Monday, February 8, 2016

Development News - Matt LeBlanc to Star in 'I'm Not Your Friend'; Colm Meaney & Mattias Inwood Join 'Will'; Plus 4 More Updates!

Development News - February 8, 2016

CBS' I'm Not Your Friend & Untitled Stephnie Weir Project; The CW's Frequency; NBC's Marlon & Sunset PPL; and TNT's Will.

  • Comedian Brandon Kyle Goodman (Red Oaks, This Is Why We're Signle) has been cast as a series regular on the comedy pilot written by Adriano Valentini and Aaron Colom. No details were immediately made available about the character he will be playing.
  • Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels) and Mattias Inwood (The Shannara Chronicles) will co-star on the drama pilot starring Laurie Davidson. Meaney will play James Burbage, a carpenter with a vision: to build the first theatre in London since Roman times, a 3,000-seat auditorium that became so famous it was simply called The Theatre. Actor, producer and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants entrepreneur, James must battle the authorities, rival theaters and a fickle and at times riotous public to keep himself and his company of talented misfits afloat. Inwood will play Richard, James' son. Although innately talented, he is a little too much in love with himself and prone to overact. Through tragedy and Will's (Davidson) influence, he eventually realizes that there is more to being an actor than the crowd's adoration and he and Will go on to form the greatest actor-writer partnership the world has ever seen.
  • Essence Atkins (Are We There Yet?, Girlfriend's Getaway) has landed the female lead role on the comedy pilot starring Marlon Wayans. She will play Angie, Marlon's (Wayans) ex-wife, a type-A interior designer by trade and something of a control freak who did one reckless and spontaneous thing in her life: fell in love with Marlon.
  • Riley Smith (Nashville, True Detective) is set as the male lead on the drama pilot remake of the 2000 movie of the same name. He will play Frank Sullivan, Raimy's estranged father. Seen in 1996, he has been undercover for two years. The strain of the assignment effectively destroyed his marriage and separated him from his daughter, but he gets a new chance at building a relationship with her when she begins communicating with him from 20 years in the future.
  • CBS has ordered a pilot for an untitled multi-camera comedy written by Stephnie Weir.  She will executive produce with Greg Garcia. Alix Jaffe will co-executive produce. CBS Television Studios and Amigos de Garcia will produce. The project centers on a conservative, small-town family forced to reconcile their values when they discover their children's lives are less than perfect.
  • Matt LeBlanc (Friends, Episodes) has been tapped to star in the multi-camera comedy which has just been given a formal pilot order (with a hefty series commitment penalty attached). Jeff and Jackie Filgo wrote the pilot, and will executive produce with LeBlanc and Michael Rotenberg. James Burrows will direct. CBS Television Studios and 3 Arts Entertainment will produce. The project centers on a contractor (LeBlanc) who learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work.