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NBC’s ‘Mission Control’ To Recast Character As Pilot Recastings Drop Dramatically

By | Monday May 12, 2014 @ 9:35am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC_logoHave you noticed how very few recastings there had been this pilot season? If I’m not missing something, CBS’ How I Met Your Dad was the only pilot to recast a major character after the table read this year, with Tiya Sircar joining. I hear the studios implemented pre-table reads and introduced other procedural tweaks that greatly reduced the number of cast changes. That also applies to the newly picked up series. One recasting that is going forward is on NBC‘s midseason comedy series Mission Control. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control, from Universal TV and producer Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, examines what happens when a strong woman (Krysten Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. The project is recasting the role of Bus, a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likeable NASA astronaut. It was played in the pilot by Michael Rosenbaum.

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UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Comedy Pilots ‘Bad Judge’, ‘Mission Control’ & ‘One Big Happy’

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 2:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC_logoUPDATE: NBC has ordered a pair of Gary Sanchez Productions comedy pilots — the Kate Walsh-starring Bad Judge and the Krysten Ritter-starrer Mission Control – and with a third series order is back in the multi-camera game adding One Big Happy for midseason. I hear Mission Control and One Big Happy orders were for six episodes eyed for midseason. I also hear this will wrap the network’s pickups for the day.

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NBC has been high on the gay-straight relationship sitcom One Big Happy produced by Ellen DeGeneres and starring Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano, though there had been questions whether the single-camera-heavy NBC would be open to dabble back into multi-camera sitcoms. (Besides One Big Happy, NBC brass also liked the Jerrod Carmichael multi-camera presentation, though it has not been picked up) Written by Liz Feldman, One Big Happy from Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ A Very Good Prods centers on best friends Lizzy (who is gay) and Luke (who is straight) who have been like family since they were kids. The best friends decide to have a baby together, but things get complicated when the man finds the love of his life (Kelly Brook) and a different kind of family is born. Brandon Smith, Rebecca Corry and Chris Williams co-star. Feldman and director Scott Ellis serve as executive producers with DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman.

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Alison Sudol Cast In ‘DIG’; Eric Nenninger Joins ‘Mission Control’; Michael Chernus In ‘Manhattan’

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 9:43am PDT

Singer-songwriter-actress Alison Sudolalisonsudel2 (A Fine Frenzy) has been tapped as a series regular on USA Network’s six episode event series DIG, an action adventure drama from co-creators and executive producers Tim Kring and Gideon Raff. It centers on Peter (Jason Isaacs), an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a woman archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history. Sudol, repped by Resolution and Dave Fleming at Mosaic, will play Emma Wilson, an American intern working on a dig site in Jerusalem who befriends Peter (Isaacs). Sudel recurred on Transparent and will be seen in upcoming feature Other People’s Children. Read More »

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Vanessa Aspillaga Joins Starz’s ‘Flesh And Bone’; Leah Renee Cast In NBC’s ‘Mission Control’

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 8:35pm PDT

Vanessa AspillagaVanessa Aspillaga (Law & Order) is set for a guest recurring role on Starz‘s ballet drama Flesh And Bone. The series follows Claire (Sarah Hay), a young dancer with has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. Aspillaga will play Monica, the company’s assistant manager, who is stable, extremely good at her job and at managing her boss. The actress, whose credits include Elementary, The Good Wife and CBS’ Untitled Jim Gaffigan pilot, is repped by Paradigm.

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Leah ReneeLeah Renee (The Playboy Club) has booked a role in NBC‘s comedy pilot Mission Control, from exec producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Set in 1962, the workplace ensemble examines what happens when a strong woman (Krysten Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut (Tommy Dewey) in the race to land on the moon. Renee will play the Ritter character’s secretary Jessica, a bombshell who tries to get her boss to learn flirting to advance her career. Renee, who also has joined the cast of Lifetime’s telefilm Mr. Fiction, is repped by Intellectual Artists Management and Innovative Artists.

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Kyle Schmid Joins NBC Drama Pilot ‘Babylon Fields’; Julie Meyer In ‘Mission Control’

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 5:28pm PST

schmid2Kyle Schmid (Copper) is set for a lead role opposite Meagan Good in NBC drama pilot Babylon Fields, from Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta and Michael Atkinson. The 20th TV-produced project, originally developed and piloted at CBS seven years ago, is about a town’s residents coming back from the dead. Schmid, repped by DBA & Norbert Abrams  in Canada, will play Thomas Wunch who works for the CDC as a scientist and is Janine’s (Good) first love.

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Julie Meyer (How I Met Your Mother, The New Normal)juliemeyer has booked a series regular role in NBC’s pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman (Krysten Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut (Tommy Dewey) in the race to land on the moon. Meyer, repped by Abrams Artists Agency, will play Carol Ann, the earnest, upbeat secretary working for on-site administrator Bob Korman.

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Tommy Dewey Set As The Male Lead In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Mission Control’

By | Thursday February 27, 2014 @ 3:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

dewey1The Mindy Project alum Tommy Dewey will star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC’s pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut (Dewey) in the race to land on the moon. Dewey’s Tom is the newest member of Mission Control, a former test pilot who quickly bonds with the gagarinmale crew and immediately bumps heads with Mary (Ritter). Dewey gets bonus points for his resemblance to the first man in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left). On Mission Control, Dewey joins recently cast Michael Rosenbaum who plays another astronaut. Dewey, who co-created Sons Of Tucson, starred in the original pilot for Fox’s Dads last season. He is with the Kohner Agency, New Wave and Myman Abel.

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Michael Rosenbaum Joins NBC Pilot ‘Mission Control’; Fred Willard In ‘Old Soul’

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 2:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Michael Rosenbaum rosenbaum3is set to co-star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from studio-based Gary Sanchez Productions and executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Rosenbaum will play Bus, a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likeable NASA astronaut. Rosenbaum, repped by APA, Untitled and attorney Todd Rubenstein, was most recently seen in feature Back In The Day, which he wrote, produced, starred in and directed.

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willardComedy veteran Fred Willard is set to co-star opposite Natasha Lyonne and Rita Moreno in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul. Co-created/exec produced 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. Willard will play one of the clients, the razza-mattazy Hector, a veteran Broadway songwriter who has been joyously married to Rita (Moreno), his writing partner, for more than 50 years. One of Nadia’s main jobs with Hector to help him sort through the massive amounts of stuff … Read More »

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Malcolm Barrett, Jonathan Slavin In ‘Mission Control’; Paige Turco In ‘NCIS’ Spinoff

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

barrett1slavinUPDATE: It’s Better Off Ted reunion on NBC‘s comedy pilot Mission Control. Ted standouts Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin have been cast as another duo of scientists in the Universal TV-produced comedy from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell in the tone of Anchorman. David Hornsby wrote and exec produces the pilot, a workplace ensemble slavinbarrettset in 1962 that examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Barrett, repped by Gersh and Management 360, will play Arthur, an engineer on the woman’s crew. He most recently was seen in the 2014 Sundance movie Dear White People. Slavin, co-managed by Coronel Group and Berwick & Kovacik, plays the weirdo genius on the crew.

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Paige Turco has been set as a recurring opposite Scottpaigeturco1 Bakula in CBS’ NCIS planted spinoff, Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon, the spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. Turco, repped by Gersh and One Entertainment, plays Linda, the wife of NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula). Turco is a regular on the forthcoming CW series The 100 and also … Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC Picks Up Comedy Pilots From Dan Mazer & Tom Werner, Gary Sanchez Prods, And JJ Philbin & Jason Katims

Nellie Andreeva

philbin2ND UPDATE, 4:40 PM: Here is NBC‘s third and final comedy pilot order of the day for Ellen More Or Less (previously Formerly Fat Girl), written by JJ Philbin and executive produced by Jason Katims, who is behind NBC’s new comedy series About A Boy. The single-camera, from Universal TV and Katims’ True Jack Prods, is loosely based on the nonfiction book 10 Lessons From A Former Fat Girl and centers on an average-size woman who, after losing 100 pounds, begins reinventing herself in life and love. NBC gave the project, executive produced by Philbin, Katims and Michelle Lee a pilot production commitment in September. The pickup means that both high-profile single-camera comedy projects this season about a formerly fat protagonist have gotten a green light — Fox recently ordered Fatrick, which is already casting. For those counting at home, NBC has picked up 7 comedy pilots so far, plus series orders to the Tina Fey/Robert Carlock project and Mr. Robinson.

davidhornsbyUPDATE, 4:18 PM: NBC has also picked up to pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from studio-based Gary Sanchez Productions and executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. How To Be A Gentleman creator-star David Hornsby wrote and exec produces the pilot, a workplace ensemble said to be in the tone of Anchorman. Set in 1962, it examines what happens when a strong woman butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Read More »

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