Mamie Gummer, star of the freshman CW drama series Emily Owens MD, is staying in the CBS family with a co-starring role opposite Rainn Wilson in drama pilot Backstrom for sister network CBS. Written by Bones creator Hart Hanson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective, as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Gummer will play the female lead Nicole Graveley, a watchful, competent police detective who is a lesbian saddened over her breakup with her longtime partner. 20th TV is producing.
Ashley Williams has joined another 20th TV pilot, ABC comedy Keep Calm & Karey On, from Andrea Abbate. The project centers on Karey (Kelly Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Williams, repped by Gersh and Luber/Rocklin, will play Karey’s sister Penny. She replaces Majandra Delfino, who was originally cast in the part. (She is now on 20th’s comedy pilot for CBS Friends With Better Lives). Additionally, Haley Lu Richardson has been cast as Karey’s teenage niece, whom she adopts.
EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Bell will star in The Lifeguard, the film written and to be directed by Liz W. Garcia. Bell, who stars in Showtime’s House Of Lies, will star with Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Joshua Harto and Amy Madigan. The film, which was packaged by CAA (the agency is selling domestic rights), will shoot in Pittsburgh this month. Bell will play Leigh, a reporter on the verge of 30 who abandons her life in New York City, returns home to get her high school job as a lifeguard, and starts a dangerous relationship with a 16-year-old delinquent. Read More »
Shannon Woodward has joined the cast of Claire’s Cambodia. The Raising Hope star will play the title character, the middle sister in the sibling comedic drama that also stars the already announced Mary Kay Place and Sarah Paulson. … Read More »
With a new management regime and new upfront venue at New York City Center, the CW symbolically opened its presentation with “Let it Roll (Good Times)”, a new song by Flo Rida who did a medley to … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: A week after her mom won her third Oscar, Mamie Gummer has landed her first pilot starring role. Gummer, daughter of acting great Meryl Streep, has been cast as the lead in the CW’s Jennie Snyder Urman medical drama … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning writer-director Stacy Sherman (God Sleeps In Rwanda) and producer Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) have cast their comedy-drama Claire’s Cambodia. Set to star in the film are Mary Kay Place (Smashed), Sarah Paulson (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Mamie Gummer (Taking Woodstock) and India Muenez (Something In The Air). Also in the cast are Bridesmaid‘s Wendi McLendon-Covey (who is also set to star in HBO’s Darren Starr vehicle Viagra Diaries) as well as Casey Wilson and Joe Lo Truglio. Read More »