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Several Last-Minute Pilot Castings

By | Wednesday April 6, 2011 @ 2:04pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Maz Jobrani (Better Off Ted) and Georgia Engel (Everybody Loves Raymond, Mary Tyler Moore) have joined the CBS comedy pilot Vince Uncensored starring Michael Chiklis and Elizabeth Perkins. The multicamera comedy, from Warner Bros and Conan O’Brien’s Conaco, centers on Vince (Chiklis), a family man who experiences a medical problem and starts to speak the truth and live in the moment much to the chagrin of his family. Jobrani will play his contracting partner, who is unnerved by Vince’s new uncensored verbosity. Engel will play Vince’s mother, who moves in with him after separating from her husband. Actor-comedian Jobrani, repped by APA and Levity, is a founding member of the Axis of Evil standup troupe and toplined ABC’s comedy pilot Funny In Farsi last season.

Dharma & Greg alumna Mimi Kennedy is set to co-star opposite Becki Newton and Gerald McRaney in CBS’ untitled Filgos family comedy pilot. It  centers on Joe Reilly (McRaney), a blue-collar guy who wrestles with how to parent his unmarried grown daughter Eileen (Newton) and her 12-year-old son while sharing a house … Read More »

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Kelsey Grammer To Direct Conan O’Brien-Produced Comedy Pilot ‘Vince Uncensored’

By | Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 8:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kelsey Grammer has signed on to direct CBS’ multicamera comedy pilot Vince Uncensored, which stars Michael Chiklis. The project, from veteran sitcom writer Phoef Sutton, Conan O’Brien’s Conaco and Warner Bros. TV, centers on a man (Chiklis) who, after a life-changing experience, decides to take a more honest approach to his life, work and family.

While best known for his TV starring roles, mainly his 20-year stint as Dr. Frasier Crane on NBC’s Cheers and Frasier, Grammer has also been active behind the camera, directing TV comedy series and pilots. He helmed 37 episodes of Frasier and has directed four pilots, one of which, Out of Practice, went to series. In 1999, he received a DGA nomination for directing the “Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz” episode of Frasier. Grammer spent the last year on Broadway starring in the revival of La Cage aux Folles, which earned him a Tony nomination. He next stars and executive produces the Starz drama series Boss.

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Michael Chiklis To Star In Conan O’Brien-Produced Comedy Pilot ‘Vince Uncensored’

Nellie Andreeva

No Ordinary Family star Michael Chiklis is returning to comedy as the star of CBS’ half-hour pilot Vince Uncensored, from veteran sitcom writer Phoef Sutton, Conan O’Brien’s Conaco and Warner Bros. TV.

For Chiklis, the pilot is in second position to the freshman ABC drama No Ordinary Family, which he stars in and co-executive produces. The actor, who won an Emmy for The Shield, was planning to sit this pilot season out but was offered  CBS two comedy pilots: Vince Uncensored and the untitled Filgos project. Because he had been tied on No Ordinary Family, which just wrapped production, he could technically only do a comedy pilot as half-hour pilots start production later than dramas. Landing Chiklis was a big priority for CBS. To do that, the network also signed a development/holding deal with the actor behind his pact for Vince Uncensored.

As for Vince Uncensored, it centers on a man (Chiklis) who, after a life-changing experience, decides to take a more honest approach to his life, work and family. Sutton wrote the script and is executive producing with O’Brien and David Kissinger. WME-repped Chiklis starred on comedic drama The Commish and comedy Daddio before switching to drama with FX’s The Shield and ABC’s No Ordinary Family.

Meanwhile, the sets of No Ordinary Family were taken down on the Disney lot today. A rep for the studio said the space will be used for a PGA conference. While folding sets away … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Comedy Pilot From Conan O’Brien

By | Friday January 21, 2011 @ 4:15pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

There has been a flurry of activity on the pilot pickup front today. CBS just greenlighted comedy pilot Vince Uncensored, written by veteran sitcom writer Phoef Sutton and executive produced by Conan O’Brien.

The project, produced by O’Brien’s Conaco Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, is the first pilot to come out Conaco Prods.’s overall deal with WBTV signed last spring following O’Brien’s exit from NBC and the announcement of his new latenight talk show at TBS.

Vince Uncensored centers on a man who, after a life-changing experience, decides to take a more honest approach to his life, work and family. Sutton wrote the script and is executive producing with O’Brien and David Kissinger. Conaco most recently co-produced the short-lived NBC legal drama Outlaw.

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