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On March 31, New York’s McC Theater held its raucous Miscast gala, an annual fundraiser honoring one veteran theater artist — this year, the fearless Allison Janney — with a concert program line-up that features Broadway stars performing songs typically sung by the opposite gender. Last year, you might remember Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff stopping the show with Smash’s “Let Me Be Your Star.” This year was no different, but we’ll get to that. First, Janney.
“I believe that any actor worth their salt has to have done theater,” says Janney, whose history with the stage stretches far back »
- Marc Snetiker
Fox is lining up a veritable murderers' row of comedy actors for their upcoming Dead Boss pilot, from Jane Krakowski to Amy Sedaris to Ratch Dratch to virtually anyone else they hire at this point. There is no way the casting director is going to make a mistake with this kind of track record. Hiring David Cross is just the latest excellent decision made by the network; the Arrested Development star is set to play the deceased supervisor himself, a "narcissistic, credit-stealing, misogynistic" gentleman by the name of Derek Bridges. Hopefully we'll be provided a lot of flashbacks, or at the very least a spectacular murder scene. »
- Halle Kiefer
Coming off his directorial debut on Sundance pic Hits, David Cross has been tapped as a guest star on Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and is forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Cross will play Derek Bridges, the narcissistic, credit-stealing, misogynistic “dead boss”. He is with UTA, Bep and attorney Harris Hartman. Ravenswood alum Britne Oldford is set as a series regular on ABC’s Richard Lagravenese drama pilot. In the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, the untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites — Philip Fitzgerald Julien »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch has signed on as a series regular in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and is forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Paradigm-repped Dratch will play Christine, Helen’s cellmate, a sunny but emotionally needy arsonist who will help Helen out of anything, except prison. Related: 2014 Fox Pilots Updated: Katharine McPhee (Smash) and Ari Stidham (Anyplace) have joined the cast of CBS‘ drama pilot Scorpion, from writer Nick Santora, director Justin Lin, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. It centers on Walter (Elyes Gabel), an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Barry Sonnenfeld is poised to direct Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister (Justine Lupe) to prove her innocence. This marks a reunion for Sonnenfeld and Kaplan — Sonnenfeld directed former agent Kaplan’s first pilot as a producer, ABC comedy Funny In Farsi. The Man In Black helmer most recently directed the CBS’ Beverly Hills Cop pilot last season. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The comedian has joined Fox's "Dead Boss" pilot, THR reports.
The half-hour single-camera comedy pilot starring "30 Rock" alum Krakowski is reportedly close to being ordered as a series production. It is based on the British series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh.
"Dead Boss" is a mystery about overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss. She is forced to rely on her "train wreck of a sister" to prove her innocence.
Sedaris take on the role of Mary, one of Helen's nosy, fault-finding co-workers and the gatekeeper to their boss. She secretly loves their boss and openly hates Helen.
Are you excited to see these two funnywomen together in one pilot? »
Actor-comedian Paul F. Tompkins (Comedy Bang! Bang!) will star opposite Molly Shannon in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot from creator Brian Gallivan, Sony TV and Olive Bridge Prods. It centers on an overworked father (Tompkins) dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire, where they open a group of tourist cottages but rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. Shannon plays his wife. Also cast in the pilot is Tessa Albertson as the couple’s older daughter. Repped by Innovative/Mksd. Related: 2014 ABC Pilots Strangers With Candy‘s Amy Sedaris will co-star opposite Jane Krakowski in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Fox's Dead Boss has added a funnywoman to the ensemble. Amy Sedaris has joined the half-hour, single-camera comedy pilot starring Jane Krakowski, which Fox is eyeing toward series production, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, Awkward's Jessica Lu has boarded NBC's Salvation pilot with Ashley Judd. Based on the British series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Story: TV Pilots 2014: The Complete Guide
- Philiana Ng
According to Deadline.com, 'Dead Boss' revolves around overachiever Helen Stephens, played by Krakowski, who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her sister Laura, played by Lupe, to prove she is not guilty.
While the show sees Laura enjoying living Helen's life after taking over her condo and job, Patel, plays Henry, Helen's co-worker who is obsessed with her and is devastated when she receives a guilty verdict. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
Another day, another round of actors joining pilots for the next TV season. "Mad Men" star Rich Sommer is among a few actors to land new pilots, hoping they'll go to series in the fall. Deadline has all the details.
- Sommer has been cast in CBS comedy "Good Session," as the best fiend of a couple who learn quite a bit from a trip to the therapist. His character lives in the suburbs with his wife and kids.
- Formerly of "Treme," Rob Brown has joined NBC's "Salvation" pilot. He will play the adopted son of Ashley Judd's Jennifer Strickland, the widow of a mega-church pastor who is trying to save the church.
