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Gretchen Egolf, Edi Gathegi, Amanda Detmer Among Latest Pilot Castings

Nellie Andreeva

Gretchen Egolf has been tapped for a lead role on the USA pilot Eden. The project, from Universal Cable Prods., centers on a young hotel worker (Nick D’Agosto) who, with the help of his escaped con artist cousin (Enver Gjokaj), gets a job as the concierge at an elite NYC hotel. Together they manage to provide the hotel guests with whatever they desire, Egolf, repped by Cornerstone and Gallant, will play  the Eden Hotel’s striking Ivy League-educated General Manager.

Edi Gathegi (Twilight, X-Men: First Class) has joined another USA pilot, Wild Card, in a lead role. The project, from Fox TV Studios, is about people behaving badly at night in Las Vegas and two very different lawyers, Will Garratt (Ben Lawson) and Eliza Evans who who solve their problems before morning. Gathegi, repped by Paradigm and Framework, will play the duo’s smart, ambitious and resourceful investigator, a former hotel concierge who knows everyone in town.

Amanda Detmer (Private Practice) has boarded ABC’s comedy pilot Man Up. The project, from ABC Studios and Chris Moynihan, centers on happily married father of two Will, his brother-in-law Kenny and the lovelorn Craig (Moynihan). Detmer will play Kenny’s ex-wife  who has a complicated relationship with him.

Additionally, Ken Leung (Lost) has joined A&E/Sony TV’s pilot Big Read More »

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ABC Lands ‘Man Up’ Comedy From Writer Jack Burditt Which May Star Tim Allen

Nellie Andreeva

After a heated bidding between ABC and CBS that stretched over the weekend, Man Up, a new half-hour project from veteran comedy writer-producer Jack Burditt  (30 Rock) and a potential starring vehicle for Tim Allen, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. Word is new ABC programming chief Paul Lee was personally involved in the network’s efforts to get the comedy that would bring Allen back to ABC where he toplined one of the network’s biggest comedies, Home Improvement. Man Up, from 20th TV and studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein, is a multi-camera family comedy about a guy fighting for his manhood in a world of women. Burditt is writing as well as executive producing along with Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements. Allen has been looking to return to TV and met with a number of writers in the past few months.

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