Jeananne Goossen has landed the female lead opposite Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy in Fox’s untitled Kevin Williamson drama pilot. The project, from Warner Bros TV, is described as an edge-of-the-seat thriller about Joe Carroll (Purefoy), a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers, and retired FBI profiler Ryan Hardy (Bacon), who finds himself in the middle of it. Goossen will play Jennifer Mason, a strong-willed FBI agent partnered with Hardy in the search for Carroll. Goossen, repped by Greene & Associates and Magnolia Entertainment, is recurring on Alcatraz and can also be seen in The Vow.
Jamie Chung (Samurai Girl) has joined Fox’s drama pilot The Asset. The project, written and executive produced by Josh Friedman and directed by Neil Burger, centers on Anna King (Ali Larter), a remarkably gifted globe-trotting photographer with a secret life: she a CIA field operative. Chung, repped by Gersh and 3 Arts, will play a polygraph expert with the CIA who administers a confrontational polygraph to King that immediately puts her on the wrong side of King’s temper and attention. Chung will next be seen in the features Premium Rush, 7500 and Man With The Iron Fists. Read More »
Kal Penn has been tapped as the lead in ABC’s comedy pilot Prairie Dogs. The single-camera project, from writers/executive producers Jackie and Jeff Filgo and ABC Studios, centers on Neil (Penn), an uncool cubicle worker aka “prairie dog” at one of the coolest companies in the world who becomes the victim of identity theft. When he discovers the thief has created a much more fulfilling life with his identity than he ever has, he engages the charismatic conman to help him change his life. I hear that Penn’s casting in the pilot has a development deal behind it, meaning that ABC would develop another project for him should Prairie Dogs not make it to series. Harold & Kumar‘s Penn, who co-starred on Fox’s medical drama House before he left acting for a 2-year stint at the White House, had a development deal at NBC earlier this season. When the project he was attached to didn’t go, he received multiple offers for other pilots, settling on Prairie Dogs. Penn, repped by Gersh and manager Dan Spilo, has been recurring on hit CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother this season.
ABC has added two more comedy pilots to it slate — the Reba McEntire starrer Malibu Country and Prairie Dogs, from That ’70s Show alums Jackie and Jeff Filgo. Both projects are produced by ABC Studios. The orders bring the number of in-cycle ABC comedy pilots so far this season to 10.
Malibu Country is a multicamera comedy starring the country star/actress as Reba who, after her “good ol boy” rock star husband cheats on her and burns through most of their money, divorces him and moves her family from Nashville to the only asset she has left — a little house in Malibu. There she’ll try to reignite her own singing career and keep herself and her three kids from being corrupted by the materialistic and rarefied Malibu world she now calls home. The project, which had a put pilot commitment, reunites McEntire with key auspices of her successful 2001 WB sitcom Reba. Former Reba showrunner Kevin Abbott wrote Malibu Country and executive produces with McEntire and former Reba executive producers McEntire, Mindy Schultheis & Michael Hanel. Also exec producing the sitcom are McEntire’s manager Narvel Blackstock; Dave Stewart, formerly of the Eurythmics; and Laura Ziskin Prods’ Pam Williams. Read More »