Thursday, February 18, 2016

Development News - Niecy Nash and Christine Woods Book Lead Roles on FOX's 'The Enforcers'; Plus 15 More Updates!

Development News - February 18, 2016

ABC's Chunk and Bean, Dream Team, The Jury, Pearl & Toast; Amazon's I Love Dick; CBS' Bunker Hill, The Kicker & Untitled Stephnie Weir; FOX's The Enforcers & Recon; FX's Legion; Hulu's When the Street Lights Go On; and NBC's Me and Mean Margaret, Midnight Texas & The Trail.

  • Justin Long (New Girl, F Is For Family) has been cast in the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel. He will play Marty, the eternally optimistic manager of a sporting goods store and also the "damn good" head coach of a nationally ranked soccer program - the one true love of his life. Currently recruiting young girls for his dream team, Marty is looking to re-create his amazing rise to the national championships from two years ago.
  • Newcomer Jeremie Harris (The Get Down, Bessie) has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Dan Stevens. He will play Ptonomy, an outsider by nature, stand-offish and sardonic who is a former child prodigy who feels trapped in his past.
  • Niecy Nash (Scream Queens) and Christine Woods (Hello Ladies) will play the lead roles on the comedy pilot written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer. Additionally, Ian Gomez (Cougar Town) will co-star. Nash will play M.J., an outspoken, fun and recently divorced single mom of two kids who, after struggling through a variety of odd jobs to provide for her children, is thrilled to land the job of "code cop," hoping it will bring her a sense of legitimacy. Woods will play Nora, a bright, feisty and a little uptight woman who put her dreams of becoming a detective on hold while raising her son as a single mom. However, her dreams are quickly dashed and she ends up taking a job as a city code enforcer. Gomez will play George, Nora and M.J.'s supervisor who struggles to put up with the eccentricities of the workers in his office.
  • The online streaming service has given a pilot order to single camera comedy I Love Dick written by Sarah Gubbins and to be directed by Transparent creator Jill Soloway. Soloway and Andrea Sperling will executive produce. Gubbins will serve as a co-executive producer. Amazon Studios and Topple Productions will produce. Based on the 1997 novel by Chris Kraus, the project is set in a colorful academic community in Marfa, Texas. It centers on a struggling married couple, Chris and Sylvere, and their mutual obsession with an off-putting but charismatic professor, Dick. The project charts the unraveling of a marriage, the awakening of an artist and the reluctant deification of a man named Dick.
  • Happy Endings alum Zach Knighton will star opposite Candice Bergen on the comedy pilot written by Andrew Reich. He will play Pearl's (Bergen) son.
  • Emmy and Tony winner Stockard Channing (The West Wing, The Good Wife) has been cast on the comedy pilot written by Adam Barr. She will play Margaret, a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress who requires her 27-year-old lawyer to babysit her.
  • Nick Zano (Minority Report, One Big Happy) is the first actor cast on the untitled comedy pilot written by Stephnie Weir. He will play Billy, the baby of the family. A golden child, Billy is a smart and handsome war vet who maps a course for his life and follows it without deviation.
  • Adina Porter (The 100, Underground) will co-star on the drama pilot starring Archie Panjabi and Jeremy Sisto. She will play Angela, a mother of three that works two jobs to support an unemployed husband battling clinical depression, and her kids who are living a comfortable middle-class life unaware that the family is massively in debt.
  • Geoff Stults (Enlisted, The Odd Couple) has been cast in the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Jack Burditt. He will play Daryl Thorkelson, an oddball, outspoken NFL kick who drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his team.
  • Nicholas D'Agosto (Gotham, Masters of Sex) has booked the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller. He will play Josh Simon, a young big-city lawyer who is sent from his big New York law firm to small town South Carolina to prep a rag-tag team in defending a poetry professor, Larry Henderson (John Lithgow), accused of murdering his wife. Josh tries to keep his optimism while feeling a bit out of his element - both professionally and as the first "Northeasterner" many of the townspeople have seen.
  • Emmy winner Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, Gracepoint) has joined the cast of the comedy pilot written by Ed Herro and Brian Donovan. She will play Connie Dawson, Chunk's mother, a hovering mother who is trying to control his every move. She works as a therapist from home and is a bit neurotic when the new neighbors move in.
  • Augustus Prew (Kick-Ass 2, Klondike) will play the lead role on the drama pilot written by Jason Katims. He will play James Bell, a Silicon Valley tech billionaire with comet-like energy. He is relentless, unapologetic, maybe brilliant, maybe just nuts, but definitely magnetic and determined to revolutionize healthcare.
  • Sarita Choudhury (Homeland) and Karan Oberoi (Containment) have booked regular roles on the drama pilot written by Caroline Dries. Choudhury will play Farrah, a successful businesswoman who struggles to balance work, family and the Five Pillars of Islam. Oberoi will play Jared, Farrah's son, a charming bad boy and heir to his family's company with ambitions that don't align with his father's business plan.
  • Arielle Kebbel (Ballers, UnREAL) has landed a series regular role on the drama pilot written by Monica Owusu-Breen. She will play Olivia, a freelance hit-woman who is a vital part of the community with a mysterious past.
  • Emmy winner Gail Mancuso (Modern Family) has signed on to direct and executive produce the hybrid comedy pilot written by Scott Foley and Greg Grunberg. This is the second comedy pilot Mancuso will direct this pilot season - the first being FOX's The Enforcers.
  • Odessa Young (The Daughter, Looking for Grace) has been cast as the female lead on the drama pilot written by Chris Hutton and Eddie O'Keefe. She will play Becky Monroe, an elusive teenage wallflower forced to come of age amid the shocking aftermath of her sister's tragic murder.