Teri Polo (Meet The Parents) and Sherri Saum (In Treatment) will topline ABC Family‘s drama pilot The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. The project tells the story of Stef (Polo) and Lena (Saum) Foster, a mixed-race couple who are raising a biological son, along with several adopted children. When Lena decides to take in Callie, a troubled teen with an abusive past, Callie’s disruptive ways threaten to turn the Fosters’ lives upside down. Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige wrote the pilot, from Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods. In addition to Lopez, executive producers include Simon Fields, Bredeweg, Paige, and Greg Gugliotta. Polo, repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan, is filming indie A Bit Of Bad Luck.
Detroit 187 alum Jon Michael Hill has landed a recurring role on new CBS drama Elementary, a contemporary take on Sherlock Holmes starring Jonny Lee Miller as the British sleuth who is helping NYPD and Lucy Liu as his sidekick. Hill, repped by SDB Partners and Cornerstone Agency, will play a detective.
Meet The Parents star Teri Polo leads the cast of Christmas Angel, an independently-produced TV movie directed by Brian Herzlinger. She will play Melinda Mead, a single mom raising her daughter alone in a quaint small town. Also cast in the movie, centered on an old house that seems to be fulfilling wishes, are Tamera Mowry-Housley and Jaiden Kaine as Melinda’s bosses, Della Reese, Kevin Sorbo and Izabela Vidovic. Polo is with Gersh and McGowan Management, Mowry with TalentWorks and Main Title.
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Because they are introducing a show about men into the traditionally female-skewing ABC primetime lineup, the producers and performers of Man Up! were called upon to spend much of their time addressing reporters at TCA today about what it means — or doesn’t mean — to be a man in America in 2011. The show stars Christopher Moynihan (also the creator and one of the executive producers), Mather Zickel and Dan Fogler (Tony winner for his role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as three confused guys in their late 30s who would love to grow up if they could only figure out how.
One reporter went so far as to ask that, in a new season that includes many of what the network has been calling “female empowerment” shows, if Man Up! might actually be a show about male emasculation. Fogler thinks not. “[It] reflects what’s going on with people right now in society,” he said. “I feel very close to my character, Kenny — I have a lot of friends out there who will watch … that’s me up there, man … I think they’ll dig it. I don’t think the show is about men being emasculated; [it’s about men] finding themselves.” Moynihan joked that the three, being actors, “are soft guys already … face it, I have a lot of product in my hair.” On a more …
TV MOVIE NEWS: Lifetime Greenlights Kidnapping Saga With Teri Polo & Esai Morales, TNT’s ‘Innocent’ Casts Bill Pullman
EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime has greenlighted We Have Your Husband, an original movie starring Teri Polo and Esai Morales based on the true story of American Jayne Valseca (Polo) and her fight to free her husband Eduardo (Morales) who spent 7 and a half months at the hands of brutal kidnappers in Mexico. Eduardo, a Mexican businessman, was kidnapped at gunpoint close to the ranch where he lived with his wife Jayne and their kids, launching a race for Jayne to raise ransom money while Eduardo clings to life as he is starved, tortured and shot several times. We Have Your Husband, based on the book of the same name by Jayne Valseca and Mark Ebner, is produced by Johnson Production Group and SC Pictures and executive produced by Tim Johnson and Jean Abounader. Eric Bross will direct from a script by JB White. Polo, repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan, just wrapped the feature Beyond and co-stars on the upcoming ABC comedy series Man Up. Morales, repped by Innovative and Brillstein, recently starred on Caprica.
Teri Polo and Mather Zickel have landed co-starring roles on the ABC comedy pilot Man Up!. The project, from 100 Questions creator Chris Moynihan, ABC Studios and Tagline, is a look at what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through the eyes of three best friends and the women in their lives. Moynihan and Zickel (I Love You, Man) will play two of the friends, while Polo will play the wife of the third friend, a playful super-mom who is addicted to Facebook. Additionally, Polo also booked the lead in the Hallmark comedic movie A Taste of Romance. The Little Fockers co-star recurs on Law & Order: Los Angeles, just wrapped the feature Beyond and is in pre-production on Material Lies.
Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond is in negotiations to join the TBS pilot Hound Dogs, written and directed by Ron Shelton. Set in the world of minor league baseball, the project, which has moved from Sony TV to Warner Horizon, centers on minor league team the Nashville Hound Dogs and its endlessly upbeat general manager (Tom Verica), a gambling addict trying to outrun his past, as they try to handle life’s ups and downs, both in and out of the locker room. Hammond, who spent 14 years on SNL, more than any other …
Teri Polo has been added to the cast of NBC’s upcoming Law & Order: Los Angeles. In a major recurring role, she will play Casey Winters, the wife of Det. Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich) and a former hard-nosed cop who retired to start a family. Polo, who next reprises her Meet the Parents role in Little Fockers, is repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan.