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ABC Family Developing Projects From Eva Longoria, Andrea Abbate

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ABC Family is getting to work with Eva Longoria. The network is developing a project, “You’ve Got to Work It,” which hails from “Desperate Housewives” alum Longoria and ITV Studios, the network said Tuesday. The project, adapted from the U.K. show of the same name, will center on eight unemployed girls from diverse backgrounds who vie for seven job opportunities in as many different industries, eventually completing “head-to-toe and emotional makeovers.” Also Read: ABC Family Picks Up Three New Unscripted Series The network is also developing a new project from Andrea Abbate, who’s worked as a writer
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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Productions

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Charlize Theron is in business with Universal Cable Productions.

The actress/producer has aligned herself with Ucp via a new first-look deal through her Denver and Delilah production banner, Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday.

Also Read: USA Sets Premiere Date for Event Series ‘Dig’ From ‘Homeland,’ ‘Heroes’ Producers

Under the deal, Theron and Ucp are already working on projects for USA Network, Bravo, NBC and Amazon, Wachtel noted.

Along with the new Ucp deal, Denver and Delilah has hired former Epix
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AMC To Branch Into Scripted Comedy With Random Acts, Sober Buddies And More

With Breaking Bad long gone and Mad Men set to head off the air in spring 2015, the executives at AMC know that they cannot sustain their impressive growth purely through the success of The Walking Dead. That’s why the cable network announced on Wednesday that they will push forward with scripted comedy and are developing around a half-dozen new shows.

Among these potential hits is Random Acts, an adaptation of Andrea Abbate’s play about thirty-something girlfriends Katie and Lisa – who make their living as contract killers. Abbate will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy, which could be on the air as early as 2015. Further, executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad) are helming Sober Buddies, about a pro surfer turned sober coach who has to deal with own problems as he goes off the wagon.

Meanwhile, AMC greenlit its first series pilot, the intriguing We Hate Paul Revere.
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Fox Buys Male Laverne & Shirley Comedy From Andrea Abbate & 20th TV As Put Pilot

Fox has been very aggressive on the comedy side this season, taking another high-profile half-hour project from sibling 20th Century Fox TV off the market pre-emptively with a major commitment. The network has handed a put pilot commitment to a comedy from writer Andrea Abbate, 20th TV and studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein. Tentatively titled Paroled, the project is described as a male Laverne and Shirley on parole. Wme-repped Abbate executive produces with 21 Laps/Adelstein’s Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements. This is a re-teaming for Abbate, 20th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein who last year sold a family comedy to ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project went to pilot toplined by Kelly Preston. This is the third comedy project from 20th TV that Fox has bought pre-emptively in a big deal this summer, following pilot production commitments for Nahnatchka Khan, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s Fatrick and
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ABC Passes on John Leguizamo Pilot, 2 Others

ABC Passes on John Leguizamo Pilot, 2 Others
John Leguizamo won't be coming to ABC anytime soon. The network has taken a pass on the pilot "King John," which would have starred Leguizamo. Based on the actor's life "as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York," the pilot also starred Luke Ganalon and Andrea Savage. Also read: ABC Pilots 2013 ABC has also given the thumbs-down to two other pilots, including an untitled project from "Rude Awakening" producer Andrea Abbate, which would have starred Kelly Preston as Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep
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Rhys Darby To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Keep Calm And Karey On’

Flight Of The ConchordsRhys Darby will co-star opposite Kelly Preston in ABC‘s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer Andrea Abbate, 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th Century Fox TV. It centers on Karey (Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Actor-comedian Darby, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, will play Karey’s husband. He is best known for playing Murray in HBO’s Conchords and most recently wrote, executive produced and starred in Short Poppies for Tvnz in his native New Zealand. Rhys Wakefield has booked a series regular role on Bravo pilot Rita. He will play Rita’s (Anna Gunn) oldest son who has a close but complex relationship with his mother.
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Mamie Gummer Joins CBS’ ‘Backstrom’, Ashley Williams Cast In ABC’s ‘Keep Calm & Karey On’

