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ABC Pilot Castings: Natalie Dormer To Star In ‘Poe’, Judith Light Joins ‘Kids’

Nellie Andreeva

The Tudors alumna Natalie Dormer is set as the female lead opposite Chris Egan in ABC’s drama pilot Poe. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Lin Pictures, is a crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe (Egan), the world’s very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston. Dormer, repped by ICM and U.K.’s United Agents, will play Celeste, a beautiful spitfire, with a firm moral center – the logical yin to Poe’s wildly theoretical yang. She owns the newspaper for which Poe writes, having inherited it from her fiancé who died in mysterious circumstances.

Judith Light has been tapped for a regular role in ABC’s half-hour pilot Other People’s Kids. The multicamera comedy, written by Hunter Covington and directed by Michael Fresco, centers on Adam (Jesse Bradford), a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman, Michelle (Bonnie Sommerville) who has two kids, an ex-husband, and ex-in-laws. Light, repped by Gersh and TAO Management, will play Michelle’s ex-mother-in-law, an eccentric older woman living with her lover who likes to keep all 10 fingers deep in family matters.

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ABC Picks Up Multicamera Family Sitcom

Nellie Andreeva

ABC has greenlighted another comedy pilot, Other People’s Kids. The project, from ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, was written by Hunter Covington and centers on a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman who has 2 kids, an ex-husband, and ex-in-laws. Stacy Traub and Peter Traugott are executive producing.

New ABC programming chief Paul Lee has said that he believes in the multicamera sitcom form (He set out to prove it while at ABC Family with Melissa & Joey, which has done pretty well for the cable channel) and that he is mulling a return of ABC’s Friday TGIF sitcom block. He is certainly backing his words up with comedy pilot orders that have skewed heavily towards multicamera comedies so far with Other People’s Kids, Jack Burditt’s The Last Day of Man, Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen’s Work It and Smothered and Marisa Coughlan’s Lost and Found. And yet, ABC’s flagship comedy series that have already been renewed for next season – Modern Family, The Middle and Cougar Town – are all single-camera.

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