FOX is developing two starring vehicles for Glee‘s Darren Criss & New Girl‘s Damon Wayans Jr., while How I Met Your Mother‘s creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas are behind a third. Get the details!
The Jackal Group owned by Gail Berman is working on a musical comedy project called Royalties starring Darren Criss, which centers on a trio of songwriters at a Burbank recording complex enduring the minutiae of issues in the music business while collaborating to crack the next saccharine hit song of the summer… Allyn Rachel & Patrick Carlyle (Couple Time webseries) are the writers. 20th Century FOX Television is the studio. UPDATE: Per The Hollywood Reporter, should it move forward, Darren Criss won’t star in hit, just produce.
New Girl‘s Jake Johnson & Damon Wayans Jr. are behind The Henchman, a comedy project they wrote about a man (Wayans) who fights to find the right balance between his family and pursuing his dream of being a successful henchman. It’s produced by 20th Century FOX Television with Johnson’s shingle The Walcott Company.
Open Arms, the last effort from How I Met Your Mother & The Goodwing Games‘ creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas as producers, is written by Peter Warren and tells the story of Howie and Joy, a couple who can’t have a baby that buys the Vermont inn they visit every year but soon realize they’re in over their heads… It’s produced by Sony Pictures Television where they are under an overall deal.
We’ll see in a couple of months if one of those is picked-up to pilot.
While the most sought actors of pilot season are reading scripts and making their choices (or refusing everything), a few leads and secondary characters have already been cast this week. Here’s the summary!
She’s in a comedy project every year -which almost every time go to series- 2015 won’t be different! Jenna Elfman has said yes to the Untitled Dana Klein project for FOX, where she will play a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law. Ellen constantly second-guesses herself and, by extension, her husband. She worries she’s a bad mom/wife/daughter-in-law and often takes on more than she can handle in an effort to prove otherwise. Now they have to find the right fit for the sister part. Just as a reminder, the last few years we’ve seen Elfman in Growing Up Fisher, 1600 Penn, Accidentally on Purpose and Courting Alex (this one was really good but CBS destroyed it because of a bad move in the schedule). She also did Bad Mom for ABC which didn’t go to series. She’s still really living on her Dharma & Greg days. She did one season of Damages where she was great. She also appeared in one episode of Shameless. In 2007, she did Brothers & Sisters one time. The fact that she is not offered -or she don’t accept- drama or dramedies is beyond me… She would have been great in one of the few family dramedies developed this year…
At CBS, one of single-camera comedy Life In Pieces‘ lead has been cast. The role went to Colin Hanks, who was great in Fargo‘s first season, did good on Dexter during one of the atrocious seasons, and was recently very funny in an episode of Mom. Here, he will play Greg, the coddled youngest of three siblings who finds himself overwhelmed and unprepared for the birth of his first child. The show is about one family as told through the separate stories of its different family members.
At NBC, three secondary characters of single-camera comedy How We Live have been found: Lindsay Price, Chris Klein & Jared Gertner. The show is centered on Russell, a blogger, and his wife Holly who move to the suburbs where he begins writing about marriage and the family lives of his suburban friends and neighbors, in the style of an anthropologist who’s stumbled on an undiscovered tribe. Klein (American Pie) will play best friend Matt and Price & Gertner will form a couple, who are best friends with Matt!
Also note that Thomas Haden Church will star opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in HBO pilot Divorce, which is now officially ordered, Molly Shannon is also in it; the gorgeous The Following‘s season one alumn Nico Tortorella will be the boyfriend of a drag queen in HBO’s Mamma Dallas, written by Enlightened brilliant creator Mike White; and that Damon Wayans Jr. has just left New Girl to star in his own pilot, with the lead of Rush Hour for CBS being an option.