TNT has greenlighted Generations, a drama pilot from Robert Redford’s production company Wildwood Enterprises. Written by John Sacret Young (The West Wing), the project centers on a Southern family and crosses back and forth through time to follow the lives of three generations of the same family who have lived in the same house. (The concept sounds somewhat similar to David Schulner’s 2008 pilot The Oaks, which flashed back-and-forth among 3 different families that lived in the same house in different time periods, but that house was also haunted.). Young is executive producing with Redford and Bill Holderman. The project, which has been given a cast-contingent pilot order, is targeted to shoot in late spring/early summer. Generations has been in the works at TNT for awhile and was first announced as part of cable network’s development slate at the cable network’s 2008 upfront. It joins 4 other recently ordered TNT pilots: Dallas, Perception, Bird Dog and an untitled project from Allan Loeb.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Ugly Betty star Eric Mabius has joined the cast of TNT’s drama pilot Bird Dog, while Carla Gallo (Get Him to the Greek) is set to co-star opposite Amanda Walsh in the CW pilot Danni Lowinski. Mike Robe’s Bird Dog centers on Gail McGrath (Ashley Williams), a patrolling officer whose new partner is her cop dad Sam McGrath (Gerald McRaney). Mabius will play Tim Burke, the boyishly handsome County Sheriff who is secretly attracted to Gail. Mabius, repped by ICM and manager Geordie Frey, recently wrapped the BBC series Outcasts and the NBA-themed feature Amazing. Danni Lowinski is named after the series’ central character: a scrappy hairdresser (Walsh) who graduates from law school but is brushed off by law firms and sets up her own practice in a shopping mall kiosk. Gallo will play her best friend Kaz who is brassy, a little slutty and fiercely protective of Danni. Gallo, repped by Global Artists and manager Stacy Abrams, recurred on Men of a Certain Age as Scott Bakula’s younger girlfriend, on Bones as John Francis Daley’s love interest and on Californication as a quirky porn star.
EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Williams and Gerald McRaney are set as the leads in TNT’s drama pilot Bird Dog, a mystery about an unlikely team of two cops who happen to be father and daughter, call sign “Bird Dog.” Meanwhile, Neal Bledsoe is set to co-star opposite Amanda Walsh on the CW pilot Danni Lowinski.
Mike Robe’s Bird Dog centers on Gail McGrath (Williams), a patrolling officer whose cop dad Sam McGrath (McRaney) becomes her new partner. Williams succeeds Eliza Dushku who was briefly cast in the role before exiting the project over the weekend. Williams, repped by Gersh and Luber/Roklin, recurred on TNT’s Saving Grace and will next be seen in Something Borrowed. McRaney, repped by Stone Manners Salners and Course Management, co-starred on NBC’s Undercovers and will next be seen in Red Tails.
Danni Lowinski is named after the series’ central character: a scrappy hairdresser (Walsh) a law school graduate who is brushed off by law firms and sets up her own practice in a shopping mall kiosk. Bledsoe (Ugly Betty) will play the youngest partner at a Chicago law firm.
EXCLUSIVE: Rachael Leigh Cook is set as the female lead opposite Eric McCormack in the TNT drama pilot Perception. The project, from ABC Studios, centers on Dr. Geoffrey Pierce (McCormack), an eccentric, frequently erratic and absolutely brilliant university professor in neuropsychiatry who helps the FBI solve complex cases. Cook will play sexy, sharp-tonged and smart FBI agent Kate Rossi who recruited her former professor Pierce to work for the bureau. The setup appears similar to that on Castle between Nathan Fillion’s Richard Castle and Stana Katic’s Kate Beckett and on The Mentalist between Simon Baker’s Patrick Jane and Robin Tunney’s Teresa Lisbon. Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman co-wrote the pilot, with Alan Poul directing. Cook, who started off as a teen actress, recently recurred on USA’s Psych.
Following some pretty intense final negotiations, Eric McCormack has closed a deal to return to TNT as the star of the network’s pilot Perception. The Will & Grace alum will 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. McCormack will serve as producer. At TNT, McCormack previously toplined ad agency drama Trust Me.
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.