Anna Gunn has signed on for ABC’s CHUNK & BEAN, joining previously announced Adam Rodriguez. Written by Dave Hemingson, the single-camera comedy pilot centers on the unlikely friendship of two misfits, Chunk and Bean, who benefit from having two very different sets of parents living next door to each other.
Gunn will play Connie Dawson, Chunk’s stern but (mostly) fair mother, a psychologist who works out of her home office. Connie’s life motto is: “Rules are my way of hugging you closer.” Those same rules are her way of controlling her world. She’s so obsessed with her kids, her greatest fear is that she won’t prepare them sufficiently for the hardships of life.
The Emmy-winning Breaking Bad alum is repped by ICM Partners and MGMT Entertainment.
Stockard Channing will topline NBC’s ME & MEAN MARGARET pilot as Mean Margaret. Written Adam Barr and directed by Jimmy Burrows, the multi-cam series is described as an unlikely buddy comedy that follows Margaret, a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress, and the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her.
Channing, best known as Rizzo in Grease and for her Emmy-winning turn as Abbey Bartlet on The West Wing, is currently recurring on CBS’s The Good Wife. She’s repped by Paradigm and Anonymous Content.
Zachary Knighton is set to co-star in ABC’s PEARL. The single-cam comedy from Andrew Reich, centers on Pearl (Candice Bergen), a larger-than-life family matriarch who, after she finds out she has cancer, becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family’s life before she dies. Knighton will play Pearl’s son.
Knighton, who starred in ABC’s Happy Endings and Fox’s Weird Loners, is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment.
Justin Long is on ABC’s DREAM TEAM. the single-camera comedy pilot from Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel centers on Marty Schumacher (Long). Recently divorced, Marty is the eternally optimistic manager of a sporting goods store and also the “damn good” head coach of a nationally ranked soccer program — the one true love in his life. Currently recruiting young girls for his dream team, Marty is looking to recreate his amazing rise to the national championships of two years ago.
Long, repped by Gersh, voices Alvin in the Alvin and the Chipmunks and has appeared on Fox’s New Girl and CBS’s Mom.
Tone Bell, Beau Mirchoff, and Diane Guerrero have found GOOD FORTUNE. The trio will co-star in NBC’s multi-cam comedy pilot written by Matt Zinman & Craig Gerard and directed by Pam Fryman. The ensemble comedy focuses on June, a hyper-structured young woman who, after a fortune teller predicts she’ll die in 3 days, decides she’s finally going to live her life with no regrets. When she doesn’t die but realize how great it felt to take risks, she adopts a new life policy along with a new full-time fortune teller. June and her best friends Adam (Bell), Dave (Mirchoff), Bailey (Guerrero) and Metzger plan to always stick together, impending doom or not.
Bad Judge and Truth Be Told alum Bell is repped by Innovative Artists and Black Box Management. Awkward co-star Mirchoff is with APA and Velocity Entertainment Partners. Orange Is The New Black alum Guerrero is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Vamnation Entertainment.
Using the 1979 novel and movie as a starting point, Time After Time will chronicle the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells. Bowman will play John Stevenson, a brilliant and charismatic surgeon who lives a double life as the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper.
Bowman is repped by Gersh and Management 360.
Abigail Spencer has landed the female lead in NBC’s own time travel pilot, TIME. From Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, the sci-fi series follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a brilliant criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.
Spencer will play Lucy Preston, a brilliant, sharp and warm history professor who gets whisked away by the government for the aforementioned top-secret mission. Spencer, who is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment, stars in SundanceTV’s Rectify and has had arcs on USA’s Suits and HBO’s True Detective.
Nick D’Agosto will take the lead on THE TRAIL, NBC’s docu-style comedy from Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller. The series, which spoofs shows like The Jinx, follows Josh Simon (D’Agosto), a young big-city lawyer and his oddball defense team during a high-profile murder trial in a small southern town. Sent from his big New York law firm to small town South Carolina to prep a rag-tag team in defending a poetry professor (John Lithgow) accused of murdering his wife, Josh tries to keep his optimism while feeling a bit out of his element — both professionally and as the first “Northeasterner” many of the townspeople have seen.
D’Agosto, who is currently co-starring in Fox’s Gotham, is repped by UTA and Emerald Talent Group.
Odessa Young will star in Hulu’s WHEN THE STREET LIGHTS GO ON. The drama pilot, from Chris Hutton and Eddie O’Keefe, is a coming-of-age thriller about a sleepy, suburban town that is rocked by the brutal murder of a high school girl and her teacher in the summer of 1983. Young will play 15-year old Becky Monroe, an elusive teenage wallflower forced to come of age amid the shocking aftermath of her sister’s tragic murder.
