“McDonalds did not pay, and did not have approval” on The Crazy Ones pilot episode, exec producer Jason Winer told TV critics today at TCA. In the first episode of the new CBS comedy from David E. Kelly and Winer, a Chicago ad agency head and his daughter, played by Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, try to get Kelly Clarkson to sing the old McDonalds jingle in an effort to hang on to that important client. Using a real brand is exciting…making up the names of products would not seem so real” Winer explained. “So far no money has changed hands”.
“If you look under your chairs there’s a Happy Meal there right now,” Williams jumped in. Read More »
Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar has been tapped as the female lead opposite Robin Williams in David E. Kelley’s CBS comedy pilot Crazy Ones. Written/exec produced by Kelley and directed/exec produced by Jason Winer, Crazy Ones is set in the world of advertising and stars Williams as Simon (Williams), the brilliant head of an ad agency working alongside his daughter Sydney (Gellar), the agency’s creative director. 20th Century TV is producing.
Gellar was recently attached to a 20th TV comedy spec, and I hear that the studio wanted to stay in business with her after that spec didn’t go. This marks the first live-action comedy series gig for Gellar, who starred in the CW drama Ringer last season. She is repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment.
The CW brass were hoping to keep Sarah Michelle Gellar into the fold after the cancellation of her drama series Ringer. But seems like the Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumna will be headed elsewhere. Gellar is attached to a comedy script set up at 20th Century Fox TV, as first reported by TVLine. I hear the untitled project, from up-and-coming writer Shepard Boucher (Men At Work), chronicles the hijinks of two moms, one played by Gellar, while their kids are at school. ICM Partners-repped Boucher wrote the project on spec. The agency, which also reps Gellar, showed it to the actress who liked it and came on board. In part because of Gellar’s relationship with 20th TV chairman Dana Walden going back to Gellar’s says on the studio’s drama Buffy The Vampire Slayer, the project was set up at 20th TV, which put in development. Studio-based writer-producer Dave Hemingson came on as showrunner and is supervising the rewrite, which is being done right now. The project will then be taken out, likely as part of the traditional January spec season. This is the second consecutive time that Geller has boarded a script by young writers following Ringer, created by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder. She and Boucher are managed by Brillstein Entertainment whose Margaret Riley and JoAnne Colonna serves as exec producer alongside Hemingson and Gellar.
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
TCA: Sarah Michelle Gellar To Guest On Departing Soap ‘All My Children’ The last time Sarah Michelle Gellar attended a session at TCA, she was about to depart Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a network (UPN) that no longer exists. That was eight years ago. Now, Gellar is 34 and the mother of a toddler daughter as well as the star of the new CW drama hour Ringer, in which she stars as a woman impersonating her murdered identical twin sister. While she was away, Gellar said she did a lot of traveling, became a mom, and recharged her engine.
“I was very burnt out after Buffy,” Gellar admitted during a panel promoting Ringer. “It was exhausting. I was essentially 18 on the pilot and 24 and married by the time we finished, and I’d never had any time (to myself). I did the show and movies during weekends and hiatus time.” But during the intervening years while traveling, Gellar said, she began to watch a lot of TV “and I suddenly realized all of the amazing roles for women are on television. Also, once I had my daughter, I realized I was done with the nomadic lifestyle. I want to put my daughter to bed at night and be there for her first day of school. Nothing allows an actress to do that better than television.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar confirmed this morning at TCA while promoting her new CW series Ringer that she’ll be going back to the soap opera on which she cut her acting teeth, All My Children, before the canceled ABC soap departs the air. “I called up the casting director and told her I wanted to do something,” she said, “that I want to be a part of it.” Gellar won’t play her original character of Kendall Hart Lang. “I’m not sure what I’ll be doing … and it’ll be for one day.”
Buffy worship was in full force at Comic-Con today when fans turned up in droves to see former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar who is promoting her new CW mystery drama Ringer, our sister site TVLine reports. The panel with stars and producers of the show also introduced a new trailer for the show:
UPDATE: I hear ABC Studios, which co-produced the pilot for Ringer with CBS Studios, is pulling out, citing that it cannot produce a series for the economics of the CW. This is ironic, as CW’s new president Mark Pedowitz is the former head of ABC Studios. Under him, ABC Studios produced the CW series Reaper.
PREVIOUS: Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to primetime as her CBS pilot Ringer is being picked up to series. But in a surprising twist, the series is going NOT to CBS but to its sibling CW. With its serialized nature and young skew, Ringer is probably better suited for the CW. It brings back Gellar to the network that replaced the WB and UPN, the two weblets that aired her breakout series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It also gives CW a major star that has huge following in the network’s 18-34 demographic. The acquisition marks a pretty inventive first programming move by new CW president Mark Pedowitz, who was brought in to shake things up at the network. CW is now working with the producers to make the economics of the transition work. CW has explored taking over CBS projects before, including pilot Ultra and series Moonlight though neither of those happened. Read More »
Here’s a clever trailer for the video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops Escalation–Call of the Dead. The zombie extravaganza at present is an add-on to the latest Call of Duty vidgame, but if the trailer for the zombie vidgame Dead Island created such a stampede among the movie rights crowd, it’s hard to imagine this won’t. Done up in Grindhouse style, it has Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund and Michael Rooker as the principal zombie killers, and George Romero as the chief zombie. Since every zombie movie is basically a rip-off of Romero, it’s high time he got treated like the Stan Lee of that sub-genre.
Fantastic Four alum Ioan Gruffudd is set to star opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS drama pilot Ringer. The project centers on troubled young woman Bridget (Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her rich twin sister, Siobhan, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well. Gruffudd will play Siobhan’s wealthy, well-traveled and cultured husband Andrew who senses something different about his wife. Also cast in Ringer is Mike Colter as Bridget’s AA sponsor, joining previously cast Nestor Carbonell. Welsh-born Gruffudd, repped by WME and the Collective, is best known for his role as Reed Richards in the Fantastic Four franchise. Colter has done an arc on CBS’ The Good Wife.
British actor Christian Cooke and Steven Strait (Stop-Loss) are in final negotiations for co-starring roles opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Starz’s upcoming 10-episode drama series Magic City. Set in Miami in the late 1950s-early 1960s, Magic City chronicles the collision of mobsters, politicians and entertainers at the first preeminent Miami hotel just as Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba and shuts down Havana as a gambling haven. It centers on Ike (Morgan), a suave Jewish-American man who builds the … Read More »
The more things change in Hollywood, the more they stay the same. So Sarah Michelle Gellar has left CAA and returned to ICM and Eddy Yablans. When ICM last repped her, she starred in the iconic Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series, and feature films including Cruel Intentions and The Grudge. She’s still managed by Joanne Colonna at Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Leaving CAA to go back to ICM agent Brian Bunnin is Kevin Zegers, who had a breakout performance in Transamerica and whose other credits include 50 Dead Men Walking, The Perfect Age Of Rock ‘N Roll, The Jane Austen Book Club, Normal, and The Narrows. He’s still managed by Jason Weinberg and Justin Grey Stone at Untitled.