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ABC Really Likes Pilots From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

6 November 2013 8:03 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

While not much came of the last two show ideas ABC bought from Kelly Ripa and her husband/former All My Children costar Mark Consuelos, the network seems to believe the third time’s the charm. Deadline reports that the couple's Milojo Productions sold yet another pilot to ABC. (A multi-camera comedy from General Hospital: Nightshift head writer Sri Rao was scooped up last month). The latest is a show called Poor Pam. It’ll see the producing couple team up with writing duo Andrew Leeds and David Lampson for a half-hour comedy about “that friend everyone feels bad for.” The female protagonist is described as “single, unemployed, almost broke, living in the shadow of her famous sister” while still “always [looking] on the bright side of life.” Our initial instinct is to roll our eyes, but hey, maybe Pam's optimism will rub off on audiences like it clearly has on ABC. »

- Delia Paunescu

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ABC Buys Comedy From Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos, Andrew Leeds & David Lampson

6 November 2013 3:08 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Producing duo Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos have teamed with writing duo Andrew Leeds and David Lampson, creators of last season’s pilot Brenda Forever, for another half-hour comedy project with a female protagonist. Poor Pam, which has been set up at ABC through ABC Studios, centers on Poor Pam, that friend everyone feels bad for. Single, unemployed, almost broke, living in the shadow of her famous sister — everyone has it better than Pam. But that doesn’t get her down. Poor Pam always looks on the bright side of life, and she’s always ready to go another round, no matter how many times she gets dropped on her ass. Leeds and Lampson will write the script and executive produce with Ripa and Consuelos. The project was developed internally at Ripa and Consuelos’ Milojo Prods with Albert Bianchini, who oversees the company’s projects. This marks Milojo »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Eileen Brennan obituary

31 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor who made her name in comedy films as an acid-tongued, gravel-voiced tyrant

Eileen Brennan, who has died aged 80, had been a stage actor since the late 1950s, but it was as a largely comic presence in Us cinema of the 1970s and early 1980s that she was most widely admired. As the pitiless Captain Doreen Lewis, putting a dippy new recruit – Goldie Hawn – through her paces in the hit military comedy Private Benjamin (1980), she wore her trademark look: a solid frizz of red hair, a clenched, sneering smile and an expression of withering incredulity. Then there was the gravelly voice: a heard-it-all whine to match that seen-it-all face. It sounded like bourbon on the rocks. Actual rocks, that is.

Captain Lewis epitomised the sort of role Brennan was best at – and which she was still playing as late as 2001, when she made the first in a run of appearances »

- Ryan Gilbey

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Actress Eileen Brennan dies at 80

30 July 2013 12:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eileen Brennan, the veteran actress best known for roles in “The Last Picture Show,” “Private Benjamin” and “Clue,” died of bladder cancer in her Burbank home on Sunday. She was 80.

Brennan earned critical praise and an Oscar nom for her supporting role as Captain Doreen Lewis in “Private Benjamin,” in which she starred opposite Goldie Hawn. She went on to reprise the role for three seasons on CBS’ television adaptation of “Private Benjamin.” That role earned Brennan both an Emmy and a Golden Globe in 1981. She earned another Emmy nom for her leading role on “Taxi” that same year.

Brennan also starred as the memorable brothel madam Billie, a confidant to con man Paul Newman in the 1973 Oscar best picture winner “The Sting;” as Mrs. Peacock in “Clue;” as a kind-hearted Texas waitress in “The Last Picture Show;” and as Peter Falk’s long-suffering secretary Tess in the Agatha Christie »

- Allegra Tepper

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Oscar-Nominated Actress Eileen Brennan Dies at 80

30 July 2013 8:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Veteran actress Eileen Brennan, nominated for an Academy Award for "Private Benjamin," died Sunday at the age of 80. The stage, television, and film star passed away after battling bladder cancer.

Brennan started out in the theater, originating the role of Irene Molloy in Broadway's "Hello, Dolly!" From there, she graduated to feature films, becoming a prolific and recognizable supporting actress in movies like "The Last Picture Show"; "The Sting," opposite Paul Newman; and "Clue," as Mrs. Peacock. Director Peter Bogdanovich was a big fan of Brennan's, casting her in "Last Picture Show," "Daisy Miller," and "At Long Last Love."

Her most acclaimed role came in 1980's "Private Benjamin," in which she played the stern, tough-talking captain of Goldie Hawn's character. Brennan received an Oscar nomination, and later, when she reprised the part in the TV adaptation, won a Golden Globe and Emmy.

In 1982, after dining with Hawn, Brennan was hit by a car. »

- Kelly Woo

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Exclusive: David Krumholtz Befriends NBC's Brenda Forever Pilot

28 March 2013 8:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

David Krumholtz has found a new onscreen bestie. (Sorry, Louis.)

The actor, last seen on CBS’ short-lived Partners, is joining NBC’s Brenda Forever pilot, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Krumholtz will play a very close pal to Ellie Kemper‘s Brenda, a 31-year-old who does her own thing. He’ll appear as a guest star in the pilot; if the project goes to series, there’s a good chance he’ll be back.

