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Christina Cole To Star In CBS Pilot ‘Second Sight’, Kerry Bishe Joins AMC’s ‘Fire’

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 10:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Christina Cole (CBS’ Chaos) has been cast as the female lead opposite Jason Lee and Derek Luke in Second Sight, CBS‘ drama pilot from Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the British series, Second Sight is a gothic psychological thriller about Tanner (Lee), the lead detective with the New Orleans Police Department who is hiding the fact that he has an ocular disorder that causes him to have horrifying hallucinations. Cole, repped by ICM Partners, plays Gemma, one of Tanner’s detectives.

Kerry Bishe (Argo) has joined AMC‘s drama pilot Halt & Catch Fire, written by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers. Set in the early 1980s, Halt & Catch Fire dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, Joe (Lee Pace); an engineer, Gordon (Scoot McNairy); and a prodigy, Cameron (Mackenzie Davis), whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Bishe plays Donna, Gordon’s wife and the backbone of their family who also is an experience computer engineer. Halt & Catch Fire reunites Bishe and McNairy, who also played a husband and wife in the Oscar-winning Argo, which was set around the time of the AMC pilot. Bishe, repped by WME and Brookside Artists Management, next stars in Max Rose, Grand Piano and Goodbye World.

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Terry Kinney Joins NBC Pilot ‘I Am Victor’, Jill Scott Cast In CBS’ ‘Second Sight’

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 6:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Oz alum Terry Kinney is set to co-star opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Written by Mark Goffman based on Jo Nesbo’s book, it centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Kinney, repped by ICM Partners and manager Emily Gerson Saines, will play Olaf, the Norwegian-born founder and head of Victor’s law firm who is also Victor’s father-in-law.

Jill Scott (The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency) is set to co-star opposite Jason Lee in Second Sight, CBS‘ drama pilot from Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the British series, Second Sight is a gothic psychological thriller about Tanner (Lee), the lead detective with the New Orleans Police Department who is hiding the fact that he has an ocular disorder that causes him to have horrifying hallucinations. Scott, repped by CAA, Shawn Gee and Stephen Barnes will play eye doctor Dr. Callier, the specialist who tends to Tanner’s ocular disease. She recently co-starred in Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias and will next be ween in Fox Searchlight’s Baggage Claim.

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Derek Luke Cast In CBS Pilot ‘Second Sight’, Jane Lynch & Wilmer Valderrama Join Voice Cast Of Fox’s ‘Murder Police’

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 12:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Derek Luke is set to co-star opposite Jason Lee in Second Sight, CBS‘ drama pilot from Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the British series, Second Sight is a gothic psychological thriller about Tanner (Lee), the lead detective with the New Orleans Police Department who is hiding the fact that he has an ocular disorder that causes him to have horrifying hallucinations. Luke plays detective Paul Giroux who is new to the team. Read More »

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Robbie Amell To Star In ‘Tomorrow People’, Ryan Hansen In ‘Bad Teacher’, Kim Dickens In ‘Second Sight’, ABC’s ‘Reckless’ Adds 2

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 1:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Robbie Amell has landed the lead role in the CW drama pilot The Tomorrow People. Written/exec produced by Phil Klemmer based on the cult British series, exec produced by Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti and directed/exec produced by Danny Cannon, Tomorrow People revolves around several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution and work together to defeat the forces of evil. Amell, repped by ICM Partners, Coast To Coast and Protege Entertainment, will play Stephen, a tormented man who longs to be normal and is relieved when he learns that he’s not crazy but rather part of a group of genetically superior “Tomorrow People.”

Party Down and Veronica Mars alum Ryan Hansen will co-star opposite Ari Graynor in Bad Teacher, CBS’ single-camera comedy series adaptation of the 2011 movie. Written by Hilary Winston, directed by Don Scardino and produced by the film’s Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the pilot centers on hot, confident, unapologetic former trophy wife Meredith Davis (Graynor), who becomes a teacher to find a new man after her husband leaves her without a dime. Gersh-repped Hansen will play the shorts-wearing athletics coach at the school, a version of the character played in the movie by Jason Segel. He recurs on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls and was the lead in Fox’s comedy pilot El Jefe last season. Read More »

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Jason Lee Set As The Lead In CBS Pilot ‘Second Sight’, Rachelle Lefevre To Star In Series ‘Under The Dome’

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 8:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Former My Name Is Earl star Jason Lee will play the lead in Second Sight, CBS‘ drama pilot from Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the 2000 British series, Second Sight is described as a gothic psychological thriller about Tanner (Lee), the lead detective with the New Orleans Police Department who is concealing a troublesome secret — he has an ocular disorder that causes him to have horrifying and visually stimulating anxiety dreams and hallucinations. Told by his doctor that he will not go blind, he’s encouraged to think of the side effects as a gift — signposts from his subconscious. In the original series, the role was played by Clive Owen. Cuesta is directing the pilot from a script he wrote with his brother Gerald. Michael Cuesta, Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, Paula Milne and Nick Reed exec produce. Following his starring turn on Earl, Lee toplined TNT’s offbeat dramedy Memphis Beat and recently recurred on Up All Night.

Rachelle Lefevre has been cast as the female lead opposite Mike Vogel and Dean Norris in Under The Dome, CBS’ 13-episode series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin and Stephen King based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel. The drama is set in Chester’s Mill, a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. Lafevre will play Julia, an investigative reporter who’s just moved to Chester’s Mill from Chicago with her husband. Read More »

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Detective Drama From Michael Cuesta & Carol Mendelsohn Gets CBS Pilot Order

By | Friday February 1, 2013 @ 5:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has added one more pilot to its drama roster, greenlighting Second Sight, from Michael Cuesta, director/executive producer of the Emmy-winning Homeland and CSI executive producer/showrunner Carol Mendelsohn. Based on the 2000 British series starring Clive Owen, Second Sight is described as a gothic psychological thriller about a detective who is suddenly afflicted with an autoimmune virus that causes hallucinations reflective of his subconscious. He discovers that catching the killer depends as much on insight as eyesight. (watch the trailer for the original series below.) Cuesta wrote the adaptation with his brother Gerald Cuesta. The two previously teamed for another CBS drama project, the cult 2007 zombie pilot Babylon Fields, which Gerald co-wrote and Michael directed. Michael Cuesta is set to direct Second Sight, which he is executive producing with Mendelsohn, her executive Julie Weitz, Paula Milne, who created the original series, and Nick Reed. Weitz secured the rights to the British format for Carol Mendelsohn Prods. through British-born agent-turned-producer Reed, with whom she previously worked together at ICM. Gerald Cuesta and Phil Goldfine are co-executive producing.
Michael Cuesta shared in Homeland‘s best drama series Emmy win. There are four series currently on the air whose pilots he directed: Showtime’s Homeland and Dexter and CBS’ Blue Bloods and Elementary. Cuesta and Mendelsohn are with WME.

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