EXCLUSIVE: Anna Chlumsky is set to co-star opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO’s comedy pilot Veep. In a recasting, Dorian Brown (ABC Family’s Roommates) has landed a lead on FX’s new comedy series Wilfred starring Elijah Wood, while Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) has gotten a lead role in the TNT drama pilot Perception.
Veep, from British comedian, writer and director Armando Iannucci, centers on former Senator Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) who becomes Vice President. Chlumsky, repped by Innovative and Liebman Entertainment, will play her responsible and insecure chief of staff Amy. This is the second DC-set pilot for Chlumsky. Last year, she co-starred in CBS’ House Rules, playing an aide to the Speaker of the House. She also co-starred in Iannucci’s politically themed 2009 feature In the Loop.
Wilfred, based on the acclaimed Australian series of the same name, revolves around a guy, Ryan (Wood), the girl next door (Fiona Gubelmann), and mixed-breed dog, Wilfred (co-creator Jason Gann). Brown, repped by Domain and and McKeon/Myones, will play Ryan’s controlling and condescending older sister, an obstetrician. She replaces Andrea Savage who played the role on the pilot.
Perception centers on Dr. Geoffrey Pierce (Eric McCormack), an eccentric and brilliant university professor in neuropsychiatry who helps the FBI solve complex cases. Rowan will play Pierce’s best friend and intellectual equal.
EXCLUSIVE: Eric McCormack is eyeing a return to TNT as the star of the network’s pilot Perception. The Will & Grace alum is in negotiation to play the lead in the project, Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, an eccentric, frequently erratic and absolutely brilliant neuroscientist who helps the FBI solve complex cases. Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman co-wrote the pilot, which is produced by ABC Studios. At TNT, McCormack previously toplined ad agency drama Trust Me. He recently played the title character in the Lifetime movie Who Is Clark Rockefeller?, recurred on the CBS comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine and starred in the Artsclub Theatre production of Glengarry Glen Ross in Vancouver. Perception is one of 4 pilots recently greenlighted by TNT – along with Hollywood & Vine, Dallas, and an untitled project from Allan Loeb – and the first one to cast its lead.
TNT and TBS have just handed out pilot orders to 4 projects, including TNT’s planned Dallas update. TNT’s orders include Dallas, written by Cane creator Cynthia Cidre, crime procedural Perception (formerly Proof) and an untitled project from Allan Loeb (form. the Rabbit Factory), while TBS has picked up the Dean Devlin-produced comedic detective series Brain Trust. Here is the networks’ announcement:
TNT and TBS are going into production on four series pilots, including projects from such successful producers and writers as Dean Devlin (TNT’s Leverage); Marco Schnabel (TNT’s The Librarian movie trilogy); Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Voyager); Allan Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps); and Cynthia Cidre (The Mambo Kings).
“These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
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