Related | Pilot Season 2013: Your Guide to All This Fall’s (Possible) Newcomers

The potential series would consist of stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present, »

- Kimberly Roots

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Lorenza Izzo To Co-Star In ‘I Am Victor’, Stephnie Weir Joins ‘Brenda Forever’

11 March 2013 2:52 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Up and comer Lorenza Izzo has landed a female lead opposite John Stamos in NBC‘s drama pilot I Am Victor. Also cast in the pilot, written by Mark Goffman and based on Jo Nesbo’s book, is McKaley Miller (Hart Of Dixie). It centers on Victor Port (Stamos), a high-powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships. Apa-repped Izzo plays Assistant District Attorney Lena Engles, a Harvard Law graduate with experience clerking for the Supreme Court. Miller, repped by the Osbrink Agency and Management 360, plays Victor’s daughter. Izzo is known for working with Eli Roth — her three English-language credits to date are starring roles in Roth’s movies Aftershock, directed by Nicolas Lopez, and the upcoming The Green Inferno, and an arc on his Netflix series Hemlock Grove. Before recently relocating to Los Angeles from her native Chile, Izzo starred in the Chilean comedy Que Pena Tu Boda directed by Lopez. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Da’vine Joy Randolph Will Play Ellie Kamper's Best Friend In NBC Pilot 'Brenda Forever'

2 March 2013 7:05 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Da’vine Joy Randolph has been cast opposite Ellie Kamper in the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever, from Andrew Leeds and David Lampson. The pilot will follow stories from Brenda Miller’s (played by Kemper) past and present, to show how a chubby, awkward, yet very confident 13-year-old girl grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.  Da’vine Joy Randolph will play Brenda’s best friend Pearl. She is probably best known for her role as Oda Mae Brown in the original Broadway production of Ghost the Musical, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. »

- Courtney

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Da’vine Joy Randolph Will Play Ellie Kamper's Best Friend In NBC Pilot 'Brenda Forever'

2 March 2013 7:05 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Da’vine Joy Randolph has been cast opposite Ellie Kamper in the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever, from Andrew Leeds and David Lampson. The pilot will follow stories from Brenda Miller’s (played by Kemper) past and present, to show how a chubby, awkward, yet very confident 13-year-old girl grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.  Da’vine Joy Randolph will play Brenda’s best friend Pearl. She is probably best known for her role as Oda Mae Brown in the original Broadway production of Ghost the Musical, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.

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- Courtney

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Parminder Nagra Joins ABC’s ‘Reckless’, Da’vine Joy Randolph In ‘Brenda Forever’

1 March 2013 12:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

ER alumna Parminder Nagra has been cast in the ABC pilot Reckless. Written/exec produced by Chris Black and directed/exec produced by Martin Campbell, the thriller centers on David (Patrick Fugit), a resourceful problem solver who, when his wife Sarah (Eloise Mumford) is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resorts to entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes in order to get her out. Nagra plays David’s co-worker Susan, the chief financial offer for the company and a trusted advisor to the family. Da’vine Joy Randolph, Tony nominee for Ghost the musical on Broadway, has been cast opposite Ellie Kamper in NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever. Written by Andrew Leeds and David Lampson and produced by Sony TV, it blends stories from Brenda Miller’s (Kemper) past and present to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Ellie Kemper and Dave Annable land leads in NBC comedy pilots

7 February 2013 11:25 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

A pair of NBC comedy pilots have cast lead actors, one of them from an existing NBC show.

Ellie Kemper of "The Office" will star in "Brenda Forever," closing a deal after a week of heavy speculation that she'd take the part. Dave Annable ("666 Park Avenue") will play one of the title roles in "Joe, Joe and Jane."

"Brenda Forever" intertwines stories from the title character's life as an awkward 13-year-old and the present day, when she's a quirky grown-up played by Kemper. Andrew Leeds and David Lampson wrote the pilot and are executive producing with Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me"), Matt Tarses ("Scrubs") and Michael Wimer.

"Joe, Joe and Jane" centers on a children's book author who's caught in the middle of his needy best friend and co-author, also named Joe (Annable), and his equally demanding wife (Sally Pressman of "Army Wives"). It's loosely based on the lives of writers-EPs »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Ellie Kemper set for 'Brenda Forever'

6 February 2013 9:03 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Office's Ellie Kemper has joined NBC's comedy pilot centered on Brenda Miller's past and present entwined to show how an awkward, chubby but very confident thirteen-year-old grew into a thirty-one-year-old who's still doing things her own way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Lampson and Andrew Leeds of NBC's Rex is Not Your Lawyer, are scripting and executive producing the pilot. Film-wise, Kemper was last seen in 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and prior to the comedy, the immensely popular Bridesmaids, playing as Becca alongside Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy and Wendi McLendon-Covey. »

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Ellie Kemper set for 'Brenda Forever'

