After a lengthy search, ABC comedy pilot Far East Orlando (aka Fresh Off The Boat) has cast its young lead. Hudson Yang will play Eddie Huang, a likable, well-meaning kid and a recent transplant from Washington, D.C., now living in homogenized, all-white Orlando, where his dad (Randall Park) is opening a restaurant. He’s clearly not happy about being uprooted in the middle of the school year and is trying his best to fit in, make friends and be accepted, but so far it’s not exactly working. The series, based on Eddie Huang’s memoir, is written/exec produced by Nahnatchka Khan and exec produced by Jake Kasdan. Yang is repped by Rachel Altman and Ellen Gilbert at Paradigm.
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GCB alumna Leslie Bibb has been cast as the female lead in Love Is Relative, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from writer Dan Mazer, co-writer of the Sacha Baron Cohen films Borat and Bruno. The project, from 20th TV, Tom Werner’s Good Humor TV and 3 Arts’ Tom Lassally, centers on a wife (Bibb) and husband who begin to see their marriage in a whole new way after her newly divorced brother moves in. Bibb’s Rose is a strong-willed, opinionated, fearless, wry-humored, “say anything” kind of woman and the mother of 6-year-old Maggie and 18-month-old Dylan. Bibb is repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management.
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2ND UPDATE, 4:40 PM: Here is NBC‘s third and final comedy pilot order of the day for Ellen More Or Less (previously Formerly Fat Girl), written by JJ Philbin and executive produced by Jason Katims, who is behind NBC’s new comedy series About A Boy. The single-camera, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Prods, is loosely based on the nonfiction book 10 Lessons From A Former Fat Girl and centers on an average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love. NBC gave the project, executive produced by Philbin, Katims and Michelle Lee a pilot production commitment in September. The pickup means that both high-profile single-camera comedy projects this season about a formerly fat protagonist have gotten a green light — Fox recently ordered Fatrick, which is already casting. For those counting at home, NBC has picked up 7 comedy pilots so far, plus series orders to the Tina Fey/Robert Carlock project and Mr. Robinson.
UPDATE, 4:18 PM: NBC has also picked up to pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from studio-based Gary Sanchez Productions and executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. How To Be A Gentleman creator-star David Hornsby wrote and exec produces the pilot, a workplace ensemble said to be in the tone of Anchorman. Set in 1962, it examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Read More »