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The Dunphys are about to get some annoying new neighbors. Andrea Anders has been cast in a recurring role on season 6 of ABC's “Modern Family,” playing wife to “Treme”‘s Steve Zahn and part of a horrible family who move in next door to the Dunphy family, played by Julie Bowen, Ty Burell, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould. Also read: Emmys Winners 2014: The Complete List Anders is a mainstay at ABC, where she also had starring roles on “Better Off Ted” and “Mr. Sunshine.” She is repped by Gersh and Jr Talent Group. “Modern Family,” which just won its fifth Emmy. »
- Linda Ge
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Modern Family has cast Andrea Anders for a recurring role in season 6, EW has learned exclusively.
Anders, who previously co-starred on ABC comedies Better Off Ted and Mr. Sunshine, will play Kim, the wife of the horrible family that moves in next door to the Dunphy clan. As previously announced, Treme’s Steve Zahn will play the husband, Ronnie.
Both will first appear in one of the early episodes of the upcoming sixth season.
Modern Family returns on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. Et on ABC. »
- Natalie Abrams
She worried she would never find another TV series role as powerful as the one she held in the Bartlet administration for seven seasons. She was nervous about being typecast as a specific breed of alpha-female. And she fretted that reality TV was going to take over network TV entirely, turning high-end scripted shows into endangered species.
Boy, was she wrong.
Janney, 54, is the embodiment of the extraordinary range of opportunities available to established actors in television’s ever-widening programming landscape. She took home two Emmys (Nos. 5 and 6 on her mantle) this month for her work in two very different series: the CBS comedy “Mom” and the Showtime period drama “Masters of Sex.”
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- Cynthia Littleton
Allison Janney picked up Emmy No. 5 on Saturday at the Creative Arts kudos, but the bigger win for the actress has been the fact that she’s in the midst of an extraordinary second act in TV following her run on “The West Wing” more than a decade ago.
“I’m really lucky that I got to play this part. They don’t come around that often, these kinds of roles,” said Janney said backstage at the ceremony held at the Nokia Theater. She won for guest actress in a drama series for her role on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex.” And she’s a double nominee this year, for supporting comedy actress in the CBS comedy “Mom.”
Janney acknowledged her good fortune in landing not one but two meaty roles last year. It was not easy for her to move on after “West Wing” ended its seven-season run in 2006, she said. »
- Shelli Weinstein
Updated: Comedy writers Alex Barnow and Marc Firek are staying at Sony TV but no longer exclusively as a writing team. The Mr. Sunshine co-creators have closed their first individual two-year overall deals with the studio after four consecutive overall pacts there as a duo. They still intend to work together but will also develop on their own. Barnow and Firek had been a team since meeting at a backyard barbecue/political fundraiser 15 years ago. A gig on the Sony TV-produced comedy ‘Til Death led to their first overall deal with the studio. They have been at Sony ever since. Barnow and Firek worked on the studio’s CBS comedy series Rules Of Engagement before they co-created with star Matthew Perry Mr. Sunshine. The two, repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson, are currently executive producers/writers on Sony TV’s ABC comedy The Goldbergs, which is returning for a second season. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The duo are currently co-exec producers and writers on ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” which is produced by Sony TV and Happy Madison. They also created and exec produced the Matthew Perry starrer “Mr. Sunshine” for Sony. Previous credits also include “Rules of Engagement,” “‘Til Death,” “Out of Practice,” “Like Family” and “The In Laws.”
Barnow and Firek are represented by UTA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
- Whitney Friedlander
That’s a wrap: We know what shows survived a round of cuts and what new shows will join the 2014-15 fall schedule. Now that the week of network sales presentations to advertisers are over, here are the best and worst moments of the last five days and what it means for this fall.
Most exciting comic book adaptation: Gotham.
Least exciting: A tie between Constantine and ABC’s midseason drama Agent Carter. How well does America know these characters anyway?
Most depressing new show: Fox’s Red Band Society, which is best described as Kids with Cancer (but shouldn »
- Lynette Rice
Today in We Are All Getting Old And There Is Nothing We Can Do About It: 10 years ago tonight, a little show called "Friends" aired its last episode (titled, in that "Friends" style, "The Last One"). Dan and I are going to talk more about the anniversary on today's Firewall & Iceberg video show, but I wanted to bring up a few points for everybody to kick around in the meantime: * "The Last One" marked the end of a long period of dominance for NBC, and a long and humiliating decade to come. NBC would finish the 2003-04 season as the top-rated network among adults 18-49, a crown it had held for pretty much all of the Must-See TV era highlighted by "Friends," "ER," "Seinfeld," et al. Though "ER" would stick around for another five seasons, it was "Friends" that was basically keeping the network afloat, because Jeff Zucker was incapable »
- Alan Sepinwall
Lindsay Sloane has been cast in CBS‘ multi-camera pilot The Odd Couple, starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. Co-written and executive produced by Perry, the project, a take on the Neil Simon classic, revolves around two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Lennon). Sloane, repped by Gersh and Brillstein, will play a character designed for her and named Lindsay — the tightly wound, recently divorced sister of Katie (Georgia King). She guest starred on Perry’s ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine, recurred on USA comedy Playing House and recently reprised her role in Horrible Bosses 2 for New Line. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Thomas Lennon Cast As Felix Unger
Perry (Friends) had already been announced as the show’s new incarnation of Oscar Madison (the sloppy, more messy roommate). Lennon will play the role of Felix Unger, the strait-laced, neat roommate who clashes with Oscar.
