Well, things are heating up. Here's the second pilot post for today.
- Tim Allen has officially signed on to star in ABC's comedy pilot from Jack Burditt, which was once named “Man Up”, then was changed to “The Last Day Of Man”, and now is simply untitled. What is certain is that it is a multi-camera comedy centering on a guy (Allen) who has to fight for his manhood in a world full of women.
- Leelee Sobieski has been tapped to star in the CBS drama pilot “Rookies”, executive produced by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal through Tribeca. It’s about six NYPD rookies who learn the beat of the streets of Manhattan while managing their personal lives (yes, pretty much like “Rookie Blue”...). Sobieski plays one of them, Gen (White House) Perry, a blonde California girl and former member of the White House Color Guard who is able to handle herself in all kinds of tough situations. James Mangold will direct the pilot.
- Jimmy Wolk (“Lone Star”) has been set to topline ABC’s drama pilot “Georgetown”. It’s described as a sexy soap focusing the young people behind Washinton, D.C’s power brokers. It revolves around Andrew Pierce (Wolk) an effortlessly charming Yale graduate who is also the youngest Presidential speech-writer on record. While he was once idealistic, now he’s only cynical because of the erosion on the administration’s promise.
- Another “Lone Star” alum, Eloise Mumford, has come aboard ABC’s horror pilot “The River”. It’s about a small group heading deep into the Amazon while searching for a missing TV explorer. Mumford plays a fearless helicopter pilot who takes part in the expedition because her father, who is the TV explorer’s cameraman, is also missing. Jaume Collet-Serra (“Orphan”, “Unknown”) has been tapped to direct.
- Lauren Lapkus and Natalie Morales (“The Middleman”, “White Collar”) have both joined the cast of “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea”, NBC’s multicamera comedy based on the memoirs of Chelsea Handler. The story focuses on Chelsea in her 20s (Laura Prepon), when she was a fresh-faced cocktail waitress. Angel Laketa Moore has joined the cast earlier to play the assistant manager of the bar where Chelsea waits.
- Diane Farr (“Numb3rs”, “Rescue Me”), Patrick Breen (“Eli Stone”, “Boston Legal” and Ken Howard (“Cane”, “Crossing Jordan”) have all come aboard FOX’ comedy pilot “Council of Dads”. The story centers on Michael who, just before he dies, enlists five of his guy friends from all angles of his life to become a “council of dads” to his two young kids. Farr plays the female lead, Michael’s wife and widow, Catherine who is intent on complying with her dead husband’s wish but finds out that the five guys on the council don’t agree on anything. Breen and Howard play two of those Council members - Howard as Michael’s dad Burt, an ex-military guy with a no-nonsense attitude, and Breen as Jerry, Michael’s ex-therapist who is sort of the “feelings dad” on the council. The pilot will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (“Running Wilde”).
- Michael Beach (“Third Watch”) has come aboard “Partners”, ABC’s drama pilot about two fiercely loyal female police detectives, Mattie (Scottie Thompson) and Jess (Annie Wersching), who are secretly half sisters. Beach plays a wise-cracking detective.
- Kat Dennings (“Raising Dad”, “Thor”) will be playing one of the two leads in the multicamera comedy “Two Broke Girls” for CBS, co-written by Michael Patrick King (“Sex And The City”). It centers on two girls from very different backgrounds. Max (Dennings) is poor from birth, and Caroline is born rich but has had some bad luck recently. They both end up as waitresses in a Brooklyn diner and become friends, which could lead to a successful business venture down the road, if they can gather up $250’000 for a start-up.