EXCLUSIVE: Punk’d alum Ryan Pinkston (Bad Santa) and Groundlings Matt Cook (Harry’s Law) and Mike Castle have been cast as leads in TBS‘ multi-camera ensemble workplace comedy pilot from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. The untitled project (aka Buzzy’s, Clipsters) is about a group of kids from high school who ran in different circles but now all work together at a local Charlestown, MA barbershop called Buzzy’s. Their dreams may lie across the Charles River in Boston, but for now, their work, their lives, their loves and their worries remain in the town they grew up in.
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Miles Fisher (Final Destination 5) and Mike Castle will topline the Comedy Central pilot Bad Advice From My Brother, lifting the contingency on the project. Reggie Watts co-stars in the project, based on Jordan Pope Roush’s blog of the same name, which follows the adventures of two brothers — Jason (Fisher), the older, not necessarily wiser brother who has spent most of his post-college life chasing women and the almighty dollar on Wall Street, and Ben (Castle), his younger brother who wants to follow in his footsteps — and their neighbor Reggie (Watts). When Ben moves in, Jason sees this as an opportunity to reflect on his mistakes and steer Ben onto an opposite path. Unfortunately for Ben, Jason’s advice is usually bad and creates more problems than solutions. Roush wrote the script and is executive producing with showrunner Brad Copeland, Chris Koch, who will direct, and Trevor Engelson. Tony Hernandez co-exec produces, Jax Media serves as a producer. Fisher, repped by UTA and Gang Tyre, is best known for his series of shorts.
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Castle has landed the lead in NBC‘s untitled Robert Padnick/Greg Daniels comedy pilot, from 3 Arts and Universal TV. Castle replaces young New York comedian Josh Rabinowitz who was originally cast in the role but exited after the table read last week. The untitled comedy pilot, written by Padnick and directed by Kyle Newacheck, revolves around four hopeful city dwellers who step through the endless minefield of their romantic entanglements. It centers on the bright-eyed, good-natured and intelligent Hirsch (Castle). Ellen Woglom, Eric Andre and Adhir Kalyan play the three co-leads. Castle, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, is a young improv actor who has trained at UCB, ImprovOlympic and Second City Chicago. Coincidentally, this is the second year he joins a pilot in a recasting after the table read. Last year, he was cast in a co-starring role on ABC’s untitled Mandy Moore comedy.