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Kapnek's new project is called "Selfie," and it's a take on "My Fair Lady," according to The Hollywood Reporter. It focuses on a self-centered young woman who becomes Internet-infamous and asks a marketing expert at her company to help fix her image.
"Suburgatory," meanwhile, is slated to begin its third season on ABC early next year.
More TV news and notes:
- Producer Mark Burnett and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson are joining forces for a competition series called "Space Race" that will take winner on board a Virgin Galactic flight. There's no airdate set for the series yet, partly because Virgin's passenger vehicles have yet to actually reach space. The first flight into orbit is currently scheduled for late December.
- TNT has renewed its »
CBS has given a put pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy executive produced by Greg Berlanti. The project, based on the Israeli series Haverot (Little Mom), will be written by Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky who last season adapted another Israeli comedy for CBS, Mother’s Day, which went to pilot starring Debra Messing. The new project revolves around three moms who live in a Brooklyn high-rise and how they help each other stay sane (or try to) as they juggle their friendships, marriages and kids. Berlanti, Rottenberg and Zuritsky executive produce, with Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive producing for Warner Bros TV and Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Prods. The original series, produced by Yoav Gross Prods for Channel 10 Israel and distributed globally by Dori Media, was created by Gross, Lital Schwartz, Shay Ben-Atar, and Liat Shavit. (You can watch a subtitled trailer below.) This marks Wme-repped Berlanti Prods’ third big sale this season, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Smash, Season 2, Episode 10: “The Surprise Party”
Directed by: S.J. Clarkson
Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on NBC
It’s sad to see one of the best episodes of Smash get wasted on Saturday night television. For the first time this season the audience catches a much needed break from competing shows Bombshell and Hit List as it digs deeper into how everyone’s love life is working, or not working. This episode also sparks the question: Why doesn’t Liza Minnelli star in everything on television? An appearance by Jennifer Hudson earlier this season felt as though Hudson would rather be doing anything other than Smash and Minnelli’s appearance feels utterly delightful. She is just so happy to be kickin’ it with her pals on Smash, never allowing her iconic status to go to her head. Also, more Christian Borle and Liza duets please! »
- Millicent Evans
With time on pilot castings running out, Lorne Michaels called upon his Saturday Night Live co-star Nasim Pedrad for a lead role in the untitled John Mulaney multi-camera comedy pilot, which Michaels is executive producing. Written/exec produced by Mulaney and exec produced by Robert Carlock, the project is a young ensemble loosely based on Mulaney’s life. It centers on John (Mulaney), whose naïve, and often pointless, desire to “be a good person” challenges his friendship with his roommates, the sweet, intelligent, and lazy Jane (Pedrad) and Seymour (Griffin Newman). Elliott Gould and Martin Short co-star. If the pilot doesn’t go forward, CAA-repped Pedrad is expected to continue on SNL, where she has been since 2009. Michael Nathanson (Side Effects) is set to co-star opposite Debra Messing and Paul Adelstein in CBS‘ untitled Julie Rottenberg/Elisa Zuritsky comedy pilot (formerly Mother’s Day). The untitled comedy, based on an Israeli format, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
We already reported that Debra Messing is on board for the upcoming (and yet) untitled CBS’ comedy pilot, which comes from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. Today, we’re here for a little casting update, because we’ve just learned that Paul Adelstein will join the team! And, the good thing is that Private Practice star jumps in to play Messing’s husband. As we previously reported, the pilot is created by Rottenberg and Zuritsky and is based on the Israeli TV series titled Mother’s Day. The single-camera comedy will revolve around Messing’s character – a married mother named Gabby, who struggles to balance her family and work....
Say what you want, but Debra Messing is always the perfect actress for a comedy pilot! The good thing is that folks from CBS share our opinion, because we learned that Will & Grace star is set to play the female lead in their (yet) untitled (but previously known as Mother’s Day) comedy which comes from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. Written by Rottenberg and Zuritsky (who served as co-executive producers on Messing’s Smash), this untitled single-cam project is based on an Israeli format and will center on a married mom who struggles to balance family, work and life. Not hard to guess that Messing...
