Friday, February 19, 2016

Development News - Andy Daly Joins 'Chunk and Bean'; Tony Danza Sets Sitcom Return with 'Sebastian'; Plus 13 More Updates!

Development News - February 19, 2016

ABC's Chunk and Bean, The Jury & Presence; Amazon's The Last Tycoon; CBS' Bunker Hill, The Great Indoors & Training Day; The CW's No Tomorrow & Transylvania; FOX's Lethal Weapon; NBC's Chicago Law, Miranda's Rights, Sebastian & Untitled Tracey Wigfield; and TNT's Will.

  • Jason Ensler (Hart of Dixie, Franklin & Bash) has signed on to direct the drama pilot written by Hugh Sterbakov. The project centers on a headstrong young woman in search of her missing father who ventures from New York City to Transylvania where she teams up with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard Detective, and together they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.
  • Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin, Reign) will direct the hourlong comedy pilot written by Corinne Brinkerhoff. The project centers on Sarah, risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with Xavier, a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, to comedic and poignant results as they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists.
  • Review star Andy Daly has been cast on the comedy pilot written by Ed Herro and Brian Donovan. He will play Stuart Dawson, Chunk's dad and Connie's (Anna Gunn) husband. Like his wife, Stuart is a therapist but is less of a controlling parent though he tends to go along with what Connie is doing.
  • Golden Brooks (Girlfriends, Hart of Dixie) has joined the cast of the action comedy pilot starring Damon Wayans Sr. She will play Trish, Roger's (Wayans Sr.) hard-working, perceptive and loving wife who worries about him and is not thrilled when she hears about his new adrenaline-crazed partner.
  • Rebecca Breeds (The Originals, We Are Men) has landed the lead role on the drama pilot written by Katie Lovejoy. She will play Miranda Coale, an attorney who's pretty and smart, but plagued for the past six years by a youthful mistake. Her much-publicized and scandalous affair with a married State Senator in her early 20s changed the course of her life forever. Though she was, in many ways, victimized by the digisphere, she never acts like a victim. Instead, she survives the pain of her past by joking about it (often at inappropriate moments) and by wearing her flaws on her sleeve.
  • Taxi and Who's the Boss star Tony Danza is plotting his sitcom return with a co-starring role on the comedy pilot starring Sebastian Maniscalco. Additionally, Scott Ellis has signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot. Danza will play Sebastian's (Maniscalco) opinionated Italian father.
  • Olivia DeJonge (The Visit, The Sisterhood of Night) is set as the female lead on the drama pilot starring Laurie Davidson. She will play Alice Burbage, a talented and beautiful rebel who tests the limits of her world with a wit and charm that masks an underlying anger and frustration. Although the daughter of impresario James Burbage (Colm Meaney), society forbids her to pursue a career in the theatre. Attracted to Will's (Davidson), naive genius, an explosive, star-crossed passion quickly develops between the two. Together they scale the highest peaks and are plunged to the lowest depths of love. Alice ultimately makes a decisions that rocks Will to his core and threatens to tear The Theatre apart.
  • Strike Back alum Philip Winchester has been tapped to star in the proposed third spinoff of the network's hit Chicago franchise - joining Fire, P.D. and Med. No formal pilot order has been announced for the project. But it may go the same way as P.D. and Med and start as backdoor pilot during an episode of one of the other shows. No details were released about the character Winchester will be playing either.
  • The drama pilot set 15 years after the film of the same name ended is making a change behind-the-camera. Antoine Fuqua, director of the acclaimed film, had been slated to direct the pilot. A scheduling conflict with his upcoming feature The Magnificent Seven will keep him from fulfilling those duties. He will remain on board the project as an executive producer. Danny Cannon (Gotham, CSI) has now signed on to direct and executive produce the pilot.
  • Hina Abdullah (The Last Ship) has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Archie Panjabi and Jeremy Sisto. She will play Sobia, a devout Muslim.
  • Brenda Song (New Girl, Scandal) has been cast on the drama pilot written by Jason Katims. She will play Angie, a programmer at Bunker Hill Hospital.
  • Briga Heelan (Ground Floor, Love) will co-star opposite Andrea Martin on the comedy pilot written by Tracey Wigfield. She will play Katie, a segment producer for a news program. Her inseparable relationship with her mother Carol (Martin) becomes more complicated when Carol accepts an internship at her workplace.
  • Jessica de Gouw (Underground, Arrow) has booked a recurring role on the drama pilot starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer. She will play Minna Davis, the star of the studio who embodies both the glamour and dream that was Hollywood.
  • Emmy winner Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, American Crime) will guest star in the drama pilot starring Stephanie Sigman. No details were released about the character she will be playing. Her casting reunites her with her American Crime boss John Ridley, who wrote the pilot and is directing.
  • Chris Williams (One Big Happy, Family Time) has landed a regular role on the comedy pilot starring Joel McHale. He will play Eddie, Joel's (McHale) best friend who invites him to live in the house he has inherited from his mom.