5 items from 2012
The final trends covered in this brief overview of this year’s pilot season are the new bout of network sitcoms and also the new cable shows that are fighting their way onto your screens.
Sitcoms appear to be following the trend of success stories like Modern Family and New Girl and becoming more single-camera based than traditional multi-camera. Multi-camera sitcoms being the shows recorded in front of audiences on sets a la Friends and Seinfeld, whilst single camera sitcoms are the ones that are shot more like films with plenty of different locations a la Parks and Recreation and Community. This trend doesn’t seem to apply, however, if you’re CBS, the network appears to be enjoying a renaissance of multi-camera sitcoms with the successes of How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory which were both picked up for multiple seasons earlier this year.
- Fred Salmon
Amy Smart ("Shameless") and Karolina Wydra ("House") have been cast in NBC's pilot "Bad GIrls," which is being adapted from a long-running series in Britain. It chronicles the goings-on of a group of female inmates in federal prison and the female warden. Smart and Wydra will both be playing inmates [Deadline]
"Friday Night Lights" alum Matt Lauria has joined in "Gilded Lilys," ABC's period drama set in 1895 in New York's first luxury hotel, complete with love stories, rivalries and scandals. Blythe Danner and Madeline Zima have also been cast on the show. [TV Line]
Jason Katims' ("Parenthood") NBC drama pilot "County" has cast Norbert Leo Butz as a new intern at County, the underfunded titular hospital in Los Angeles County. Also cast in "County" is Jason Ritter.
George Lopez is coming back to the small screen, as he has signed on with Lionsgate TV and the Debmar-Mercury unit to create and star in a new sitcom about a Latino family. Lopez previously ran on ABC for six years with his sitcom "George Lopez." [Deadline]
A trio of relatively unknown actresses have been cast in pilots. Jeananne Goosen joins the untitled Kevin Bacon FBI/serial killer drama for Warner Bros. TV, as Bacon's partner at the FBI. Jamie Chung has been cast in "The Asset," a drama starring Ali Larter as a CIA operative. Chung plays a CIA polygraph expert. And Charlotte Newhouse joins "Prairie Dogs," an ABC comedy where the title refers to drones popping up out of their cubicles and one man who's life is changed when his identity is stolen and that life is much more exciting (Monica Gellar says hey). [Deadline]
British actor Barry Sloane has been cast in ABC's "Gotham, »
Charlotte Newhouse has joined ABC comedy pilot Prairie Dogs. Harold & Kumar actor Kal Penn will play Neil, an office worker who has his identity stolen. When Neil discovers that the thief has improved on his life, he recruits the criminal to help him better himself. Newhouse has been cast as Neil's fun-loving co-worker, according to Deadline. The actress, a former member of La comedy troupe The Groundlings, has appeared in episodes of Community, The Big Bang Theory and Men of a Certain Age. The Hunger Games (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Jeananne Goossen has landed the female lead opposite Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy in Fox’s untitled Kevin Williamson drama pilot. The project, from Warner Bros TV, is described as an edge-of-the-seat thriller about Joe Carroll (Purefoy), a diabolical serial killer who uses technology to create a cult of serial killers, and retired FBI profiler Ryan Hardy (Bacon), who finds himself in the middle of it. Goossen will play Jennifer Mason, a strong-willed FBI agent partnered with Hardy in the search for Carroll. Goossen, repped by Greene & Associates and Magnolia Entertainment, is recurring on Alcatraz and can also be seen in The Vow. Jamie Chung (Samurai Girl) has joined Fox’s drama pilot The Asset. The project, written and executive produced by Josh Friedman and directed by Neil Burger, centers on Anna King (Ali Larter), a remarkably gifted globe-trotting photographer with a secret life: she a CIA field operative. Chung, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
5 items from 2012
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