Warner Bros has extended the options of three series regulars from its Fox comedy pilot The Assistants: Brittany Snow, Stephen Root and Catherine O’Hara. Also picked up is recurring guest star Jillian Bell, who is a regular on another show, Comedy Central’s Workaholics. The decision to extend options, which expire at the end of the week, was made with an eye toward re-piloting the project, though there has been no formal new pilot order from Fox yet. Written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer based on the blog and book To My Assistant by Lydia Whitlock, The Assistants is set in a busy Manhattan law firm where the assistants have vowed that if they ever get to the top, they will never treat their assistants the way they’ve been treated by their bosses. The single-camera project was an early favorite of Fox brass, who were very high on the cast, mainly the actors who have now been extended. The Assistants factored into the network’s series pickup conversation, and though it didn’t get the nod last month, Fox left it in consideration. The Assistants is produced by Lin Pictures and WBTV, with Bilsing-Graham, Kreamer, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz executive producing.
The Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones is set to co-star opposite Heather Locklear in CBS’ comedy pilot The Assistants, a Tucker Cawley-written ensemble about the assistants who work for a celebrity, Ali (Heather Locklear), and her younger hunky husband Gale (Jones) who lives in her shadow. It centers on Mike (David Henrie) who, newly arrived in Hollywood from a small town, is hoping his job as an assistant to Ali might open doors for him. This the second consecutive broadcast pilot for Jones, repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment. Last season, he toplined ABC’s comedy pilot How to Be a Better American. He joins fellow Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle who stars in another CBS comedy pilot, Home Game.
Danneel Ackles (formerly Harris) and Jamie Lee Kirchner have landed the last 2 leads in NBC’s comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You. The single-camera project, from writer/exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV, is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad (Nick Thune) and Missy (Kirchner), introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad’s Allie (Ackles) and Missy’s Sarah (Anna Camp), to each other. Ackles, repped by Gersh and Untitled, co-stars in 20th TV’s comedy series for NBC Friends with Benefits, which is yet to be scheduled.
A day after his FX series was canceled, Lights Out co-star Billy Brown has booked a pilot, NBC’s drama Reconstruction. Written by Josh Brand, the project is set in a Missouri town during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era and centers on Jason (Martin Henderson), a soldier who crosses the country and settles into a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior. Brown will play Sam, a former a former slave with a hearty, life-affirming laugh who brings Jason up to speed on the happenings of the their small Missouri town. Brown, represented by TalentWorks and Benerspink, played “Death Row” Reynolds, the boxing nemesis of Patrick “Lights” …
Heather Lockelar has closed a deal to star in the CBS comedy pilot The Assistants, a young ensemble about the assistants who work for a celebrity, Ali (Locklear), and her husband. Written by Tucker Cawley, the project centers on Mike (David Henrie) who, newly arrived in Hollywood from a small town in Pennsylvania, is hoping his job as an assistant to Ali, who hails from the same small town as him, might open doors for him. In the meantime, he’s learning the ropes from his fellow assistants who know how to tip-toe around their neurotic boss and her equally crazy husband. Ali is a famous actress who, despite her success (or perhaps because of it), is insecure and prone to wild mood swings. On the comedy side, Melrose Place alumna Locklear, repped by ICM and Brillstein, is best known for her role on ABC’s Spin City. She most recently did a string of Lifetime movies, including He Loves Me, which premiered last week.
Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows has joined NBC’s untitled Kari Lizer project. The workplace comedy centers on Mary (Sarah Paulson), a relationship-challenged woman who, with the help of her co-workers, guides people through unexpected career transitions and downsizings. Meadows, repped by APA and Brillstein Entertainment, will play Mary’s partner, a psychotherapist and the reality check to Mary’s eternal optimism.
Off the Map co-star Zach Gilford has been cast as the male lead in the Fox single-camera pilot Iceland. The project centers on Mackenzie (Kerry Bishe), a twentysomething woman whose fiance recently passed away. Gilford, from WME and D/F Management, will play a guy friend of Mackenzie described as “bad influence.” For Gilford, the casting is in second position to Off the Map. He is the third cast member from the midseason drama to book a pilot this season along with Martin Henderson and Rachelle Lefevre, both cast in NBC’s Reconstruction.
Paul Blackthorne (Lipstick Jungle) has just been cast in the ABC drama pilot The River directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The horror thriller centers on Lincoln Cole (Joe Anderson) who, after his famous TV explorer father Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing way up the Amazon, reluctantly abandons his medical studies and follows in his father’s footsteps. Blackthorne, repped by SDB Partners, Seven Summits & Optimism, will play the producer of Emmet Cole’s long-running documentary series.
Emily Rutherfurd is set to co-star in Tucker Cawley’s comedy pilot for CBS The Assistants, a young ensemble about four assistants who work for celebrity couple Mike and Ali. Rutherfurd will play Ali’s friendly, a bit manic and socially awkward sister who has lived her life in her famous sister’s wake and now works for her as house manager, keeping tabs on everything, including the assistants.
Flight of the Conchords alum Rhys Darby has been cast in CBS’ comedy pilot How To Be A Gentleman, written by and starring David Hornsby. It revolves around a magazine that has changed ownership and centers on Alan (Hornsby) who writes a column on how to be a gentleman – in all aspects of life. Darby will play Alan’s brother in law. Darby, who played the band’s manager on Conchords, co-starred in Pirate Radio and Yes Man. The actor-comedian, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, also tours internationally.
TJ Miller is the first actor cast in Tucker Cawley’s comedy pilot for CBS The Assistants, a young ensemble about four assistants who work for a celebrity couple. WME-repped Miller will play one of them, who at night he plays drums for a struggling band.
CBS is back in business with Tucker Cawley, former executive producer of the network’s hit Everybody Loves Raymond. CBS has greenlighted to pilot Cawley’s multicamera comedy The Assistants, a young ensemble about four assistants who work for a celebrity couple. CBS TV Studios and studio-based Tannenbaum Co. are producing, with Cawley, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum exec producing. Cawley win 3 Emmys for Raymond, two best comedy series statuettes, which he shared with the rest of the show’s producing team, and one for writing one of Raymond‘s most memorable episodes, Baggage. Post-Raymond, Cawley created the short-lived ABC sitcom Hank and recently joined his Raymond buddies Ray Romano and Mike Royce on their TNT dramedy Men of a Certain Age.