Sunday, January 19, 2014

TV News - NBC Announces Pilot Pick Ups for Katherine Heigl Drama & Amy Poehler Created Comedy; Plus 3 More Updates!

Today's Updates Include:

FOX's Hubbard-Fey-Carlock Comedy; ABC's An American Education; and NBC's Old Soul & State of Affairs.

  • Brandon Jones (The Fosters, CSI) has been cast on the upcoming comedy series about a women's college that begins accepting men for the first time. He will play Gerald White, one of the four male students - strapping, handsome, corn-fed, incredibly naive, from a town of 300 in Utah and a devoutly Mormon family.
  • Devin Ratray, Phil Morris and Dalpre Grayer have landed regular roles on the single camera comedy pilot based on the BBC Three series Bad Education. Ratray will play Jeff Gelman, an often inappropriate history whose now on academic probation. Morris will play Eugene Booker, the naturally charismatic, eccentric, super-fit high school principal and war vet. Grayer will play one of Alfie's (Jack Whitehall) students.
  • Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler has inked a new three-year talent deal with NBC, it was announce today at the TCA press tour by network president Robert Greenblatt. As part of that deal, the network has given a pilot order to this single camera comedy co-created by Poehler and to star Orange Is the New Black star Natasha Lyonne. The project tells the story of a young woman (Lyonne) trying to find herself while working as an aide to a group of elderly people. Universal Television, Paperkite Production and 3 Arts will produce. Poehler, Dave Becky, Jon Fener and Josh Bycel will serve as executive producers.
  • The Peacock network has also handed out a pilot order to this drama project starring Katherine Heigl in her (possible) return to series regular television. She will play a key CIA analyst who debriefs and strategizes with the president but struggles balancing her professional and complicated personal life. Alexi Hawley will write the pilot with Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon serving as executive producers. Also, Joe Carnahan - who must recently did the pilot plus an additional episode of The Blacklist - has signed on to direct the pilot.