EXCLUSIVE: Heroes alum Greg Grunberg has signed a talent holding deal with Warner Bros Television to star in a drama or comedy project for the studio targeted for next season. The impetus for the deal was the fact that Warner Bros is the TV studio home of Grunberg’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator, writer-producer J.J. Abrams. The intention is for Grunberg to join a series project from Abrams. Grunberg previously co-starred on Abrams’ series Felicity and Alias as well as on Abrams’ pilot for ABC The Catch. Grunberg also did cameos in the pilot for Abrams’ ABC series Lost and the Abrams-directed features Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek, where he provided the voice of Kirk’s stepfather. So far this season, Abrams’ WBTV-based Bad Robot has landed a pilot production commitment from NBC for epic adventure thriller Revolution penned by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. A potential gig on that project would reunite Grunberg with NBC, where he co-starred on two back-to-back series, Heroes and Love Bites. In case Grunberg does not join an Abrams project as intended, WBTV is expected to cast him in another studio pilot for next season. Grunberg, repped by ICM and Thruline, recently toplined the A&E pilot Big Mike.
EXCLUSIVE: Army Wives star Sally Pressman is moving on from the Lifetime drama series after its upcoming sixth season. Pressman has signed a talent holding deal with NBC. Under the pact, the broadcast network will cast the actress in a project it has in development for next fall or have her join an on-air series. Like the rest of the Army Wives cast, Pressman is set to return to the set of the series next month to begin filming the sixth season. But the lead actresses have no deals beyond Season 6, and there have not been any overtures yet from the network or producing studio ABC Studios, making the women available to take other series regular jobs. Fellow Army Wives star Catherine Bell last month signed on to headline the TNT movie Good Morning, Killer which is being eyed as potential backdoor pilot, so Bell has a series option behind it while also exploring possibilities on the broadcast side, where she made her mark as the star of CBS’ JAG. Lifetime has not announced its plans for Army Wives
Former Greek star Scott Michael Foster has signed a talent holding deal with ABC, reuniting with the network’s president Paul Lee, who as head of ABC Family developed and launched Greek. In addition to being available for ABC pilots this coming season, Foster is joining ABC’s midseason series The River as a recurring. On the horror drama chronicling a family and TV crew’s efforts to locate a missing explorer in the Amazon, Foster will play a thrill-seeking, adventurous cameraman who may be hiding a secret.