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Pilot casting: Bradley Whitford books 'Trophy Wife'

Bradley Whitford could be headed back to TV.

The West Wing alum has landed the lead in ABC’s comedy pilot, Trophy Wife, starring alongside Malin Akerman, who plays, well, you know.

This would be Whitford’s first regular TV role since 2010′s The Good Guys.

The actor will play a twice-married father of three (terrible children), who falls in love with reformed party girl, played by Akerman. But the transition is rough to say the least. The single-camera comedy comes from executive producers by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskinswhich.

Since The Good Guys, Whitford has had guest spots on The Mentalist, Parks and Recreation, and appeared in last year’s The Cabin in the Woods.

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Rebecca Romjin lands lead in new TNT pilot

Rebecca Romjin will play one half of the private investigator team in King and Maxwell, a TNT pilot from NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan.

Romjin will play Michelle Maxwell, a former secret services agent who investigates politically sensitive cases along with her partner, Sean King (The Closer‘s Jon Tenney). According to casting intel, Maxwell is a “formidable investigator” who was forced out of the Secret Service and is determined to redeem herself. (And before you ask, yes, there is a romantic element to their story.)

The actress, who has also appeared on Ugly Betty, currently co-stars on NTSF:SD:SUV:: on Adult Swim.

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Fox developing legal drama for Greg Kinnear

Fox is developing another drama with a brilliant but self-destructive professional as the lead — but this time, he’ll be a lawyer instead of a doctor.

The network has ordered the pilot RAKE, a drama based on a hit Australian series about a criminal defense lawyer named Cleaver Greene. Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) is attached to star and to executive produce the series about a brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive man who has “a mind-numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind,” according to a project logline. (Sony will produce for Fox). “From bigamists to cannibals and everything in between, the clients that Cleaver loves the most are those whose cases appear to be utterly hopeless. If only Cleaver would realize the stark reality that he, himself, is perhaps the most desperate case of all.”

The pilot comes with a penalty if Fox doesn’t order it to series.

 

NBC orders Tumblr-based pilot

Got a Tumblr? Sell a pilot! All the kids are doing it.

EW has confirmed that the Peacock Network is the latest to put into development a pilot based on a Tumblr blog — in this case, one titled F–k, I’m in My Twenties.

The show, from 24-year-old Emma Koenig, will chronicle a young woman’s experience while living in New York City.

Sound familiar? It should. Between Girls and the recently announced development of a pilot based on the Hollywood Assistants Tumblr, it seems stories about young, overwhelmed 20-somethings are all the rage.

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Michael Bolton scores ABC comedy pilot

Michael Bolton proved his knack for comedy on SNL and apparently it was enough to score his own show.

EW has confirmed that ABC has put into development a half-hour comedy pilot starring the Grammy winner, titled Michael Bolton’s Daughter Is Destroying My Life.

Bolton will star as a fictional version of himself. (Hey, it worked for Apartment 23.)

The show, inspired by Go On actress Allison Miller’s first years in Hollwood, will center on a young writer who takes a job working as head of Bolton’s social media. But per the title, Bolton’s daughter will prove to be a challenge to work around.

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Comedy Central orders pilot of Amy Poehler-approved web series 'Broad City'

Don’t give up hope, Downwardly Mobile cast — it really is possible for a web series to become a TV show.

Case in point: Comedy Central announced today that it’s ordering a pilot of a show called Broad City, which is based on the web series of the same name. Comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have produced Broad since 2009, attracting the attention of famous fans (and guest stars) like Amy Poehler and Kristen Schaal along the way. Glazer was also one of the minds behind “Sh– New Yorkers Say,” which has been viewed more than 3.6 million times on YouTube.

Poehler herself will executive produce the TV version, along with Jacobson, Glazer, Louie EP Dave Becky, and Sam Saifer.  READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' creator developing FX comedy

Look who’s revving up his engine to create a comedy?

