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PILOTS: Brian Cox Joins ‘Gotham’, Nelson Franklin To Star In Mandy Moore Project, Anson Mount To Guest In ‘Penoza’

By | Monday March 19, 2012 @ 3:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Brian Cox is set to co-star in the ABC drama pilot Gotham. The 20th TV-produced project centers on Detective Annie Travers (Megan Ketch) who, while investigating the “impossible murder” of a nightclub owner, is stunned to learn that New York has a whole secret magical history of which she (and everyone else) was hitherto unaware. IFA-repped Cox will play Alderman Morrill, an intelligent, sharp-eyed gentleman and seemingly the owner of a clock shop who is actually entrusted to keep the secret magic world New York City running on an even keel. The pilot was written by Michael Green, with Francis Lawrence directing.

Nelson Franklin (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has landed the male lead opposite Mandy Moore in Moore’s ABC comedy pilot directed by Shawn Levy. The single-camera project, written by Bob Fisher and Stacy Traub, centers on newlyweds Annie (Moore) and Ben (Franklin), who get the opportunity of a lifetime to run a hip, new restaurant in Annie’s hometown bringing her closer to her needy and high-maintenance family. Stockard Channing and Kurt Fuller play Annie’s parents. The casting reunites Franklin, repped by WME and Principato-Young, with 20th TV where he starred on the comedy series Traffic Light last season.

Hell On Wheels star Anson Mount has been tapped for a high-profile guest starring role in ABC’s drama pilot Read More »

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‘Lost’s Yunjin Kim Gets A Lead In ABC’s ‘Mistresses’ And Other TV Castings

By | Friday March 16, 2012 @ 10:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Yunjin Kim Lost MistressesLost alumna Yunjin Kim has landed a lead opposite Rochelle Aytes and Jes Macallan in Mistresses, ABC’s drama recently greenlighted straight to series for a summer 2013 launch. The soap, written by KJ Steinberg and based on the British format, is described as a provocative drama about four women — three of them played by Kim, Aytes and Macallan — with scandalous romantic lives, caught in storms of excitement and self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal. Kim will play Katie, a therapist who slept with one of her patients, John, before his death. Also cast on the series are Erik Stocklin in the regular role of Sam, John’s son, who finds himself falling in love with Katie; and Cameron Bender in the recurring role of Richard, a recently divorced man who hires April to re-decorate his new apartment and starts a romance with her. Stocklin is with JC Robbins, Bender is with Metropolitan and Justice & Ponder.

Erin Moriarty PenozaErin Moriarty has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Penoza, written and executive produced by Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg. Based on a Dutch format, it centers on Martha (Radha Mitchell), the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Moriarty, repped by ICM and 3 Arts, will play Martha’s daughter. She will next be seen in Neighborhood Watch. Read More »

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ABC Pilots ‘Nashville’ & ‘Penoza’, Fox’s Karyn Usher Add To Casts

By | Tuesday March 13, 2012 @ 1:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actor-comedian-singer Charles Esten (Enlightened) is set to co-star in ABC’s drama pilot Nashville. Written by Callie Khouri, directed by R.J. Cutler and produced by Lionsgate and ABC Studios, Nashville is described as a family soap about love, country music, family, politics and sex, all set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene. It centers on 40-year-old Nashville fading superstar Rayna James (Connie Britton) whose label requires her to team up with teen sensation Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) on tour–or else face the loss of her own tour and the label’s promotion of her latest record, whose sales have been underwhelming. Esten, repped by Stone Manners Salners, will play Deacon, songwriter, lead guitar player, and Rayna’s former lover.

Suleka Mathew (Hawthorne) and Jaime Ray Newman have been added to the cast of ABC’s drama pilot Penoza, written and executive produced by Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg. Based on a Dutch format, it centers on Martha (Radha Mitchell), the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Mathew, repped by SDB Partners and John Crosby Management, will play Marta’s best friend Dina. Newman will play Marta’s younger sister Kat. Also cast in the pilot are Sterling Beaumon and Jacob Salvati as Marta’s sons.

