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‘Late Late Show’ Host Craig Ferguson to Star in ABC Scripted Comedy Pilot

27 February 2015 2:54 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Late Late Show” is being passed down to James Corden, who debuts on March 23, but former host Craig Ferguson is wasting no time returning to television — just a few hours earlier.

Ferguson has been cast to lead ABC’s scripted comedy pilot “The King of 7B,” Variety has confirmed.

The 30-minute laffer follows an agoraphobic recluse, Prentiss Porter, played by Ferguson, who ventures outside for the first time in 20 years, only to find his potential soulmate moving into the building across the street. The ensemble rounds out with the previously cast Carla Jiminez and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.

The project marks the return to primetime for the Scottish-born comedian, who starred in “The Drew Carey Show”  for eight years before his latenight break. Since, he’s appeared on “Web Therapy,” “Hot in Cleveland,” portrayed himself on “Family Guy” and lent his voice to “Futurama” and “Archer,” among other animated series. Ferguson »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Craig Ferguson To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘The King of 7B’

27 February 2015 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

With his Late Late Show stint over, Craig Ferguson is returning to acting with a starring role in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot The King Of 7B. The ensemble project, written by Howard Franklin and directed by David Frankel, focuses on Prentiss Porter (Ferguson), an agoraphobic recluse who ventures outside for the first time in 11 years when he spies what could be his soulmate moving into the building across the street. Ben Karlin — who, like Ferguson, has extensive… »

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David Frankel to Direct ABC’s ‘King of 7B'; ‘Daily Show’ Alum Ben Karlin Set as Showrunner

12 February 2015 4:30 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC comedy “The King of 7B” has landed “The Daily Show’s” former exec producer Ben Karlin as showrunner. David Frankel is set to direct the pilot.

The ensemble comedy follows an agoraphobic recluse, Prentiss Porter, who ventures outside for the first time in 20 years, only to find his potential soulmate moving into the building across the street.

Karlin, whose credits also include “The Colbert Report” and “Modern Family,” will also serve as an exec producer. Frankel penned the “Entourage” pilot and directed features “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Marley and Me.” He won an Emmy for his work on “Band of Brothers.”

Howard Franklin wrote the pilot. The project, hailing from ABC Studios, will be produced by Dan Fogelman (Rhode Island Ave. Productions).

Karlin has an overall deal with ABC Studios and is repped by UTA and managed by David Miner at 3Arts. Frankel is repped by Nancy Josephson »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Berlin: Mary-Louise Parker, Ashley Benson Join ‘Chronically Metropolitan’

29 January 2015 6:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mary-Louise Parker, Ashley Benson, Chris Noth and Shiloh Fernandez will star in the independent comedy “Chronically Metropolitan.”

Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films is handling international sales and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Wme is handling U.S. rights.

Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L. Blanc are producing through the Community, and David Frankel is exec producing. Xavier Manrique is making his feature film directorial debut from a script by newcomer Nicholas Schutt.

Principal photography on the project is slated to begin in February.

Fernandez will play a first-time novelist who returns to New York City unannounced ready to reclaim his lost love, played by Benson, who is engaged to be married. Noth and Parker will play the parents of Fernandez’s character.

Parker is repped by Wme, Noth by the Gersh Agency and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management, Benson by CAA and Lbi Entertainment, »

- Dave McNary

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13 Films boards Chronically Metropolitan

28 January 2015 5:29 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The La-based sales company will kick off sales at Efm next week on The Community’s comedy to star Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson.

Xavier Manrique will direct his feature debut from a screenplay by Nicholas Schutt. The Community’s Jamin O’Brien and Daniel L Blanc produce while David Frankel is attached as executive producer.

Chronically Metropolitan is set to begin shooting in February and tells of a novellist in New York who enlists his sister and drug dealer best friend to help him win back his lost love.

Tannaz Anisi’s 13 Films handles international sales and Wme Global represents Us rights.

“We want to make films that the studios have abandoned in lieu of tentpoles,” said The Community co-head O’Brien. “Chronically Metropolitan is incredibly smart and full of depth, all while being commercially viable and accessible to large audiences.”

“Producer Jamin O’Brien has assembled a strong cast anchored »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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