Former Reaper co-star Tyler Labine has signed on as the lead of another supernatural comedic series, Hulu‘s 10-episode original comedy Deadbeat. The project, produced by Lionsgate TV, centers on Kevin Pacalioglu (Labine), an unfiltered-yet-endearing, perennial underdog who constantly struggles with his weight and scrapes by as a medium-for-hire, using his only skill– the ability to communicate with ghosts. He helps New York’s ghosts settle their unfinished business. Written and executive produced by Brett Konner and Cody Heller (Wilfred), directed and executive produced by Troy Miller (Arrested Development) and also executive produced by Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Brad Pitt’s Plan B, Deadbeat has begun production in New York. Labine is with CAA, PYE, The Characters and attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.
CSI: NY alum AJ Buckley has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming fifth season of FX/Sony TV’s drama series Justified whose storyline will revolve around crime lord Dale Crowe (Michael Rapaport) and his family. Buckley will play Dale’s younger brother Danny, the romantic sociopath of the Crowe family who is a damn good man with a knife. Alicia Witt plays their sister Wendy. Buckley, repped by Thruline and Jackoway Tyerman, will next be seen in the indie North Of Hell which he also produced.
EXCLUSIVE: Tyler Labine is set to co-star opposite Justin Kirk in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Animal Kingdom. Also cast in the office comedy is actor-comedian Bobby Lee (Harold & Kumar). Animal Kingdom, from Universal TV and American Work, centers on a House-like veterinarian, Dr. George Coleman (Kirk), who loves animals but usually hates their owners. Labine will play Dr. Doug Jackson, George’s fellow veterinarian and friend who is trying to get over a breakup. Lee will play Dr. Kim, another vet who loves gambling and partying. Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka wrote the script and are executive producing with Anthony and Joe Russo, who are directing, Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan. Labine, whose series credits include Reaper, Sons Of Tucson and Mad Love, was recently seen in Rise Of The Planet of The Apes. He is with CAA and manager Tyman Stewart. MadTV alum Lee, repped by CAA, will next be seen in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator.
Ryan Reynolds and Allan Loeb’s recently launched TV company DarkFire has made its first sale, and it was a quick one. The comedy project Guidance, from feature writer Tim Dowling (Just Go With It, Role Models), was just taken out by 20th TV where DarkFire has a first-look deal. In their first stop at Fox, the network took the show off the market and the rest of the pitch meetings were canceled. Tyler Labine (Reaper, Mad Love) is attached to star in and produce Guidance, which is described as an adult buddy comedy set in high school. Reynolds has been very involved in the project, which has received a put pilot commitment from Fox, including attending pitch meetings. He is executive producing with the rest of the DarkFire principals, Loeb, Steven Pearl and Jonathon Komack Martin. Dowling has ties to both Loeb and Reynolds. He co-wrote comedy feature Just Go With It with Loeb and, as an actor, he did a guest spot on Reynolds’ ABC sitcom Two Guys and a Girl 13 years ago. Guidance brings Labine back to Fox where he toplined the short-lived comedy series Sons of Tucson. The actor, recently seen in Rise of the Planets of the Apes, has been in-demand in TV, toplining 3 series in the last 2 years: Reaper, Sons of Tucson and Mad Love. … Read More »
Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine and Californication‘s Addison Timlin head the cast of Lumpy, an indie film just getting underway in Minnesota. Michael Landes, Evan Jones and Shelley Long costar in the directorial debut of Ted Koland, who wrote the script. The film begins with a wedding in Arizona, where the groom (Long) and bride (Weixler) find their nuptials heightened by their life of the party best man, Lumpy (Labine). That’s until he dies at the end of the evening. As the couple cancels their honeymoon and heads back to Minneapolis to arrange a funeral, they slowly learn that Lumpy wasn’t who they thought he was. The film’s being produced by David Abbitt, Jen Roskind and Sharyn Steele. Koland has done extensive work writing and producing TV before taking his feature shot with Lumpy.
UPDATE: Relativity Media has announced a four year foreign output deal with Tripictures. Tripictures will oversee the distribution of Relativity-produced features in Spain. This includes films Relativity is actively developing, producing, financing and distributing.
EARLIER: The Berlin press releases are flying today for films being sold at the market. Summit Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment Group and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment announced that Amanda Seyfried will star in Gone, a thriller to be directed by Heitor Dhalia from a script by Allison Burnett. Lakeshore and Sierra/Affinity are selling at the European Film Market…Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn Films are partnering on U.S. distribution rights for A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, which will be directed by Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory from their script. Jason Sudeikis, Tyler Labine, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte and Lucy Punch head the cast. Essential Entertainment is selling international sales at Berlin.
It has “love” in the title, and now CBS’s midseason comedy series Mad Love is getting a Valentine’s Day premiere date to go with it. CBS said it will move the launch of Mad Love, previously scheduled for Feb. 21, up a week to Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The comedy, starring Jason Biggs, Sarah Chalke, Tyler Labine and Judy Greer as a quartet of New Yorkers — two who are falling in love and another two who despise each other – is slated to air in the 8:30 PM slot of CBS’ Monday comedy block. Utility player Rules of Engagement will move to its new Thursday 8:30 PM time period on Feb. 24 where it will bump $#*! My Dad Says. “It’s a marketing-driven move that makes scheduling sense,” said CBS’ scheduling czar Kelly Kahl. Cue cupids and red balloons.