EXCLUSIVE: HBO has passed on the half-hour comedy pilot Spring/Fall. Set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world, the project centered on the dysfunctional partnership between Margo (Tea Leoni) and Eden (Hope Davis), two women with different approaches to career, family and friendship. Kate Robin wrote the pilot, which was directed by Jake Kasdan, with R.J. Cutler executive producing alongside Leoni and Robin. Since doing Spring/Fall together, Robin and Kasdan have teamed for a new project, a female-driven drama, which sold to Fox last month with penalty. Meanwhile, Leoni has already been approached for new pilot lead roles.
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Letscher is set to co-star and Sigourney Weaver to guest star in HBO’s comedy pilot Spring/Fall, starring Tea Leoni and Hope Davis and directed by Jake Kasdan. Set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world, the project centers on the dysfunctional partnership between Margo (Leoni) and Eden (Davis), two women with different approaches to career, family and friendship. Letscher will play Margo’s ex-husband. In a rare series appearance, Weaver will play a meticulously dressed, authoritative fashion editor. Also cast in the pilot are Jason Antoon as Eden’s current best friend; Marin Hinkle as Eden’s sister; and Jessica Hecht as Margo’s best friend, a successful management consultant.
EXCLUSIVE: Hope Davis is set to star opposite Tea Leoni in HBO’s half-hour comedy pilot Spring/Fall. Jake Kasdan has come on board to direct the project, which is set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world and centers on the dysfunctional partnership between Margo (Leoni) and Eden (Davis), two women with different approaches to career, family and friendship. Margo is a successful designer and a happily married mother of 5-year-old twins working for famous fashion designer Victor Cross. When he commits suicide, Margo takes over his line and quickly realizes she’s in over her head, so she reaches out to her estranged former best friend and collaborator Eden, a onetime famous fashion designer herself, and convinces her to come work for her.
EXCLUSIVE: HBO has given the green light to Spring/Fall, a half-hour comedy pilot staring Tea Leoni. The project is set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world and stars Leoni as half of a dysfunctional partnership between two women with different approaches to career, family and friendship. Kate Robin, who was a writer-producer on HBO’s Six Feet Under, wrote the script. She and Leoni are executive producing with documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler, who explored the NY fashion scene with last year’s documentary The September Issue. Leoni’s manager, Jimmy Miller, also executive produces the project, which had been in the works at HBO for a while. The pilot is slated to shoot in June.
With the exception of a guest spot on her husband David Duchovny’s Fox drama The X-Files in 2000, Leoni, repped by UTA and Mosaic, has not done television since the end of her NBC comedy series The Naked Truth in 1998. Spring/Fall joins another female-centered HBO comedy pilot recently greenlighted by HBO, Armando Iannucci’s Veep, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a female U.S. Vice President. Also recently picked up to pilot at HBO are Aaron Sorkin’s cable news show drama starring Jeff Daniels and Doug Ellin’s comedy 40 toplined by Ed Burns. Leoni and Robin are with UTA.