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Pilot Castings: Jack Coleman In CW’s ‘First Cut’, BET’s ‘Single Black Female’ Adds Duo

By | Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 10:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jack Coleman First CutHeroes alum Jack Coleman has been cast in the CW’s Jennie Snyder Urman medical drama pilot aka First Cut. The project, from CBS TV Studios and producer Dan Jinks, centers on Emily (Mamie Gummer), a newly minted doctor who, glad to leave her nerdy past behind for a fresh start in the adult professional world, discovers that, sadly and comically, life at the hospital where she works is no different than high school. Coleman, repped by Domain and manager Steven Levy, will play Chief Tim Granger, the demanding and intimidating chief of staff at Denver Memorial Hospital. He currently recurs on The Office and The Vampire Diaries.

Aaron D. Spears (The Bold & The Beautiful) and Richard Roundtree have been cast opposite Gabrielle Union in Single Black Female, BET’s hourlong pilot from Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, the husband-and-wife duo behind the cable network’s hit comedy series The Game. Written by The Game creator Brock Akil, Single Black Female chronicles the work and family life of popular talk show host Mary Jane (Union). Spears, repped by Stone Manners Salners and Golan & Blumberg, will play Mark Bradley, a charismatic co-anchor and close friend to Mary Jane. Roundtree will play Mary Jane’s father. Read More »

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Dane Cook To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Next Caller Please’

By | Wednesday February 29, 2012 @ 4:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Dane Cook is set to star in the NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Next Caller Please. The Lionsgate/Universal TV project, written by Stephen Falk, centers on Cam Doherty (Cook), a brash, hard-drinking, no-filter maverick DJ of a satellite radio show whose world is rocked with the arrival of perky, feminist new on-air co-host Stella Stoobler (Collette Wolfe). Cook’s casting stems from the NBC development deal he signed last fall. Cook most recently guest starred on the FX comedy Louie and appeared in the features Answers to Nothing, Detention and Guns and Girls & Gambling. UTA-repped Cook has a very successful stand-up career: He has sold out arena venues such as Madison Square Garden and Staples Center, released several multi-platinum comedy albums and DVDs and starred in a slew of cable standup specials.

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