Friday, February 7, 2014

Development News - Jere Burns to Co-Star on TBS' 'Tribeca'; FX to Develop Novel 'Redshirts' as Limited Event Series; Plus 5 More Updates!

Development News - February 7, 2014

ABC's ClementineFresh Off the Boat & Warriors; FX's Redshirts; NBC's Mason Twins; TBS's Tribeca; and TV Land's Younger.

  • Australian newcomer Sarah Snook has landed her first onscreen TV role with the title role in this ABC drama pilot from Dean Georgaris. She will play Clementine Ross, a troubled 28-year-old psychic who sees her life begin to change in unexpected ways when she decides to stop running from her past. 
  • Also joining the cast of the drama pilot today is Edwin Hodge (The Purge). He will play Dr. Anthony Little, Clementine's best friend and confidant. A doctor by trade with a wicked sense of humor, he stands by his psychic friend no matter how complicated life gets.
  • Randall Park and Constance Wu have been cast on the single camera comedy pilot from Nahnatchka Khan. The project centers on hip-hop-loving Eddie Huang, raised by an immigrant father (Park) who is obsessed with all things American and an immigrant mother (Wu) who is often bewildered by white culture and believes in tough love.
  • Body of Proof alum Windell Miiddlebrooks has landed a co-starring role on the comedy pilot starring June Diane Raphael and Erinn Hayes. He will play Chance, an unkempt gay man who was Lizzie's (Hayes) best (and probably only) friend in high school.
  • Debi Mazar (Entourage) has joined the cast of the single camera comedy pilot written by Darren Star and starring Sutton Foster. She will play Maggie, Liza's (Foster) best friend who helps her pass off as 26 with a new makeover.
  • Jere Burns (Justified) is in negotiations to star opposite Rashida Jones on the single camera comedy pilot co-written and directed by Steve Carell. Also joining the project is Andrée Vermeulen (CollegeHumor Originals). Burns would play Chet Atkins, a no-nonsense Police Lieutenant and Tribeca's (Jones) boss. Vermeulen will play Dr. Monica Sholls, the bespectacled, brainy and quirky medical examiner. Burns is fully expected to star with FX's Justified - where he's a series regular - through its upcoming sixth and final season.
  • Script Commitment - Limited Series
  • Based on the 2012 comedic novel of the same name by John Scalzi, Redshirts - which is set in the 25th century - follows the adventures of five new recruits on the Starship Intrepid who come to realize that the ship's crew members are dying at an alarming rate. Their investigation leads to the mind-bending discovery that a science fiction television show, produced in the early 21st century, has somehow "intruded" upon their reality and "warped" it. In other words, the lives of the crew are following the course of a television narrative over which they have no control. Jon Shestack, Ken Kwapis and Alexandra Beattie are set to executive produce the limited series - with Kwapis set to direct the first episode. The search is underway for writers to pen the adaptation.
  • The River star Eloise Mumford is returning to ABC with a starring role on the military medical drama pilot. Her casting steams from a talent deal she inked with ABC in August. She will play Tory Sterling, a psychiatrist who always knows the right thing to say to comfort someone. She's just back from a tour in Afghanistan and is an expert on PTSD - but she suffers from a mild case herself.