Monday, February 3, 2014

Development News - 'Friends' Alum David Schwimmer Returning to TV in ABC Pilot; Scott Bakula to Lead 'NCIS' Spinoff; Plus 2 More Updates!

Development News - February 3, 2014

ABC's Irreversible, Sea of Fire & Untitled Brian Gallivan; and CBS's NCIS: New Orleans.

  • Pilot Ordered - Comedy (Single Camera)
  • The untitled project centers on an overworked father dreaming of being "on vacation all year" who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire where they open a group of tourist cottages. And where they rarely, if ever, feel like they're on vacation. Brian Gallivan wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz - the trio are also the creative team behind CBS's family comedy pilot The McCarthys. Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Productions will produce.
  • Friends alum David Schwimmer is eyeing a return to series television. In his first major TV role since the NBC comedy ended in 2004, Schwimmer will star in the pilot based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich as well as serve as a producer. He will play Andy, a pessimistic writer with two books under his belt. He now conducts writing workshops part-time at the university, and has had a hard time mustering up the energy/resources to write his next novel, especially since his baby girl was born. He's a classic spoiled only child with a tendency to complicate things and get into trouble - but he will always avoid conflict by masking his low self-esteem with sarcasm.
  • Scott Bakula (Men of a Certain Age, Looking) is the first actor cast on the upcoming planted spinoff of CBS's number one drama NCIS. The prospective series will air as backdoor pilot in a spring two-parter of NCIS. Bakula will play NCIS Special Agent Pride, who is driven by the need to do what's right... with warmth, passion, strength and humor. He's a unique federal agent working in one of this country's most unique cities.
  • Jack Davenport (Smash) and Isabelle Cornish (Home & Away) will star opposite Jennifer Carpenter on the ABC drama pilot written by Jenna Bans. Davenport will play easy-going local Sheriff Marty Kesowich with Cornish to play his daughter Merel. Already deeply concerned over his suicidal and befuddled wife, Marty counts himself lucky to have a seemingly perfect daughter. But he's shocked to learn that Merel is not at all the paragon he imagined. After Merel's close friend Jane goes missing, Marty fears that his daughter had some involvement, and when FBI Agent Leah Pierce (Carpenter) joins the case, Marty is torn between pursuing the investigation fully or covering up the increasingly damning evidence against his child.