Thursday, March 1, 2018

Development News - ABC Orders Pilot for Comedy 'Man of the House' Starring Alyson Hannigan; Plus 8 More Updates!

Development News - March 1, 2018

ABC's For Love, Man of the House & Salvage; CBS' Red Line & Welcome to the Neighborhood; The CW's The End of the World As We Know It, Skinny Dip & Untitled April Blair; and NBC's Manifest.

  • MAN OF THE HOUSE (Comedy, Multi-Camera) - Starring Alyson Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother). Written by Frank Pines and Vijal Patel. Executive produced by Pines, Patel, Kerry Washington, Gail Berman, Joe Earley and Pilar Savone. Produced by ABC Studios, The Jackal Group and Simpson Street Productions. Logline: Two recently divorced sisters decide to move in together to raise their kids under one roof. The oldest kid and only son is left to figure out what manhood means in a world where he's now completely surrounded by females.
  • Hannigan will play Jessie, a caring social worker who was shocked when her husband left her. With nowhere else to turn, and against her better judgment, she moves her teenage football star son and pre-teen daughter into the home of her narcissistic, ball-busting sister Charli and her even more wicked daughter.
  • Sheaun McKinney and Marcel Spears will co-star on the comedy pilot written by Jim Reynolds. McKinney starred for two seasons in HBO's Vice Principals and has been recurring on NBC's Great News. Spears is the third actor from ABC's The Mayor to book a new pilot this year.
  • McKinney will play Malcolm, the younger son of Calvin and Loretta. Chill and dryly sarcastic, he is the more street-smart member of the family. He believes the world doesn't see him as clearly as he sees it. Under different circumstances, he would be a respected businessman. But as it is, his "business" isn't something he wants to discuss with strangers like Dave and Gemma.
  • Spears will play Marty, Malcolm's older brother and the "good" son. He works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an engineer. He's considerably more friendly and welcoming than anyone else in his family.
  • Jim Belushi has been cast on the drama pilot starring Toby Kebbell and Charity Wakefield. He starred in eight seasons of ABC's According to Jim and has recently appeared in HBO's Show Me a Hero and Showtime's Twin Peaks: The Return.
  • He will play Duke Daniels, Gwen's (Wakefield) larger-than-life father and Hemingway-esque patriarch of the town - a man not to be messed with. In Bel Grove, you either work for the Danielses or you are one. He owns the town's only factory and makes sure things always work to his advantage.
  • Luke Arnold has joined the cast of the drama pilot written by Michael Cooney. He starred for four seasons in Starz's Black Sails.
  • He will play Christof Dumaine, the younger brother, intent on fulfilling his duties as chaos-maker and havoc-wreaker. 
  • Samantha Logan has booked a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Taye Diggs. She has recurred on Freeform's The Fosters and appears in the second season of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.
  • She will play Olivia Baker, Jordan's younger sister who befriends Spencer due to their shared experience of feeling like outsiders at the elitist high school.
  • Josh Helman is set as a series regular on the drama pilot starring Gage Golightly and Quinta Brunson. He has starred in FOX's Wayward Pines and Starz's Flesh and Bone. He also appears in the X-Men film franchise.
  • He will play Quinn, a rugged space cop from another galaxy. He has hunted down the worst alien criminals in the universe. But now that he has crash landed on Earth, he might actually need a little help ordering an Uber.
  • Noel Fisher, Michael Patrick Thornton and Aliyah Royale have landed series regular roles on the drama pilot written by Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss. Fisher starred for three seasons in Showtime's Shameless and appeared in National Geographic's The Long Road Home. Thornton had a recurring role on ABC's Private Practice.
  • Fisher will play Pete Evans, a Chicago cop who shot an African American doctor in a convenience store. Confused and sickened by his own actions, he is also concerned with the subsequent public and legal fallout.
  • Thornton will play Jim Evans, a former police officer who uses a wheelchair after he was shot in the line of duty. He is prone to violence and rattled by the charges pending against his brother, Pete.
  • Royale will play Jira Calder-Brennan, the 16-year-old doctor of Dr. Richard Brennan.
  • Ben Aldridge has been cast on the drama pilot written by Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner. He has previously appeared on The CW's Reign and Amazon's Fleabag.
  • He will play Chaz, a real jerk, an "environmentalist" who drives a bright yellow Hummer and is having an affair with a sexy hairdresser. Celebrating his anniversary with his wife Joey on board a cruise ship, he invites Joey to come up on deck on a rainy night as a romantic gesture. However, he has other plans and promptly throws her overboard.
  • Athena Karkanis and Parveen Kaur will co-star on the drama pilot starring Josh Dallas. Karkanis starred in AMC's Low Winter Sun and has recurred on CBS' Zoo. Kaur has appeared in ION's Saving Hope and Freeform's Beyond.
  • Karkanis will play Grace Stone. After years of mourning the loss of her husband, Ben (Josh Dallas), and son, Grace is now reunited with her lost family. With the miracle of their return, she's ready to embrace the new normal - if that's even possible.
  • Kaur will play Saanvi, a brilliant graduate student and medical researcher. She returns home after being missing for years to learn that her work has led to startling medical breakthroughs.