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Lina Esco Joins HBO Pilot ‘Open’; Fox Event Series ‘Gracepoint’ Adds Regular

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 3:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

escoActress-filmmaker Lina Esco has been cast as a regular in Ryan Murphy‘s HBO pilot Open, a provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. It centers on five central characters played by Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Esco will play Gina, a smoking hot and extremely ambitious employee at Jonathan’s sports management agency (and the object of his sexting and extra-curricular exploits) who will stop at nothing to get the job promotion AND her man. Esco, repped by  Luber Roklin, co-starred opposite Miley Cyrus in LOL and wrote and directed her first film, the provocative Free The Nipple. Read More »

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Jaimie Alexander To Co-Star In Ryan Murphy’s HBO Pilot ‘Open’

By | Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 11:52am PST
Nellie Andreeva

alexanderEXCLUSIVE: Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander has joined Ryan Murphy‘s HBO pilot Open as a series regular. Additionally, Alexander is in negotiations to topline the indie Money Is Money with Luke Bracey. Open, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. It revolves around five central characters played by Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Alexander will play Claire, the postpartum-suffering, pill-popping Stepford wife of Evan (Bentley). Alexander was a finalist for the new female lead role on Fox/20th TV’s 24: Live Another Day that went to Yvonne Strahovski, but the studio loved her, leading to her casting in Open, from 20th TV’s cable division Fox 21. Alexander probably is  best known for playing Sif in Marvel’s Thor movie franchise, a role she will be reprising in an upcoming episode of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She next will be seen in London Fields opposite Billy Bob Thornton. Money Is Money, directed by Gela Babluani and produced by Hubert Caillard and Rachael Horovitz, starts production in March in Detroit. Alexander is repped by Mosaic, WME and attorney Lev Ginsburg.

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Cheyenne Jackson Joins Ryan Murphy/HBO Pilot ‘Open’, Jason O’Mara To Star In Matt Nix’s USA Pilot ‘Complications’

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 12:07pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Cheyenne Jackson has become a late addition to Ryan Murphy‘s HBO pilot Open, from Fox 21. Jackson will be a series regular playing a new character I hear Murphy has created for him. Open, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. It centers on five central characters played by Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh. I hear Jackson plays a handsome meth addict. Filming is expected to begin in February. Jackson previously worked with Murphy on Glee where he did an arc. The actor, repped by ICM Partners and the Schiff Co., guest stars on the Lifetime pilot HR.

Jason O’Mara (Vegas, Terra Nova) has been cast as the lead in Matt Nix’s USA Network pilot Complications, a gritty medical drama centered around John Ellis (O’Mara), a disillusioned suburban ER doctor who finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy’s life and killing one of his attackers. Fox TV Studios is producing.

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Michelle Monaghan To Star In Ryan Murphy’s HBO Pilot ‘Open’

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Michelle Monaghan rounds out the lead cast of Open, HBO’s drama pilot from Ryan Murphy. The Fox 21 project, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. Monaghan will play the central female character Grace, a successful and recently engaged gynecologist. She joins Scott Speedman, who plays Grace’s fiance Jonathan, Wes Bentley (Evan), Anna Torv (Windsor) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Holly). Open keeps Monaghan — repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion, and attorney Robert Offer — in the HBO fold. She plays the female lead opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the pay cable network’s eight-episode limited series True Detective, which premieres in January 2014. Her upcoming features include Fort Bliss, A Many Splintered Thing and Better Living Through Chemistry.

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Anna Torv & Jennifer Jason Leigh To Co-Star In Ryan Murphy’s HBO Pilot ‘Open’

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 2:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Fringe star Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh, coming off Revenge, have joined the cast of Open, HBO’s drama pilot from Ryan Murphy. The Fox 21 project, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. In her followup to Fringe, Torv will play one of the five central characters, Windsor, a yoga instructor in a longterm relationship with Holly (Leigh), an actress intensely committed to her career, who, upon meeting Grace, feels an instant connection. Aussie Torv, repped by WME and Australia’s United Management, and Leigh, repped by CAA and Untitled, join previously cast Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley.

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Scott Speedman To Star In Ryan Murphy’s HBO Pilot ‘Open’

By | Thursday June 27, 2013 @ 9:08am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Scott Speedman is set as one of the leads in Open, HBO’s drama pilot from Ryan Murphy. The project, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. Speedman will play Jonathan, a handsome sports marketing executive. On Open, from Fox 21, he joins Wes Bentley, who was recently cast as the other male lead. Felicity alum Speedman, repped by WME and Circle of Confusion, toplined ABC’s drama series Last Resort last season. He recently wrapped Atom Egoyan’s psychological thriller Queen Of the Night opposite Ryan Reynolds.

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Wes Bentley To Star In Ryan Murphy’s HBO Pilot ‘Open’

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) is set to star in Open, HBO’s drama pilot from Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy. The project, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. Bentley will play the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality. Open hails from Fox 21, the cable division of 20th Century Fox TV where Murphy is under a rich overall deal. This marks a rare foray into television for Bentley, whose only previous TV gig was a starring role in another HBO pilot, Tilda, opposite Diane Keaton.

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Ryan Murphy’s Provocative Relationship Drama ‘Open’ Lands At HBO With Pilot Order

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 5:18pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After fielding interest from multiple networks, Open, the racy new drama spec from Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy, has gone to HBO, which has given it a pilot order. Casting is expected to begin shortly for filming in the fall. Open, which Murphy co-wrote with Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. It hails from Fox 21, the cable division of 20th Century Fox TV, where Murphy is under a rich overall deal. This marks the first project at HBO for 20th TV/Fox21, whose maiden project at fellow premium cable network Showtime was the Emmy-winning drama Homeland. “Gary (Newman), Bert (Salke) and I have been looking for the right opportunity to be in business with HBO for awhile, and this show represents the exact right opportunity,” said 20th TV chairman Dana Walden. “Its provocative storytelling and Ryan’s trademark production values and rich, layered characters make it a perfect fit for the HBO brand.”

Related: Ryan Murphy Shopping Hot Cable Drama About Sexuality & Relationships

Open expands HBO’s relationship with Murphy, where he is directing a passion project of his, the film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s celebrated Broadway play The Normal Heart. It is through that movie that HBO president Michael Lombardo got to know Murphy and observe his talent first-hand. Then he got the call from 20th TV and was given the Open script. “I was hooked,” Lombardo said. “I think it is a perfect marriage of an idea and execution. This is an area we’ve been talking about doing something in for some time, and Ryan did it in a way that is enormously engaging. We’re thrilled doing this project with him, Dana and Gary.” Read More »

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Ryan Murphy Shopping Hot Cable Drama About Sexuality & Relationships

By | Thursday April 4, 2013 @ 12:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In what will likely be one of the biggest cable sales of the year, Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy is out shopping a racy new project. Open, which he is creating and writing with Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. The subject matter seems to lend itself to premium cable, though I hear selected basic cable networks are also being pitched. The project just hit the marketplace, and I hear there are already multiple networks bidding. Open marks Murphy’s first project with Fox 21, the cable production division of 20th Century Fox TV where Murphy is under a rich overall deal. Read More »

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