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James Gunn made the announcement Thursday on his Facebook page. He’s also revealed castings last week of “Scrubs” alum John C. McGinley, “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
“You may recognize him from one of my other films — Kraglin in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Alien Orphan in ‘The Specials’ (film), Toby in ‘Super,’ Humanzee in ‘Humanzee,’ or numerous characters in our James Gunn’s PG Porn series (which Sean co-created with me and our brother Brian),” James Gunn said.
“Even more of you might recognize him as Kirk from ‘Gilmore Girls. ‘In addition to being my brother, he’s also my favorite actor in the world to work with so I’m excited to welcome him aboard ‘Belko’ as Marty Espenscheid, »
- Dave McNary
Scott Foley has been a silver screen star for some time, kicking off with a long run on Felicity before turns across all genres in Scrubs, The Unit, True Blood, and, most recently and recognizably, on Scandal. With the cache to pull some clout to his feature directorial debut, he does quadruple duty as writer, producer, director, and star of Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife. A black comedy that still manages to keep the tone light, even as a body is being chopped to pieces, the flick joins a perverse pantheon of ensemble humor with moderately well known casts that may have hit its high-water mark with 1998’s Very Bad Things. That crass little outing saw Jon Favreau, Christian Slater, Jeremy Piven, and Daniel Stern trying to dispose of a dead prostitute after a bachelor party in Vegas goes south.
- Kyle North
“Rooker plays Bud Melks, the head of maintenance in the Belko building. He’s not a racist thug like Merle in The Walking Dead, and he doesn’t have a flying arrow like Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy – in fact, he’s a pretty nice guy – so he’s ill-equipped to deal with the mysterious forces who start making all of the employees in Belko start killing each other unless they want to be killed themselves,” states Gunn on Facebook.
The Belko Experiment has been scripted by Gunn and will be directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), with Rooker joining a cast that so far includes John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom), John C. McGinley (Scrubs), Tony Goldwyn (Scandal) and Melonie Diaz »
- Gary Collinson
Rooker played Yondu Udonta in Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gunn noted in the announcement Friday on his Facebook page. He has also revealed castings this week of “Scrubs” alum John C. McGinley, “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
“We’ve done three movies, two reality shows, a video game and a Web series together, been on a bromantic trip to Paris with just the two of us, and spent many nights as the last two maniacs at a party, so did you ever think there was any possibility that my pal Michael Rooker would not be cast in our horror/action/thriller ‘The Belko Experiment,’ especially when it’s been comprised of such overwhelming talent? Of course not.”
Rooker will play Bud Melks, »
- Dave McNary
Following on from the casting of John Gallagher Jr. (The Newsroom, Short Term 12), James Gunn has taken to Facebook to announce that John C. McGinley (Office Space, Scrubs) has signed on for a role in his latest project The Belko Experiment.
“John will play Wendell Dukes, one of the top execs at Belko, and longtime friends with Tony Goldwyn’s character, Barry Norris,” states Gunn. “Wendell is a bit socially awkward, and has never been at home with the other employees at Belko… I’m not sure his social problems will be eased much when mysterious forces start compelling them to kill one another or be killed.”
Gunn has written the script for The Belko Experiment and is also producing, with Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) directing. The film tells the story of an American company in South America which a company who seals off its building and orders its »
- Gary Collinson
Scrubs alum John C. McGinley has joined the cast of The Belko Experiment. Writer James Gunn made the announcement on his Facebook page. McGinley will play socially awkward Wendell Dukes, one of the top executives at Belko and longtime friend of Barry Norris (Tony Goldwyn). Helmed by Greg McLean, the MGM thriller is about an office building in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where employees are mysteriously forced to either start killing each other or be killed. Gunn is also producing… »
Gunn made the announcement Thursday on his Facebook page. He also revealed castings this week of “Fruitvale Station’s” Melonie Diaz, “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher Jr. and “Scandal” president Tony Goldwyn.
“When I think of John, I often think of Bob Slydell from ‘Office Space,'” Gunn said. “Fortunately, in that film, the characters only had to murder each other spiritually, and not physically, as they do in ‘Belko.’ John may be most recognized from ‘Scrubs,’ but he’s an eerily dexterous actor who can do almost anything and has shone in any role he’s been given. He most recently got rave reviews for his performance in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ on Broadway with Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale.”
