Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Development News - Kether Donohue to Star in 'Like Family'; Ginnifer Goodwin to Topline 'Steps'; Plus 12 More Updates!

Development News - March 7, 2018

ABC's False Profits, Get Christie Love, Grand Hotel, Salvage, Single Parents, Staties, Steps, Untitled Bobby Bowman & Untitled Pam Veasey; FOX's Rel & Untitled Ilene Chaiken; and NBC's Abby's, In Between Lives & Like Family.

  • Jake Choi and Kimrie Lewis have been cast on the comedy pilot starring Taran Killam, Leighton Meester and Brad Garrett. Choi has appeared in recurring roles on TV Land's Younger and HBO's upcoming drama Succession. Lewis has recurred on ABC's Scandal and Hulu's The Mindy Project.
  • Choi will play Miggy, a 20-year-old sleep-deprived dad, raising a baby boy after the mother departs for college and leaves him to parent their son alone.
  • Lewis will play Poppy, a single mother in touch with her sexuality and a bit of a hippy. She raises her son to always be himself.
  • Denyse Tontz, Anne Winters and Bryan Craig have landed series regular roles on the drama pilot starring Demián Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez. Tontz has had recurring roles on Freeform's The Fosters and Syfy's Incorporated. Winters was a series regular on FX's Tyrant. Craig has won two Daytime Emmy Awards for his role on ABC's General Hospital.
  • Tontz will play Paloma, the beautiful, smart, eternally optimistic and faithful daughter who has spent her life trying to impress and please her mercurial father while taking care of everyone around her and dedicating herself to learning the family business. Though she's often the family's responsible "rock," she's more than willing to speak her mind and fight for what she believes in.
  • Winters will play Ingrid, a beautiful hotel employee who would rather be anything else. She's humorously candid about not liking her job (or any job, really) and spends much of her time trying to find shortcuts to a richer, easier life.
  • Craig will play Javi, a no-filter playboy who loves to disobey his father.
  • Kether Donohue will play the female lead on the comedy pilot starring Brandon Mychal Smith. She has starred for four seasons in FXX's You're the Worst, which is coming to an end after its fifth season this fall. Her casting will also serve as reunion with Smith, who has a heavily recurring role on the FXX comedy.
  • She will play Aubrey, an optimistic and trusting romantic who, while in foster care, always believed her mom would come and take her back. Currently a nanny, she dreams of being a pastry chef - food is both a passion and an obsession for her.
  • Yusuf Gatewood is set as the male lead on the drama pilot starring Harriet Dyer. He has starred for four seasons in The CW's The Originals
  • He will play Damien Parrish, the new kid on the LAPD Homicide Squad who used to be a criminal analyst with the FBI and spent the past eight years in Florida.
  • Ben Lawson and Mark L. Young will co-star on the drama pilot starring Bellamy Young and Vanessa Williams. Lawson is currently a series regular on ABC's Designated Survivor. Young starred in the second season of HBO's The Comeback.
  • Lawson will play Jake Amato, the hot building manager of the TJ Maxx, a cute blue collar guy who has a flirty relationship with Laura (Young).
  • Young will play Travis Pitts, the young manager of the TJ Maxx where Laura, Hilary (Shelley Hennig) and Parvun (Kosha Patel) all work.
  • Frances Turner, Aurin Wise and Michael Beach have booked series regular roles on the drama pilot starring Amirah Vann. Turner has done a recurring role on FOX's The Gifted. Wise stars in the Chicago production of Hamilton. Beach has recently had recurring roles on The CW's The 100 and FOX's Pitch.
  • Turner will play Lena Kendrick, the witty and intelligent sister who relishes being a woman and a cop. The highest ranking of the five Kendrick sisters, she is the first African American woman to be promoted to Assistant Chief in the NYPD.
  • Wise will play Serena Kendrick-Archer, the youngest of the five sisters. A youthful and wholesome beauty, she is a playful but tough detective who is happily married to her handsome architect husband.
