Blythe Danner, Sarah Bolger and Madeline Zima have signed deals to star in the pilot period-drama GILDED LILLYS, written and executive produced by KJ Steinberg. Set in 1895 New York City, the series is described as an epic love story that follows the opening of the first luxury hotel in the city and the intermingling of love, treachery and disdain between the classes.
Ryan Phillippe, in his first pilot, is set for the lead in the UNTITLED WOOTTON-GREG BERLANTI DRAMA PROJECT (aka: GOLDEN BOY) from Warner Bros. TV. The series centers on a street cop and chronicles his meteoric rise from officer to detective and ultimately police commissioner.
John Goodman is in final negotiations to join Roseanne Barr’s new sitcom DOWNWARDLY MOBILE. Eric Gilliland will serve as showrunner on the multi-camera comedy, which centers on Barr’s character, proprietor of a mobile home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Goodman will play a man who works at the park and has a buddy relationship with Barr’s character.
Christine Woods has signed on as the female lead in the new multi-camera pilot DADDY’S GIRLS from writer Dana Klein. Woods will play a brilliant but emotionally challenged harvard medical student who returns home to discover that her dad has become engaged to a much younger “mean girl” from her high school days. Brenda Song (The Social Network) has also landed a role on the series.
Kevin Bigley, Gil Ozeri and Aya Cash round out the cast of FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER. The single-camera project, based on the British format, centers on a quirky family that has dinner together every Friday night. Bigley will play one of the older son Paul who is a little immature and sells batteries over the Internet. Ozeri will play Paul’s younger brother Gary, an aspiring songwriter writing jingles for an ad agency. Cash will play the boys’ cousin who recently moved back into town.
Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) has landed a role in the upcoming drama COUNTY for executive producer Jason Katims. The series chronicles the lives of a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital. Jordan will play one of them, Travis, a new intern at County who looks after his junkie sister’s daughter.
John Stamos has closed his deal to star in the new comedy pilot LITTLE BROTHER from writer Mike Royce and director Shawn Levy. TJ Miller will also star in the series. The single-camera comedy is about a man (Stamos) who finds out that he has a half-brother (Miller) he never knew who also happens to be an ex-con.
Mike Vogel will play the lead in LIVING LOADED, a single-camera comedy pilot from Rob McElhenney. Based on the book by Dan Dunn, it centers on Dan (Vogel), the loose partying blogger of the popular Living Loaded blog who is forced to change his career plans when he becomes an NPR radio host.