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Modern Family Casts Gloria's Mother, Sister

2 November 2012 2:55 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Modern Family will soon introduce a baby for Jay and Gloria. But that's not the only member of this family viewers are scheduled to meet.

The ABC sitcom announced today that Elizabeth Pena (La Bamba, Rush Hour) has been cast as Gloria's mother and Stephanie Beatriz (The Closer, The Smart One) as Sofia, Gloria’s sister.

Both relatives will appear on the 12th episode of Modern Family Season 4, making it very likely their daughter/sibling will have given birth by then and they are in town to meet the tyke. Early congratulations to all!


- (Matt Richenthal)

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Modern Family Casting Scoop: Look Who's Playing Gloria's Mother!

2 November 2012 1:28 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Modern Family is expanding!

Elizabeth Peña (La Bamba, Rush Hour) has been tapped to play Pilar, mother to Sofia Vergara’s Gloria, TVLine has learned.

Additionally, Stephanie Beatriz has been cast as Sofia, Gloria’s sister.

They will both appear in this season’s 12th episode, “Fulgencio,” which begins shooting on Monday.

Related | Matthew Broderick to Guest on Modern Family

The pair are likely around for a visit related to Gloria’s pregnancy — maybe a baby shower? Perhaps the blessed event itself?

In addition to several films, Peña’s TV credits include Off the MapBoston Public and the ’80s sitcom I Married Dora. »

- Michael Ausiello

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Ellen DeGeneres-Produced Comedy Goes To NBC, CBS Buys Multi-Camera Project

13 September 2012 5:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC is back in business with Ellen DeGeneres, buying a single-camera comedy from her company, A Very Good Production, and Warner Bros. TV. The untitled project is being written by Lauren Pomerantz, senior writer for Degeneres’ syndicated daytime talk show. The two are exec producing. The comedy centers on a successful, proudly independent 32-year-old woman who is convinced she just doomed herself to die alone when she notices she’s listed as “a single woman” on the paperwork for the house she’s about to close on. Last season, NBC bought the DeGeneres-produced comedy The Smart One in a bidding war. In a turnaround, the project was later picked up to pilot by ABC. This is the second sale for A Very Good Production this season. It also has a comedy at Fox. CBS has bought All In, a multi-camera comedy from CBS TV Studios. It is written by Robia Rashid, »


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Scoop: Suburgatory Casts Tessa's Mother – Look Who Scored the Plum Part!

23 August 2012 12:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

As far as mother-related TV reveals go, it’s Suburgatory 1, How I Met Your Mother 0.

After an exhaustive search, ABC’s sophomore comedy has tapped Malin Akerman (Rock of Ages, Childrens Hospital) to play Alex, the estranged mother of Jane Levy‘s Tessa, TVLine has learned.

Related | Fall Preview Headquarters — Video, Photos, Schedules & More!

Alex, who will appear in this season’s Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, is described as a beautiful, free-spirited singer/songwriter who’s never met her daughter. Her urge to form a relationship with Tessa has finally outweighed her fear and shame so she attempts to spend the holidays with her, »

- Michael Ausiello

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Jeff Kleeman To Run Ellen DeGeneres’ Production Company

16 August 2012 1:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Studio executive-turned-producer Jeff Kleeman has been tapped to run A Very Good Production, Ellen DeGeneres’ Warner Bros. TV Group-based production company. Kleeman succeeds Lauren Corrao who left in June after two years on the job. Kleeman will shepherd development for the company, which has a multi-faceted deal with Warner Bros TV Group spanning several divisions. “I’m thrilled that Jeff Kleeman is joining my company,” DeGeneres said. “He’s known for being incredibly creative, smart and accomplished. And I look forward to meeting him one day.” Kleeman’s resume includes executive stints at Paramount Pictures, MGM/UA and Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope. As a producer, his credits include the NBC comedy Friends With Benefits, which he executive produced. He also co-created and executive produced the 2006 WB comedy series Misconceptions. “One of my favorite themes in Ellen’s work is the world is even bigger and better than you know, »


