You can’t have an Entourage movie without Ari Gold and you can’t have the bellowing superagent without his assistant Lloyd. Jeremy Piven has been in place to reprise his role from the HBO series in the Warner Bros pic for awhile and now Rex Lee has formally signed on to join him on the big screen. The actor’s deal for the Entourage movie closed last week around the same time that Perrey Reeves inked her deal to return as Mrs Ari. Lee joined Piven, Reeves, Adrian Grenier and the other core cast for their first table read on January 30. The actor first appeared in Season 2 of the TV series, which ran from 2004 – 2011, in a guest-starring role but soon became an essential regular. The film, which successfully brought back the core cast from the series despite a salary standoff last year, is directed by series creator Doug Ellin. Lee is also going to be appearing in the upcoming ABC Family series Young & Hungry, along with Emily Osment and executive produced by Ashley Tisdale. Lee previously co-starred on ABC’s Suburgatory for two seasons until his exit last May. Rex Lee is repped by APA, Thruline Entertainment and attorney James Feldman
Cynthia Watros Joins MTV Pilot ‘Finding Carter’, Rex Lee & Jonathan Sadowski Cast In ABC Family’s ‘Young & Hungry’
EXCLUSIVE: Lost alumna Cynthia Watros is set to co-star in MTV’s drama pilot Finding Carter, from Emily Silver and Terri Minsky. It centers on teenage Carter, who has the perfect life with her fun-loving single mom Lori until a police bust reveals that Lori abducted her as a toddler. Now Carter must return to the family who thought they had lost her, including her biological mother Elizabeth (Watros), a tough police detective who was devastated by the disappearance of her daughter and will stop at nothing to catch her kidnapper. As she navigates brand-new parents, a twin sister, high school and boys, Carter vows to find Lori before the police capture the only mom she’s ever known and put her behind bars. Watros is with Innovative and Principal LA.
Rex Lee (Entourage) and Jonathan Sadowski ($#*! My Dad Says) have been cast opposite Emily Osment and Aimee Carrero in the ABC Family multi-camera comedy pilot Young & Hungry. Written by David Holden and executive produced by Ashley Tisdale, it centers on Gabi (Osment), a feisty young blogger hired as the personal chef to Nick (Sadowski), a young San Francisco tech entrepreneur. Lee, repped by Thruline and APA, will play Elliott, Nick’s metrosexual and high-strung publicist/right-hand-man. He co-starred on ABC’s Suburgatory …
EXCLUSIVE: I hear ABC‘s last-minute third-season renewal of Suburgatory as midseason replacement came with a reduction in the license fee, which is leading to budget cuts and some tough choices. I’ve learned that two of the series’ eight regulars, Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee, have not been picked up for next season. They could potentially appear as guest stars. I hear there may be further trims, with other regulars potentially being cut or reduced to recurring. Suburgatory‘s remaining regular cast includes stars Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto as well as Cheryl Hines, Carly Chaikin, Ana Gasteyer and Allie Grant. Both Tudyk and Lee have been on the show since the beginning. Lee, who plays the high school’s guidance counselor, was a guest star in the pilot but was promoted to regular right after. Tudyk playes Sisto’s trusted, country club-loving friend. Suburgatory was a breakout hit when it launched in fall 2011 but lost steam, ratings-wise and creatively, in Season 2, ending up on the bubble.
Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
At today’s final TCA panel on the ABC single-camera comedy Suburgatory — the story of a bright urban teenager (Jane Levy) whose single Dad (Jeremy Sisto) moves her to the “white-picket-fence nightmare” of the suburbs — show creator and executive producer Emily Kapnek said she was not influenced by the ABC family hit Pretty Little Liars in creating the fictional wealthy suburb these characters inhabit. Rather, Kapnek said, she was more inspired by the tone of ABC’s long-running life-in-the-suburbs hit Desperate Housewives, now entering its eighth and final season. She called Suburgatory “more satirical’” than Pretty Little Liars, with its suburbia featuring a “horror, zombieland quality” similar to what she sees in Housewives. Kapnek said the town is a healthy split between a realistic, contemporary atmosphere and a “stylized, evergreen suburbia.” But Kapnek’s biggest inspiration for the show was reality: her own experience moving from an urban environment with a single parent into a suburb “where families didn’t look like ours and we didn’t’ have as much as they did … there was an economic divide, there were expensive bat mitzvahs … [the difference was] all of the fortune the kids had, and the families were incredibly intact.”
TV CASTINGS: Rex Lee Joins ‘Suburgatory’, Melissa George Off To ‘Bag Of Bones’, John Goodman To ‘Community’,'Work It’ Adds Girl
Fresh off his co-starring turn on HBO’s Entourage as Ari Gold’s long-suffering assistant Lloyd, Rex Lee has joined the cast of ABC’s new single-camera comedy series Suburgatory as a regular. Suburgatory centers on Tessa (Jane Levy), a teen girl whose quality of life takes a nosedive when her family moves from the big city to the suburbs. Lee, repped by APA and Thruline, will play Mr. Wolf, Tessa’s high school guidance counselor who is inviting and slightly clueless to the bitchiness and the back-stabbing within the student hierarchy. He was a guest star in the pilot and is now being added to the series as a regular. Entourage kicked off its final season last night.
Newcomer Hannah Sullivan has landed a series regular role on another new ABC comedy, Work It. The multicamera comedy, from Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen, is about out-of-work car salesmen Lee (Ben Koldyke) and Angel (Amaury Nolasco), who dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps. In a recasting, Sullivan, repped by SDB and Prodigy Talent, will play Kat, the edgy, sarcastic teenage daughter of Koldyke and Beth Lacke. She replaces Kacie Lynch, who played the part in the pilot.