Friday, October 24, 2014

Development News - 'Billions' Casts Damian Lewis & Paul Giamatti as Leads; 'Colony' Adds Trio to Cast; Plus 2 More Updates!

Development News - October 24, 2014

Showtime's Billions; TBS' Wrecked; TNT's Untitled Michelle Ashford Project; and USA's Colony.

  • Peter Jacobson, Alex Neustaedter and Gonzalo Menendez have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies. Jacobson will play Alan Snyder, the savvy proxy governor of occupied Los Angeles who is under growing pressure to crush the resistance movement. Neustaedter will play Bram, Will (Holloway) and Katie's (Callies) thoughtful son, forced to grow up fast after everything fell apart. Menendez will play Captain Lagarza, the commanding officer of a special police unit that carries out missions for the occupational government.
  • The cable network has given a pilot order to single-camera comedy Wrecked from writers Justin & Jordan Shipley and producer Jesse Hara. Described as Lost meets It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Wrecked chronicles the aftermath of a plane crashing on a remote island. Two best friends, along with an extremely diverse group of survivors, must adjust to life in a dangerous new world that poses unique threats, which they mostly bring upon themselves. Danny and Owen, who weren't quite killing it pre-crash, are given the chance to finally be the kind of men they've always wanted to be. No longer plugged in, they become the unexpected leaders of this new society devoid of such comforts as social media, wi-fi, indoor plumbing and fast food restaurants.
  • Mark Pellington (Red Widow, Cold Case) has signed on to direct and executive produce the untitled drama pilot - which deals with the drug trade in the 1970s - from writer Michelle Ashford and executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay.
  • Emmy winners Damian Lewis (Homeland) and Paul Giamatti (John Adams) have been cast in the lead roles on the drama pilot. The project takes a close look at the world of high finance by tracking the approaching collision between two titanic figures - the hard charging, whip-smart U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes (Giamatti), and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod.