Will Sasso is set as the co-lead opposite Annie Mumolo in ABC‘s comedy pilot Middle Age Rage, which chronicles what happens when Carol (Mumolo), a middle-aged wife and mother, is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned. Sasso, repped by Paradigm, D2Management and attorney is Jon Moonves, will play Carol’s husband.
Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult) will co-star opposite Eliza Taylor in in the CW drama pilot The Hundred, set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. It revolves around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Avgeropoulos will play Octavia, an illegally second-born child who grew up hidden in captivity. She is an independent spirit who follows her own path.
EXCLUSIVE: Eliza Taylor has been cast as the lead in the CW drama pilot The Hundred. Written/executive produced by Jason Rothenberg based on the books by Kass Morgan, directed by Bharat Nalluri and exec produced by Matt Miller, The Hundred is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. It revolves around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Taylor, repped by CAA and ROAR, plays the lead, Clarke. Passionate and rebellious, she is one of the “delinquents” sent down to the dangerous world. As the daughter of the surviving colony’s chief medical officer, she also holds some important secrets. Warner Bros TV and Alloy are producing. This marks the first U.S. series gig for Aussie Taylor, who co-starred on the popular series Neighbours in her native country. I hear she didn’t audition for pilots and was sought out based on her feature audition tapes.
Rene Echevarria has joined CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence as executive producer/showrunner. He will be partnering with creator/executive producer Michael Seitzman in running the series for ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios. Based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon, Intelligence, which stars Josh Holloway, is centered at U.S. Cyber Command and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift — a microchip has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Star Trek veteran Echevarria, repped by WME, served as executive producer/showrunner on Fox’s Terra Nova. He also co-created USA’s The 4400 and worked on Medium and Castle. Read More »
Lost alum Henry Ian Cusick has joined another drama project with sci-fi underlining, the CW pilot The Hundred. Based on Alloy books by Kass Morgan, the Warner Bros. TV-produced The Hundred is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization when the space station housing human survivors called the Ark sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Cusick, repped by Management 360, Innovative and attorney Jamie Feldman, will play Kane, an ambitious officer aboard the Ark who has his sights set on the Chancellor’s job. He co-starred on the first season of ABC’s Scandal and recurs in Body Of Proof and The Mentalist.
Entourage alum Rhys Coiro has been cast in Hostages, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. Based on an Israeli format, the project centers on Ellen (Toni Collette), a successful surgeon who is selected to operate on the President of the United States and thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage. Coiro, repped by UTA, Untitled and attorney Dave Feldman, will play Kramer, the brother-in-law of Duncan (Dylan McDermott), the righteous FBI agent at the center of the political conspiracy; Kramer’s involvement in the conspiracy will test his loyalties and add another layer of … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The CW has set directors for three of its drama pilots. Alex Graves will direct and executive produce The Selection. Written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, Selection is based on the book by Kiera Cass. Set 300 years in the future, the epic romance centers on a working-class young woman chosen by lottery to participate in a competition with 25 other women for the Royal Prince’s hand to become the nation’s next queen. This marks the second Selection pilot ordered by the CW; the first one last season was directed by Mark Piznarski. Last year, Graves directed the pilot for ABC’s horror/mystery drama 666 Park Ave. He also helmed the pilot for Fox’s Fringe as virtually all of his pilots have gone to series. Additionally, Graves directed the two-hour opener of Fox’s Terra Nova.
Another director whose pilot last season went to series, Bharat Nalluri, is back on pilot-directing duty. He will direct and executive produce The Hundred. Written/executive produced by Jason Rothenberg, the pilot is based on the books by Kass Morgan. Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, it revolves around 100 juvenile delinquents sent back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. Warner Bros TV and Alloy are producing. Last season, WME-repped Nalluri directed the pilot for the CW’s Emily Owens MD. Read More »
UPDATE, 3:40 PM: As expected, The CW picked up two more drama pilots: Reign, the untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power, from writers/exec producers Stephanie Sengupta (Outlaw) and Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami); and Oxygen, written/exec produced by Meredith Averill, about an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. Read More »
On the heels of getting a fourth-season renewal for ABC Family drama Pretty Little Liars earlier today, Alloy Entertainment has sold sci-fi pitch The Hundred to the CW. Written by Jason Rothenberg, The Hundred is set a hundred years after mankind destroyed itself. Space-bound survivors take the first step to re-colonize Earth as 100 juvenile delinquents are released to the surface of a wildly changed planet, with the survival of the human race entirely in their hands. It is based on upcoming Alloy books written by Kass Morgan and published by Little, Brown. Warner Bros. TV, which owns Alloy Entertainment, is producing, with Rothenberg and Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo executive producing. Read More »