There is rarely a TV director as closely associated with a series as Pam Fryman has been with CBS‘ How I Met Your Mother. She directed the pilot, contributing to the show’s unique hybrid format, stayed on as an executive producer and helmed a staggering 172 of the series’ 184 episodes, including the upcoming series finale. So it was no surprise that Fryman was tapped as director and executive producer of How I Met Your Mother‘s proposed spinoff, pilot How I Met Your Dad, which employs the same hybrid format as the mothership series. Fryman was on board for the casting process and was at the pilot’s table read, but I’ve learned that a family emergency has pulled her away. Rob Greenberg has stepped in as director on the pilot, which will proceed with taping as scheduled. Greenberg, repped by ICM Partners and Management 360, is a logical choice for the gig — after Fryman, he is the second most-seasoned HIMYM director having directed seven episodes. For Fryman, How I Met Your Dad was one of four pilots that booked her as a director this season.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS has filled the last key role in its untitled Rob Greenberg comedy pilot. Jerry O’Connell has joined the single-camera project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co, which revolves around four guys played by O’Connell, Chris Smith, Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub. It centers on twentysomething Carter (Smith), who finds camaraderie living among three more experienced men — Gil (Penn), Frank (Shalhoub) and Stuart (O’Connell) — he meets in a short-term rental complex. Stuart is a feisty conservative and a successful OB/GYN with a booming practice who is in the middle of his second painful divorce.
CBS originally gave the project an off-cycle pilot order in early July. Within two weeks, Smith and Penn were cast. Shalhoub came on board in mid-August, but casting of the fourth male lead stalled with the producers not being able to settle on an actor despite a series of tests. O’Connell was not available at the time as he had been cast as Herman Munster in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane before the CBS pilot was greenlighted.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS‘ off-cycle untitled Rob Greenberg comedy pilot will be shot in-cycle after production has been pushed to January. The project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co., centers on a young guy (Chris Smith) who finds camaraderie living among three more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex, including Gil (Kal Penn) and Frank (Tony Shalhoub).
CBS gave the project an off-cycle pilot order on July 10. Two weeks later, it cast Smith and Penn. Shalhoub came on board in mid-August but casting of the fourth male lead stalled. Shalhoub signed for the pilot a week after an announcement that he will star in Lincoln Center Theater’s 75th anniversary production of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy on Broadway, beginning November 8. The plan was for him to shoot the pilot before segueing to stage rehearsals. But because of difficulties casting the fourth lead, production on the pilot was postponed, missing the window of availability for both Shalhoub and Penn, who has other TV commitments this fall as well. The two will be able to return in January, which is the new target production start date for the pilot.
EXCLUSIVE: In her first US television role, young Australian actress Rebecca Breeds has landed the female lead in Rob Greenberg’s single-camera comedy pilot for CBS opposite Chris Smith, Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub.
The project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co., centers on a young guy (Smith) who finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex, including Gil (Penn) and die-hard ladies man and four-time divorcee Frank (Shalhoub). Breeds will play Julie, Frank’s adorable, independent and neurotic daughter who is trying to get her act together and get over her major daddy issues due to Frank’s less than stellar parenting. Breeds, repped by Untitled Entertainment, IFA and Mark Morrissey & Assoc., is best known for her role on the long-running Australian soap Home And Away.
Tony Shalhoub is set to co-star opposite Chris Smith and Kal Penn in Rob Greenberg’s single-camera comedy pilot for CBS. The project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co., centers on a young guy (Smith) who finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex, including Gil (Penn) and Frank (Shalhoub). According to TVLine, Frank is a four-time divorcé who still fancies himself a ladies man and dwells in the complex’s bachelor pad. Emmy-winning former Monk star Shalhoub did Greg Daniels’ comedy pilot Friday Night Dinner this past season.
And so it begins. CBS has picked up Ex-Men, a new comedy from Rob Greenberg, as the network’s first pilot order of the 2013-2014 season. Written and directed by Greenberg, it details the exploits of a young man learning the ways of the world from the older and more experienced men in his short-term rental complex. Greenberg, an executive producer on the network’s comedy How I Met Your Mother, will produce the single-camera comedy with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and CBS Studios. Ex-Men has been kicking around for a few years, but with buying season starting the comedy was still acquired ahead of any dramas. Greenberg is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360.