Into the Woods‘ Lilla Crawford and Will Kindrachuk have joined the untitled single-camera comedy pilot from Bobby Bowman. The project is inspired by Bowman’s childhood growing up with a father with mental illness. The uplifting comedy features a dysfunctional family that perseveres despite their differences and finds happiness is unexpected places. Crawford has been cast as the intelligent middle daughter who tries to navigate her quirky family and starting high school with a sense of humor. Kindrachuk will play Ted, Lola’s younger brother. Crawford is represented by Buchwald & Associates and Terrific Talent. Kindrachuk is represented by Industry Entertainment.
Jerry O’Connell has booked the role of Sheldon’s big brother, Georgie, in a guest-starring role on THE BIG BANG THEORY. The role is played by Montana Jordan on Young Sheldon. O’Connell is represented by ICM Partners and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Daniel Ezra has won the lead role in April Blair and Spencer Paysinger’s drama from inspired by the life of pro football play Spencer Paysinger. Ezra will play Spencer James, a rising high school football player from South L.A. who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. The wins, losses, and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds – Crenshaw and Beverly Hills – begin to collide. The smart and charming son of a single mother, Spencer is a talented athlete and A+ student who must learn to deal with a host of emotions when he transfers from Crenshaw High to Beverly Hills High. Ezra is represented by Curtis Brown Group.
Ed Begley Jr is teaming up with Lake Bell and Dax Shepard for the comedy pilot BLESS THIS MESS from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether. The comedy centers on a newlywed couple – Rio and Mike – that gives up their drab and unfulfilling lives in NYC and moves to Nebraska to live a simpler life. It doesn’t work out like they planned. Begley will play Rudy, a strong, silent type whos known Mike as a child and now lives a barn in a barn on Mike and Rio’s farm. Begley is represented by Innovative Artists and Industry Entertainment.
Fox’s musical drama MIXTAPE has added Campbell Scott, Marianna Jean-Baptiste, and Evan Whitten. The show looks at a disparate group of interconnected people in contemporary Los Angeles through the lens of the music that defines who they are. The series captures the different stages of love, exploring if time can heal a broken heart, and if love can withstand life’s tragedies. Scott will play Hugh, the father to Natalie. Hugh is described as rakishly handsome, warm, and gently but with some self-control issues. Jean-Baptiste will play Annette, Sam’s aunt, who is described as warm, pragmatic, and a fighter. Whitten will play Barry, Sam’s son. Scott is represented by Paradigm. Jean-Baptiste is represented by APA and Untitled Entertainment. Whitten is represented by Eris Talent.
Matthew Glave and Skai Jackson have boarded single-camera comedy OUR PEOPLE. The show revolves around Abel, a man from a bombastic African family that doesn’t have a word in their native language for “privacy,” and his fiancée Jenny, from a Midwestern family, as they try to build a normal life together – though nobody can agree what that “normal” means. Glave will play Nick, the laid bad and loving father to Jenny. Jackson will play Aisha, little sister to Abel. Glave is represented by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management. Jackson is represented by Paradigm.
Scrubs alum and The Middle star Neil Flynn has nabbed a lead role in NBC’s multi-camera comedy ABBY’S. The half-hour is set an unlicensed bar in San Diego where the regulars enthusiastically enforce a unique set of rules that give them a sense of community and allow them to avoid the frustrating behavior found at other establishments. Flynn with play Fred, a fixture at the bar, grateful for a place to relax, unwind, and have a beer every night. He is represented by APA.
Drama pilot SUSPICION has added Kearran Giovanni in a lead role opposite Derek Luke, Jeri Ryan, and Paula Newsome. Described as a Hitchcockian thriller about how far one man will go to save the people he loves. The show centers on Danny Goldman who accepts a handshake loan from his new friend and millionaire neighbor only to get a visit from the FBI and learn that the decision is one he will regret for the rest of his life. Coerced to work as an informant for the FBI to earn back his freedom, Danny is forced to infiltrate a world of violence and corruption while trying to protect his family. Giovani will play Lucy Fletcher. A psychotherapist, Lucy is beyond thrilled to marry Danny. She’s also eager to take on more motherly duties should Ellie need it, and develop her friendship with Celina Canter. Giovanni is represented by APA and Vanguard Management Group.
SUITS has promoted Amanda Schull to a series regular role for the eighth season. Schull has played the recurring role of Louis Litt’s former associate Katrina Bennett throughout the series and will return to the firm as a junior partner. Schull is represented by Innovative Artists and Sweeney Entertainment.