TV Land‘s single-camera pilot Impastor is a go for production with the casting of Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum as the title character. Originally picked up as cast-contingent, Impastor, from veteran comedy writer Christopher Vane, centers on a lowlife on the run from his debts (Rosenbaum) who hides away in a small town by conning its residents into thinking he’s their newly hired gay pastor. Vane wrote the script and is executive producing alongside Eric and Kim Tannenbaum as well as Rosenbaum. They are joined by comedy veteran Robert Greenberg, who also will executive produce and direct the pilot. Rosenbaum, repped by APA and Untitled, previously took a comedic turn on the Fox single-camera series Breaking In and co-starred on the NBC half-hour pilot Mission Control this past season.
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Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Breaking In) wrote, directed, and stars in the raunchy high school reunion comedy Back In The Day, which Screen Media Films scooped up and will release to theaters and on VOD. Morena Baccarin, Nick Swardson, Harland Williams, Sarah Colonna, and Isaiah Mustafa co-star in Rosenbaum’s helming debut, which follows Jim Owens (Rosenbaum) as he hits his high school reunion and wrangles his now-married friends together to relive their glory days, landing him in hot water with his pals and their wives. Rosenbaum shot the pic in Newburgh and Evansville, Indiana, where he grew up. Kim Waltrip produced for Kim and Jim Productions alongside Rose and Bomb Production. Screen Media has set an ultra VOD date of January 7, 2014 followed by a February 7, 2014 theatrical debut. Screen Media’s Suzanne Blech and Seth Needle negotiated the deal with Will Lowery repping the filmmakers. Rosenbaum is repped by APA, Untitled and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.
EXCLUSIVE: Old Days marks Michael Rosenbaum’s (Smallville) feature directorial debut after recently completing first short, Fade Into You, a horror-thriller currently in post-production. Rosenbaum wrote and will direct and star in the new project. Morena Baccarin, who currently appears on the series Homeland will also star in the film which is slated to shoot beginning March 5th with co-stars Sarah Colonna, Harland Williams, Jay Ferguson and Kris Palohu. The film follows Jim Owens (Rosenbaum), a discouraged actor who returns home to Indiana for his 15th high school reunion. There he gets into mischief with his friends and falls for his high school sweetheart (Baccarin). Rosenbaum is producing under the Rose & Bomb Productions banner with Kim Waltrip, whose film Outrun starring Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard, Kristin Chenoweth is scheduled for release on August 24th. Rosenbaum is repped by APA and Untitled.
Our colleagues over at TVLine have nabbed exclusive video of Michael Rosenbaum reprising his juicy role as Clark Kent’s arch nemesis Lex Luthor on the CW’s Smallville, which airs the first of its final four episodes tonight at 8. The series is ending its 10-year run, and Rosenbaum’s re-emergence came together late and fast, with less than a week elapsing between his agreeing to return and the actual day of production. “I really didn’t want the day to end,” Rosenbaum said of his whirlwind, marathon shoot. “Once you’re there, you always want more. Like, ‘Oh c’mon, this is fun. Write something else!’ ”
Actor Michael Rosenbaum, who recurs on Fox’s upcoming comedy series Breaking In, is expanding his relationship with the network. The former Smallville star, who has been pursuing writing for the past couple of years, has received a blind script commitment from the network in a joint deal with 20th Century Fox TV. A year ago, Rosenbaum set up single-camera comedy Saved by Zeroes at Syfy. The project, from Sony and Happy Madison, the companies behind Breaking In, was created by and written by Rosenbaum, who was also attached to star. Based on his personal experiences, it revolved around two friends (Rosenbaum, Jonathan Silverman), former actors on a science fiction show. Rosenbaum next reprises his breakout role as Lex Luthor in the series finale of Smallville in May.
Deadline/TVLine EXCLUSIVE: Fans’ prayers have been answered – Clark Kent and Lex Luthor will meet again on Smallville. After months of speculation, Michael Rosenbaum just closed a deal to return to the CW series for the May 13 finale, reprising his role as Lex Luthor. Rosenbaum, who left Smallville in 2008 to focus on his writing career, had been courted for awhile to return for the closer. Talks heated up over the past week, leading to the deal which was signed tonight.
“It feels like the stars are aligning, literally. We couldn’t be more excited about having Michael back,” Smallville executive producers/showrunners Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson said. “And as far as the way he returns … there’ll be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”
Rosenbaum said he was “delighted” to return for the series finale. “I’m simply doing it for all of the fans out there who made Smallville the great success it is,” he said. “I appreciate all of their passion, their relentlessness and even their threats. Ha ha. I can’t wait to hug the old crew back in Vancouver one last time and see all of my old friends once again….. Oh, and for Lex to become the badass he’s destined to be.”