Paul Reiser has been cast in Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot Red Oaks, exec produced by Steven Soderbergh and exec produced/directed by David Gordon Green. Set in summer 1985, Red Oaks centers on 20-year-old David Myers, who takes a job as an assistant tennis pro at the predominantly Jewish Red Oaks country club in New Jersey and tries to figure out what kind of life he wants to lead. Reiser – who is repped by Gersh, New Wave and Jeff Finkelstein – plays Getty, the wealthy and incredibly snobbish president of the club’s board. He recently wrapped production in Blumhouse’s 6 Miranda Drive, has two Sundance movies, Whiplash, which also screened in Cannes, and Life After Beth, and is in talks for Beg the Devil. In TV, he will recur on new FX comedy series Married.
Smash alum Raza Jaffrey has joined Showtime drama Homeland in a major recurring role for the upcoming fourth season, which is set in the Middle East. He will play Aasar Khan, a decorated Lieutenant Colonel working for Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service. He is repped by Gotham, Principal and United in London.
Paul Reiser has been set to recur on Andrew Gurland’s new FX series Married, which was picked up to series in January and will debut this summer. Created, directed and executive produced by Gurland, Married stars Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as Russ and Lina Bowman, who can barely remember what was like before kids, debt, and suburbia rained on their romance. But every once in a while they are reminded what drew them together in the first place: They’re best friends. Reiser will play the older love interest of co-star Jenny Slate’s character. Brad Gelman also co-stars. Reiser, who had a pair of films — Whiplash and Life After Beth — premiere at Sundance this year, most recently appeared in HBO’s Behind The Candelabra. He is repped by Gersh, New Wave Entertainment, and attorney Jeff Finkelstein.
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EXCLUSIVE: ER alum Erik Palladino is set as a regular on ABC’s upcoming supernatural drama series 666 Park Ave. after appearing in the pilot as a guest star. He plays Tony DeMeo, a doorman at The Drake, the spooky Manhattan apartment building at the center of the show.
Paul Reiser has joined the cast of HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, directed by Steven Soderberg and toplined by Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his longtime partner Scott Thorson. The former Mad About You star will play Mr. Felder, Thorson’s attorney. Reiser is repped by ICM Partners, New Wave and attorney Jeff Finkelstein. Also cast in the movie is Pat Asanti, who will play the pianist’s brother George. Asanti is repped by KSR Talent and Discover management. Read More »
Paul Reiser has completed an overhaul of his representation team. Three months after the veteran actor-comedian signed with ICM, he also has brought in a new management company, New Wave Entertainment. Reiser was with the Saftan Co. He most recently created, executive produced and starred in The Paul Reiser Show, which had a brief, low-rated run on NBC last midseason. Reiser, best known for co-creating/exec producing and starring in another NBC comedy series, the long-running Mad About You, also has written three books, most recently Familyhood, a follow-up to Couplehood and Babyhood.
Veteran actor-comedian Paul Reiser has signed with ICM. He was with UTA. Reiser most recently created, executive produced and starred in The Paul Reiser Show, which had a brief, low-rated midseason run on NBC. Reiser is best known for co-creating/exec producing and starring in another NBC comedy series, the long-running Mad About You. Reiser also has written three books, most recently Familyhood, published earlier this year, a follow-up to Couplehood and Babyhood.
Thursday night I had the honor of hosting the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tribute to the legendary Carl Reiner, which also featured a surprise appearance at the end of the two-hour show from Carl’s Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13 co-star George Clooney who presented him with the enormous crystal trophy for his remarkable career in entertainment. The packed house (with an overflow turnaway crowd watching on video next door to the Academy’s Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood) greeted him with a massive standing ovation after comedian Paul Reiser welcomed him to the stage. The star-studded tribute also marked the last official Academy event for Chairman John Shaffner as he noted in his opening remarks welcoming the crowd, Shaffner will turn over his job after next month’s election to a new Chair (Warner’s Bruce Rosenblum is running opposite current Vice-Chair Nancy Wiard).
I had previously hosted the Academy’s Betty White 60th Show Biz anniversary tribute and Bob Newhart’s 50th last year and this was another amazing night for a true show business icon, the indefatigable Reiner who at “89½” is well-deserving of this “mid-career tribute” as I noted in my own introductory remarks. He’a a man for all (TV) seasons and does everything including a lot of Master of Ceremonies gigs. “If Carl could host his own tribute tonight I’m sure he would,” I said before cueing the opening clip reel … Read More »
BREAKING: Barry Levinson’s 1982 film Diner is headed for Broadway in fall 2012. Base Entertainment’s Scott Zeiger and Brian Becker have announced a musical adaptation with book by Levinson and music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow. The musical marks the Broadway debut of both Levinson and Crow, the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. Kathleen Marshall will direct and choreograph. It follows the storyline of Levinson’s breakthrough film, which was set in 1959 Baltimore and revolved around the misadventures of six high school buddies who reunite when one of them gets married. It was a launching point for young actors Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, Tim Daly, Steve Guttenberg, Paul Reiser, Mickey Rourke and Daniel Stern. “Diner was a pivotal moment in my career, and since then I have continued to live with the characters, realizing there is is much more to their story,” Levinson said. “I’m excited to be embarking on this stage version, which affords me the opportunity as a storyteller to expand on my original vision and let the characters express their innermost feeling and thoughts through song.” Levinson has been working with screenwriter James Toback on a movie about the relationship between mob boss John Gotti and his son John Jr, a film that will star John Travolta and Ben Foster.