Kurt Sutter, the mastermind behind FX’s drama Sons of Anarchy, has sold a comedy script to FX dubbed Diva. Clown. Killer. The script is described by the network as a “dark, absurd comedy about an 80′s has-been rock diva, her dysfunctional son who makes his living as kid’s party clown, and of course, an assassin.” Hmm, sounds about right for Sutter.

SOA star (and Sutter’s wife) Katey Sagal will executive produce the project, along with Belle Zwerdling. “I look at SOA as being an intense drama, where the murder and mayhem are made palatable by absurd, dark humor,” Sutter said in a statement. “This half-hour will be an absurd, dark comedy, where the story is fueled by murder and mayhem.”

Should FX order the script to pilot, Sutter will hire some to serve as its show runner so he can focus on SOA. The comedy may star Sagal, depending upon her availability.

SOA, meanwhile, returns to FX on Sept. 11.

CBS to develop 'Beverly Hills Cop' drama

Time to start burning to do the neutron dance: CBS has ordered a drama pilot for fall 2013 that will serve as a sequel to Beverly Hills Cop.

The pilot, which will share the same name as the 1984 blockbuster that starred Eddie Murphy, is from Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Sony TV. Here is the official logline: “A continuation of the iconic Beverly Hills Cop universe as Axel Foley’s blue-collar police officer son, Aaron, helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous, while simultaneously trying to escape the shadow of his larger than life father.”

Yes, Axel fans, Murphy will appear in the pilot and may recur if the drama goes to series. He’ll also exec produce the drama.

Michael J. Fox set to star in new TV series inspired by real-life struggle with Parkinson's

It’s official: Michael J. Fox is indeed returning to series television.

NBC announced the news Monday afternoon, following unconfirmed reports about the project last week. The new series will be Fox’s first regular role on television since he departed Spin City in 2000 following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.

The as-yet-untitled show, pitched by Fox himself, is inspired by the Back to the Future actor’s own life – he plays a husband and father of three dealing with Parkinson’s. Will Gluck, who directed Friends with Benefits and Easy A, is on board to direct the pilot and executive produce. Also EPing is Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town, Arrested Development).

The series marks Fox’s return to NBC, where he shot into stardom as Alex P. Keaton, the endearingly over-achieving, staunchly Republican son of two hippie parents, on 1980s sitcom Family Ties. READ FULL STORY

Michael Bay-produced series 'The Last Ship' gets pilot order from TNT

Fourteen years after Armageddon, Michael Bay has another apocalyptic project in the works — this time for television. TNT has ordered a pilot for drama series The Last Ship and Bay is set to produce.

After a couple decades of success on the big screen, Bay is now turning his attention to TV. He and his company Platinum Dunes also got a straight-to-series order from Starz in May for another sea-set project: a Treasure Island prequel titled Black Sails.

Here’s the logline for The Last Ship from TNT: READ FULL STORY

'The Newsroom': Watch first episode online

No HBO? No problem.

Even without the cable channel, you can catch the premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s new show The Newsroom on YouTube.

Similar to the strategy HBO employed with Girls and Veep, viewers can check out the pilot (but so far only the pilot) for free as part of the network’s effort to get you hooked.

Check out what all the buzz is about on HBO’s YouTube channel, and then read Ken Tucker’s take on the premiere.

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

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… READ FULL STORY

Showtime picks up Liev Schreiber, Michael Sheen pilots

Showtime has picked up two new pilots to air in 2013. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as a Los Angeles-based fixer who is running from his troubled past in “Southie” Boston. Jon Voight, Elliot Gould, and Sherlock Holmes‘ Eddie Marsan also star. Southland‘s Ann Biderman created the show, and Allen Coulter directed the first episode.

Like Schreiber, Michael Sheen makes his series regular debut. He will portray William Masters alongside Lizzy Caplan’s Virginia Johnson in the hour-long period drama Masters of Sex. Master and Johnson, the real-life pioneers in studying the science behind human sexuality, set off the sexual revolution with their findings. Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) created the series based on Thomas Maier’s book of the same name, and Oscar nominee John Madden directed the premiere episode.

Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex received a 12-episode order.

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