Jack Bauer will have his trusted sidekick — unflappable system analyst Chloe — by his side when he returns to 24: Live Another Day. As widely expected, 24 fan-favorite Mary Lynn Rajskub has become the first castmember of the Emmy-winning Fox drama to join Kiefer Sutherland on Fox’s upcoming event series that is premiering in spring 2014. There has been talk about other 24 alumni possibly making a a return, including Kim Raver. “I am thrilled to be working with Howard (Gordon) and the writers again — and, of course, Kiefer!,” said Rajskub in an announcement Fox made at TCA. “There’s a lot more room to grow in my character. I’m going to start sharpening my computer skills now!” 24: Live Another Day will follow the further exploits of CTU agent Jack Bauer (Sutherland), taking up his story several years after the events of the final season. 24: Live Another Day, from Teakwood Lane Prods, 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, will keep the series’ signature real-time format though it will skip periods to fit a 24-hour story into a 12-episode limited series. Gordon, Evan Katz, Manny Coto, David Fury, Robert Cochran, Brian Grazer, Jon Cassar and Sutherland will executive produce.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
It may have generated the single-biggest laugh of TCA to date this afternoon when David Hornsby, the creator, executive producer and star of the new CBS comedy How to Be a Gentleman, was asked his personal idea of the perfect gentleman. The questioner wondered: Was it Pierce Brosnan as James Bond? Perhaps Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird? No. ”Leslie Moonves,” Hornsby replied. The room roared. Moonves himself was unavailable for comment. Hornsby allowed that Cary Grant and George Clooney also might be good choices along with that of the president and CEO of CBS Corp. Series co-star Dave Foley also added his own somewhat surprising choices: Henry Winkler and John Ritter.
An even more irreverent exchange came during the panel when Gentleman castmate and former 24 regular Mary Lynn Rajskub responded to a question about whether she had the sense that her 24 character Chloe would be a part of the planned feature film based on the adrenalin-rich Fox drama. “Yeah, do you?” Rajskub replied. “I hope so. It’ll be either me or Rachel Weisz.” After a few more wisecracks, mostly under her breath, Rajskub asked, “Should I have answered that differently? OK, I’m rewriting the script myself, how about that?”
Two actresses best known for their drama series turns, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl alumna Michelle Trachtenberg and former 24 co-star Mary Lynn Rajskub, have joined comedy pilots, both at CBS.
Trachtenberg has been cast as the female lead in CBS’ untitled Peter Knight comedy pilot. The project, from Sony and Happy Madison, is a workplace ensemble revolving around the young-adult employees at a high-powered venture capital firm. It centers on Danny, who is shocked when his crush, competitor and fellow trainee Gracie (Trachtenberg) is promoted out of the mailroom and into a junior associate position at the firm. Also cast in the pilot is Tim Peper (Carpoolers) as Danny’s obnoxiously lovable best friend. Trachtenberg, repped by UTA and Framework, also starred on the NBC drama Mercy. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: 24 vet Mary Lynn Rajskub has landed a guest appearance on Fox’s freshman comedy Raising Hope. The actress/comedian will play the never-before-seen wife of Cousin Mike (Skyler Stone). The twist? Rajskub’s character has three other husbands. The episode is scheduled to air in February.
Fresh off his recurring stint on NBC’s Parenthood (where he played Lauren Graham’s boss and boyfriend), Billy Baldwin is headed back to Gossip Girl to reprise his role as William van der Woodsen, father to Serena (Blake Lively) and Eric (Connor Paolo) and the ex-husband of Lily (Kelly Rutherford). He’s slated to appear in at least two episodes of the CW soap.
Lastly, Persons Unknown lead Jason Wiles is set to guest star on ABC’s Castle this February. He’ll play an old friend of Castle‘s (Nathan Fillion) who becomes a prime suspect in a murder. Michael Ausiello is contributing to Deadline.com as he preps for the launch of TVLine.com, a new TV-centric website from MMC.