Among recent TV castings, Pitch Perfect‘s Alexis Knapp was set to co-star in TBS’ comedy pilot Ground Floor, from Bill Lawrence and Greg Malins, which is toplined by another Pitch Perfect cast member, Skylar Astin, and Briga Heelan. She plays Tori, a sexy co-worker of Jennifer (Heelan) who hits the clubs at night and catches up on her sleep at work. Knapp, repped by CAA and Untitled, recently guest starred in the ABC comedy pilot Super Fun Night opposite her Pitch Perfect co-star Rebel Wilson and in the Lifetime pilot Cinnamon Girl.
Robin Givens has joined the cast of ABC Family’s new drama Twisted as a recurring. She will play Judy, the hip and outgoing divorced mom of Lacey (Kylie Bunbury). Givens, repped by Don Buchwald/Fortitude and The Marshak/Zachary Co, also is recurring on the CW’s 90210.
ABC Family is launching four new series this summer — family drama The Fosters, mystery drama Twisted, reality competition series Dancing Fools and docu-soap The Vineyard. That is up from three last summer, when the network introduced drama Bunheads and comedy Baby Daddy, both renewed for second season, and docuseries Beverly Hills Nannies, which was not. Like last summer, ABC Family will have three nights of original programming (Monday-Wednesday). They will feature new episodes of eight original series including returning Pretty Little Liars, Switched At Birth, Baby Daddy and Melissa & Joey. Here is a list of the network’s summer premiere dates: Read More »
ABC Family has picked up to series two of its three drama pilots — The Fosters, executive produced by Jennifer Lopez, and Socio, which has been renamed Twisted. Filming on both, which are produced in-house, will begin in the spring for a summer debut. “These new shows will bring the same depth, heart, close relationships and authenticity that our viewers have come to expect and will pair nicely with our already established pop culture hits,” ABC Family president Michael Riley said. I hear the network’s third drama pilot, Terminales, is still very much in contention and appears likely to get a series order contingent on some deal-making. As for ABC Family’s two comedy pilots, Miseducation aka Phys Ed and Continuing Fred, I hear neither is going forward. Read More »