Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Development News - Eliza Coupe Lands Female Lead on 'Future Man'; Elisabeth Shue Joins 'Pitch'; Plus 16 More Updates!

Development News - February 24, 2016

ABC's The Fluffy Shop, The Jury, Spark, Speechless & Square Roots; CBS' Bunker Hill, Drew & Four Stars; The CW's Riverdale & Untitled Kevin Williamson; FOX's The Exorcist, Making History & Pitch; Hulu's Future Man; NBC's Cruel Intentions, Good Fortune & Untitled Charlie Grandy; and Showtime's Mating.

  • Cedric Yarbrough (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) has been cast on the comedy pilot written by Scott Silveri. He will play Kenneth, a groundskeeper at Bronxville High. He has a run-in with Maya who throws a fit because the wheelchair ramp doubles as a ramp for the garbage dumpster.
  • Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings, Casual) has been tapped to play the female lead on the comedy pilot starring Josh Hutcherson. She will play Tiger, a futuristic soldier who is character in the Cybergeddon video game. She and her cohort, Wolf, recruit Josh (Hutcherson) to travel back in time to save the world from the hellish landscape she left behind. This mission means everything to her, and she's prone to flying off he handle every time Josh proves himself to be inept. She has the difficult task of controlling an idiot and a maniac while keeping everyone focused on the mission. On top of all of this, she's hiding a secret that could unravel everything.
  • ER alum Anthony Edwards has joined the cast of the drama pilot written by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan. He will play Carson, Nancy Drew's father, who graduated at the top of his class at Yale Law.
  • Elisabeth Shue (CSI, Back to the Future) has landed a regular role on the drama pilot starring Kylie Bunbury. She will play Amelia Slater, an image-maker extraordinaire and Ginny's (Bunbury) personal guru and protector.
  • Dermot Mulroney (Shameless, New Girl) has been tapped to play the co-lead opposite Augustus Prew on the drama pilot written by Jason Katims. He will play Walter Wallace, a brilliant surgeon committed to saving lives who might care a little too much about his patients.
  • Patrick Gallagher (Glee) has been cast on the comedy pilot written by Charlie Grandy. He will play Brutus, the Palace chef and Karl's (Nico Evers-Swindell) close friend who is one of the few people in the Palace who speaks the truth.
  • Richard Gant (Men of a Certain Age) will co-star opposite Gabriel Iglesias on the comedy pilot. He will play Lance, a gruff guy with a military bearing who built the Fluffy Shop and maintains it. He functions as a father figure to Gabe (Iglesias) and the other employees at the shop.
  • Jessy Hodges (Hindsight) has been cast in the lead role on the comedy pilot written by Matt Zinman and Craig Gerard. Blake Lee (Mixology) will also round out the five person ensemble. Hodges will play June, a hyper-structured young woman who, after a fortune teller predicts she'll die in 3 days, decides she's finally going to live her life with no regrets. When she doesn't die but realizes how great it felt to take risks, she adopts a new life policy along with a new full-time fortune teller. June and her best friends Adam (Tone Bell), Dave (Beau Mirchoff), Bailey (Diane Guerrero) and Metzger (Lee) plan to always stick together, impending doom or not.
  • Tracy Ifeachor (The Originals, Crossbones) has joined the cast of the drama pilot written by Michael Cooney. She will play Logan Reese, an attractive, quick and confident young forensic investigator who has just transferred to the Investigative Division of the city's Watch.
  • Brianne Howey (Scream Queens) has landed a regular role on the drama pilot written by Jeremy Slater. She will play Charlotte, a former ballet dancer, once the golden child, who has not been the same since a terrible accident. Now depressed and anti-social, she's closed off and guarded. So much so that her mother has begun to believe she might be influenced by a demon, though the thought would make Charlotte laugh.
  • K.J. Apa, Ashleigh Murray, Madelaine Petsch and Luke Perry will star on the drama pilot based on the Archie Comics characters. Apa will play Archie Andrews, an intense, conflicted teen, a boyish high school sophomore who is now juggling the interest of several girls, as well as trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music. Murray will play Josie, a gorgeous, snooty and ambitious girl who is the lead singer for popular band Josie and the Pussycats. Petsch will play Cheryl Blossom, rich, entitled and never accountable, a manipulative mean girl who kills with kindness who recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident. Perry will play Fred Andrews, Archie's dad. Usually easygoing, he is the owner of a construction firm who is hoping his son, who worked for him all summer, will someday take over the family business.
  • The premium cable network has given a pilot order to comedy anthology series Mating written by Stuart Zicherman. He will executive produce with Jason Katims and Michelle Lee. Universal Television and True Jack Productions will produce. The project explores modern mating, with each season exploring a different protagonists's journey. The first season will center on a recently divorced guy who tries to evolve and connect, one date at a time. 
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar has officially signed on to reprise her role as Kathryn Merteuil on the drama pilot continuation of the hit movie. Sophina Brown (Numb3rs) has also been cast today. In the prospective series, the beautiful and cunning Kathryn vies for control of Valmont International as well as the soul of Bash Casey (Taylor John Smith), the son of her brother, the late Sebastian Valmont and Annette Hargrove - played in the movie by Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. Brown will play Naomi, the dynamic ex-wife of Kathryn's new husband Pascal and mother to Cassidy (Samantha Logan). She's a force to be reckoned with having recently returned from Capitol Hill with the hopes of being the first black Republican congresswoman in the history of California.
  • Wilmer Valderrama (Minority Report, From Dusk Till Dawn) has booked a regular role on the drama pilot written by Becky Mode. He will play Matt, the son of four-star General Rodriguez and a military rock star in his own right.
  • Adam Pally (Happy Endings, The Mindy Project) has landed the lead role on the (formerly untitled) comedy pilot written by Julius "Goldie" Sharpe. He will play Dan, a nerdy computer science professor at a small college and the "failure" of an accomplished family. He is unpopular with both students and colleagues on campus, where his extreme intelligence comes off as odd. He invented time travel, hoping to get a fresh start and meet less shallow people. He studied human behavior scientifically and methodically uses stolen music, movie lines and popular culture to great acclaim in the past, where people find him interesting, dashing and gallant.
  • Bailey Chase (Longmire) and Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl) have joined the cast of the untitled drama pilot written by Kevin Williamson. Chase will play Clark Patterson, a once-successful parapsychologist who is now just an attraction at local ghost conventions. But when he meets a mysterious young woman, everything begins to change. Szohr will play Jasmine Lacroix, the granddaughter of a voodoo priestess who has turned her heritage into a successful tourist shop in Baton Rouge.
  • Mike Fresco (Benched, Family Tools) has signed on to direct the comedy pilot written by Vijal Patel. The project focuses on a man from a family of logic-driven engineers who is determined to use his "gift" to help the people he loves with their everyday issues - whether they like it or not.
  • J.D. Pardo (Revolution, The Messengers) has been cast on the drama pilot starring Archie Panjabi and Jeremy Sisto. No details were immediately released about the character he will be playing.