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Kristen Schaal To Star In ABC Pilot ‘Pulling’

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 1:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actress-comedian Kristen Schaal is set as a lead opposite June Diane Raphael and Jenny Slate in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky based on the British series and directed by Jason Moore, revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s — Donna (Raphael), Karen (Slate) and Louise (Schaal) — living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Schaal replaces Mandy Moore, who was originally cast as Louise but recently exited the project. Interestingly, all three leads in the pilot are actresses/comedians/writers, matching the background of Sharon Horgan, co-creator/star of the original series (she played Donna) and an executive producer of the ABC version. (Horgan wrote and stars in another ABC comedy pilot, Bad Management.) Read More »

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Mandy Moore Exits ABC Pilot ‘Pulling’

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 4:07pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Mandy Moore is leaving ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling. The project, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Jason Moore, revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Moore was to play one of them, Louise, who is optimistic and desperate to snag a husband. Moore was the first actor cast in a major role on the pilot, based on the praised 2006 British series. June Diane Raphael was cast as the lead and supporting actors were added. Word is those castings changed the dynamic, and Moore’s character evolved, leading to Moore’s exit. “Mandy is a pro, and has been very patient and accommodating with us,” Pulling producers said. “As we moved closer to production, it was clear we needed to go in a different direction for the character, and Mandy agreed to do what was best for the show. She’s an immensely gifted actress and we hope to have the pleasure of working with her again.”  Read More »

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ABC Pilot Castings: Andrea Savage Boards John Leguizamo Comedy, Matt Oberg Joins ‘Pulling’, Zahn McClarnon In ‘Big Thunder’

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 5:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Andrea Savage is set as the female lead in the network’s untitled John Leguizamo project, co-created and starring Leguizamo and based on his life as a husband, father and fish out of water on New York’s Upper West Side. Savage will play Leguizamo’s wife Juicy in the pilot, from ABC Studios and Mandeville TV. Read More »

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June Diane Raphael To Star In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Pulling’

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 9:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

June Diane Raphael is set to topline ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, based on the praised 2006 British series. Raphael will star opposite Mandy Moore in the pilot, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Jason Moore, which revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Raphael will play the lead, Donna, whose seemingly perfect life suddenly falls apart, and she moves back in with her single best friends Karen and Louise (Moore). Raphael was attached to play one of the leads in another ABC comedy about three female friends this season, The Housewives, which she co-wrote with Casey Wilson. The project, from Sony TV and Will Gluck, had a put pilot commitment but missed out on a green light. Raphael and Wilson also sold comedy Walk Of Shame to ABC last season.  Upright Citizens Brigade alumna Raphael, repped by UTA and the Collective, was recently seen in Imogene. Pulling is produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment , with Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, creators of the original series, executive producing with Eisenberg, Stupnitsky and Aaron Kaplan

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Mandy Moore To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Pulling’, Eloise Mumford In ‘Reckless’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 7:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Mandy Moore is set as one of the leads in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, based on the praised 2006 British series. The pilot, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Jason Moore, revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Moore plays one of them, Louise, who is optimistic and desperate to snag a husband — but her man-hungry tactics typically backfire. ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment produce, with Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, creators of the original series, executive producing with Eisenberg, Stupnitsky and Aaron Kaplan. ABC has long had its eye on Moore. The network produced a comedy pilot starring the actress last season and earlier this season bought a Rich Appel comedy project she was attached to with a put pilot commitment. Read More »

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ABC Picks Up Comedy ‘Pulling’, Dramas From McG, David Zabel & Brad Pitt

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 7:20pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

ABC made a late charge on the pilot pickup front to end what will likely be the busiest day this season. (For full list of all broadcast pilots, click here.) The network has given the green light to comedy Pulling, from Bad Teachers scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and producer Aaron Kaplan. On the drama side, picked up are dramas Betrayal from David Zabel; Venice from McG and Byron Balasco, with McG set to direct; and The Returned, from writer Aaron Zelman, Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Single-camera comedy Pulling is based on the praised 2006 British series. Eisenberg and Stupnitsky wrote the adaptation, produced by ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment. Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly, creators of the original series, executive produce with Eisenberg, Stupnitsky and Kaplan. Pulling revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. This marks the second pilot order for Kaplan today, joining CBS’ Dana Klein comedy, and third so far this season, along with NBC’s The Gates. Read More »

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