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Damon Wayans Heading Back To TV To Play Sports Radio Host

Damon Wayans is returning to TV to play a smart-ass sports radio host in an upcoming new CBS comedy pilot set at a sports radio station.

The character he plays, named Nick Herd, is said to be inspired by current Espn personality Colin Cowherd.

Wayans will reunited with his My Wife And Kids director, Andy Cadiff, who will helm the pilot episode.

Interestingly, the real Colin Cowherd will serve as a producer on the project, which will also star Danny Comden (Dirt) as the manipulative producer of Wayans’ Herd’s show.

Damon was last seen on screen in a 2008 TV movie titled Never Better. Since then, he’s been wearing his author hat, penning a fictional novel titled Red Hats (I wrote about that Here).
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'Second position' TV casting on the rise

'Second position' TV casting on the rise
Casting actors in "second position" on pilots has been on the rise during the past few years.

The process -- in which actors in on-air series are cast in pilots -- also has become increasingly aggressive, with broadcast networks even going after actors whose shows have not yet premiered.

This pilot season, Kyle Bornheimer and Alyssa Milano, stars of ABC's upcoming comedy series "Romantically Challenged," and Tyler Labine, star of Fox's upcoming comedy series "Sons of Tucson," were pursued for pilots. After fielding several offers, Bornheimer signed on as the lead in CBS' hot comedy pilot from "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

Overall, more than a dozen actors on existing series already have been cast in pilots this year.

Casting executive Marc Hirschfeld, who cast one of them -- "Numbers" star Rob Morrow, in ABC's drama pilot "The Whole Truth" -- is not surprised.
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ABC orders Dave Hemingson pilot

Dave Hemingson and ABC are at it again.

The network has handed the writer and 20th TV a pilot order for an hourlong legal project.

This past development cycle, Hemingson penned ABC/20th TV's untitled legal dramedy pilot, an ensemble about a law school grad (Matt Long) from a blue-collar background who joins a Los Angeles boutique law firm. The pilot had solid buzz but missed the cut for a series pickup in August.

Still, the network is said to have liked Hemingson's writing, the law firm setting and some of the actors, including Long.

It is understood that the new project would be more dramatic and emotional in tone. It isn't clear whether any cast members of this year's pilot will stay on for the new one.

At least two other ABC pilots that were not ordered to series in August -- the ABC Studios-produced comedy "Never Better" starring Damon Wayans,
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ABC execs review their pilots

It's pilot screening time this week at ABC, and the TV types are abuzz about the fate of the network's projects that, because of the WGA strike, are being seen by Alphabet brass six months after they were greenlighted to pilots.

The field is being narrowed down, and there is speculation ABC might pick up a drama and a comedy series Friday. Overall, the network is expected to greenlight at least three projects each on the comedy and drama side.

Two NYPD-themed one-hours -- ABC Studios' Nathan Fillion starrer "The Castle" and Sony TV's ensemble dramedy "The Unusuals" -- have emerged as front-runners.

Additionally, 20th's untitled Dave Hemingson legal dramedy screened well Wednesday. Rob Thomas' "Cupid" update, which has not been seen by ABC execs, also is rising, somewhat overshadowing Thomas' other hourlong pilot at ABC Studios, "Good Behavior."

Also a possibility: WBTV's fantasy "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas," which has not screened.

On the comedy side, three single-camera half-hours continue to enjoy the strongest buzz: 20th TV's Victor Fresco office comedy and the ABC Studios-produced family shows "Never Better," starring Damon Wayans, and the Kristin Newman project, starring Alyssa Milano.
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Buzz builds for ABC pilots

Buzz builds for ABC pilots
While most of Hollywood is getting into vacation mode as mid-August approaches, it's crunch time at ABC, which shifted its pilot production to early summer as a result of the writers strike. Screenings are scheduled for next week, but already there is early buzz on some pilots that are completed.

On the comedy side, three single-camera half-hours -- the untitled Victor Fresco project, "Never Better" and the untitled Kristin Newman project (aka "Single With Parents") -- are considered strong contenders for pickup.

In a vote of confidence for the Victor Fresco office comedy, starring Jay Harrington and Portia de Rossi, ABC's sister studio ABC Studios recently inked an overall deal with Fresco. Family comedy "Never Better" would mark the return to ABC of "My Wife and Kids" star Damon Wayans, while the Kristin Newman project stars Alyssa Milano as a thirty?something woman trying to break free of her overbearing family.

On the drama side, "The Castle," starring Nathan Fillion as a horror novelist working for the NYPD, and Rob Thomas' "Good Behavior," toplined by Catherine O'Hara as the matriarch of a family of criminals, have tested well, while the large-cast Shakespearean drama "Prince of Motor City" is said to have potential.

A few high-profile pilots, including the Max Mutchnick/David Kohan comedy and "Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas," have not been delivered. ABC has been taking its time, asking for episodic story lines for most of the pilots before making series pickup decisions.
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