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Announced today by USA Network is a new half-hour comedy pilot Sirens, with a cast including Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels, Jessica McNamee and Kevin Bigley to star. Denis Leary will co-write with Bob Fisher ("Wedding Crashers," "Traffic Light"), and both will executive produce the series along with Jim Serpico ("Rescue Me"), andHal Vogel and David Aukin of Daybreak Pictures. Apostle and Fox Television Studios will produce in conjunction with Daybreak Pictures. From USA The pilot, set to shoot in Chicago later this month, will be directed by Victor Nelli who will also executive produce. Premise The series follows three of Chicago's best EMTs whose sometimesself-loathing, other times narcissistic, and always downrightself-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustainingrelationships, »
- April MacIntyre
Raver will star in Lifetime's drama pilot "The Secret Lives of Wives," about four close friends and their marriages, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She joins Salli Richardson ("Eureka"), Lauren Bittner ("Paranormal Activity 3") and Amber Clayton ("Three Rivers") in the cast.
The Reporter also notes that Valerie Cruz ("Off the Map") has joined the pilot as a woman who claims she had an affair with the husband of Raver's character. Jill Gordon (Lifetime's "Five," "My So-Called Life") is writing the pilot, which is based on a book by Iris Krasnow.
Other TV casting news:
- USA's comedy "Sirens" has found its principal cast. The Denis Leary »
From Leary and writer Bob Fisher (Traffic Light), the half-hour, single-camera project (adapted from the UK series of the same name) follows three of Chicago’s best EMTs whose sometimes self-loathing, other times narcissistic, and always downright self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupations. They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone unlucky enough to wind up in their ambulance.
Mosley will play Johnny, a good-looking, »
- Michael Ausiello
The USA Network's half-hour comedy pilot "Sirens" has offically announced a cast that includes Michael Mosley ("30 Rock," "Pan Am"), Kevin Daniels ("Modern Family"), Jessica McNamee ( The Vow ) and Kevin Bigley ( Game Change ). Denis Leary will co-write with Bob Fisher ( Wedding Crashers , Traffic Light ), and both will executive produce the series along with Jim Serpico ("Rescue Me"), and Hal Vogel and David Aukin ( Hyde Park on the Hudson , End Game ) of Daybreak Pictures. Apostle and Fox Television Studios will produce in conjunction with Daybreak Pictures. The pilot, set to shoot in Chicago later this month, will be directed by Victor Nelli ( "Happy Endings," "Wilfred"), who will also executive produce. »
The company behind the original Homeland series, Keshet, is unveiling a raft of new nonfiction formats in Cannes this week. The Israeli producer-distributer is one of a growing number of players from that country making waves internationally with both its homegrown drama and its reality fare. Showtime's Emmy-winning Homeland is an adaptation of Keshet's Prisoners of War, while another of its scripted series, Traffic Light, nabbed last year's International Emmy for Best Drama. Both follow the successful reversioning of producer Hagai Levi's Be Tipul into HBO's In Treatment. Among the titles on Keshet's non-scripted slate are Marathon,
- Elizabeth Guider
Every new TV show is a gamble. That’s especially true in the crowded fall season, when the networks roll out an array of new shows. Many of them won’t make it to a second season – and even if they do, it takes years for a TV show to turn a profit. There are ways to mitigate the risk, of course. You cast a recognizable actor. You work with a successful producer – look, there’s Ryan Murphy doing his Ryan Murphy thing with The New Normal! And even in the modern era of DVR and downloading, a good timeslot is still essential. »
- EW staff
The actress — who plays Sam’s skinwalker girlfriend Luna on HBO’s vamp drama — is joining Fox’s midseason comedy The Goodwin Games in a recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively.
From How I Met Your Mother exec producers Carter Bays, Craig Thomas and Chris Harris, the high-concept comedy follows three estranged siblings — played by Becki Newton, Scott Foley and Tj Miller — who are forced to come together in order to inherit their late father’s fortune.
- Michael Ausiello
Every Friday, Rachel Bennett recaps the week’s major TV-related news, announcements, and gossip!
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• The adult cast of Modern Family – Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson – have settled their contract dispute and dropped their lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Television. They are reportedly walking away with substantial raises.
• Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss and January Jones are close to making deals that will keep them on until the end of the drama’s seventh, and final, season. Christina Hendricks is negotiating to also make a new deal.
• Former Disney channel star Nick Jonas and rapper and producer Pharrell Williams are reportedly close to becoming judges on American Idol. They would replace Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson, who is rumored to move to a mentor position, and join Mariah Carey.
- Rachel Bennett
The adage “time heals all wounds” is about to be tested, because warehouse jockey Roy is punching in for another shift at The Office.
David Denman will guest-star in the upcoming ninth season of the NBC comedy, TVLine has learned exclusively. According to sources, the hot-tempered former Dunder Miflin employee will show up in Episode 2.
Fans will remember loutish Roy as the main impediment to Pam and Jim’s slow-burn love story during the first three seasons of the NBC comedy. And when Pam confessed »
- Kimberly Roots
Looks like New Girl faves Schmidt and Cece won’t be reconciling anytime soon.
