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With Mad Men wrapping production on its seventh and final season, original cast member Rich Sommer has booked his follow-up series gig, taking a comedy turn with a co-starring role in CBS’ half-hour pilot Good Session. The single-camera project, written by John Hamburg and Matt Miller and directed by Hamburg, revolves around a happy couple, Joel and Lindsay, who go to a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Sommer, repped by Domain and Davis Spylios Management, will play Seth, Joel’s best friend and former college roommate, an armchair philosopher and suburban-dwelling father of three kids with the vibe of a man who hasn’t been single in years. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Brian Howe is set to co-star in CBS’ half-hour hybrid comedy pilot Save The Date. The romantic comedy, from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo, ABC Studios and CBS Studios, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TV news and notes:
- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gossip Girl" alum Michelle Trachtenberg has joined the CBS comedy pilot "Save the Date." She plays the no-nonsense sister of the lead character (Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly declares she's getting married and then races to make it actually happen. Julie White ("Go On") will play the sisters' mom.
- Marvel fans will get their first peek at "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe," a primetime special on ABC. The special will go behind-the-scenes on Marvel movies, as well as "Agents of Shield." In addition to the sneak peek at "Age of Ulton," there will also be clips from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and future episodes of "Agents of Shield." "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe" airs Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.
- CBS' "How I Met Your Mother »
The Arsenio Hall Show has been renewed for a second season.
Justin Hartley has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot Damaged Goods. The pilot, from Awkward. creator Lauren Iungerich, is a relationship comedy about two damaged men and two damaged women with Hartley playing a man who can’t handle his girlfriend getting the promotion he was pursuing. I think I prefer to see him playing a guy who is dating an tech billionaire with a vengeful pal.
In a sadly unsurprising development, the Biography channel is revamping into Fyi Network, which will feature upscale lifestyle programming.
Empire, the hip-hop drama pilot from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, added to its cast Person of Interest alum Taraji P. Henson. She’ll play the wife of the drama’s music mogul, a woman who has done prison time for selling drugs to keep her husband’s music label »
- Lyle Masaki
Michelle Trachtenberg is set to co-star opposite Maggie Lawson in CBS’ half-hour hybrid pilot Save The Date. Also cast in the romantic comedy from writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo, ABC Studios and CBS Studios, are Tom Bennett and Julie White. Save The Date centers on 35-year-old and newly single Kate (Lawson), who drunkenly books a wedding venue and now is faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. Trachtenberg will play Hillary, Katie’s buttoned-down, no-nonsense sister who is sharing an apartment with her. Bennett plays Roger, Hillary’s boyfriend of four years. White plays Connie, Katie and Hillary’s mother. Trachtenberg, repped by UTA and Framework Entertainment, most recently played Marina Oswald in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
This isn’t the first movie to get nods from both ends of the spectrum. Since the Razzies first began back in 1981, 47 movies have been nominated for both “awards”– some even for the same exact person or song. Here’s a look at the club The Lone Ranger just joined:
Oscar nods: Film editing, music (original song) for “People Alone” with music by Lalo Schifrin and lyrics by Wilbur »
- Ariana Bacle
5 items from 2014
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