Justine Lupe and Ravi Patel are set to co-star opposite Jane Krakowski in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Lupe, repped by Gersh and Authentic, plays Laura, Helen’s well-intentioned sister who moves into Helen’s condo, takes over Helen’s job and finds herself starting to enjoy living Helen’s life. Patel, repped by Seven Summits, TalentWorks and Gregg Gellman, plays Henry, one of Helen’s co-workers who loves and is obsessed with her and is devastated when Helen receives a guilty verdict. His documentary One In A Billion, which he co-directed with his sister Geeta Patel, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A 30 Rock spinoff anchored by Jenna Maroney? To quote Liz Lemon, "I want to go to there." 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski stopped by Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and discussed the possibility. Host Andy Cohen asked the Tony-winning actress if she'd be down to step back in front of the camer-ah as Jenna Maroney and Krakowski said, "Oh my god, if they asked me. I loved playing Jenna." She continued, "I just loved playing somebody who was so not in touch with reality whatsoever. So, she could get away with anything 'cause she never knew right from wrong. You could go any which way you could and not get in trouble for it." Read: Save One Show 2014 Round 3: Vote in the Top 10 »
Cedric Yarborough (Reno 911) is set as a regular in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Warner Bros TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski) wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Yarborough, repped by Principato-Young, plays Tony, Helen’s good-natured, but schlumpy lawyer.The pilot was written by Patricia Breen who is executive producing with Horgan and Kaplan. Related: 2014 Fox Pilots Updated: Sandrine Holt (Hostages), Pedro Pascal (Game Of Thrones) and Peter De Jersey have been cast in ABC’s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s Tbd Entertainment, and Universal TV. It centers on Anna, an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Broadway legend Elaine Stritch had only been in New York a few short days before managing to find herself at the center of a very perplexing controversy. A day after saying f-word on the “Today Show” to the shock of Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, Stritch, who uses the term with great regularity, was still befuddled by the brouhaha it had caused. “I don’t know what the hell happened!” she said.
At Feb. 19′s Paley Center premiere of the documentary “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” many of her friends felt similarly. “I think America’s too sensitive about everything. Things that America’s been told are wrong, are forbidden, if you say them or do them, even if America doesn’t really understand why they’re forbidden or why they’re such a big deal, it’s like a horror story,” said Alan Cumming. “Actually, when you consider that »
- Adrienne Gaffney
Earlier this week, Elaine Stritch spectacularly dropped the F-bomb on the Today show. (Go ahead: Watch that moment on loop again.) She wasn't sorry about it then. And she's not sorry now. She told us so at last night's premiere of Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, a documentary about the legend herself. "If you've got any confidence in yourself, you say what you think is appropriate and press on," she said. "It's like a mystery thing, on television now. Can I say it, can I say it? Like you're waiting for approval from the people with the money."Equally outspoken celebrity Alan Cumming — who was there in support of the movie along with Alec Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Stritch's fur coat — shared his own theory on why it's such a shock to hear "fuck" on television. "I think America's too sensitive about everything," he told us. "I think things that »
- Darla Murray
Jane Krakowski has found her next TV series, and it’s another one of those sitcoms about a fallen career woman. Krakowski has joined the pilot Dead Boss, a remake of a BBC series (the original featured Jennifer Saunders as a prison warden). The series follows an overachieving career woman who is wrongly accused of her boss’s murder. At first she’s certain the courts will uncover the truth of her innocence, but then she finds herself in prison.
EW asked producer Michael Patrick King if cult hit The Comeback could ever come back for a second season, “Lisa [Kudrow] and I actually have had a couple of lunches lately where we’ve been missing Valerie and wondering where she’d be. That’s just a creative exploration Lisa and I are doing. »
- Lyle Masaki
TV news and notes:
- "Warehouse 13" will begin its final season on Syfy starting on Monday, April 14 at 9 p.m. The short (six episodes) Season 5 will bring the science-fiction program to an end.
- "Conan" will pay tribute to the late Sid Caesar on Tuesday's (Feb. 18) show when Conan O'Brien welcomes Mel Brooks as a guest for most of the hour. Brooks was a writer and occasional performer on "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" and will share his memories of working with the comedy legend.
- Nigel Lythgoe ("So You Think You Can Dance") will produce a new singing competition show for CBS, "In the Spotlight." Prior to the current season, Lythgoe produced several seasons of "American Idol." [Deadline]
- "Dallas" fans know the Ewings don't fool around when it comes to the cost of oil and gas -- and some viewer soon will be a lucky beneficiary. »
Time for a pair of casting notices that have nothing in common, but are still getting stuck together in one blog post just because: Jane Krakowski has landed the lead in Fox's comedy pilot "Dead Boss," while Jason Isaacs is set to topline USA's event series "Dig." More details below... "Dig" was picked up last week and will be a six-episode thriller from co-creators Tim Kring ("Heroes") and Gideon Raff ("Homeland"). Per USA, Isaacs will play an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who finds himself investigating the death of a young archeologist and uncovers an ancient conspiracy. »
- Daniel Fienberg
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- Maggie Pehanick
Rural juror Jane Krakowski has been cast in the Fox sitcom pilot Dead Boss, according to Deadline. The show is based on the British comedy of the same name, about a successful woman (Krakowski) who's wrongly convicted of murdering her boss and has to rely on her flaky younger sister to help get her out of jail. Also, everyone in jail hates her. Man, Orange Is the New Black is influencing things all over the place! Boss would be Krakowski's first regular TV gig since 30 Rock ended, assuming we don't include those depressing juice commercials. »
- Margaret Lyons
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