  • Beach will play Langston Graves, husband to Sgt. Ella Kendrick Graves (Vann).
  • Justin Johnson Cortez has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Annie Ilonzeh and Andy Karl. His recent guest credits include episodes of FOX's Lucifer and ABC's Splitting Up Together.
  • He will play Richard Spruce, the cop in charge of the robbery at the River Run Tribal Gaming Casino.
  • Nelson Franklin, Jessica Chaffin and Leonard Ouzts have been cast on the comedy pilot starring Natalie Morales. Franklin has recurred on HBO's Veep and ABC's Black-ish. Chaffin was a series regular on the first season of CBS' Man With a Plan. Ouzts has appeared in several episodes of MTV's Wild 'n Out.
  • Franklin will play Bill, Abby's (Morales) new landlord. A cautious worrier, never a risk-taker, he is a bit confused and very concerned to discover that Abby is running a clearly illegal business in the backyard - a bar where friends gather to drink, chat, play games and do a little grilling.
  • Chaffin will play Beth, a harried mom who lives next door and is a regular at Abby's backyard bar, where she can escape the madness of her home life while still keeping an eye on things from her perch on a bar stool.
  • Ouzts will play James, a large, gentle scaredy cat and another die-hard regular at Abby's backyard bar. A security guard at a warehouse, he gets most of the excitement in his life at the bar.
  • Ginnifer Goodwin will star in the comedy pilot written by Kristin Newman. Also cast in the pilot today is Barry Rothbart. Goodwin starred for five seasons in HBO's Big Love and six seasons in ABC's Once Upon a Time. Rothbart starred in ABC's short-lived comedy Downward Dog.
  • Goodwin will play Bea, a modern hippie, in tune with her spirit, a great listener and a parent coach, which is making her perhaps the most-equipped to handle three kids with her new husband Paul, her ex-husband (Rothbart), and his ex-wife. She has a fantastic ability to understand others - except the odd times when it fails completely.
  • Brooke Elliott is set as the female lead on the comedy pilot written by Bobby Bowman. She starred for six seasons in Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva.
  • She will play Keri-Ann, the mother of the family who is the furthest thing from boring. She's madly in love with her husband Buzz - and has been ever since they met in high school. She's stood by him through thick and thin - and she expects her kids to do the same. After working two jobs to support her husband as he worked on numerous doctorate degrees, she's finally getting a chance to devote time to her own career as a designer.
  • Catalina Sandino Moreno will star in the drama pilot starring Toby Kebbell and Jim Belushi. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 for her performance in Maria Full of Grace. She is currently a series regular on Showtime's The Affair.
  • She will play Deputy Kate Collins, who came down from Atlanta with her now ex-husband and is raising their adopted son, Chip, alone. To keep her job, she's turned a blind eye to the corruption and killings and cover-ups in Bel Grove, but now has had enough. Afraid for her life if she tries to stop them alone, she turns to Jimmy (Kebbell) for help.
  • Ian Harding and Jose Pablo Cantillo have joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Katie Holmes. Harding starred for seven seasons in Freeform's Pretty Little Liars. Cantillo was a series regular on the first season of NBC's Taken.
  • Harding will play Sam Gerard, a preppy and privileged co-worker of FBI agent Hazel Otis (Holmes).
  • Cantillo will play Irish Joe, an FBI field agent on Hazel's team.
  • Angel Laketa Moore will co-star on the comedy pilot written by and starring Lil Rel Howery. She previously appeared in a recurring role on NBC's ER.
  • She will play Tiffany, Rel's (Howery) supportive, kind and driven best friend.
  • Shea Buckner has booked a series regular role on the drama pilot starring Kylie Bunbury. His recent guest appearances include Showtime's Shameless, ABC's How to Get Away With Murder and TNT's Animal Kingdom.
  • He will play Jason, Christie's (Bunbury) former fiancé.