4TH UPDATE 6 PM: Also getting a pass is nearly frontrunner and Disney-friendly drama Big Thunder, based on the Disney Parks ride, and dramas Reckless and Doubt. Venice aka Westside is not going forward either. It started off well but was eventually overshadowed by fellow soap Betrayal. Also dead is multi-camera comedy Divorce, so ABC ended up passing on both of its multi-cam pilots, including King John, which will make it harder for such pitches next year. Comedy pilot Bad Management is not going for fall but is alive.
3RD UPDATE FRIDAY 5:30 PM: Welcome to Part 2 of ABC’s “pass” calls. Not going forward are comedies Spy, Middle Age Rage and Pulling. I hear Pulling was well liked but ABC brass felt it was too cable in sensibility. I hear ABC Studios plans to shop it elsewhere.
2ND UPDATE 7 PM: Dramedy Murder In Manhattan, about a mother-daughter sleuthing duo, also is not going forward. However, I hear that ABC Studios, which produced the pilot starring Bridget Regan and Annie Potts, is high on it and plans to shop it to cable. With its premise, Murder In Manhattan appears suitable for Lifetime, where ABC Studios successfully migrated another dramedy pilot that narrowly missed at the cut at ABC last year, Devious Maids. ABC is expected to continue with the pass calls tomorrow when it also will pick … Read More »
Michael Graziadei, who recently wrapped an eight-year stint on The Young & The Restless, is set to co-star in another soapy drama, this time in primetime. Graziadei has been cast in ABC‘s Romeo & Juliet-esque pilot Venice, about the haves and the have-nots of California’s most seductive city, Venice. It focuses on two rival families, the Nances and the Carvers, and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the families battle for control of Venice. Graziadei, repped by Gersh and Main Title, will play Josh Nance, the son of Gordy Nance (Bruce Greenwood) and bother of Sophie (Odette Annable), a rising star in his father’s company, poised to take over the family business. He had a recurring role on the first season of FX’s American Horror Story.
Enver Gjokaj and Brendan Hines (Lie To Me) have been cast in ABC’s hourlong pilot Murder In Manhattan, executive produced by Ryan Reynolds. It is a dramedy set in New York centering on mother Blythe and daughter Lex (Bridget Regan) who team up as amateur sleuths. Hines will play Lex’s brother, an Assistant District Attorney. Gjokaj, repped by ICM Partners, Suskin Management and Jackoway Tyreman, will play Jack, Lex’s best childhood friend, now an NYPD directive who has feelings for Lex and helps her and her mother in their investigations.
Former Legend Of The Seeker star Bridget Regan has been tapped as a lead in ABC’s hourlong pilot Murder In Manhattan, executive produced by Ryan Reynolds. Written by Maria Maggenti and directed by Cherie Nowlan, Murder In Manhattan is a dramedy set in New York centering on mother Blythe and daughter Lex (Regan) who team up as amateur sleuths. The sassy Lex works in the Mayor’s office by day, and works as sleuth with Blythe by night. Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s DarkFire TV co-produces the pilot, which will film in New York, with ABC Studios. Murder In Manhattan reunites Regan with ABC Studios, which also produced the cult syndicated fantasy series Legend Of The Seeker. Regan, repped by TMT Entertainment and Gersh, recently recurred on the CW’s Beauty And The Beast.
Angelique Cabral has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Enlisted. Written by Kevin Biegel, Enlisted follows three very different brothers working together in the Army. It centers on Sgt. Pete Waits (Geoff Stults) who, after a stint in Afghanistan, is stationed at a small military base in Florida to tackle the toughest job of them all — leading his dysfunctional brothers’ squad. Cabral, repped Pakula/King and manager Karen Forman, will play Jill Perez, a ballsy sergeant at the army base who is beloved by her soldiers and heads … Read More »