Mamie Gummer, star of the freshman CW drama series Emily Owens MD, is staying in the CBS family with a co-starring role opposite Rainn Wilson in drama pilot Backstrom for sister network CBS. Written by Bones creator Hart Hanson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective, as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Gummer will play the female lead Nicole Carlton, a watchful, competent police detective who is a lesbian saddened over her breakup with her longtime partner. 20th TV is producing. Ashley Williams has joined another 20th TV pilot, ABC comedy Keep Calm & Karey On, from Andrea Abbate. The project centers on Karey (Kelly Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve.
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Pilot Scoop: Ashley Williams Cast as Kelly Preston's Sister in ABC's Keep Calm

Pilot Scoop: Ashley Williams Cast as Kelly Preston's Sister in ABC's Keep Calm
Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) has been tapped to replace Majandra Delfino (State of Georgia) in ABC’s untitled comedy from Accidentally on Purpose‘s Andrea Abbate, TVLine has learned.

The project, fka Keep Calm and Karey On, centers on Kelly Preston’s Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve.

Williams will play Karey’s clueless sister Penny, the role initially occupied by
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Kelly Preston as Female Lead in ABC Comedy Pilot Keep Kalm And Karey On

Keep Calm and Karey On is an upcoming ABC’s comedy pilot which comes from director Gail Mancuso and has a pretty good cast on board. We’ve just learned that Kelly Preston is set to star as the female lead which means that she will join previously announced Majandra Delfino and Jane Seymour. So far – so good, hope you agree? Mancuso will direct the single-camera comedy from a script written by Andrea Abbate, which on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts and narcissists. Her life becomes a mess when her brother is sent to prison and she decides...
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Pilot Scoop: Majandra Delfino Exits ABC Comedy Keep Calm and Karey On

Pilot Scoop: Majandra Delfino Exits ABC Comedy Keep Calm and Karey On
Majandra Delfino (Roswell, State of Georgia) has been let go from ABC’s Keep Calm and Karey On comedy pilot for creative reasons, TVLine has learned.

The project, from Andrea Abbate (Accidentally on Purpose), centers on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve.

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Delfino had been cast as Karey’s clueless sister Penny.
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Majandra Delfino Exits ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Keep Calm And Karey On’

Majandra Delfino has departed ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein. The project centers on Karey (Kelly Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Delfino was to play Kaerey’s sister Penny. Delfino is the third actress on an ABC comedy pilot to depart in the final stages of casting this season, joining Mercedes Masohn from Mixology and Mandy Moore from Pulling. In all three cases, the actresses were among the first hired in the projects, and, with casts coming together, the dynamic on the shows and some of the characters changed, leading to the exits. For instance, Delfino was cast long before Preston,
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Jenny Slate To Star In ABC’s ‘Pulling’, ‘Keep Calm’ And ‘Bad Management’ Add To Casts

Jenny Slate To Star In ABC’s ‘Pulling’, ‘Keep Calm’ And ‘Bad Management’ Add To Casts
Saturday Night Live alumna Jenny Slate has been cast as a lead opposite June Diane Raphael in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Jason Moore, revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Slate plays one of them, Karen, who may be a prim and proper professional during working hours, but once she’s off the clock, look out. Raphael plays the leader of the trio, Donna, while the third role, Louise, became vacant after originally Mandy Moore exited yesterday. Steve Talley (Pretty Little Liars) has been cast is ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein.
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Kelly Preston starring in ABC comedy pilot 'Keep Calm and Karey On'

Kelly Preston is returning to the world of series TV with the lead role in ABC's comedy pilot "Keep Calm and Karey On."

Preston will star as Karey, the straight arrow in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she adopts his two children in an attempt to give them a better life.

The cast also includes Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") as Karey's mother and Majandra Delfino ("Roswell") as Karey's self-absorbed sister. Andrea Abbate ("Accidentally on Purpose") wrote the script.

If the pilot is picked up to series, it would mark Preston's first full-time TV commitment since her role as an oversexed teenager in NBC's short-lived '80s Army base soap "For Love and Honor." She was in the cast of HBO's 2008 pilot for British TV adaptation "Suburban Shootout," but that was not picked up.

Preston is best known
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Pilot News: Kelly Preston to Star in ABC Comedy Keep Calm and Karey On

Pilot News: Kelly Preston to Star in ABC Comedy Keep Calm and Karey On
Kelly Preston‘s plan for the near future? Keep Calm and Karey On.

