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USA Network Eyes ‘Rebounding’ As Potential ‘Modern Family’ Companion

By | Friday May 25, 2012 @ 12:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Comedy pilot Rebounding is looking to live up to its title as producing studio 20th Century Fox TV has been shopping it to other networks since its surprising pass at Fox two weeks ago. Meanwhile, one of USA Network’s main priorities is getting an original comedy series ready by next summer to launch as a companion to its prized off-network acquisition, ABC hit Modern Family. Could Rebounding fit the bill? I hear USA is looking at the pilot starring Will Forte as a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with help from his idiot buddies on a pickup basketball team.

Related: Fox Passes On ‘Rebounding’: Will Steve Levitan Ever Again Sell A Show There?

Rebounding and Modern Family seem like potentially great companions — the two single-camera shows share a sensibility (comedy with heart) and a lot of creative DNA. Rebounding, which was created by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman based on Port’s real-life experiences, is executive produced by Modern Family co-creator/executive producer Steve Levitan in his first major project since Modern Family. The pilot was directed by Jason Winer, who also helmed the pilot for Modern Family, with Levitan and Winer’s collaboration on Rebounding drawing parallels to the duo’s chemistry on Modern Family. The Rebounding pilot actually tested higher than the pilot for Modern Family at the studio. 20th TV produces both Modern Read More »

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Fox Passes On ‘Rebounding’: Will Steve Levitan Ever Again Sell A Show There?

By | Wednesday May 9, 2012 @ 7:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The highest-profile casualty at Fox, which picked up three new comedy series today and passed on everything else, was the Steve Levitan-produced pilot Rebounding. The single-camera project was written on spec by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman under the watchful eye of Modern Family co-creator Levitan. Inspired by Port’s real-life experiences, the 20th TV-produced project is described as an uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiot buddies on his pick-up basketball team.

It has had a roller-coaster ride. First the spec didn’t create a bidding frenzy as it hit the marketplace very late, on January 30, when networks were pretty much done with their pilot orders. There were also some concerns over the subject matter and whether it could translate into comedy. Fox ultimately stepped up and gave Rebounding a pilot order, bringing Levitan back to the network where he had refused to return for several years following Fox’s controversial 2008 cancellation of the Levitan-Christopher Lloyd comedy series Back To You after one season. Jason Winer, who directed the Modern Family pilot, signed on to direct Rebounding and, after a long search, Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte was cast as the lead. There were early reports from the set of the pilot about a good chemistry between Levitan and Winer reminiscent of their work on the ABC/20th TV hit Modern Family. Then the finished pilot came … Read More »

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Alyssa Milano To Star In ABC’s ‘Mistresses’, Amanda Walsh Joins Fox’s ‘Rebounding’

By | Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 8:15pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Alyssa Milano has been tapped as the last of the four leads in ABC’s drama series Mistresses. The soap, written by KJ Steinberg, is based on the British format. It centers on four women, April (Rochelle Aytes), Josslyn (Jes Macallan), Katie (Yunjin Kim) and Josslyn’s older sister Sarah (Milano), chronicling their sometimes scandalous romantic lives. Sarah is a classy and elegant married lawyer at a top Los Angeles law firm. Charmed and Melrose Place alumna Milano, recently seen in Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, will next reprise her guest starring role on the Fox comedy Breaking In as the ex-wife of Oz (Christian Slater). She is with CAA and Alchemy Entertainment.

Amanda Walsh (Sons & Daughters) has joined Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding, written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, exec produced by Steve Levitan and directed by Jason Winer. It is an uplifting comedy about Danny (Will Forte), a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team. Walsh will play the girlfriend of one of Danny’s friends, Dave (Hayes MacArthur). Walsh, repped by ICM and 3 Arts, replaces Aly Michalka, who was originally cast in the role but departed after the table read when the charcter was reconceived.

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Aly Michalka Exits Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Rebounding’ As Role Is Reconceived

By | Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 7:09pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hellcats star Aly Michalka has departed Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding after her character has been reworked post-table read. The 20th TV project, written/executive produced by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, executive produced by Steve Levitan and directed by Jason Winer, is an uplifting comedy about Danny (Will Forte), a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team. Michalka was cast as Taryn, the smoking-hot younger girlfriend of one of Danny’s friends, Dave, played by Hayes MacArthur. The Taryn character has now been reconceived, with the revamp including aging her up by a decade to Dave’s age. This is the third comedy pilot where recasting was done when characters were reworked after the table read, following similar moves on CBS’ Partners and ABC’s Mandy Moore project.

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Will Forte To Star In Fox Comedy Pilot ‘Rebounding’ Produced By Steve Levitan

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 9:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Will Forte ReboundingSaturday Night Live alum Will Forte is set as the lead in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding. The project, written/executive produced by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, executive produced by Steve Levitan and directed by Jason Winer, is an uplifting comedy about Danny (Forte), a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team. Forte, repped by UTA and Mosaic, is now seen in Tim And Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and has three movies coming out this summer: Rock Of Ages, That’s My Boy and Neighborhood Watch. He recurs on 30 Rock and Up All Night.

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Pilots ‘Gotham’ & ‘Rebounding’ Add Actors

By | Tuesday February 28, 2012 @ 3:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

British TV and stage actor Barry Sloane (Pleasureland) has landed the male lead in the ABC/20th TV drama pilot Gotham. Written by Michael Green and directed by Francis Lawrence, the project centers on Annie Travers, a female cop who, after pursuing a seemingly unsolvable case, discovers a magical world that exists within New York City. Sloane will play Boyo, a detective in the world of magic who is assigned Annie as a new partner.

Matt Jones (Red State) has been cast in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding. The project, written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and directed by Jason Winer, is an uplifting comedy about Danny, a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team. Jones, repped by Paradigm and manager Brian Ferrantino, will play a rock musician who is a member of Danny’s quartet of close friends. He recurs on both Breaking Bad and NCIS.

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Hayes MacArthur Boards ‘Rebounding’, Kearran Giovanni Joins ‘Major Crimes,’ Sophia Bush Cast In ‘Partners’

By | Wednesday February 15, 2012 @ 5:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Actor-comedian Hayes MacArthur (Perfect Couples) has been cast in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding. The project, written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and directed by Jason Winer, is an uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team, one of them played by MacArthur. Port and Wiseman are executive producing Rebounding with Steve Levitan. The project reunites MacArthur with Winer. In 2005, the duo wrote, directed and starred in a short, The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend, which got the attention of 20th Century Fox TV executives who signed them to adapt the short as a TV series. The project went to pilot at Fox the following year and launched the Winer and MacArthur’s TV careers.  MacArthur, repped by CAA, Flutie Entertainment and attorney Todd Rubenstein, will next be seen in the feature Bachelorette, which premiered at Sundance.

Kearran Giovanni has landed a co-starring role on TNT’s upcoming series Major Crimes, a spinoff from the network’s long-running hit The Closer. In her first series regular role, Giovanni, who has recurred as Dr. Vivian Wright on the daytime drama One Life to Live since 2009, will play Detective Amy Skyes, an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran who served in Afghanistan. Giovanni’s credits include the Broadway plays Hugh Jackman Back on BroadwayCatch Me if You CanGuys and Read More »

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Steve Levitan-Produced Port-Wiseman Spec Gets Pilot Order At Fox, Jason Winer Directs

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 6:18pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Steve Levitan is back at Fox. The network has picked up Rebounding, a single-camera comedy from the Modern Family co-creator, Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, with Modern Family helmer Jason Winer on board to direct. The pilot order comes a couple of days after 20th Century Fox TV — where Levitan, Port and Wiseman are under overall deals — sent the comedy spec to the broadcast networks. Written by Port and Wiseman, Rebounding was inspired by Port’s real-life experiences. It is described as an uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiance with the help of the idiots on his pick-up basketball team. Levitan, who has been very involved in the development of the project, was originally attached to direct but his schedule is not permitting, so Winer, who directed the pilot for Modern Family, will helm Rebounding, exec produced by Levitan, Port and Wiseman. This is a second pilot directing gig for Winer this season, along with the NBC comedy 1600.

Levitan and his Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd had a falling out with Fox over the 2008 cancellation of their multi-camera comedy series Back To You after one season. Levitan and Lloyd spoke publicly against the decision and famously refused to shop their followup … Read More »

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Steve Levitan, Joe Port And Joe Wiseman Take Out ‘Rebounding’ TV Comedy Spec

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 11:19am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Let the bidding frenzy begin! A mostly sleepy January TV spec market is being shaken up today by Rebounding, a single-camera comedy from Joe Port, Joe Wiseman and Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan. Port and Wiseman co-created and wrote the script, inspired by real events in Port’s life, with Levitan, who has been involved in the development of the project, on board to direct the potential pilot. All three are executive producing. Rebounding is described as an uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiance with the help of the idiots on his pick-up basketball team. I hear the spec, from 20th Century Fox TV — where Levitan, Port and Wiseman are under overall deals — is being sent to all the networks today. It arrives fashionably late to the party as the nets are wrapping their pilot orders (with 13 half-hour pickups, NBC is believed to be done), but all networks undoubtedly have emergency reserves for a marquee offering with A-list auspices. UTA reps Levitan, executive producer on blockbuster ABC comedy Modern Family, and Port & Wiseman, who served as co-executive producers on Fox’s freshman hit New Girl earlier this season. The pair are now consulting producers on another 20th TV-produced freshman comedy, ABC’s Last Man Standing.

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