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TCA: NBC’s ‘Marry Me’ Continues Content Controversy Conversation

By | Sunday July 13, 2014 @ 3:18pm PDT

TCA: NBC’s ‘Marry Me’ Continues Content Controversy Conversation“In the pilot, a couple of times, the word ‘f***’ is used,” a TV critic said, kicking off the Q&A session for NBC’s new comedy Marry Me at Summer TV Press Tour 2014. “Is that it?” series creator David Caspe asked, after waiting in vain for the “question” part of the TV critics’ comment. The critic elaborated: “Are you going to be writing it this way, and…let Standards cut it out?”

“Come on! Do it!” urged cast member Tim Meadows, who plays one of Casey Wilson‘s gay dads on the comedy series. “I haven’t thought about it much,” Caspe answered. “Maybe a little bit, here and there, and then I cut it.”

There’s been a lot of talk about pushing broadcast-content boundaries during NBC’s portion of the semi-annual tour. Entertainment division chairman Bob Greenblatt talked about the challenges broadcasters face in trying to compete against cable at the Emmys, given broadcast TV’s time and content disadvantages.

And, during a session for new drama State of Affairs, executive producer Joe Carnahan said his goal for the series was to push content boundaries to create a drama that would “out-do what cable has become, (which is), let’s face it, the standard bearer.” To which, his fellow State of Affairs EP Ed Bernero, responded, “We have to use a little bit different language, and can’t show sex as much,” but the … Read More »

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3rd UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Dramas ‘Odyssey’, ‘State Of Affairs’ & ‘Allegiance’, Comedy ‘Marry Me’ To Series

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 6:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

3rd UPDATNBC_logoE 6:10 PM: NBC is wrapping its first day of new series pickups with a order to another frontrunner, drama pilot Odyssey, which already has backup scripts written and is ready to go. That brings the number of new NBC series picked up for next season to six, Russian spy thrilled Allegiance, CIA drama State of Affairs starring Katherine Heigl, Odyssey and the David Caspe comedy Marry Me, ordered today, and previously picked up comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (form. Tookan) and Mr. Robinson.

Odyssey - Season PilotThe Traffic-like action drama Odyssey was written by Adam Armus, Nora Kay Foster and Peter Horton and directed by Horton. An international conspiracyexplodes when three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide — a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist. After a team of American soldiers battling Jihadists in North Africa kill Al Qaeda’s top man. Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel) — a soldier, mother, wife and the unit’s only female member — discovers computer files that suggest a major U.S. corporation is funding the Jihadists. Before she can tell anyone, her team is attacked by U.S. Special Forces and left for dead, with Odelle as the sole survivor. In New York, former U.S. Attorney Peter Drucker (Peter Facinelli) is working on a merger deal for the same company that was funneling money to the Jihadists. Meanwhile, Harrison Wolcott (Jake Robinson), a political activist and trust fund kid, meets a hacker who claims to have unearthed a massive military-industrial conspiracy. The cast also includes Jim True-Frost, Treat Williams, Nate Mooney, Elena Kampouris, Daniella Pineda, Sadie Sink, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Omar Ghazaoui. Armus, Foster and Horton executive produce with Simon Maxwell, Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin and Kristen Campo for Universal TV, Fabrik Entertainment and Red Arrow Entertainment Group.

2nd UPDATE 5:20 PM: AnothState of Affairs - Season Piloter hot NBC pilot getting a series pickup, the Katherine Heigl-starring drama State Of Affairs. The project, which marks Grey’s Antomy alumna Heigl’s return to TV, is in need of a showrunner as Alexi Hawley, who wrote the original script, has left, and Joe Carnahan, who is getting high marks for rewriting and directing the pilot, is busy with The Blacklist. I hear Tom Szentgyorgyi is eyed for the job if The Mentalist is not renewed, which appears likely. Each day the president is faced with hundreds of life-and-death decisions, and to prioritize the biggest international crises facing the country, one top CIA analyst – Charleston Tucker (Heigl) – assembles the president’s Daily Briefing. Aside from the political minefields she has to walk, Charlie has a close personal relationship with the president (Alfre Woodard) because she once was  engaged to her son before a terrorist attack took his life. Charlie survived that attack and now is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice. The cast also includes Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and Leslie Odom Jr. Writer-director Carnahan serves as executive producer with Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz. Universal TV produces with Bob Simonds Co. and Abishag Prods.