The Jerry Maguire actress will play the title character in the ABC comedy pilot from Andrea Abbate (Accidentally On Purpose), Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements, our sister site Deadline reports.

Related | TVLine’s Guide to Pilot Season 2013: Get All the Scoop on This Year’s Possible Newcomers

The single-cam comedy centers on Karey (Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts and narcissists.

Majandra Delfino (Roswell) and Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) — who’ll portray Preston’s character’s mom — co-star.
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Kelly Preston to Star in ABC's Andrea Abbate Pilot

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Kelly Preston to Star in ABC's Andrea Abbate Pilot
Kelly Preston is going to "Karey On" for ABC. The "Jerry Maguire" actress has been cast to star in ABC's pilot from Andrea Abbate ("Rude Awakening," "Accidentally on Purpose"), which bears the working title "Keep Calm and Karey On." Also read: Jane Seymour to Play "Inappropriate" Mom in ABC Family Comedy Pilot Preston will play Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted African American son and give them
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Kelly Preston To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Keep Kalm And Karey On’

Kelly Preston is set as the lead in ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Kalm And Karey On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein. The project centers on Karey (Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Preston joins previously cast Majandra Delfino and Jane Seymour, who is only 11 years older than Preston but plays her mom. This is a rare series gig for CAA-repped Preston who has been focused on features. She previously did an arc on Medium.
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Jane Seymour to Play 'Inappropriate' Mom in NBC Family Comedy Pilot

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Jane Seymour to Play 'Inappropriate' Mom in NBC Family Comedy Pilot
Jane Seymour has signed on to NBC's family comedy pilot from Andrea Abbate ("Rude Awakening," "Accidentally on Purpose"). The currently untitled pilot, which is being written by Abbate, revolves around Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists who decides to raise her brother's kids as her own along with her adopted African American son when her brother is sent to prison. Also read: Jane Seymour Denies Knowing of Other Schwarzenegger Children "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" star Seymour will play Dotty, Karey's mother, who's described as
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Gillian Anderson's Back!

Gillian Anderson's Back!
Gillian Anderson has joined an NBC pilot. According to TV Guide, Anderson will co-star opposite "666 Park Avenue" actress Rachael Taylor in NBC's untitled pilot from Rand Ravich.

The drama is set in Washington and features political power players who find themselves blackmailed into an international conspiracy. Taylor will play FBI Agent Susie Dunn, the lead agent on the blackmail case. Anderson will play Meg, Susie's estranged sister and the CEO of a conglomerate. Look for dark secrets aplenty. Stevie Lynn Jones will also star.

Anderson will next be seen in NBC's "Hannibal."

In other pilot news ...

Christine Lahti is heading to 90210. Lahti will co-star in CBS's "Beverly Hills Cop" pilot as the police captain. [EW]

Jamie Bell will star in AMC's "Turn." Bell joins the drama pilot based on the book "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring" as Abraham Woodhull, the leader of a group of pals turned
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Majandra Delfino & Jane Seymour In ABC’s ‘Keep Calm’, Billy Brown In CBS’ ‘Hostages’

Majandra Delfino & Jane Seymour In ABC’s ‘Keep Calm’, Billy Brown In CBS’ ‘Hostages’
Majandra Delfino (State Of Georgia) and former Dr. Queen, Medicine Woman star Jane Seymour have been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Carry On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein. The project centers on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Delfino, repped by Apa and Ziffren Brittenham, will play Kerey’s sister Penny who seems very clueless to what is going on around her. Seymour, repped by Innovative, will play their mother Dotty, who mainly cares about herself and disregards what her children or grandchildren want. Billy Brown rounds out the cast of in Hostages, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV.
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Fall comedy pilots 2013 master list

Fall comedy pilots 2013 master list
As usual, lots of comedy pilots will focus on the family — including one headlined by Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. But this development season is not without a few welcome surprises, like the addition of Bridesmaids’ breakout star Rebel Wilson to one project, or CBS’ coup in nabbing House Bunny Anna Faris for her first-ever starring role in a network comedy.

As is the case with any pilot, not every one is assured a pickup come May when the networks announce their fall TV lineups in New York. See if you can guess what is likely to make the
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