Young is repped by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment, and Shanahan Management.
Geoff Stults has landed the lead in CBS’s THE KICKER, a multi-camera comedy pilot from Tina Fey, Jack Burditt, and Robert Carlock. The Kicker centers on Daryl Thorkelsonan (Stults), an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers insane after he unexpectedly finds himself cut from his professional football team.
Knowledgeable, thoughtful and naturally curious, Daryl Thorkelson is an NFL kicker who is known more for his controversial opinions and know-it-all habits than his skill on the field. His need to always be the smartest guy in the room sometimes leads him to do stupid things. After bouncing around teams throughout the NFL, Daryl is coming close to the all-time scoring record but has jeopardized his entire career by writing an unapologetic book that has the NFL fandom up in arms. Now that he’s suspended, he’s finding it hard to stay out of trouble and do something constructive with his newfound free time.
Stults, repped by UTA, has recently recurred on CBS’s The Odd Couple and Zoo and Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.
THE JURY continues to add to its pool, tapping Adina Porter for a series regular role. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, the ABC pilot examines “the ultimate social experiment” that happens thousands of times a day in the U.S.: A person’s fate is placed in the hands of 12 strangers. The series will follow a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence their judgment and how their preconceptions change along the way.
Porter will play Angela, a mother of three who works two jobs to support an unemployed husband battling clinical depression and her kids who are living a comfortable middle-class life unaware that the family is massively in debt. True Blood and The Newsroom alum Porter recurs on The CW’s The 100 and can next be seen in WGN’s upcoming Underground. She’s repped by TalentWorks and manager Heidi L. Ifft.
Niecy Nash, Christine Woods, and Ian Gomez join Fox’s THE ENFORCERS. The single-cam comedy pilot written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer and directed by Gail Mancuso, is a female buddy comedy about two wildly different single mothers — M.J. (Nash) and Nora (Woods) — with dreams of being police officers who find themselves partnered as inspectors in the Code Enforcement Department. Instead of fighting crime, they have been relegated to handling petty code breaking, like noise complaints, tree trimming and water misuse. Gomez will play George, Nora and M.J.’s supervisor in the city code enforcement office.
Nick Zano is set to co-star in Greg Garcia and writer Stephnie Weir’s untitled multi-camera comedy pilot. The CBS project (aka Y’all In The Family) centers on a conservative, small town family forced to reconcile their values when they discover their children’s lives are less than perfect. Zano will play Billy. The baby. The golden child. A smart, handsome, war vet who maps a course for his life and follows it without deviation.
This season, Zano co-starred in the short-lived Minority Report reboot on Fox and has previously appeared on comedies One Big Happy, Happy Endings, and What I Like About You. He is repped by UTA and John Carrabino.
DeWanda Wise will co-star opposite Sanaa Lathan in Fox event series SHOTS FIRED. Gina Prince-Bythewood and Brian Grazer’s Shots Fired examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee. Wise will play Shameeka Campbell, who lives in “the houses,” one of the worst parts of town. She opens up to the prosecutors about her son being killed by police and how they threatened to arrest her if she talked.
Wise, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and Bold Management, can be seen in Sundance pic How To Tell You’re A Douchebag.
Fox’s WAYWARD PINES has tapped Kacey Rohl and Nimrat Kaur for the psychological thriller’s second season. Rohl will play Kerry Campbell, described as a tough and unflappable part of the new Wayward Pines brain trust. Kaur will play Rebecca, a successful architech and wife to Jason Patric’s Dr. Theo Yedlin.
Rohl is repped by Gersh and Pacific Artists Management. Kaur is with D2 Management.
The Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey is set to star in the second season of Starz and BBC’s THE MISSING. Keeley Hawes, Tchéky Karyo, and Abigail Hardingham are also on board. Season 2 will follow Sam and Gemma (Morrissey and Hawes), whose daughter Alice went missing in 2003. In 2014, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses. Her name is Alice Webster (Hardingham), and she has been missing for 11 years. Alice’s return sends shock waves through the small community. Told in dual timelines, flitting between 2014 and the present, the series will follow Alice’s family as they are thrown back into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams. When French missing person’s detective (Karyo) races across Europe to pursue a 12-year-old case that he never let die, The Missing begins to explore the murky morality and emotional complexity of what happens when the missing child you’ve been longing to return actually comes back.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer