Thursday, February 4, 2016

Development News - Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza and Jean Smart Book Lead Roles on FX's 'Legion'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Development News - February 4, 2016

Amazon's The Interestings; CBS' Four Stars & My Time/Your Time; FOX's Untitled Laura Steinel; and FX's Legion.

  • Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) and Jean Smart (Fargo) have been cast in the lead roles on the drama pilot written by Noah Hawley. Stevens will play David, diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age, a haunted man trying to find his way back to sanity, but he's getting tired and is about to give up when he meets the girl of his dreams. Plaza will play Lenny, David's friend, who despite a life of drugs and alcohol abuse knows that any day now her is gonna turn around, which gives her the likable energy of the impossible optimist despite her rough demeanor. Smart will play Melanie, a nurturing and demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods.
  • Suburgatory star Jane Levy has landed the female lead in the comedy pilot written by Hilary Winston. Additionally, Pamela Fryman has boarded the pilot as director and executive producer. Levy will play Marly, an inherent optimist living in New York City who wants to be a playwright but is having trouble breaking away from a traditional life for the life of an artist.
  • Jessica Collins (Rubicon) and Corey Cott (Public Morals) have joined the cast of the drama pilot written by Lyn Greene and Richard Levine. Collins will play Cathy, a very stylish and attractive woman, immaculately coiffed and svelte. Cott will play Jonah, a gay, former musician who now designs tech innovations for the disabled.
  • The broadcast network has ordered a pilot for an untitled single-camera comedy written by Laura Steinel. She will executive produce with Sue Naegle and Jeff Schaffer, who will also direct. 20th Century Fox Television and Naegle Ink Productions will produce. The project is a workplace comedy that focuses on a woman managing incompetent staffers and a new eccentric boss at a New Jersey plastics plant.
  • The network has given a pilot order to drama Four Stars written by Becky Mode. She will executive produce with Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and RJ Cutler, who is set to direct the pilot. CBS Television Studios and Timberman/Beverly Productions will produce. The project revolves around two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, Florida who make decisions at the highest levels in the interest of national security.