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What do you get when you cross one ABC star with one NBC star?
The formula for a winning new comedy, CBS hopes.
From producers from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky and based on the Israeli series Mother’s Day, the untitled series will focus on a Messing's married mom attempting to have it all: family, work, a social life.
Adelstein will portray the main character's husband, a Google employee who isn't aware of how nightly his wife is struggling.
Other Private Practice alums who have found work for the fall, if their projects get picked up, include: KaDee Strickland in NBC's Bloodline; and Taye Diggs in TNT’s Murder in the First, a drama from Stephen Bochco. »
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In the single-camera comedy about a married mom struggling to balance family, life, and work, Adelstein will play Messing’s TV husband Bryan, a Google employee who might be »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Exclusive: Private Practice‘s Paul Adelstein is set to star opposite Debra Messing in CBS‘ untitled Julie Rottenberg/Elisa Zuritsky pilot (formerly Mother’s Day). The untitled comedy, based on an Israeli format, stars Messing as 40-year-old Gabby (formerly Shira) who, in order to successfully navigate through the demanding life of being a mother of three, a lover, a friend and a career woman, constantly lies her way out of and into situations — little lies, big lies, white and at times not-so-white lies. Adelstein, repped by Abrams and Principal Entertainment La, will play Gabby’s husband Bryan, a good-natured Google employee who loves his wife and family, but doesn’t quite get how much of a burden his wife is carrying. He will next be seen in Return To Zero. Adelstein joins fellow Private Practice alums KaDee Strickland and Taye Diggs who also booked pilots. Additionally, Kate Walsh is in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In pilot news, we have a couple of unsurprising castings in a couple of new productions this year. Every year you can expect to see actors and actresses fleeing their failing shows and trying out pilots that will hopefully work better and for a longer period of time. This year is no different, though we are seeing a case of someone taking on a pilot who, for all intents and purposes, probably doesn’t need the work. In this case, I’m referring to Seth Green, who has joined Seth MacFarlane’s first live-action sitcom for Fox. And more predictably, Debra Messing is jumping the sinking ship that is NBC’s Smash.
Let’s start with Green, as his is the more interesting of stories. Deadline reported him to be joining co-star Tommy Dewey for MacFarlane’s multi-camera sitcom, Dads. In it, he will play Eli, who, along with roommate »
- Brody Gibson
Still holding out hope for a "Smash" Season 3? Debra Messing certainly isn't. The actress has signed on for a lead role in CBS's untitled comedy pilot from fellow "Smash" alums Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky ("Sex and the City," "Love Bites"). Messing will play Shira, a neurotic wife and mother of three young children who must juggle her home life with a career working as a ghost writer for a "demanding" celebrity chef. This will be Messing's first role in a series comedy since "Will & Grace" ended its run back in 2006. NBC recently moved "Smash" to Saturday nights »
- HitFix Staff
Messing will star as a fortysomething mother of three who can't stop telling lies -- big lies and little lies -- to balance her hectic life, relationships and responsibilities. The concept is based on an Israeli series and the American version will be overseen by Emmy-nominated "Sex and the City" writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, who also worked on "Smash."
The show marks a return to half-hour comedy for Messing, who won an Emmy for "Will & Grace" in 2003 before going on to headline USA's miniseries-turned-series "The Starter Wife."
Meanwhile, NBC's "Smash" will air two more episodes in its Tuesday timeslot before being exiled to Saturday nights to finish off a disastrously low-rated Season 2. Season-to-date "Smash" is averaging 3.36 million viewers and a 0.9 in the 18-49 demo. »
If fans of Smash are looking for some good news with regard to the fate of the NBC series, this is not the day for it. Debra Messing has been cast as the lead in a currently untitled CBS comedy pilot from (ironically enough) Smash executive producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. The series is an adaptation of the Israeli series Mother's Day, and will center on Messing as a married mom trying to balance her career and her home life. The Will & Grace alum will also serve as co-executive producer. The CBS pilot is in second position to Messing's commitments to Smash, should the struggling show be picked up for a third season. But after dismal ratings and a move to the Saturday time slot, the odds of »
Debra Messing has joined the cast of a CBS comedy pilot for the 2013-2014 season. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Smash" star will play Shira, a married mother who struggles to balance family and work. The pilot hails from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky and is based on an Israeli series.
Messing's character is a ghost writer for a celebrity chef and mom of three. The "Will & Grace" veteran will also serve as a co-executive producer. The pilot is in second position to "Smash." However, the NBC musical series has struggled in the ratings during its second season and has been shipped off to Saturdays. It's not expected to return for Season 3.
Messing took to Twitter when "Smash" wrapped filming and seemingly signaled the end of the show's run.
NBC has said the series will air all of its Season 2 episodes.
"Smash" airs Tuesdays, 10 p.m. Et and moves »
- Chris Harnick
"Smash" star Debra Messing has signed on for the lead of a new CBS comedy pilot, putting the future of the NBC show in further doubt. Messing will play "Shira," a married mom trying to balance her home and work life in the pilot from writers and executive producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky. Messing is in second position for the project, meaning NBC has first dibs on her if "Smash" is renewed. But the casting is far from a vote of confidence on her part that "Smash" will return. The series, which »
- Tim Molloy
The untitled project — which, coincidentally (or not?), is being written by Smash co-exec producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky — is an adaptation of the Israeli series Mother’s Day and centers on a married mom (Messing) struggling to balance family, life, and work.
In addition to playing the lead role, Messing retains a co-exec producer credit. »
- Michael Ausiello
Smash star Debra Messing is returning to half-hour comedy with a starring role in CBS‘ untitled Julie Rottenberg/Elisa Zuritsky pilot (formerly Mother’s Day). In addition to playing the lead, Will & Grace alumna Messing will serve as a co-executive producer on the project, based on an Israeli format, in one of the richest talent deals this pilot season. The untitled comedy centers on 40-year-old Ella (Messing) who, in order to successfully navigate through the demanding life of being a mother of three, a lover, a friend and a career woman, constantly lies her way out of and into situations — little lies, big lies, white and at times not-so-white lies. The project reunites Emmy winner Messing with Rottenberg and Zuritsky who served as co-executive producers on Smash. Messing’s casting is formally in second position to the NBC Broadway drama, which is not expected to return after a very low »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Though NBC hasn’t officially said Smash is dead (though really, a move to Saturdays speaks volumes), its stars are beginning to seek employment elsewhere. To wit: Debra Messing has been cast as a married mom in an untitled single-camera comedy at CBS.
In the project from Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky, which is based on an Israeli format, Messing will play Shira, a married mom who struggles to balance family, life and work. Messing is in second position on the pilot since technically, NBC still has its hooks in her for Smash — that is, until they officially pull the plug. »
- Lynette Rice
With Smash relegated to Saturdays, star Debra Messing has already moved on. The Emmy winner has landed the starring role in CBS' untitled Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky comedy pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The single-camera effort, based on an Israeli format, revolves around Shira, a married mother as she struggles to balance family, life and work. Messing will star as Shira, the happily married yet harried mother to three who's a ghost writer for a demanding celebrity chef. Between her job and three children -- ranging in age from preschool to
- Lesley Goldberg
CBS has ordered a comedy pilot that will star Warburton as a beloved, recently retired baseball player who finds that adjusting to retirement isn’t as easy as he thought it’d be. It’s a multi-camera from Greg Malins and Doug Robinson.
CBS also ordered two other comedy pilots today. One is from writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky and is based on an Israeli format about a married mom who struggles to balance family, life, and work. It’ll be a single-camera pilot. »
- Lynette Rice
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