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‘Playing With Guns’ Not Going Forward At Comedy Central; Can It Cheat Death Again?

Nellie Andreeva

Comedy Central has passed on the pilot Playing With Guns. This is the second time the Varsity Pictures/Lionsgate TV project about two buddies-turned-cops has found itself in that position. Last year, it went to pilot at Spike TV but wasn’t picked up to series. Then early this year, Spike’s sister Viacom network, Comedy Central, greenlighted to pilot a retooled version of the show with Ethan Suplee joining original star Danny Masterson as the second lead. Playing With Guns was one of three pilots in serious consideration at the network, along with The Nick Show Kroll and an untitled series starring MadTV alum Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The last two were picked up to series last month.

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Four Actors Join Broadcast/Cable Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

Megan Hilty has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Smash, which was based on an idea by Steven Spielberg. The pilot, from DreamWorks TV and UMS, follows a cross section of characters who come together to put on a Marilyn Monroe musical on Broadway led by the musical’s composer Tom and lyricist Julia (Debra Messing). Hilty, repped by Gersh and One Entertainment, will play Tom’s go-to girl for acting out scenes in progress who is hugely disappointed when she is told she is too old to play Marilyn and has to be part of the chorus. Hilty’s Broadway credits include Wicked and 9 to 5, which was produced by new NBC chief Bob Greenblatt.

Anthony Carrigan (The Forgotten) is the first actor cast in the USA pilot Over/Under.The project, from FtvS/UCP, centers on Paul, a day trader with a massive gambling problem fired from his job who settles in Brooklyn where he finds an unlikely partner, expectant father with a failing business Marino (Carrigan), to start a high-end bookie business. Carrigan, repped by Gersh and the Collective is recurring on Parenthood.

Lost alum Nestor Carbonell is set to co-star opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS drama pilot Ringer. The project centers on troubled young woman Bridget (Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her wealthy … Read More »

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Comedy Central Resurrects Spike TV’s ‘Playing With Guns’ With Pilot Order

Nellie Andreeva

Playing with Guns has been picked up to pilot… again. The project, which shot a pilot for Spike TV last year but didn’t make the cut to series, has now been greenlighted by another Viacom network, Comedy Central. Back is star Danny Masterson and producers Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate TV as well as writers Bob Castrone, Brian Levin and Jason Zumwalt. But now, Masterson is joined by a new co-lead, My Name Is Earl‘s Ethan Suplee, who replaces Joey Kern.

Playing with Guns centers on two best friends (Masterson, Suplee) who had no idea what they wanted to be when they grew up, so they decided to sign up for a job that allows them to hang out together, run red lights, and best of all – play with guns. So they became cops, patrolling the suburban town they grew up in and trying to get the most out of their badges while doing the least amount of police work possible. Word is Comedy Central brass liked the premise of the show but wanted to do it its own, leading to a complete revamp complete with Castrone, Levin and  Zumwalt writing a brand new script. Filming on the pilot will start next week in Wilmington, NC where the original pilot for Spike was also shot. Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins is back as executive producer and director of the pilot … Read More »

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