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Amanda Detmer Joins ABC’s ‘Sea Of Fire’; Tymberlee Hill Added To NBC’s ‘Marry Me’

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 11:45am PST
Nellie Andreeva

detmerAmanda Detmer (Necessary Roughness) has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Sea Of Fire, which chronicles the fallout from three teenage girls starring in a pornographic film, which tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance and a murder. Detmer will play the mother of the girl who disappeared.

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TymbsTymberlee Hill (Drunk History) has been cast in NBC comedy pilot Marry Me. Written by David Caspe and directed by Seth Gordon, it centers on a young couple, Annie (Casey Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino), who get engaged — something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Hill, repped by Talentworks and Odenkirk Provissiero, will play Kay, Annie’s neighbor and friend, reuniting with Wilson after recently appearing opposite her in Hulu’s Hotwives Of Orlando.

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Nick Thune To Co-Star In NBC Pilot ‘Old Soul’; Tim Meadows Joins ‘Marry Me’

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 6:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

thuneActor-comedian-musician Nick Thune is set as the young male lead opposite Natasha Lyonne in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul. Co-created by Amy Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener and directed by David Wain, Old Soul centers on a reformed wild child, Nadia (Lyonne), who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Thune, repped by 3 Arts and WME, will play Nadia’s roommate and friend who shares her offbeat sense of humor.

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Steve Talley Joins ABC’s ‘Damaged Goods’; John Gemberling Added To ‘Marry Me’

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 9:28am PST
Nellie Andreeva

talley1Steve Talley is set as one of the leads in Lauren Iungerich’s ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. Described as a comedy about the sexual politics that have changed between men and women in this post-feminist era, it revolves around three damaged women and two damaged men who explore the minutiae of love and relationships. Talley, repped by Domain and Framework, will play one of the men, Jason, a lovable ladies man who sabotages his relationships. He’s coming off FX pilot Death Pact and is currently recurring on The Crazy Ones. Read More »

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Ken Marino To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Marry Me’

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 8:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ken-marino-imageKen Marino is set as the male lead opposite Casey Wilson in Marry Me, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from Happy Endings creator-showrunner David Caspe, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, directed by Seth Gordon, is said to be in the vein of Mad About You and revolves around a young couple (Marino and Wilson) who get engaged, something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Party Down alum Marino, repped by Principato Young, recently wrapped the Veronica Mars movie and had a seasonlong arc on the final season of HBO’s Eastbound & Down. He is writing the features Go The F*** To Sleep with Erica Oyama for Fox 2000 and Return Of The Jocks for 21 Laps and 20th Century Fox. He starred in and directed the popular Yahoo/E! series Burning Love, from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour, and has directed episodes of Super Fun Night and Trophy Wife.

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Casey Wilson To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Marry Me’ From ‘Happy Endings’ Creator

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Casey WilsonHappy Endings alumna Casey Wilson has been tapped as the female lead in Marry Me, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from Happy Endings creator/showrunner David Caspe, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, directed by Seth Gordon, is said to be in the vein of Mad About You and centers on a young couple who get engaged, something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. The casting makes the premise as real as it can be as Wilson and Caspe are engaged in real life. Caspe, who wrote the script, exec produces the pilot with Gordon and Tarses, all under overall deals at Sony TV.  This marks Wilson’s second pilot this season. As a writer/producer, she has comedy Mason Twins, also at NBC, a collaboration with her longtime writing partner June Diane Raphael.

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David Caspe’s Relationship Comedy ‘Marry Me’ Gets NBC Pilot Order

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 1:13pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

caspeThe single-camera half-hour from Happy Endings creator David Caspe already had one of the biggest commitments for a comedy project this season, a big pilot production commitment at NBC that included a full license fee and series penalty. Now the network NBC_logohas given the Sony TV project — which has Seth Gordon set to direct and executive produce and Jamie Tarses to executive produce — a formal pilot green light. Said to be in the vein of Mad About You, Marry Me centers on a young couple who get engaged, something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Caspe, who wrote the script and exec producing, as well as fellow exec producers Gordon and Tarses, are all under overall deals at Sony TV. For the past three seasons, Caspe served as showrunner on ABC’s underrated comedy Happy Endings, which ended its run in May. Marry Me reunites him with Tarses, who also exec produced Happy Endings through her Fanfare shingle. Last season, Gordon directed the pilot for Sony TV’s ABC comedy series The Goldbergs. This is NBC’s second comedy pilot order this season, joining the Kate Walsh starrer Bad Judge. Additionally, the Tina Fey/Robert Carlock half-hour starring Ellie Kemper received a straight-to-series pickup.

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