Written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, the comedy centers on Josh Futterman (Hutcherson) a janitor by day/world-ranked gamer by night who is tasked with preventing the extinction of humans after mysterious visitors from the future proclaim him the key to defeating the imminent super-race invasion.
In addition to playing Peeta in The Hunger Games franchise, Hutcherson has also co-stared in the Journey To The Center Of The Earth films and can next be seen in James Franco’s The Disaster Artist along with Rogen. He is repped by CAA and The Beddingfield Company.
UnReal’s Freddie Stroma has landed the lead role in Kevin Williamson’s TIME AFTER TIME pilot. Stroma stars as H.G. Wells in the ABC pilot loosely based on the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie starring Malcolm McDowell as Wells. Time After Time will chronicle the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells.
Glee alum Jayma Mays has been cast as a series regular in NBC’s THE TRAIL pilot, joining John Lithgow, Sherri Shepherd, and Steven Boyer. The docu-style single-camera comedy pilot from Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller is a spoof of series like The Jinx and Making a Murderer. The serialized comedy follows Josh Simon, a young big-city lawyer, and his oddball defense team during a high profile murder trial in a small southern town.
Mays will play Carol Anne Keane, the Assistant District Attorney prosecuting Larry Henderson (Lithgow) for the murder of his wife. Ambitious and Southern tough, she wants this case to be a stepping stone for her career and will not let anyone or anything stand in the way of her getting her first death sentence conviction.
Henry Winkler will co-star opposite Bill Hader in BARRY. Anthony Carrigan has also joined the HBO comedy pilot. Co-written and directed by Hader, the story centers on an ex-Marine (Hader) who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene. Winkler will play Gene Cousineau, an inspiring acting teacher. Carrigan will play Russian gangster NoHo Hank.
Katy Mixon has landed the lead role in THE SECOND FATTEST HOUSEWIFE IN WESTPORT. The ABC pilot written by Sarah Dunn and directed by Ruben Fleischer, will star Mixon as Katie, a (slightly) larger, strong-willed mother raising her flawed family of three in a wealthy town filled with “perfect” wives and their “perfect” offspring.
Mixon spent six seasons on CBS’s Mike & Molly as Victoria Flynn, the dimwitted, party-girl sister of Melissa McCarthy’s Molly, and she co-starred on HBO’s Eastbound & Down opposite Danny McBride. Mixon is repped by WME and Principal Entertainment LA.
Michael Mosley, Lindsey Kraft, and Michelle Buteau are a DREAM TEAM. The trio have been cast in ABC’s single-cam comedy from Kari Lizer and Bill Wrubel. Dream Team centers on Marty Schumacher, who coached his last Club soccer team for ten years, ultimately taking them to the National Championships. He now has to start from scratch with a diverse group of eight-year-olds, and their disparate parents.
Mosley will play Rick Johnson, a father that doesn’t consider girls’ soccer a “real sport” but will do anything to get his daughter onto a top-notch soccer team. Mosley, who starred on USA’s Sirens, has also recurred on Castle and Longmire. He’s repped by Gersh.
Kraft plays Michaela, who is horrified by the idea of being a soccer mom, knowing full well most of the heavy lifting will fall to her rather than her OB-GYN wife. Kraft has guested on Suits, Bones, Childrens Hospital, and co-starred as Marguerite Macaw on HBO’s Getting On. She is repped by The Burstein Co. and SDB Partners.
Buteau is Olga Diaz, the mother of 11-year-old Vanessa, who’s vying for a spot on the soccer team. Olga approaches everything as if it’s a competition she’s got to win. Buteau, who is repped by Mosaic, previously recurred on Enlisted.
Bresha Webb joins Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins in NBC’s MARLON. The comedy from Chris Moynihan, loosely inspired by Marlon Wayan’s life, centers on an inappropriate but loving father (Wayans) committed to successfully co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife (Atkins). Webb will play Yvette, Marlon’s worst enemy and his ex-wife’s best friend.
Webb, who can currently be seen in Ride Along 2, co-starred in NBC’s Truth Be Told and has recurred on Grey’s Anatomy. She is repped by Greene & Associates.
Set in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, or even an angel, the supernatural drama written by Monica Owusu-Breen is described as Twin Peaks meets True Blood. Bruce will play Bobo Winthrop, who owns the town’s Pawn Shop, as well as a chunk of local real estate.
Eve Harlow will join Archie Panjabi and Jeremy Sisto in ABC’s murder trial drama pilot THE JURY. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli, The Jury is being described as “12 Angry Men meets the podcast Serial,” examining “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 potential anthology series follows a single murder trial a season as seen through the eyes of the individual jurors, exploring the biases and experiences that influence the jurors’ judgment, and how their preconceptions change along the way.
Harlow will play Melody, who’s completely cynical about the justice system, and has a nonplussed, contrarian attitude that borders on nihilism, but has a razor-sharp sense of humor. Harlow, who is with OAZ and Industry Entertainment, has appeared on Heroes Reborn, The 100, The Killing, and UnReal.
Six Feet Under alum Lauren Ambrose has joined the cast of Amazon’s THE INTERESTINGS. Written by Lyn Greene and Richard Levine, the pilot is a grounded, character-driven drama based on Meg Wolitzer’s novel about a group of friends who meet at an arts camp when they’re 15 in 1974. The series will chronicle their relationships throughout the next three decades dealing with the great expectations of youth juxtaposed with the realities life hands you as you get older.
Ambrose will play Jules. Seen in her mid-20s and mid-30s, Jules is determined to forge an acting career, but winds up a struggling therapist with a young child, an unemployable husband (played by Gabriel Ebert) and a tiny New York apartment.
Kelly Overton leads the cast of Syfy’s 13-episode VAN HELSING as the titular character, a descendent of the legendary Van Helsing lineage of warriors. She now must lead mankind against a world controlled by vampires in the post-Rising landscape. Also on board are Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl, Paul Johansson, David Cubitt, and Tim Guinee.
Overton co-starred as alpha werewolf Rikki Naylor on HBO’s True Blood, and has also co-starred in the second season of TNT’s Legends as well as recurring on The CW’s Beauty and the Beast. She is repped by Innovative Artists.
Joe Manganiello has been enlisted for History’s SIX. He is set to co-star opposite Barry Sloane in the eight-episode military action drama series written by William Broyles and Special Ops vet David Broyles. Six follows Navy SEAL Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the terrorists. Manganiello, who signed a one-year deal, will play Rip Taggart, a gruff, haggard, and aggressive military man who was once the squad leader of Seal Team Six. Five years later, Rip is working in Africa, protecting a small village from Boko Haram.
Djimon Hounsou is heading to WAYWARD PINES in his first series regular role. He’ll play CJ Mitchum, an original resident of Wayward Pines and a historian for the town with extensive knowledge of its complex origins who is the one person who can provide a unique bridge between the current world of Wayward Pines and the previous world that humans inhabited.
Two-time Oscar nominee Hounsou recently co-starred in Furious 7 and Guardians of the Galaxy and can next be seen in Tarzan and Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. He is with CAA and The Safran Company.
Best known as Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Bonet has more recently recurred on The Red Road and Life On Mars. She is repped by Untitled Entertainment.
Katia Juanita | Staff Writer