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Fox Picks Up Comedy Pilots From ‘Cougar Town’ Co-Creator Kevin Biegel & Michelle Morgan

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 1:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Fox has greenlighted two more single-camera comedy pilots: Enlisted, from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, and Two Wrongs, from feature writer Michelle Morgan. Both projects hail from 20th TV.

Enlisted, which originally landed at Fox with penalty, is based on Biegel’s relationship with his siblings and follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida. Biegel is writing/executive producing the project, stemming from a blind script deal 20th TV had with Biegel. He will get help on the pilot from 20th TV-based Mike Royce (Men Of A Certain Age, 1600 Penn). Biegel co-created Cougar Town with Bill Lawrence. He served as a co-executive producer in the first season and executive producer in Seasons 2 and 3. He segued to a consulting role on the show after its move to TBS and Lawrence’s departure as showrunner to focus on development. Before Cougar Town, UTA-repped Biegel worked on Lawrence’s medical comedy Scrubs.

Two Wrongs, co-produced by Chernin Entertainment, is a relationship comedy about a couple whose friends and family don’t think they are right for each other. Morgan is writing the script and executive producing with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Aaron Kaplan & Sean Perrone of Kaplan Perrone Entertainment. (Not to be onfused with Kapital Entertainment’s … Read More »

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Matt Dillon Set For Indie Comedy ‘Imogene’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Dillon has been set to co-star in Imogene, joining Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening in the indie comedy that started shooting this week in New York. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are directing, and Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s Maven Pictures is producing with Anonymous Cntent’s Alix Madigan and Steve Golin. Dillon plays the eccentric love interest of Bening’s character. He claims to be in the CIA, but his behavior suggests he just might be crazy. In the Michelle Morgan-scripted comedy, Wiig plays a playwright who stages a fake suicide attempt in reaction to the triple-whammy of losing her job, getting evicted and getting dumped by her boyfriend. She hopes to gain sympathy from her ex, but instead is consigned to return to the home of her gambling addict mother (Bening). Dillon last starred in Takers and guested on Modern Family. He’d been expected to star with Brendan Fraser and William H. Macy in the Charlie Matthau-directed Elmore Leonard novel adaptation Freaky Deaky, but when Fraser dropped out of that due to personal reasons, the other actors followed, and that film will now star Christian Slater, Billy Burke, and Crispin Glover. Dillon is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

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Annette Bening Joins Kristen Wiig In ‘Imogene’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Annette Bening has signed on to star with Kristen Wiig in Imogene for  American Splendor helmers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini. Shooting starts in late summer. Wiig plays a moderately successful Gotham playwright who stages a fake suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend, only to end up forced into the custody of her gambling-addict mother. Bening will play mom. The script’s by Michelle Morgan, and pic’s being produced by Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler and Anonymous Content’s Alix Madigan, with Steve Golin, Wiig and Morgan the exec producers. UTA is repping North American rights on the film.

Bening, who was Oscar-nominated for The Kids Are All Right, is currently starring with Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan in Fox Searchlight’s He Loves Me, which is being directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. I’ve heard it’s likely that Bening will be part of the Howard Hughes film that Warren Beatty will star in and direct for Paramount Pictures. She’s repped by CAA.

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