The funnyman’s character, Robby, is described as a nice guy — albeit a half-deaf one — who is a shockingly bad dancer.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
- Megan Masters
New Girl ended last season with Schmidt breaking up with Cece to let her date within her natural habitat of models and chotchbags or whatever, à la White Fang. It's pretty clear they'll get back together at some point on the show — why torture us? — but in the meantime, Cece will have a new boyfriend. Nelson Franklin, of the quickly forgotten Traffic Light, will play Cece's new love interest, Robby, who TV Guide says "is an embarrassingly bad dancer and deaf in one ear." Take that, people who say New Girl is too invested in quirks! »
- Margaret Lyons
Nelson Franklin has been cast on New Girl Season 2 in a role that... well... just look away now, Schmidt!
The former Traffic Light star will debut on the September 25 premiere as Robby, Cece's new boyfriend. Yes, she's moved on that quickly from our favorite douchebar-jar-donating roommate.
TV Guide describes the character as a very nice guy and a very bad dancer. He's also deaf in one ear.
Cece and Schmidt won't be the only New Girl characters facing change. Previous reports state that Jess will actually get fired from her job as a teacher. »
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Exclusive: Actress Liza Lapira has signed a talent deal with ABC and ABC Studios to co-star in a pilot targeted for the 2013-14 season. The pact stems from Lapira’s role on the ABC comedy series Don’t Trust The B—- At Apt. 23. Lapira was a regular on the first season of the show, produced by 20th Century Fox TV, playing Chloe’s (Krysten Ritter) stalker neighbor. She will continue as a recurring guest star on Season 2. Lapira’s series credits also include Fox’s Traffic Light and Dollhouse and CBS’ NCIS. On the big screen, she most recently appeared in Crazy, Stupid, Love. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: Don’t Trust The B—- In Apt. 23 executive producer/co-showrunner Dave Hemingson has signed a new multi-year overall deal with the studio behind the ABC comedy series, 20th Century Fox TV. The pact keeps Hemingson on Don’t Trust The B—-, which launched in April and was renewed for a second season, and allows him to develop. Columbia University School Of Law graduate Hemingson has spent most of his writing career at 20th TV, where he has been for the past eight years. He has worked on 20th TV’s animated comedies Family Guy and American Dad, live-action comedy How I Met Your Mother and drama Lie To Me. He also created several projects that went to pilot, two of which — the 2005 single-camera comedy Kitchen Confidential starring Bradley Cooper and 2010 ABC drama The Deep End – went to series. Hemingson also co-showran 20th TV’s Fox comedy series »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
If the title of ABC's upcoming comedy, “Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23” is any indication, producers Nahnatchka Khan and David Hemingson are prepared to push the boundaries of what's acceptable on broadcast television. In a bid to portray what Khan calls “real life,” the network’s ensemble comedy will not shy from showing a twenty-somethings’ world of drugs, alcohol and one-night stands. Proof: in the show’s very first episode, series bad girl Krysten Ritter is caught messing around with her roommate’s (Dreama Walker) fiancé -- on her birthday cake.The series, which was originally developed at Fox in 2009, is part of the “Modern Family” network’s growing push into comedy. When it bows April 11, the Khan-created half-hour will join “The Middle,” “Suburgatory” and “Family” in ABC’s increasingly valuable Wednesday night lineup.Khan, best known for “American Dad!,” and Hemingson (“Dad!,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Traffic Light”) sat down with. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Lacey Rose and Lesley Goldberg)
ABC is taking a pretty daring chance with Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt 23, but it’s one that builds off the success of similar rolls of the dice we’ve seen recently. It’s daring because it focuses on obnoxious people, and hopes that, within a sitcom atmosphere and thirty-minute ability to establish itself, it can infuse these characters with enough quirk and likability that it doesn’t turn viewers off faster than it can turn them on.
That’s rough ground, and as a general rule spring efforts have enough things working against them, but Apt 23 may have enough behind it to gather a following. The real trick is getting people past the first couple of episodes, and it’s a clever move on ABC‘s part to make the first two episodes available online before the show officially premieres. The hope for success here is »
- Marc Eastman
Paramount just released this epic new movie poster for the upcoming comedy “The Dictator” by director Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno, Seinfeld) and starring Anna Faris (The Skeleton Twins, Scary Movie 4, Ghostbuster III), Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G Indahouse, Sweeney Todd, THe Simpsons), Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Shutter Island), Jason Mantzoukas (Enlightened, Parks and Recreation, Traffic Light), Anthony Mangano (General Hospital, Point Break, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag). Synopsis: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for the latest from “The Dictator”. »
- Brian Corder
Camille Guaty has become the latest star to join Fox pilot Let It Go. The comedy - written by DJ Nash (Traffic Light) - will star Chuck's Zachary Levi as an uptight husband. Guaty has been cast as the sister-in-law of Levi's character, Deadline reports. The actress played Maricruz Delgado on Prison Break from 2005 to 2007 and recently held a recurring role on The Chicago Code. Kat Foster (Weeds) was previously (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
The half-hour comedy centers on newlyweds Annie (Moore) and Ben (Traffic Light’s Nelson Franklin), who open a restaurant in Annie’s hometown, bringing her closer to her needy and high maintenance family. La Rue will play Annie’s older sister.
- Megan Masters
Proving there is life beyond Terra Nova, Jason O’Mara has landed a co-starring role in CBS’ untitled period drama pilot based on the life of rodeo cowboy-turned-Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb.
Joining the previously cast Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss, O’Mara will play Lamb’s diplomatic younger brother. His casting is in second position to Terra Nova, which was cancelled by Fox but is »
- Megan Masters
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