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Several More Actors Join Broadcast Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

Danneel Ackles (formerly Harris) and Jamie Lee Kirchner have landed the last 2 leads in NBC’s comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You. The single-camera project, from writer/exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV, is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad (Nick Thune) and Missy (Kirchner), introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad’s Allie (Ackles) and Missy’s Sarah (Anna Camp), to each other. Ackles, repped by Gersh and Untitled, co-stars in 20th TV’s comedy series for NBC Friends with Benefits, which is yet to be scheduled.

A day after his FX series was canceled, Lights Out co-star Billy Brown has booked a pilot, NBC’s drama Reconstruction. Written by Josh Brand, the project is set in a Missouri town during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era and centers on Jason (Martin Henderson), a soldier who crosses the country and settles into a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior. Brown will play Sam, a former a former slave with a hearty, life-affirming laugh who brings Jason up to speed on the happenings of the their small Missouri town. Brown, represented by TalentWorks and Benerspink, played “Death Row” Reynolds, the boxing nemesis of Patrick “Lights” Read More »

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LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: Donald Sutherland And Damon Wayans Jr. Cast In Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

Two father-son duos have booked pilots this season. Donald Sutherland is set to co-star in NBC’s comedy My Life As an Experiment. His son Kiefer Sutherland toplines Fox’s drama pilot Touch. Meanwhile, Damon Wayans Jr. has been tapped as one of the three male leads in Fox’s untitled Liz Meriwether comedy pilot (aka Chicks & Dicks). His casting comes hours after his dad, Damon Wayans, closed a deal to star in CBS’ untitled sports radio show comedy pilot.

NBC’s My Life As an Experiment, from Sony, Reveille and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite, centers on magazine immersion journalist A.J. Wilder (Jon Dore), who explores all sorts of unique experiences. Paget Brewster plays A.J.’s wife Stacie. Sutherland will play Stacie’s dad and A.J.’s father-in-law, a highly respected, very accomplished heart surgeon and a pompous, arrogant guy to boot who makes no secret of his disdain for his writer son-in-law. This is a departure for Sutherland, who is coming off three back-to-back drama series: Commander in Chief, Dirty Sexy Money and Pillars of the Earth.

Fox’s Liz Meriwether project, from 20th TV, is described as an ensemble comedy about the sexual politics of men and women. It centers on Jessica (Zooey Deschanel), an optimistic but unlucky-in-love elementary school teacher who, after her most recent break-up, moves out of her apartment with her ex and moves in with three … Read More »

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NBC’s Pilot ‘My Life As An Experiment’ Finds Lead And Casts Paget Brewster

By | Friday March 11, 2011 @ 5:47pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Comedian Jon Dore has landed the lead in NBC’s comedy pilot My Life As an Experiment. And, in big (and not so good) news for fans of CBS’ Criminal Minds, series co-star Paget Brewster has been cast as the female lead in the pilot, from Sony, Reveille and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite.

Written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith based on the book by A.J. Jacobs, My Life As an Experiment centers on magazine immersion journalist A.J. Wilder (Dore), who explores all sorts of unique experiences. Brewster will play A.J.’s feisty and adorable lawyer wife. Brewster has no deal for Criminal Minds beyond this season, so if My Life As an Experiment goes to series, she won’t return to the CBS drama (at least not as a regular). UTA-repped Brewster was given the option to do a pilot this year when CBS modified her series regular deal for Criminal Minds in the summer, reducing the number of her guaranteed episodes. She took advantage of the opportunity and tested for a couple of half-hour pilots, landing My Life As an Experiment. (Neither the network nor studio behind Experiment is associated with Criminal Minds as CBS, series producer ABC Studios as well as CBS TV Studios and ABC refrained from casting the actress in their projects to avoid conflict with her possible return to the veteran drama.) Because of her situation, … Read More »

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NBC Comedy ‘Experiment’ With Jack Black

Nellie Andreeva

NBC has picked up My Life As an Experiment, a half-hour comedy project produced by Jack Black and written by Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith. Based on the best-selling non-fiction book Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment by journalist/author A.J. Jacobs, the show chronicles the adventures of an immersion journalist and how these unusual assignments comedically affect his home life with his wife and two kids. It hails from Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods., Reveille, where Electric Dynamite has a production deal, and Sony Pictures Television. Sony TV-based comedy writing duo Yuspa and Goldsmith will write/executive produce My Life as an Experiement, which I hear landed a seven-figure penalty, one of the biggest for a comedy project so far this development season. Yuspa and Goldsmith, who have been at Sony since 1997, executive produced and ran the studio’s long-running comedy The King of Queens before segueing to development. They created and executive produced 2 series, Fox’s ‘Til Death and ABC’s Big Day.

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Reveille & Jack Black To Turn A.J. Jacobs’ Book ‘My Life As An Experiment’ Into Sitcom

Nellie Andreeva

MyLifeasanExperimentJacketEXCLUSIVE: Reveille and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods. have optioned the TV rights to journalist/author A.J. Jacobs’ best-selling non-fiction book My Life As An Experiment for a potential half-hour comedy series. This marks one of the first projects under Black’s two-year exclusive production deal with Reveille inked in April. The book, whose full title is My Life As An Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest To Improve Himself By Living As a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, And Other Radical Tests, is being released by Simon & Schuster in paperback today.

Esquire Editor-at-Large Jacob is known for immersing himself in a self-improvement project and then writing about it. In My Life As an Experiment, he provides a humorous account of his 10 month-long exercises in self-improvement—from assuming the identity of a beautiful young woman to outsourcing his life to a couple of Indian assistants, to living a life of Radical Honesty. ”I’m being radically honest when I say I’m thrilled to be working with Reveille and Jack Black, and I’m looking forward to helping them transform these stories from my life into a series,” Jacobs quipped. Reveille’s EVP scripted TV Carolyn Bernstein called the stories “tailor-made for television,” noting that they “chronicle A.J.’s real-life adventures in immersion journalism and their unexpected comedic impact on his domestic life.” Search is underway for a writer to adapt the book.

ICM-repped Jacobs previously spent a year reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica and another year following every rule … Read More »

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