The Odd Coupe has been a play, a film and a TV series. From 1970 to 1975, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman played the mismatched roommates on the original series. But before its eventual arrival to television, The Odd Couple was produced as a play by Neil Simon and then adapted into a film staring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
Lennon, an actor-writer-producer-director, co-stared with Perry as his best friend in the Zac Efron flick 17 Again. He was most recently seen in the now-canceled Sean Saves the World on NBC, but is perhaps best known »
Perry is co-writing, executive producing and starring in the reboot of the classic Neil Simon play that spawned a successful movie and TV series. "Frasier" writer Joe Keenan is co-writing with Perry, who is set to play the messy Oscar Madison half of the disparate roomies. The fastidious Felix Unger has not been cast yet, but Zap2it has some suggestions.
"The Odd Couple" has seen many big and small screen iterations over the years, most notably the 1968 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau and the 1970 TV series starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.
When Friends ended in 2004, most predicted that Jennifer Aniston would head out into the bright lights of a film career, but no one knew how the other “friends” would fare when it came to landing more work. Matthew Perry has been a semi-steady presence on the small screen, starring in the Aaron Sorkin-penned NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, though it only lasted two seasons. He then co-created ABC’s Mr. Sunshine, though that too was canceled, this time after only one season. Most recently he returned to NBC for Go On, a sitcom somewhat unfortunately focused on grief counseling, but again the network pulled the plug at ...
- Casey Cipriani
Neil Simon’s classic The Odd Couple is getting closer to a primetime return with a pilot order by CBS to the multi-camera version starring, co-written and executive produced by Matthew Perry. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, is a new take on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and the neat freak Felix Unger. It was written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, the latter replacing original co-writer Danny Jacobson. The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and two of its top pods, Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. It marks Friends alum Perry’s return to multi-camera comedy after two single-camera shows — ABC’s Mr. Sunshine, which he also co-created, and NBC’s Go On. Simon’s play The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway in 1965 with Walter Matthau as Oscar and Art Carney as Felix and spawned a successful 1968 movie in »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Felix and Oscar took a big step forward to being back in prime-time.
CBS has greenlit a pilot for its The Odd Couple remake starring Matthew Perry. There’s no story details yet, with CBS simply saying the project based on Neil Simon’s Broadway classic about two mismatched roommates — the perfectionist Felix Unger (not yet cast) and lackadaisical Oscar Madison (Perry). There’s previously been a 1965 play version, a 1968 film and a 1970-75 series (starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall).
The Odd Couple marks Perry’s third attempt in recent years at a new sitcom project, following ABC’s »
- James Hibberd
The half-hour comedy will star the “Friends” alum as the messy Oscar Madison, the sometimes-friend and sometimes-foil to neat freak Felix Ungar. This project marks Perry’s return to multicamera work, as his recent TV roles have included appearing on “The Good Wife” and “Cougar Town” and starring in the short-lived “Mr. Sunshine.”
CBS had announced a script commitment plus penalty to a reinvention of this project in December.
“The Odd Couple” originated as a theater production and was adapted into the 1968 Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau feature film before seeing two runs on ABC, the first of which starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Exclusive: Nate Torrence is set as a lead opposite Zachary Knighton in Fox’s six-episode single-camera comedy series Weird Loners, from writer/exec producer Michael Weithorn, exec producer Jake Kasdan and 20th TV. It tells the story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY. Torrence will play one of them, Eric, a nerdy but not unattractive guy who works as a toll collector on a commuter bridge. Following his father’s death, Eric, who had spent his entire adult life living at home and taking care of his elderly parents, is cast adrift in the world, on his own for the first time ever, and he is delighted when his cousin, Stosh (Knighton), offers to move in with him. Torrance, repped by UTA, Truhett-Garcia Management and attorney Lev Ginsburg, got his break on »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
David Schwimmer headed back to TV as the star of an ABC comedy pilot.
The former Friends actor is set to play the lead in Irreversible, a hot project that’s based upon a hit Israel series (Bilti Hafich) about an “eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves.”
Schwimmer will serve as a producer on the Sony TV-produced show, which is written by the original series’ co-creator Segahl Avin.
- James Hibberd
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