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CBS has signed talent holding deals with three actors following their performances at January’s Diversity Comedy Showcase, including a deal for a lead role in the pilot for the upcoming “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff “How I Met Your Dad.” As previously reported by TheWrap, Drew Tarver has signed on for a role on “How I Met Your Dad,” playing Todd, the best friend and college roommate of Sally (Greta Gerwig) who is now married to Sally’s brother. Tarver, a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Harold Team, has appeared on “Animal Practice” and “Newsreaders,” and has created and. »
- Tim Kenneally
The How I Met Your Dad gang is starting to come together. Soon enough, they’ll need a booth to fit them all.
Tarver was discovered at a CBS Diversity Showcase in January and signed to a CBS Talent Holding Deal before being cast in the How I Met Your Mother spin-off. He previously worked on Animal Practice and Newsreaders. »
- Samantha Highfill
Exclusive: From obscurity to a lead of one of the hottest pilots — that has been the trajectory for young actor Drew Tarver over the past month. Exactly a month ago, the Upright Citizens Brigade member performed at CBS‘ 9th annual Diversity Showcase as a Lgbt participant. The network signed him in a talent holding deal, and he has now been cast as one of the leads of How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad. In the vein of the original series, Himyd tells the story from a female point of view, that of Sally (Greta Gerwig), and revolves around a new group of friends in New York. Tarver will play Todd, Sally’s best friend and roommate from college who is now married to her brother. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Tarver, repped by Paradigm and Industry Entertainment, has trained at Ucb, the Groundlings, Westside Comedy Theatre and Acme Theater in New York. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TVLine has the scoop on the proposed Supernatural spin-off. The series will follow a new hunter who comes to realize that Chicago is under the control of five monster families and the tensions from their attempts to consolidate power while maintaining the peace. I have to admit, that sounds a lot soapier than I’d expect out of a Supernatural spin-off.
When Adult Swim’s fake news show Newsreaders returns for its second season, it will feature a new host — Alan Tudyk. I’ll miss (previous Newsreaders host) Mather Zickel but Alan Tudyk getting a chance to be goofy is generally a good thing.
Too bad “goody and naked” isn’t likely on a fake news show.
- Lyle Masaki
Role Models helmer David Wain has signed on to direct NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul, co-created by Amy Poehler and starring Natasha Lyonne. The Uni TV-produced project, which Poehler co-created with Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener, centers on a reformed wild child Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Old Soul reunites Wain with Poehler — his Lionsgate feature They Came Together starring Poehler and Paul Rudd just premiered at Sundance. Wain, repped by Wme, Principato-Young and attorney Rick Genow, executive produces Adult Swim’s Newsreaders as well as Childrens Hospital, which he also directs. In another NBC comedy pilot director hire, Robbie Duncan McNeil (Chuck) is set to helm single-camera project Mason Twins, from Casey Wilson, June Rafael, Stacy Traub and ABC Studios. Having been estranged for 15 years, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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