Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Development News - Jack McBrayer to Co-Star on Matt Hubbard Pilot; FOX Orders 'The Mick' to Pilot; Plus 13 More Updates!

Development News - February 2, 2016

ABC's Presence; Amazon's The Last Tycoon; CBS' Bull & MacGyver; FOX's The Exorcist & The Mick; HBO's Barry; and NBC's Cruel Intentions, Crunch Time, Me and Mean Margaret, Sebastian, The Trail, Untitled Caamano/Sztykiel, Untitled Charlie Grandy & Untitled Matt Hubbard.

  • FOX has handed out a pilot order to single camera comedy The Mick written by brothers John Chernin and Dave Chernin. They will executive produce with Nick Frenkel, Oly Obst and Randall Einhorn, who will also direct. 20th Century Fox Television and 3 Arts Entertainment will produce. The project revolves around a hard-living, foul-mouthed woman who moves to affluent Greenwich, Connecticut to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. She quickly learns what everyone else already knows: other people's children are awful.
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has been tapped to direct the drama pilot written by Jeremy Slater - which serves as a modern reinvention of William Blatty's 1971 book.
  • Jeffrey Blitz (Review with Forrest MacNeil, The Office) has signed on to direct the single-camera comedy pilot written by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller.
  • Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, Broad City) is taking on double duty for the untitled comedy pilot written by Charlie Grandy. Originally signed on as just an executive produce, now she will also direct the pilot, marking her pilot directorial debut.
  • Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) will co-star on the untitled comedy pilot written by Matt Hubbard. He will play Gary, the sycophantic chief instructor at the Tae Kwon Do Academy owned by Josie's (Elizabeth Ho) father, Jae. Gary looks up to Jae as a father and fears that Andrew (Chris Smith) may jeopardize his relationship with "Grandmaster Kim."
  • NBC has given pilot orders to four comedy pilots today - starring with an untitled multi-camera project starring stand-up comedian Vladimir Caamano. Adam Sztykiel wrote the pilot, and executive produces with Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold. Warner Bros. Television and Doozer will produce. The project centers on Vladimir (Caamano), the son of Dominican immigrants, who wants to carve his own path in live that winds up proving difficult as his father has no desire to change their extremely co-dependent relationship.
  • The next comedy project getting a pilot order at NBC is multi-camera comedy Sebastian starring stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalo. Maniscalo and Austen Earl will write the pilot, and serve as co-executive producers. Greg Garcia will executive produce. CBS Television Studios and Amigos de Garcia will produce. The project revolves around Sebastian (Maniscalo) and his old-school values - instilled by his opinionated Italian father - being put to the test by his new wife, her family and the absurdities of the modern world.
  • Moving on, the next comedy pilot order at NBC today is for multi-camera entry Crunch Time written by Betsy Thomas. She will executive produce with David Janollari and Phil Gurin. Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment will produce. The project intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.
  • And finally, the last comedy pilot order at NBC today is for multi-camera project Me & Mean Margaret written by Adam Barr. He will executive produce with Peter Chernin. Universal Television and Chernin Entertainment will produce. The project is an unlikely buddy comedy that follows a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her.
  • Moving over to drama, NBC has also order a pilot for a TV follow-up to the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions. The pilot is being written by Roger Kumble, Lindsey Rosin and Jordan Ross, with Kumble also set to direct. They will executive produce with Neal H. Moritz and Pavun Shetty. Sony Pictures Television and Original Film will produce. The project picks up 15 years after the movie and follows the beautiful and cunning Kathryn Merteuil as she vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey, the son of her brother, who was the late Sebastian Valmont and Annett Hargrove. Upon discovering his late father's legacy in a hidden journey, Bash is introduced to a world of sex, money, power and corruption he never could have imagined.
  • Dominique McElligott (Hell on Wheels, Astronaut Wives Club) will co-star on the drama pilot starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer. She will play Kathleen Moore, a pretty and intelligent waitress who works at the restaurant frequented by most of the studio's writers, which is where she meets Monroe Stahr (Bomer) who's haunted by her resemblance to his late wife. Though she doesn't like the movie business, she hits it off with Monroe who makes it his mission to get her onscreen.
  • Stephanie Sigman is reuniting with American Crime creator John Ridley on his new ABC drama pilot Presence. She will play the lead role of Presence Foster, a former Army veteran who finds herself interacting with a widely divergent and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed Private Investigator.
  • CBS has given a pilot order to MacGyver, a reimagining of the television series of the same name. The pilot will be written by Paul Downs Colaizzo. He will executive produce with Henry Winkler, Michael Clear and James Wan, who will also direct. CBS Television Studios and Atomic Monster will produce. The project follows a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
  • The network has also ordered a pilot for drama Bull based on the early career of talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw. The pilot will be written by Paul Attanasio and McGraw. They will executive produce with Jay McGraw, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. CBS Television Studios, Amblin Television and Stage 29 Productions will produce. The project explores McGraw's days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time.
  • Sarah Goldberg (Hindsight) is set to co-star opposite Bill Hader on the comedy pilot. She will play Sally, an aspiring actress who is Barry's (Hader) entree into the Los Angeles theater scene.