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PILOT CASTINGS: Two Land Comedy Projects

Nellie Andreeva

True Blood alumna Anna Camp has become the first actress cast in the NBC comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You, landing one of the four leads in the single-camera project from writer-exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV. It is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad and Missy, introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad’s Allie and Missy’s Sarah (Camp), to each other. Allie and Sarah hit it off but things get complicated when Allie becomes pregnant with Brad’s baby.

Michael “Mookie” Blaikock (Secret Girlfriend) has joined the ABC/20th TV comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23. Written by Nahnatchka Khan, the project centers on June (Dreama Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who is forced to move in with Chloe (Krysten Ritter), a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Blaikock, repped by Innovative and Andy Corren Management, will play Eli, the preppy perv-next-door.

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Who Are The Most Sought-After Actors This Pilot Season?

Nellie Andreeva

It is the end of January, and pilot offers to actors are going out fast and furious. Like every year, there are several actors that attract the lion’s share of offers. In the leading man category, two 40-something actors, Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler and Brotherhood alum Jason Isaacs, are red-hot, fielding a half-dozen offers each.

Among the ladies, Ugly Betty alumna Becki Newton is once again in demand despite the fact that her pilot gig could be in second position to her current series, NBC’s midseason dramedy Love Bites whose prospects are dim with a cut-back order and no premiere date set. (Love Bites co-star Greg Grunberg already booked the lead in the A&E pilot Big Mike in first position). Also sitting on multiple offers is Gilmore Girls alumna Krysten Ritter. Casting directors on several projects are also sending out feelers to Christina Applegate, who just gave birth to her first child. Other TV actors lured to return to series TV are Debra Messing, Jason Bateman, James Spader, Daniel Sunjata, Ali Larter, Lizzy Caplan  and Katee Sackhoff.

As usual, pilot casting directors’ wish lists include a lot of movie … Read More »

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PILOT CASTINGS: Dreama Walker To Star In ABC’s ‘Bitch,’ Trio Join TV Land’s ‘Divorced’

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Dreama Walker, who is recurring on the CBS drama The Good Wife, is set to star in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23 (working title), which is directed by Jason Winer. The 20th TV-produced project, written by Nahnatchka Khan, centers on June (Walker), an  earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland who, due to circumstances beyond her control, is forced to move in with Chloe, a sexy, unstable New York City party girl who has the morals of a pirate. Gersh-repped Walker, who plays Zach Florrick’s conniving ex-girlfriend Becca on The Good Wife, also recurred on Gossip Girl.

Meanwhile, veterans Rita Moreno and Robert Walden and Everybody Hates Chris alumna Tichina Arnold have joined TV Land’s comedy pilot Happily Divorced starring Fran Drescher as a woman who re-enters the dating scene after finding out her husband is gay. Moreno and Walden will play her parents, Arnold – her best friend.

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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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PILOT CASTINGS ROUNDUP: Two Join ‘Danni Lowinski,’ One Added To ‘Homeland’

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The CW dramedy pilot Danni Lowinski has cast its last 2 regulars, George Dzundza (Grey’s Anatomy) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Nevermind Nirvana). Meanwhile, Diego Klattenhoff (Men in Trees) has joined Showtime’s drama pilot Homeland. Danni Lowinski is named after the series’ central character: a scrappy hairdresser (Amanda Walsh) who graduates from law school but is brushed off by law firms and sets up her own practice in a shopping mall kiosk. Gersh-repped Dzundza will play Dani’s well-meaning father, a widower who has become a full-blown alcoholic since losing his construction job. Ambudkar, repped by Gersh and Lou Viola Management, will play a hard-working and straightforward guy, working at JB Computers during the day and on his novel at night. Read More »

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