Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Development News - Michael Angarano and Briga Heelan to Star in CBS' 'To Whom It May Concern'; Plus 10 More Updates!

Development News - March 6, 2019

ABC's The Baker and the Beauty, The Hypnotist's Love Story & Untitled Hank Steinberg; CBS' Broke, Carol's Second Act & To Whom It May Concern; The CW's Jane the Novela & The Lost Boys; FOX's Filthy Rich; and NBC's Like Magic & Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist.

  • Rio Mangini and Del Zamora have been cast on the drama pilot starring Tyler Posey and Kiele Sanchez. Mangini starred for one season in Nickelodeon's Bella and the Bulldogs and one season in Netflix's Everything Sucks. Zamora has previously recurred on Amazon's Sneaky Pete and SundanceTV's The Red Road.
  • Mangini will play Sam, Michael's (Posey) younger brother, whose high level of literacy is matched by an equally high level of snark. He seems to be the only one not enchanted by Santa Carla - a sentiment he shares with a pair of local girls, the Frog Sisters (Cheyenne Haynes and Haley Tju).
  • Zamora will play Frank Garcia, Lucy's (Sanchez) father, a cantankerous old hippie who owns a beloved local bed and breakfast. In spite of his laid-back appearance, he's a strict disciplinarian who probably knows more about the dark side of town than he cares to tell.
  • Michael Angarano and Briga Heelan will play the lead roles on the comedy pilot written by Mike Metz. Angarano has previously starred for two seasons in Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here and two seasons in Cinemax's The Knick. He has also recurred on NBC's Will & Grace, CBS' Mom and NBC's This Is Us. Heelan starred for two seasons in TBS' Ground Floor and two seasons in NBC's Great News.
  • Angarano will play Evan, a modern George Bailey-type and Pittsburgh diehard who has never left the city limits. The amiable Evan once had sky high hopes for his future, but now finds himself working Quality Control at a ketchup factory and flying aimlessly through his golden late twenties. He seeks that something and/or someone to give him a much necessitated kick in the ass, and that beacon of hope is about to arrive.
  • Heelan will play Kate, the entrepreneurial co-owner of the city's coolest pierogi shop. A free spirit and product of divorce, she wittingly questions almost everything and doesn't want to be tied down by the shackles of conventional domestic norms. She and Evan have been best friends since college and he introduced her to the love of her life.
  • Victor Rasuk is set as the male lead on the drama pilot starring Nathalie Kelley. He previously starred for two seasons in HBO's How to Make It In America and one season in CBS' Stalker. He also stars in the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise.
  • He will play Daniel Garcia, the eldest son of a very tight-knit and loving immigrant family. Honest, grounded, comfortable in his own skin, his future is all mapped out for him. He'll inherit the family bakery, marry his long-time girlfriend and have a really nice life. But are those things what he really wants?
  • Pauley Perrette is returning to CBS as a co-lead on the previously untitled comedy pilot starring Jaime Camil. She previously starred on CBS' NCIS for fifteen seasons, leaving last spring with CBS eager to lure her back to the network with a different starring vehicle.
  • She will play Jackie, Miguel's (Camil) sister-in-law. She is a tough, sharp-witted, loving but struggling single mom with a 9-year-old son. The manager of a bar, she is feisty, not easily cowed, sometimes hot-headed, the kind of woman who knows her way around a tool box and an acetylene torch. She's not thrilled when her snobby rich sister and husband suddenly show up on her doorstep, but she comes to remember how much she loves her sister and learns to appreciate them both in her life.
  • Gerald McRaney, Steve Harris and Melia Kreiling have booked series regular roles on the drama pilot starring Kim Cattrall. McRaney won an Emmy Award for his recurring role on NBC's This Is Us. Harris starred for eight seasons in ABC's The Practice, Kreiling starred for one season in FX's Tyrant and one season in CBS' Salvation.
  • McRaney will play Eugene Monroe, an extremely southern, charming and charismatic man. He is Margaret's (Cattrall) husband, one half of the Christian powerhouse couple who run the Sunshine Network.
  • Harris will play Franklin Lee, the Monroe family lawyer and a suit at the Sunshine Network.
  • Kreiling will play Ginger Sweet, a beautiful and fierce woman with business savvy, who grew up dirt poor in Las Vegas.
  • Peter Gallagher and John Clarence Stewart will co-star on the musical dramedy pilot starring Jane Levy. Gallagher starred for four seasons in FOX's The O.C. and four seasons in USA's Covert Affairs. He has also recurred on NBC's Law & Order: SVU and Netflix's Grace & Frankie. Stewart previously recurred on Netflix's Luke Cage and next appears in Netflix's upcoming drama What/If, which also stars Levy.
  • Gallagher will play Mitch, Zoey's (Levy) father.
  • Stewart will play Simon, a marketing executive at Zoey's tech company.
  • Kyle MacLachlan has landed a lead role on the comedy pilot starring Patricia Heaton. He previously starred for two seasons in ABC's Twin Peaks as well as its Showtime revival season. He also starred for four seasons in ABC's Desperate Housewives and has recurred on HBO's Sex and the City, CBS' How I Met Your Mother, IFC's Portlandia, CBS' The Good Wife and ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • He will play Dr. Frost. Handsome, affable and accomplished, he is the Senior Attending Physician on the ward (as well as the Department Chair). He thinks he's funnier than he actually is. Considerably more empathetic than Dr. Maya (Ito Aghayere), he takes an immediate shine to Carol (Heaton).
  • Jane Seymour has joined the cast of the drama pilot starring Heather Graham and Adan Canto. She previously starred for six seasons in CBS' Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and one season in Pop's Let's Get Physical. She next appears in a recurring role on the second season of Netflix's The Kominsky Method.
  • She will play Anne, Ellen's mother, a stylish and independent single mother by choice who is confounded by her daughter's longing for a traditional romance.
  • Nicholas Pinnock will star in the drama pilot written by Hank Steinberg. He is coming off a two-season starring role in Starz's Counterpart. He also starred for two seasons in ITV's Marcella and recurred on Sky Atlantic's Fortitude.
  • He will play Aaron, a kid who had it all: a thriving night club owner, loving wife and daughter and who lost it all nine years ago when he was unjustly accused of drug dealing and thrown into prison, winding up with a life sentence when he wouldn't plea bargain. Having put himself through online law school, passed the bar and gotten a sponsorship from a high profile judge, he is now ready to practice law himself. He wants to focus on inmates like himself who have been unjustly accused and to somehow get his own conviction overturned.
  • French Stewart and Mike Lane have booked series regular roles on the comedy pilot starring Jee Young Han. Stewart starred for six seasons in NBC's 3rd Rock From the Sun and two seasons in CBS' Mom. Lane has recurred on TV Land's Nobodies and Lifetime's American Princess.
  • Stewart will play Val Evans, a mentalist and illusionist who's been the biggest act at the Magic Palace the last few years.
  • Lane will play Anthony, Holly's (Han) best friend from middle school who's also a magician.
  • Marcia Cross has landed a lead role on the anthology pilot written by Valentina Garza. She previously starred for five seasons in FOX's Melrose Place and eight seasons in ABC's Desperate Housewives. She has recently recurred on ABC's Quantico and YouTube Premium's Youth & Consequences.
  • She will play Renata, Felix's manipulative and glamorous mother who co-owns a winery with him. She will stop at nothing to secure her son's legacy, even if it means standing in the way of his happiness.