McGinley will play a socially awkward top exec at Belko, »
- Dave McNary
Bill Lawrence is sticking with Warner Bros. Television. The “Cougar Town” co-creator has entered a new multi-year deal with the studio, an individual with knowledge of the new agreement tells TheWrap. Also Read: 2015-2016 TV Season: TheWrap's Complete Network Guide For next season, CBS has already ordered “Rush Hour,” an adaptation of the 1998 action film with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker that Lawrence co-wrote and is producing. Lawrence, whose resume includes “Scrubs,” “Spin City,” and “Undateable,” which NBC has picked up for a third season. »
- Tim Kenneally
Back in October 2014 it was revealed that Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town, Scrubs) was developing a TV reboot of the popular Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy-cop comedy Rush Hour. It was then announced in January that CBS had picked up pilot and now we’ve finally got our first look at the new double act in action.
Check out the images and official synopsis below:
Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick Lapd detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together.
Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. to avenge his sister’s »
- Gavin Logan
PBS Kids has a new show coming your way in November, and it not only looks like a very interesting idea, it has an exciting voice cast.
Nature Cat is going to be a show that focuses on exploring nature, using a house cat as the jumping off point to lots of adventures. It’s potentially a great idea for an effort that clearly points toward following up a viewing by going outside.
The voice cast is made up largely of SNL cast members, which ought to add to the fun.
Catch all the info below, and stay tuned for more info on this one.
New PBS Kids Series Nature Cat Will Premiere November 25, 2015
Today at the PBS Annual Meeting, a gathering of member stations from across the public media system, »
- Marc Eastman
If you listen closely, you can almost hear the elevator pitch on this one. It’s like Jaws, right? But, it’s in the forest – with a giant bear, guys with guns, and a token ballsy blonde to keep the ladies happy. Sure, it sounds like Into The Grizzly Maze basically writes itself, but the most cursory of looks at the newly released trailer suggests that this might actually have a very healthy B-movie pulse to it. What else could account for the presence of the legendary Scott Glenn, and Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton?
Directed by David Hackl (Saw V), and written by Guy Moshe (Bunraku) and J.R. Reher (making his feature length debut),the story sees two brothers reconnect with each other during a two day hike through their Alaskan childhood stomping ground. Unfortunately, it seems that their bonding experience coincides with a local bear attack issue, »
- Sarah Myles
The Live Revolution Lives NBC's obsession with live programming was confirmed today, with the announcement that their upcoming Broadway spectacular, "The Wiz," will feature original production cast member Stephanie Mills. (But for those crossing their fingers that Beyonce might slip on the ruby slippers, bad news: NBC says they're seeking out "new talent" for Dorothy.) Also interesting is the fact that rare NBC comedy survivor "Undateable" will be going live for all of its episodes next season, following on last week's experiment with an hour-long live broadcast. While last week's episode devolved into a rather stunt-driven enterprise, it's still an interesting move that might verge on ground-breaking. Creator Bill Lawrence has been vocal on Twitter about wanting the show to be "crazy/fun," and that's at least worth checking in on from time to time. Read More: 'Scrubs' Creator Bill Lawrence On 'Undateable,' the »
- Liz Shannon Miller
The Live Revolution Lives NBC's obsession with live programming was confirmed today, with the announcement that their upcoming Broadway spectacular, "The Wiz," will feature original production cast member Stephanie Mills. (But for those crossing their fingers that Beyonce might slip on the ruby slippers, bad news: NBC says they're seeking out "new talent" for Dorothy.) Also interesting is the fact that rare NBC comedy survivor "Undateable" will be going live for all of its episodes next season, following on last week's experiment with an hour-long live broadcast. While last week's episode devolved into a rather stunt-driven enterprise, it's still an interesting move that might verge on ground-breaking. Creator Bill Lawrence has been vocal on Twitter about wanting the show to be "crazy/fun," and that's at least worth checking in on from time to time. Read More: 'Scrubs' Creator Bill Lawrence On 'Undateable,' the...
