With Mad Men filming its seventh and final season, regular Jay R. Ferguson is set to co-star in CBS’ half-hour hybrid pilot Save The Date. The romantic comedy, from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo, ABC Studios and CBS Studios, centers on 35-year-old and newly single Katie (Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. Ferguson, repped by Paradigm and Wishlab, will play Jerry, the owner of a successful pizza restaurant and a very eligible bachelor — who is determined to stay that way and whose ex-roommate is now living with his fiancee, Hillary, Katie’s sister. He just shot the lead in indie The Makings of You.
Denis Leary’s FX pilot Sex&Drugs&Rock&Rollhas added Elaine Hendrix as a regular. The project centers on Johnny Rock (Leary), the magnificently talented lead singer of a legendary early-’90s band who is trying to get the band together. Hendrix, repped by Innovative and McKeon Myones, will play Ava. First seen in 1988 as a long-legged blonde, she is one of Johnny’s three live-in groupies — and 25 years later, she’s still his biggest fan. Having never had a child because her life kinda slipped away from her while she was busy chasing rock stars through dressing rooms, Ava realizes that her life has … Read More »
With Mad Men wrapping production on its seventh and final season, original cast memberRich Sommer has booked his follow-up series gig, taking a comedy turn with a co-starring role in CBS’ half-hour pilot Good Session. The single-camera project, written by John Hamburg and Matt Miller and directed by Hamburg, revolves around a happy couple, Joel and Lindsay, who go to a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Sommer, repped by Domain and Davis Spylios Management, will play Seth, Joel’s best friend and former college roommate, an armchair philosopher and suburban-dwelling father of three kids with the vibe of a man who hasn’t been single in years.
Brian Howe is set to co-star in CBS’ half-hour hybrid comedy pilot Save The Date. The romantic comedy, from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo, ABC Studios and CBS Studios, centers on 35-year-old and newly single Kate (Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. Howe, repped by The Kohner Agency, will play Ray, Kate and Hillary’s (Michelle Trachtenberg) wry-humored dad, who’s been married to Connie (Julie White) for decades in an active, happy marriage. He recently recurred on CW’S Hart of Dixie and ABC’S Betrayal and will … Read More »
Michelle Trachtenberg is set to co-star opposite Maggie Lawson in CBS’ half-hour hybrid pilot Save The Date. Also cast in the romantic comedy from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo, ABC Studios and CBS Studios, are Tom Bennett and Julie White.Save The Date centers on 35-year-old and newly single Kate (Lawson), who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. Trachtenberg will play Hillary, Katie’s buttoned-down, no-nonsense sister who is sharing an apartment with her. Bennett plays Roger, Hillary’s boyfriend of four years. White plays Connie, Katie and Hillary’s mother. Trachtenberg, repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment, most recently played Marina Oswald in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Psych alumna Maggie Lawson is set as the lead of CBS’ half-hour pilot Save The Date, a romantic comedy from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo, ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. It centers on 35-year-old and newly single Kate (Lawson), who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. The format of the project is hybrid, in the vein of How I Met Your Mother: a multi-camera comedy employing shorter scenes and no live audience. Lawson, repped by Gersh, Alchemy Entertainment and Michael Schenkman, played the female lead Juliet O’Hara on USA’s long-running series Psych and starred on the ABC freshman comedy Back In The Game earlier this season.
Romantic comedies have been a hot genre this development season, and CBS just gave a pilot order to one such project, Save The Date, from That 70′s Show alums Jackie and Jeff Filgo. The comedy was developed at ABC Studios, which will co-produce the pilot with CBS TV Studios. Written and exec producer by the Filgos, Save The Date centers on Kate, 35 and newly single, who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. The format of the project will be hybrid, in the vein of How I Met Your Mother: a multi-camera comedy employing shorter scenes and no live audience. This marks spouses Jackie and Jeff Filgo’s return to CBS, where they previously worked on The New Adventures Of Old Christine. Other romantic comedy pilot this season include ABC’s Jeff Lowell and Irreversible, NBC’s A To Z, Marry Me, Mission Control, The Money Pit and Two To Go.
A slew of indie actors have movies opening in the specialty arena this weekend. Alan Cumming has won festival raves for his role in Music Box Films’ Any Day Now. The film actually has a more ambitious initial rollout than most among its peers. Zoë Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe star in Yelling To The Sky, Victoria Mahoney’s personal story of growing up in a rough neighborhood. Also hitting theaters in limited release this weekend is IFC Films’ Save The Date, which assembled its production team in what is best described as “six degrees of separation” (or less). And Let Fury Have The Hour is a Tribeca Film Festival debut that took years to ake that only finished once festivals came knocking.
Any Day Now
Director-writer: Travis Fine
Writer: George Arthur Bloom (original)
Cast: Alan Cumming, Garret Dillahunt, Isaac Leyva, Frances Fisher
Distributor: Music Box Films
Bloom wrote the original script about a gay couple that fights a biased legal system to retain custody of an abandoned special needs teen. “The script sat on his desk for 25 years,” said writer-director and co-producer Travis Fine. A music supervisor turned Fine onto the script and spoke with Bloom about taking it on. “George allowed me to give my perspective and allowed me to create the story I wanted to tell,” Fine added. “He said please be kind and gentle, but I think he’s pleased.” Fine cold-called actor Alan Cumming’s agent in New York who pitched the actor along with his manager. Cumming committed almost immediately. After he came on board, the other acting team easily came together. Read More »
The indie romantic comedy starring Lizzy Caplan and Community‘s Alison Brie and based on Jeffrey Brown’s graphic novels premiered at Sundance this year. It was picked up in May by IFC Films.Save The Date is getting a digital release today on on IFC Films Video on Demand, SundanceNow, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, Google Play, Xbox Zune and PS3 PlayStation Unlimited ahead of its December 14 theatrical bow. Michael Mohan directed, and Martin Starr, Geoffrey Arend and Mark Webber co-star. Here’s an exclusive trailer: