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Pilot Castings: Actors Board TBS’ ‘Hound Dogs’, TV Land’s Mark Reisman Comedy

By | Wednesday January 26, 2011 @ 6:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Verica has landed the lead in the TBS hourlong comedy pilot Hound Dogs, with Lolita Davidovich and Laura Bell Bundy also cast in the project from feature writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham). Meanwhile, Seinfeld alum Wayne Knight is set as the last lead in the TV Land untitled Mark Reisman comedy pilot.

The Sony Pictures TV-produced Hound Dogs, which Sheldon wrote and will direct, draws from his experience as a baseball player and is set in the world of minor league baseball. It 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. Fortitude-repped Davidovich will play the team owner. Bundy will play a sexy bartender/aspiring singer.

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PILOT CASTINGS: Christine Taylor, Kristen Johnston & Donald Faison Board TV Land Comedies, Amy Acker Joins USA Dramedy

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 3:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Christine Taylor has been tapped as the lead of TV Land’s untitled Terri Minsky comedy pilot (form. Rip City), while 3rd Rock from the Sun co-star Kristen Johnston is set as the lead of another TV Land comedy pilot, the untitled Mark Reisman project. Scrubs alum Donald Faison will also play a lead in that pilot, formerly known as Ex Men. Meanwhile, Amy Acker (Dollhouse) has landed the only female regular role opposite stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole in the USA Network’s buddy cop dramedy pilot Common Law.

The untitled Terri Minsky project is a multi-camera office comedy set at Rip City Cola, a regional beverage manufacturer and distributor in Oregon. It centers on a thirtysomething, Ivy League-educated New York woman (Taylor) who takes over as the boss, but her enthusiasm is dampened when her boyfriend doesn’t follow her and nobody at the new company wants her there. Taylor most recently starred in the Hallmark Channel holiday movie Farewell Mr. Kringle.

The Mark Reisman project revolves around 3 divorced guys, one of them played by Faison, who live in an apartment building where their landlord is their sexy female divorce attorney (Johnston). Johnston, repped by Paradigm and the Hofflund Co., won 2 Emmys for her role on 3rd Rock. She next stars in the indies Vamps and … Read More »

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TV Land Picks Up Two More Comedy Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV Land has greenlighted two more comedy pilots from sitcom veterans:  Happily Divorced, written/executive produced by The Nanny co-creators, actress Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobsen, and Rip City, written/exec produced by Lizzy McGuire and Less Than Perfect creator Terri Minsky and executive produced by Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis (Reba, TV Land’s upcoming Retired at 35). The two half-hours join the recently ordered comedy pilot Ex Men, from former Fraiser executive producer Mark Reisman.

Happily Divorced is based on Drescher’s real life. In addition to co-writing/exec producing, the former Nanny actress could potentially star in the project, about a woman who re-enters the dating world after finding out that her husband is gay. It focuses on how she juggles her relationship with her current boyfriend and ex-husband post-divorce. Drescher and Jacobsen are also executive producing Drescher’s syndicated talk show, which is making a trial run on the Fox stations. Rip City is a multi-camera office comedy which takes place at Rip City Cola, a regional … Read More »

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TV Land Greenlights Comedy Pilot

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: TV Land is opening its second pilot pickup season with a cast-contingent order to Ex Men, a multi-camera sitcom from former Frasier executive producer Mark Reisman. The project revolves around 3 divorced guys who live in an apartment building where their landlord is their young and sexy female divorce attorney. Reisman, who wrote Ex Men and will executive produce it, created and executive produced the series Quintuplets on Fox and In-Laws on NBC. Ex Men is expected to be the first of several pilots at TV Land, which entered the original scripted arena a year ago with its first two pilots ever, Hot in Cleveland and Retired at 35. Both were eventually picked up to series, and Cleveland launched in the summer as the highest-rated comedy series on cable. The sitcom starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, returns with 20 new original episodes on Jan. 19. A premiere date for Retired at 35 is expected to be announced shortly.

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