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Keri Russell Signs on For New FOX Sitcom

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 10th 2010 3:09PM
Keri Russell'Arrested Development' fans are anxiously awaiting the release - actually, the filming - of the big screen 'AD' movie, but until then we might have a little bit of the show to enjoy. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz and star Will Arnett are doing a new sitcom pilot called 'Wilde Kingdom' and they've just added someone else to the cast.

Keri Russell has signed on to the show to play Arnett's love interest, according to Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly. Arnett will play a rich, selfish guy who falls in love with Russell's down-to-Earth character. James Vallely, one of the writers of 'Arrested Development,' is writing this show too.

We've talked about a lot of pilots and pilot casting recently and most of them we'll never hear about again (most pilots don't even make it to the air). But this is one show I can actually picture on the FOX schedule.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Lands Another Good-Guy Lawyer Gig

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 8th 2010 12:15PM
Mark-Paul GosselaarAfter logging a couple of seasons as a lawyer on TNT's now defunct legal drama, 'Raising the Bar,' TV veteran and perennial hottie Mark-Paul Gosselaar is headed back to court -- this time, on TBS' hourlong comedy pilot, 'Franklin & Bash.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Jamie Tarses-produced pilot, which was penned by Kevin Falls ('The West Wing') and Bill Chais ('Dirty Sexy Money'), focuses on lifelong pals ('Robot Chicken's' Breckin Meyer is "Franklin" to Gosselaar's "Bash") who successfully take down a big time law firm only to end up being wooed by the firm's patriarch. No word yet on a premiere date.

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Allison Janney joins Matthew Perry's Mr. Sunshine

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 31st 2010 1:29PM
allison_janney_smiling_earringsYou could say that most people's interest in a new comedy from Friends' star Matthew Perry called Mr. Sunshine, would be pretty high. He's a popular actor. Friends was a popular show. People reacted favorably to Courteney Cox's new comedy Cougar Town... You see where I'm going here.

Well, the interest meter just moved up considerably because West Wing Emmy-winner Allison Janney will co-star with Matthew in Mr. Sunshine. Mr. Sunshine is an ABC pilot they'll be filming, and it's about a guy who reaches his 40th birthday and wonders if he can continue just getting by on his charm and nonchalant style.

Mr. Sunshine is set in San Diego, where Perry's character manages an aging stadium. Janney is playing Crystal Cohen, the lady in charge of the place. That's right; she's Matthew's boss.

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Jane Curtin is back with new ABC comedy

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 20th 2007 3:05PM
Jane CurtinOf all the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players from Saturday Night Live, who knew that Jane Curtin was going to be the one to have the most consistent and sustainable entertainment career? Think about it: John Belushi and Gilda Radner are dead, Lorraine Newman and Garrett Morris have fallen off the face of the earth, and Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd show up as guest actors on TV from time to time, but that's about it. Curtin, on the other hand, had hit sitcoms in the '80s (Kate & Allie) and the '90s (Third Rock from the Sun) and continues to get interesting roles in new shows, the last of which was the crazy mother in last year's failed ABC comedy Crumbs.

Well, now she's back in another ABC comedy pilot, called Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office. She plays the feared assistant of a nice woman who tries to make it in corporate America (Jayma Mays). I can see her in that kind of role; Curtin has always been good at playing the prim and proper woman who has a streak of something sexy or mean or evil underneath.

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Casting news: Shannon in NBC comedy, Rhames in Football Wives

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 22nd 2007 2:39PM
Molly ShannonTV viewers -- or anyone for that matter -- haven't heard from Molly Shannon in a while. Though her IMDb profile has shown that she's been busy, the last time I saw her in anything was in a memorable guest role on Scrubs three years ago. Her absence was kind of surprising, given how funny she was on Saturday Night Live. But it looks like Shannon is on her way back, in an NBC comedy pilot called The Mastersons of Manhattan.

The Hollywood Reporter, in an article that contains a ton of casting news, reports that Shannon will star with Natasha Richardson in the serialized soap. The two play socialite sisters, the younger of whom (Shannon) is on trial for murder. Yes, I did say earlier that it was a comedy, if you want to check.

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NBCU picks up comedy winner from the NY Television Festival

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 13th 2006 7:44PM
Split the Difference logoOur friends at the New York Television Festival gleefully sent us a press release today announcing that the rights to one of the pilots that showed at the festival in September -- and was covered like a blanket by TVS -- has been picked up by a major network.

Split the Difference, which won both the comedy competition and the TV Guide Audience Award, is the first scripted pilot to be picked up in the two-year history of the festival, as well as the first to be picked up by a major network. It's a mockumentary-style comedy that revolves around the rivalry-filled and phony world of making television commercials.

I thought it was by far the funniest pilot in the comedy competition, but that the mockumentary format would have to change so it didn't look like The Office at an advertising firm. Good to see we'll get a chance to see how this show gets developed. You can see the full press release after the jump. And you can still see the pilot on MSN.

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Will & Grace creators to create another gay-themed comedy

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 2nd 2006 1:33PM
Will & GraceThe Hollywood Reporter (via Reuters) is reporting that Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are creating a pilot for CBS based on their friendship and writing partnership. Here's the twist: since Kohan is straight and Mutchnick is gay, the show's main characters will be about two writers who are best friends, one of which is gay and one of which is straight. According to the article, the main quartet will be rounded out by the writers' "hot young assistants."

The formula's starting to sound familiar, isn't it? It's not exactly W&G, but it's not far off. Considering how tired W&G got near the end of its run, I'm hoping that this new comedy, which doesn't yet have a name, isn't an extension of that show's comic sensibility. Don't get me wrong, it was fun at its peak, but the nasty jokes just got old after a few years. Maybe this show will be less catty and more witty. Of course, it's just a pilot; it may never make it to air at all.

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Eriq La Salle comes back to TV in... a comedy?

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 17th 2006 11:31AM
Eriq La SalleIf I told you intense actor Eriq La Salle was coming back to TV in a project where he plays one of about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, would you ever guess in a hundred years that the show would be a comedy? Me neither. Which is why his new project for NBC might be interesting. The former ER star is executive producing and starring in the comedy, called The Four Next Door; where the Four Horsemen are forced to live among the humans when they arrive on earth ten years too early. Heh. Either this is going to be funny as hell or depressing as hell.

Anyway, it's not like this is the first time La Salle has done comedy. Remember he played the Jheri-curled Darryl Jenks in Coming to America. Of course, that was eighteen years ago, but it's on his resume.

(Update: La Salle is executive producing the show, not starring in it. Thanks to Chris Rose for the clarification. I think I inferred the words "starring in" when I read the article. My mistake.)

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Comedy Central says yes to Jon Stewart-produced pilot

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 8th 2006 3:36PM
Jon StewartJon Stewart is becoming quite the mogul, isn't he? Not only does his production company, Busboy Productions, crank out the gigantic hit show The Colbert Report four nights a week, but Comedy Central also has a first-look development deal with the company. This means that whatever pilot script Jon and company develop, CC gets the first shot at it.

It looks like they like what Jon's been producing, as word comes that they've picked up a pilot for a fictional comedy called Three Strikes, which takes place in the world of minor-league baseball. So, if this gets made into a series, are we going to rename the network Jon Stewart's Comedy Central? I wonder how the boys from South Park would feel about that?

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Cavanagh signs up for pilot

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 24th 2006 10:01AM
Tom CavanaghOK, so that whole Love Monkey thing didn't quite work out (I still don't understand that - it wasn't great but it was good and had great potential), but Tom Cavanagh is getting back on the horse and has signed as the lead in the new CBS comedy pilot Ex-Life. As this short article says, the plot "revolves around the lives of two divorced couples." Yeah, I know, that description's not much help.

There was a rumor for a short time that Love Monkey would be picked up by the new CW network, but those rumors turned out to be untrue.

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