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Lauren Corrao Exits Ellen DeGeneres’ TV Production Company

21 June 2012 10:44 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: After almost two years at the helm of Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production, Lauren Corrao is leaving the company, which has a multi-faceted deal with Warner Bros TV Group spanning several divisions. The parting of the ways was a mutual decision — Corrao has opted to move on, and DeGeneres is now looking for a new executive. Corrao joined A Very Good Production in fall 2010 as its first development executive in the company’s buildup into a full-fledged production entity. During her tenure, A Very Good Production landed a pilot order for comedy The Smart One at ABC this past season. Corrao, former Comedy Central president of original programming and development, left the cable network at the end of 2009 to return to producing. During her seven-year stint at Comedy Central, she oversaw The Sarah Silverman Program, Chappelle’s Show, Drawn Together, Reno 911! and Important Things With Demetri Martin. Before that, »


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Portia de Rossi To Play Lily Munster In NBC's Mockingbird Lane

12 June 2012 7:17 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Portia de Rossi will be taking on the role of Lily Munster in NBC's Mockingbird Lane. This is a reboot of The Munsters, a 1960's sitcom that only lasted a few seasons but grew in popularity in syndication. The original Lily Munster was played by the extremely talented Yvonne De Carlo. De Rossi, whose ABC comedy pilot The Smart One was passed over at the network in May, will play the vampire bride to Herman Munster (Jerry O'Connell) and the daughter of Eddie Izzard's Grandpa Munster. - Hollywood Reporter What's interesting about this news is that Portia wasn't NBC's first choice for the role. That honor goes to True Blood's Mariana Klaveno. According to Deadline Mariana Klaveno had won the role but she was also attached to a pilot for ABC, Devious Maids. NBC was so enamored with Mariana that they were willing »

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'Munsters' reboot: Meet Herman's wife Lily!

12 June 2012 7:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

NBC has finally found someone to play the wife of Herman Munster in NBC’s reboot of the classic black and white comedy The Munsters.

And the lucky gal is…Portia de Rossi!

De Rossi joins the previously cast Jerry O’Connell (The Defenders) as the matriarch and patriarch of Mockingbird Lane, the name of Bryan Fuller’s dramatic re-imagining of the old show that starred Fred Gywnne as Herman and Yvonne De Carlo as Lily. The pilot is in development for a possible midseason berth on NBC. Why the title change? Here’s what Fuller told EW: “The script »

- Lynette Rice

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Scoop: Portia de Rossi Cast as Lily Munster in NBC's Mockingbird Lane

12 June 2012 7:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Portia de Rossi is joining another dysfunctional family.

The Arrested Development actress has landed the role of Munster family matriarch Lily in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane, TVLine has learned.

Related | Jerry O’Connell Talks Munsters Reboot

The role was originated by Yvonne De Carlo in classic ’60s version, The Munsters.

The project, which was originally slated to go into production in the spring but got pushed back until early summer due to casting issues, is being stewarded by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men auteur Bryan Singer. Whereas the original was a comedy, the remake is being billed by »

- Vlada Gelman

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Portia de Rossi to Play Lily Munster in NBC's 'Munsters' Reboot

12 June 2012 6:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NBC has found its Lily Munster in Portia de Rossi. The former Better Off Ted and Arrested Development star has joined the network's drama pilot Mockingbird Lane as the matriarch of the Munster family, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. De Rossi, whose ABC comedy pilot The Smart One was passed over at the network in May, will play the vampire bride to Herman Munster (Jerry O'Connell) and the daughter of Eddie Izzard's Grandpa Munster. Story: Jerry O'Connell to Play Herman Munster in NBC's 'Munsters' Reboot Yvonne De Carlo played the role in the original 1960s CBS sitcom, opposite Fred Gwynne.

