Thursday, February 12, 2015

Development News - Eric McCormack Books Male Lead on 'Studio City'; David Slade to Direct 'LFE'; Plus 5 More Updates!

Development News - February 12, 2015

CBS' LFE; FOX's Fantasy Life, The Grinder & Studio City; NBC's Blindspot & People Are Talking; and TNT's Breed.

  • David Slade (Hannibal, Awake, Powers) has been tapped to direct and executive produce the drama pilot written by Paul Downs Colaizzo. Additionally, David Marshall Grant (Nashville, Smash) has joined the project as executive producer and showrunner.
  • Bresha Webb (Grey's Anatomy) has been cast opposite Tone Bell on the comedy pilot. She will play Angie, Russell's (Bell) wife who is practical and good at what she does, which includes handling her stand-up comedian husband.
  • Shaun Majumder (Detroit 187) has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Justin Chatwin. He will play Teddy, Cooper's (Chatwin) new partner at the Tacoma Police Department. Their relationship takes a sharp turn when Cooper realizes that Teddy is hiding an unnerving secret.
  • Mark Pellington is set to direct and executive produce the drama pilot written by Martin Gero and produced by Greg Berlanti. He most recently directed the pilot for ABC's Red Widow as well as TNT's untitled period drama from Michelle Ashford - which is currently awaiting a series pickup.
  • Emmy winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Perception) has booked the male lead on the drama pilot written by Krista Vernoff. He will play the songwriter father of a daughter trying to come-of-age in the music industry. He also happens to be a drug dealer to the stars.
  • Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) will co-star opposite Kevin Connolly on the comedy pilot. She will play Terry, the bold, pragmatic, unapologetically caustic and apologetically compassionate SVP of Programming at a major sports network, and Mitch's (Connolly) new boss.
  • FOX has given a late pilot order to single camera comedy The Grinder starring Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation). The pilot was written by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul and will be directed by Jake Kasdan. Executive producers are Mogel, Paul, Lowe, Kasdan and Nick Stoller. 20th Century Fox Television will produce. When his long-running hit TV series comes to an end, beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (Lowe) finds himself at a crossroads in life and decides to move back to his small hometown thinking he has the experience to take over his family's law firm where he butts heads with his brother.