Saturday, June 29, 2013

TV News - 'The Millers,' 'Glee' & 'Untitled Craig Robinson'

        Saturday, June 29 - Glee star Jayma Mays is set to co-star on CBS' new comedy series The Millers opposite Will Arnett, Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges. She will play Debbie, Nathan's (Arnett) sister whose father Tom (Bridges) moves in with after leaving his wife, Carol (Martindale) after 43 years. She replaces Mary Elizabeth Ellis who played the role in the original pilot. She is also still expected to do a handful of episodes of FOX's Glee next season.

FOX's Glee has promoted recurring players Melissa Benoist (Marley), Jacob Artist (Jake), Becca Tobin (Kitty), Blake Jenner (Ryder) and Alex Newell (Wade "Unique") to series regulars for the upcoming fifth season. The news comes just a day after five actors were downgraded from the regular cast.

NBC and Universal TV have extended the contract options on the entire cast of yet another comedy pilot that narrowed missed the cut of a series order last development season - the untitled comedy pilot written by Owen Ellickson and starring Craig Robinson. The project centers around a talented musician (Robinson) who adjusts to his new life as a middle school music teacher, where he maneuvers precocious kids, teacher politics and the temptations of single moms. The cast also includes Jean Smart, Amanda Lund, Larenz Tate and Amandla Stenberg.