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Malin Akerman Poses in a Bikini on the Beach For Shape Magazine

29 March 2012 8:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Malin Akerman braved the brisk beach weather to pose in skimpy clothes for a photoshoot in Malibu yesterday. She got in front of the cameras for Shape and wore a variety of looks, including a bikini that she covered up with sheer dress. In between takes, Malin stayed warm in a plush robe and snacked on veggies. She's been busy popping up at events since last month's release of her comedy, Wanderlust, with Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. Malin made an appearance at Lacoste's Spring 2012 launch event and also showed her support at a Restoration Hardware party last week. Next, she's setting her sights on the small screen and is set to star opposite Portia de Rossi in a pilot for ABC's The Smart One. View Slideshow › »

- Lauren Turner

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'Ringer' star Nestor Carbonell joins ABC pilot 'The Smart One'

27 March 2012 10:13 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Nestor Carbonell has joined the cast of ABC pilot The Smart One. The Ringer actor will portray a wealthy real estate developer who is the ex-boyfriend of Portia de Rossi's character Jude. According to TVLine, Carbonell will initially appear in the show as a guest star. While his contract is believed to have an option to make his character a series regular, he has put the show in second position to Ringer, which will take priority if it is renewed by The CW. The Smart One is a single-camera comedy which follows de Rossi's character (more) »

- By Kate Goodacre

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Exclusive: Nestor Carbonell Joins ABC's Smart One Pilot — What Does This Mean for Ringer?

27 March 2012 6:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Ringer G-man Nestor Carbonell has joined The Smart One, ABC’s red-hot comedy pilot starring Portia de Rossi and Malin Akerman as dueling sisters.

The single-camera project, which counts Samantha Who? co-creator Donald Todd and De Rossi’s real-life spouse Ellen DeGeneres among its executive producers, centers on polar opposite siblings Jude (aka “The Smart One,” played by De Rossi) and Candy (“The Dumb One,” played by Akerman).

Carbonell is playing Jude’s ex, a wealthy real estate developer who has a Moonlighting-type relationship with her.

What does this mean for the Lost vet’s current role as FBI agent Machado on Ringer? »

- Michael Ausiello

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'Nashville,' 'Gilded Lilys' and more ABC pilots we're looking forward to for 2012-13

11 March 2012 6:51 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In about two months, the networks will start revealing their programming lineups for the 2012-13 season. But Zap2it would like to give you a head start about which ones have caught our eyes. Plus, there are so many pilots and actors filling up roles being announced that we would also like to hopefully simplify things for you.

The (enormous) caveat is, of course, that we haven't seen these pilots because most of them haven't finished (or even started) filming yet. But here are the pilots from ABC that we think look promising.


"666 Park Avenue": This one-hour spookfest is about a young couple (Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor) who has come to manage one of the most historical apartment buildings in New York City. But all is not what it seems, as supernatural goings-on complicate things. We like scary and the addition of Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams »


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Susan Lucci, Vanessa Williams, Zach Gilford ink pilot deals

10 March 2012 6:33 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Soap opera legend Susan Lucci has been cast in the primetime soap "Devious Maids" on ABC. The show focuses on four Latina maids who work for wealthy families in Beverly Hills. Lucci has been cast as Genevieve Delacourt, one of the wealthy employers, who is feeling suicidal because she's aging and can't attract many men anymore. [Deadline]

"Fnl" Qb 1 is coming back to the small screen in Fox's untitled medical drama. Zach Gilford will star opposite Jordana Spiro, a surgeon who becomes indebted to the Chicago mafia and is forced to mooonlight for them. Gilford will play a doctor who comes from money who works alongside Spiro at the hospital. [Hollywood Reporter]

ABC's drama "Scruples" has added Claire Forlani, Boris Kodjoe and Jessica McNamee. The show centers on fashion designer Billy Winthrop (Forlani) and her world of money, sex and scandal. [Deadline]

The comedy pilot "The Smart One," starring Portia de Rossi and Malin Akerman, »


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Scoop: Brad Garrett to Play Sarah Chalke's Dad in ABC Comedy Pilot How to Live With Your Parents

9 March 2012 5:45 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond, ‘Til Death) is eyeing a sitcom comeback with a lead role in the ABC comedy pilot How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life.