Louise Lombard has joined Fox’s … Read More »

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Chris Messina, Luis Guzman & Rade Serbedzija Cast In Broadcast Pilots

By | Saturday March 10, 2012 @ 8:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Chris Messina Mindy KalingChris Messina has joined Mindy Kaling’s Fox single-camera comedy pilot, in which she stars as a young Bridget Jones-type Ob/Gyn balancing her personal and professional life, surrounded by quirky co-workers in a small office. Messina, who had multiple pilot offers this season, will play a character written for him by Kaling. Messina, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, is finishing up a recurring role on Damages and is also recurring on Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming HBO series Newsroom. Read More »

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Radha Mitchell To Play The Lead In Melissa Rosenberg’s ABC Drama Pilot ‘Penoza’

By | Thursday March 8, 2012 @ 8:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Radha Mitchell is set to play the lead in the ABC drama pilot Penoza, written and executive produced by Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg. Based on the Dutch format, it centers on Martha (Mitchell), the widow of an assassinated criminal who is forced to adopt her husband’s role in a crime syndicate in order to protect her family. Mitchell, repped by ICM and manager Rick Ax, will next be seen in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.

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‘Twilight’ Writer Melissa Rosenberg To Pen Drama Project For ABC & Endemol Studios

By | Thursday November 17, 2011 @ 9:58am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Melissa Rosenberg has teamed with ABC and Endemol Studios for an U.S. adaptation of Endemol’s Dutch drama format Penoza. The Twilight scribe will write and executive produce the project, one of two dramas based on international Endemol formats that Endemol Studios has set up at ABC and ABC Studios, along with Spirited, which will be written by Chris Black (Desperate Housewives) and Henry Alonso Myers (Chuck). These are the first 2 sales for Endemol Studios, which was launched by Endemol USA in August. For Rosenberg, this is the second project this TV development season. She also executive produces Afterthought, a murder mystery drama at NBC written by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman).

The Rosenberg-penned Penoza centers on a widow of an assassinated criminal who is suddenly forced to adopt her late husband’s role in order to protect her family. Rosenberg, who will serve as showrunner, is executive producing with Alon Aranya (The Naked Truth) and Howard Klein. Penoza was originally created by Pieter Bart Korthuis for Endemol’s NL Film & TV and producer Alain de Levita. The series is now filming its second season for KRO in the Netherlands. Rosenberg is the second highest-grossing female screenwriter of all time, having written all movies in the blockbuster Twilight franchise based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer, including Breaking Dawn Part 1, which opens tomorrow. … Read More »

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Global Showbiz: Australia, Poland, Thailand

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 1:46am PST

Gena Rowlands Barred From Australian Movie
Gena Rowlands has been bumped from the Australian film Last Dance because of restrictions on casting of foreign talent, the Australian reports. The 81-year-old actress was to have played a Holocaust survivor of German and Jewish origin who is taken hostage in her apartment by a radical Palestinian (Underbelly‘s Firass Dirani). Under Australian union guidelines, a local production must obtain 30% foreign investment if it hires foreign actors although that rule apparently did not apply to Last Dance because of its less than A$2.5million budget. Terence Hammond wrote the screenplay with Rowlands in mind and she rehearsed for months. The decision by the actors union comes weeks after it bowed to pressure and allowed Richard E. Grant to star in The Kath and Kim Fillum now shooting in Melbourne. The barring of Rowlands has raised the ire of the production industry and placed pressure on the actress who replaced her, Julia Blake, weeks before filming was to begin.

Animal Logic Wins Contract For Lego Movie
Sydney and Fox Studios-based Animal Logic, which worked on both Happy Feet movies and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, will make the Lego movie for Warner Bros, according to Encore and the Herald Sun. New South Wales Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the government helped secure the Lego project against strong competition from the US and Canada. The production … Read More »

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