Emma Stone and Jonah Hill, who previously starred together in Superbad, are reteaming for MANIAC. The half-hour, dark comedy from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content is based on the 2014 Norwegian series about a guy who lives a fantasy life in his dreams but in reality is locked up at an institution. Hill and Stone will play patients at the institution.
The project is directed by Cary Fukunaga, who is best known for directing the first season of HBO’s True Detective and writing/directing the acclaimed Beasts Of No Nation.
Drew Barrymore is headed to television alongside Timothy Olyphant for the Netflix comedy SANTA CLARITA DIET. The pair will also executive produce. The series follows Joel (Olyphant) and Sheila (Barrymore), husband and wife realtors leaidng vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction… but in a good way.
The comedy hails from Aaron Kaplans Kapital Entertainment and Tracy Katsky’s KatCo and is set for a 2017 debut.
Ben Rappaport is joining the medical staff of ZOOBIQUITY. The light-hearted medical procedural is based on the best-selling book by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers. It follows the unlikely pairing of Dr. Kara Martins (Marsha Thomason), a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks career suicide by teaming with Dr. Lucas Cort (Peter Facinelli), a brilliant, socially-challenged veterinarian who relates better to animals than people. Rappaport will play a cardiology resident, Dr. Henry Lowe.
He is repped by Gersh and Invictus Entertainment.
PRISON BREAK has booked original series castmembers Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar, and Amaury Nolasco to reprise their roles in the event series. They join previously announced stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, and Sarah Wayne Callies.
Knepper is repped by Innovative Artists and LINK Entertainment. Dunbar is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and Levity Entertainment Group. Nolasco is repped by Innovative Artists and Untitled Entertainment.
Fox’s single camera, time-travel comedy MAKING HISTORY has tapped Yassir Lester to join Adam Pally. Lester will play Chris, a 30-year-old history professor and the most popular teacher on campus. He has the gift of inspiring people by making his encyclopedic knowledge of history accessible.
Joshua Carlon, Steele Stebbins, and Amberia Allen have been locked for series regular roles alongside Bill Bellamy and Becki Newton in Fox’s untitled comedy from Chris Chase. Carlon is set as Colin, Christy’s (Newton) meek and awkward mama’s boy. Stebbins will play Harry, Christy’s 12-going-on-24-year-old son, charming and rap-loving, he’s more confident than motivated and as much of a ladies’ man as a kid can be at 12. Allen will play Angela, Jay’s (Bellamy) well-educated, successful, and strong-willed sister.
Andrea Savage has been tapped for recurring roles on HBO’s VEEP and The CW’s IZOMBIE. On Veep, she will play Senator Montez and character details are being kept under wraps. On iZombie she will play Andrea, the head of a private military contracting company interested in purchasing Super Max for unknown purposes.
Gavin Stenhouse has booked the male lead role opposite Stockard Channing in NBC’s multi-camera comedy ME & MEAN MARGARET. The series is an unlikely buddy comedy that follows Margaret, a fiercely candid and often offensive legendary actress, and Ben, the ambitious 27-year-old lawyer forced to babysit her. Stenhouse is set as Ben.
He is repped by Gersh and Joanne Horowitz Management.
Emily J | Staff Writer