A multi-camera project executive-produced by Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose), Htlwypftroyl centers on Polly (Sarah Chalke), a recently divorced single mom who moves back in with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and cancer survivor Max (Garrett), a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries.

ABC’s other comedy pilots in the mix this development season include The Smart One (starring Portia de Rossi »

- Michael Ausiello

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Aly Michalka, Phylicia Rashad & David Arquette Cast In Broadcast Pilots

1 March 2012 10:01 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Hellcats star Aly Michalka has been cast in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding. The 20th TV project, written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and directed by Jason Winer, is an uplifting comedy about Danny, a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team. Michalka, repped by CAA and Prospect Park, will play the girlfriend of one of Danny’s friends. Veteran Phylicia Rashad has joined NBC/Uni TV’s Jekyll & Hyde-style medical drama Do No Harm. The project, written by David Schulner, centers on Jeffrey Kohn (Steven Pasquale), a brilliant neurosurgeon who wrestles with his dangerous alter-ego Ian Price who threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. Rashad, repped by Innovative and Parseghian Planco, will play Dr. Vanessa Harris, the powerful, cutting and intimidating Chief of Surgery. David Arquette has been added to ABC »


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Pilot Casting Roundup: David Arquette, Dane Cook and a Possible Justified Shake-Up

1 March 2012 4:12 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Interested in a new round of pilot casting scoops, TV Fanatics? As you wish...

Natalie Zea has landed a role on one of the most anticipated fall pilots: Kevin Williamson's Fox drama about a series killer (James Purefoy) who creates his own cult of fellow murderers and is tracked by a FBI profiler (Kevin Bacon). Zea will play the killer's ex-wife, raising questions about her future on Justified.

More Justified news, sort of: Emmy winner Margo Martindale has been cast as one of three sisters running a family diner in West Texas on ABC's Counter Culture. Doris Roberts is also on board for the project, which sits in "second position" to A Gifted Man for Martindale in case that CBS drama gets picked up.

The ABC sitcom How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life has cast former Weeds scene-stealer Elizabeth Perkins in the role of Sarah Chalke's mother. »

- (TV Fanatic Staff)

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David Arquette joins ABC comedy pilot 'The Smart One'

29 February 2012 9:24 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Arquette has signed on to appear in The Smart One. The Scream star will play Malin Akerman's husband in the upcoming ABC project, TV Line reports. The project, which centers on two rival sisters, also stars Portia de Rossi. The show's production team includes de Rossi's wife Ellen DeGeneres and Samantha Who? co-creator Donald Todd. Other projects in development at ABC include a sci-fi drama from Independence Day's Roland Emmerich starring Linus Roache (Batman Begins), and Shawn Ryan's Last Resort (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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Christopher Lloyd, David Arquette book pilots for ABC and more casting news

29 February 2012 9:20 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Christopher Lloyd has been cast as the grandfather to John Leguizamo and Dustin Ybarra in ABC's comedy "Only Fools and Horses," which chronicles this rag-tag family as they come up with crazy, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their pursuit to become millionaires.  [Deadline]

David Arquette has been cast in ABC's "The Smart One" comedy pilot, playing husband to Candy (Malin Akerman), the "dumb one" of dueling sisters. Portia de Rossi is the "smart one" sister, Jude. [TV Line]

"Justified's" Natalie Zea has joined untitled Kevin Williamson thriller starring Kevin Bacon as an ex-fbi agent tracking a serial killer. Zea will play the ex-wife of said serial killer who finds herself in a horrible situation when he has escaped from prison.

Robert Wisdom of "The Wire" and Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes" have been cast in the ABC drama "Nashville," a family soap set against the Nashville country music scene. Wisdom will play a »


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