6 February 2013 9:03 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

The Office's Ellie Kemper has joined NBC's comedy pilot centered on Brenda Miller's past and present entwined to show how an awkward, chubby but very confident thirteen-year-old grew into a thirty-one-year-old who's still doing things her own way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Lampson and Andrew Leeds of NBC's Rex is Not Your Lawyer, are scripting and executive producing the pilot. Film-wise, Kemper was last seen in 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and prior to the comedy, the immensely popular Bridesmaids, playing as Becca alongside Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy and Wendi McLendon-Covey. »

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Ellie Kemper Set To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Brenda Forever’

6 February 2013 8:15 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Ellie Kemper has closed a deal to play the lead in the NBC single-camera pilot Brenda Forever. In the high-concept project written by Andrew Leeds and David Lampson and produced by Sony TV, stories from Brenda Miller’s (Kemper) past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum. Kemper, who is close friends with Leeds and Lampson, had been circling the project since it sold as a spec last week. She has been among the most sought-after comedy actresses this pilot season. David Wain (Role Models, Wonderlust) is directing the pilot, executive produced by Lampson, Leeds, Matt Tarses and Fedora Entertainment’s Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer. Kemper is with Wme and Mosaic. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Pilot Scoop: Ellie Kemper Officially Signs On to Star in NBC's Brenda Forever

6 February 2013 8:15 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Ellie Kemper hasn’t even closed The Office door behind her, and she’s already lined up a new gig at NBC.

Confirming a move that was rumored last month, the Bridesmaids star will play the lead in Brenda Forever, a Peacock Net single-camera comedy pilot.

The project is written and executive produced by Andrew Leeds (Bones‘ Pelant) and David Lampson (This One Time With Julia).

Related | Pilot Season 2013: Get Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) Newcomers and Who’s in Them

The potential series would consist of stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present, which would mesh »

- Kimberly Roots

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'Office' favorite to star in NBC comedy pilot

6 February 2013 8:15 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

An Office fan favorite is getting her own show.

Ellie Kemper has signed for the lead role in the NBC comedy pilot Brenda Forever. The flashback-filled pitch: “Stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present are interwoven to give a unique portrait of how a chubby, awkward, but incredibly confident 13-year-old grew up to be a 31-year-old woman who still marches to the beat of her own drum.”

The actress-comedian seemed destined to land a starring gig following The Office, which concludes this season. In the past couple years Kemper has landed supporting roles in the hit big-screen comedies Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street. »

- James Hibberd

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'Middle Age Rage' comedy pilot ordered by ABC

30 January 2013 7:50 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Now this is a memorable sitcom title.

ABC has given a pilot green light to Middle Age Rage. The project is from writer Cheryl Holliday (Mike & Molly). Here’s the logline: “About a middle aged mother who is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.” Middle Age Rage is executive produced by Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (Smash).

Incidentally, Holliday has one of the best IMDb photos ever.

The pickup follows two other female-led comedy pilot orders today:

There’s NBC’s Brenda Forever from writers David Lampson and Andrew Leeds, »

- James Hibberd

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Jon Favreau directs 'About a Boy,' Ellie Kemper eyes NBC comedy, 50 Cent gets animated and more pilot news

30 January 2013 6:27 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

With pilot season in full swing there was more big news today from nearly all the major networks. Here's a roundup of the major happenings:

- Jon Favreau will direct the single camera comedy series adaptation of "About a Boy" -- yes, inspired by the Hugh Grant movie and Nick Hornby book of the same name -- executive produced by Jason Katims ("Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood"). Favreau previously directed the pilot for NBC's hit "Revolution" as well as the first two "Iron Man" blockbusters. [Deadline]

- NBC has ordered the pilot "Brenda Forever" from writers Andrew Leeds and David Lampson as a possible starring vehicle for "The Office" and "Bridesmaids" star Ellie Kemper. The comedy follows the same leading lady in two periods of her life: as a 31-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl. The writers previously teamed on NBC's "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer," starring David Tennant, which was not picked up to series. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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NBC Orders Pilot From 'Rescue Me' Co-Creator

30 January 2013 12:41 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC has picked up "Brenda Forever," a single-camera comedy pilot executive produced by "Rescue Me" co-creator Peter Tolan. The show intertwines the past and present to show how a chubby and awkward but incredibly confident 13-year-old grows up to be the 31-year-old woman she is today. Also read: CBS Orders Untitled Jim Gaffigan Project to Pilot David Lampson and Andrew Leeds wrote and created the possible series, which is also being executive-produced by Michael Wilmer of Tolan's Fedora Entertainment. Tolan, who also wrote the screenplay for the big-screen adaptation of "Baywatch," will have his hands »

- Greg Gilman

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Pilot Scoop: Ellie Kemper Circling NBC's Then-and-Now Comedy Brenda Forever

30 January 2013 12:28 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC’s newest comedy pilot Brenda Forever has ties to a Fox favorite and may feature an Office alum in the title role.

Related | Pilot Season 2013: Get Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) Newcomers and Who’s in Them

The single-camera comedy pilot is penned and executive produced by Andrew Leeds (who plays Bones‘ big bad Pelant) and writing partner David Lampson (This One Time With Julia); The Office‘s Ellie Kemper is mulling playing the lead, TVLine has learned.

The potential series would consist of stories from Brenda Miller’s past and present, which would mesh together to »

- Kimberly Roots

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