“Lakeside VA” follows a C+ team of Va hospital employees who are underfunded, understaffed, and stopped overworking themselves to make up for it years ago, until a new hotshot female chief of surgery steps in to turn them into an A team.
The idea is inspired by Gossman’s personal experiences and first-hand accounts from veterans and VA staff across the country. Her father is a Vietnam veteran, and she worked a day job at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in her early twenties.
Gossman will serve as writer and co-exec producer. Bill Wrubel (“Modern Family,” “Will & Grace”) is on board as showrunner and executive producer. Parsons and Todd Spiewak will serve as EPs, and Eric Norsoph is a producer, overseeing the project for That’s Wonderful Productions.
Justin Long will star in ABC’s soccer comedy pilot “Dream Team.” He will play Marty Schumacher, the eternally optimistic manager of a sporting goods store and the head coach of a nationally ranked soccer program. The potential series centers around his character, who coached his last club soccer team for 10 years, ultimately taking them to the national championships. Now, he has to start from scratch with a diverse group of 8-year-olds and their disparate parents.
“Dream Team” will also star Michael Mosely, Lindsey Kraft and Michelle Buteau. The sports comedy hails from “Will & Grace” alums Bill Wrubel and Kari Lizer.
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Michael Mosley, who previously starred in USA Network’s “Sirens,” will play Rick Johnson. Although he doesn’t consider girls’ soccer a “real sport,” Rick — who is often clueless as to why things he says rub people the wrong way — is completely on board with getting his daughter, Tiffnee, onto a top-notch soccer team.
Lindsey Kraft (“Getting On”) has been cast as Michaela. Artsy, with a gentle soul, Michaela is married to Leslie (a competitive Ob-gyn with a passion for sports) and is horrified by the idea of being a soccer mom, knowing full well most of the heavy lifting will fall to her; you’ll find her on the soccer field with a bottle of merlot and the latest e-book, wishing Miley was instead enrolled in ballet.
“Enlisted” alum Michelle Buteau will play Olga
“Spark,” written and executive produced by Michael Cooney, hails from ABC Studios. Set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, this genre soap centers on the battle for power between two rival families and a rebellious young woman with a spark of invention that could level both their empires. Ian Sander and Kim Moses also executive produce.
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea are executive producing an untitled drama written by Meaghan Oppenheimer, in which a ruthless Dallas divorce attorney’s life begins to unravel when her emotionally damaged, love-addicted sister resurfaces, triggering self-destructive tendencies and exposing long-hidden family secrets. The project also hails from ABC Studios.
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Wrubel worked on Ugly Betty, which was cancelled by ABC after its fourth season. He has also executive produced and co-executive produced ABC's hit sitcom, Modern Family.
“Dream Team,” written and exec produced by Wrubel and Lizer, centers around Marty Schumacher who coached his last club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the national championships — and now, he has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds and their disparate parents.
The single-camera, half hour comedy landed a hefty pilot production commitment during the development cycle, making the hot project nearly a sure thing. Hailing from Lizer’s Logo Here shingle and Wrubel’s Here Comes Scrappy banner, “Dream Team” hails from Warner Bros. TV where both creators are under deals.
The project reunites Wrubel and Lizer, who were both writer/producers on “Will & Grace” with Wrubel rising the ranks on the NBC sitcom to exec producer and Lizer to co-exec producer.
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Penned by Bill Wrubel (Modern Family), the project follows a family man (Wings‘ Steven Weber) who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.
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Driver will play Weber’s TV wife. The role is technically “second position” to her About a Boy commitment,
Weber will star as a family man who’s put aside his own desires so his loved ones can follow their own bliss — but he struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.
Also cast are Duane Martin and Eric Peterson. Martin will play Theodore, Joe’s successful music-producer neighbor, and Peterson will play Scott, Joe’s gay brother, who works with him in the family construction business.
The multicamera project comes from exec producer-writer Bill Wrubel and will be directed by sitcom vet James Burrows. Warner Bros. Television will produce.
Weber most recently appeared in a major role on ABC Family’s “Chasing Life” and had guest gigs on “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “NCIS: New Orleans.
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