Paige Davis (TLC’s Trading Spaces) is set to star opposite David Koechner in A+E Networks‘ half-hour comedy pilot Whitey, from producer Leslie Greif. Greg Tuculescu (Bridesmaids) also has booked a series regular role in the project, which centers on Guy “Whitey” White (Koechner), a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind. Davis will play Whitey’s wife. Tuculescu, repped by TalentWorks and Odenkirk Provissiero, will play his friend, a paranoid war vet who maintains all sorts of wild political conspiracy theories. I hear the pilot, which is being produced under the A+E Networks umbrella, is being earmarked for History, though a decision about which net it will go to will be made if the pilot is picked up to series. Broadway veteran Davis, repped Michael Einfeld Management, 3 Arts and WME, recently returned to the stage to star in Chicago.
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EXCLUSIVE: A+E Networks is venturing into half-hour comedy with Whitey, a pilot from Leslie Greif, the producer behind the blockbuster History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys. The Office alum David Koechner is attached to star in the sitcom project, which is being produced under the A+E Networks umbrella as part of the company’s longstanding relationship Greif and his company Thinkfactory Media. I hear Whitey is being earmarked for History though a decision about which A+E Network the project will go to will be made if the pilot is picked up to series. Greif is in the process of locking in a writer/showrunner for the pilot, which eyes a mid-June start date. Whitey centers on Guy “Whitey” White (Koechner), a bright, conservative and frustrated guy in his 40s who is struggling to understand the changing values of a country in a world that has forever gone with the wind. Whitey graduated high school, married his high school sweetheart and spent his career working at the local engine factory until he got laid off. Now what?
A&E and History both have original drama series on the air (The Glades, Longmire, Bates Motel, Vikings) though neither of them has taken a stab at half-hour scripted comedy. (Sibling Lifetime has in the past with Rita Rocks among other sitcoms, but Whitey is clearly … Read More »