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Skyler Samuels To Topline NBC’s ‘Bloodline’

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 6:17pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The Nine Lives Of Chloe King star Skyler Samuels has landed the lead of NBC‘s drama pilot Bloodline, playing another teen girl warrior. Written by David Graziano and directed by Peter Berg, Bloodline is described as a pulpy, highly stylized look into the cheeky world of Bird Benson (Samuels), a smart, irreverent and strong young girl who, due to an accident of birth, finds herself caught in the middle of an epic struggle between two warrior families set against the backdrop of modern suburbia. The character echoes Samuel’s Chloe on the ABC Family series, who was a descendant of an ancient race and became a warrior trying to stop the war between that race and humans. On Bloodline, Samuels, repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment and attorney Tom Hoberman, joins Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks who plays her maternal grandfather.

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MTV Pilot ‘Patito Feo’ Casts Lead While ABC Family Pilot ‘Nine Lives’ Finds Co-Lead

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Benita Robledo has landed the lead in MTV’s half-hour pilot presentation Patito Feo. Meanwhile, sitcom veteran Amy Pietz has been tapped to co-star opposite Skyler Samuels in the ABC Family drama pilot Nine Lives.

Based on the hugely successful Argentinean format, Patito Feo centers on a Mexican teenage girl  (Robledo) who moves to Florida with her mother and grandmother only to discover that the reality of high school in America is nothing like she expected when she crosses paths with the Queen Bee and accidentally sets off a war at school. Easy A scribe Bert V. Royal wrote the adaptation  and is executive producing with Teri Weinberg. Andy Fickman is directing. Robledo is best known for her recurring role on Gossip Girl.

Based on Alloy’s Nine Lives of Chloe King series of 3 young-adult novels by Celia Thomson, Nine Lives centers on Chloe King (Samuels), a teenager with heightened abilities (super speed, agility, hearing…claws) who discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure. Pietz will play Chloe’s adoptive mother and protector, a slightly-harried, successful real estate agent who has raised Chloe as a single mother since her husband abandoned them over ten years ago. Caroline in the City alumna Pietz recently recurred on The Office.

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ABC Family ‘Nine Lives’ Pilot Finds Lead

Nellie Andreeva

Skyler Samuels (ABC’s The Gates) has landed the lead in ABC Family’s pilot Nine Lives, which is based on Alloy’s Nine Lives of Chloe King series of 3 young-adult novels by Celia Thomson. The pilot, produced by Alloy Entertainment, centers on Chloe King (Samuels), a teenager with heightened abilities (super speed, agility, hearing…claws) who discovers she’s being pursued by a mysterious figure. UPDATE: Also cast in the pilot are Grey Damon as Brian and Alyssa Diaz as Jasmine. Dan Berendsen penned the script and is executive producing with Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.

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