- Liz Shannon Miller
With all of the major TV networks holding their upfront presentations next week, a slew of series orders have been issued over the past few days. The latest of which is one of several movie-to-tv reboots, ABC's Uncle Buck, with the network revealing the first cast photo earlier today. The cast includes Mike Epps as Uncle Buck, played by John Candy in the original 1989 comedy classic Uncle Buck, alongside James Lesure as Buck's brother Will and Nia Long as Will's wife. Iman Benson, Aalyrah Caldwell and Sayeed Shahidi also star as Will and his wife's three children.
The TV series is slated to follow the same story as the original movie, centering on the immature title character who tries to reinvent himself as a mature and responsible adult when asked to watch over his nieces and nephews. In the original movie, Buck was asked out of desperation to watch the »
Today it’s CBS’ turn to announce which pilots it is moving forward with, and unsurprisingly the theme is franchises. The network announced that the Rush Hour and Limitless TV show adaptations will be greenlit, as will a Criminal Minds spinoff, a medical drama, and two comedies. Let’s take a closer look… Rush Hour is, of course, an adaptation of the feature film trilogy of the same name that starred Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. This hourlong dramedy revolves around a by-the-books Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo) who is assigned a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to team up with a cocky Lapd officer (Justin Hires). The pilot was penned by Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Cougar Town alum Blake McCormick, with the two are executive producing alongside Jeff Ingold and the film’s Brett Ratner, Arthur Sark, and Jon Turtletaub, who directed the pilot. »
- Adam Chitwood
Previously, Fener and Bycel worked on “Happy Endings,” with Fener as co-exec producer and Bycel as exec producer. Both also worked on “American Dad.” Bycel worked on “Psych” and was showrunner on “Scrubs.”
Most recently, the pair served as exec producers on NBC pilot “Old Soul.”
Both are repped by UTA and Jared Levine at Morris Yorn Barnes & Levine.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Former “Happy Endings” producers Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener have inked a new two-year overall deal with Universal Television Studios, TheWrap has learned. The duo will immediately join NBC’s “Telenovela” as executive producers. Most recently, Bycel and Fener executive produced NBC pilot “Old Soul.” Also Read: Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan Among Cast for Season 2 of 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls' In addition to co-executive producing “Happy Endings,” Fener earned the same credit at “American Dad.” Bycel, a showrunner on “Scrubs,” had the full executive producer title at “Happy Endings.” He was co-exec producer on “Pysch” and “American Dad. »
- Tony Maglio
Fox added four new shows to their slate for the 2015-2016 television season, with series orders going to the Rob Lowe-Fred Savage comedy The Grinder, the Morris Chestnut-starring Rosewood, the John Stamos-starring Grandfathered, and The Guide to Surviving Life.
The Grinder is executive produced by Nicholas Stoller, with Ground Floor creator Greg Malins signed on as showrunner. The show revolves around Rob Lowe’s character Dean Sanderson, an actor who plays a lawyer on television. When his show comes to an end, Sanderson decides to return to his family’s real-life law firm, considering himself qualified. Fred Savage plays Lowe’s brother, with William Devane and Mary Elizabeth Ellis also co-starring in the series.
Grandfathered hails from The Office‘s Danny Chun, and revolves around John Stamos’ character, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Those Scrubs kids are always having reunions - I mean, Zach Braff and Donald Faison are well-documented BFFs, but it's even more fun when they get another cast member involved. Late last year it was John C. McGinley, and this week Braff shared this snap with Faison and Neil Flynn, aka the Janitor. "Reunited" is the simple caption, and just after on Facebook, Braff implied they'd be sharing more, particularly "nudes." Um, Ok? »
NBC’s Undateable went live Tuesday night with the help of a few friends.
The Bill Lawrence-produced sitcom welcomed cast members from his previous shows Scrubs and Cougar Town — including Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn and Christa Miller — as well Nickelodeon starlet Victoria Justice, Scandal‘s Scott Foley, About a Boy‘s Minnie Driver, Loveline hosts Drew Pinksey and Mike Catherwood and, oh yeah, Grammy award nominated song-and-guitarman Ed Sheeran, whom Justin kicked out of his bar.
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