Neil Patrick Harris and Patrick Warburton join Netflix’s children’s series LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. They join previously cast Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes, and will be directed by Barry Sonnenfeld for Paramount TV.
The eight-episode series recounts the tale of the orphaned children Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of the villainous Count Olaf, as they face trials and tribulations, misfortunes and an evil uncle in search of their fortune, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ deaths.
Warburton will provide the voice of narrator Lemony Snicket while Harris has officially signed on as Count Olaf after lengthy negotiations. The book series was previously adapted into a feature film with Jude Law narrating and Jim Carrey portraying the dastardly Olaf for the big screen. Filming of the new series is expected to begin later this month in Vancouver.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, best known as McLovin’ from the feature comedy Superbad, has joined Joel McHale in the multi-camera comedy THE GREAT INDOORS. The laugher centers on McHale as an adventure reporter who must adapt to the times when he becomes boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine. Mintz-Plasse will play Clark, a tech/nerd survivalist who knows everything about surviving at sea, in the woods, and on Mars, but hasn’t left downtown in five years.
He is repped by CAA and Principato Young.
Curb Your Enthusiasm’s J.B. Smoove is joining David Spade in the new CBS comedy pilot THE KICKER. The series comes from Tina Fey, Jack Burditt, and Robert Carlock, written by Burditt. Smoove recently appeared on the CBS freshman series Life in Pieces.
Galavant‘s Joshua Sasse has won the male lead opposite Tori Anderson in CW’s NO TOMORROW pilot. The series centers on a risk-averse, stright arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center. She falls in love with a freewheeling man, who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, leading to comedic and poignant results as they embark on a quest togehter to fulfill their individual bucket lists.
Primetime regular Steven Weber has been set opposite Andie MacDowell in ABC’s drama pilot MODEL WOMAN. The series is set in the late 1970s during the notorious “Model Wars” and centers on Bertie Geiss (MacDowell) – a tempestuous matriarch and uncompromising businesswoman at the helm of an internationally renowned modeling agency. Weber will play Miller, a character inspired by Jerry Ford.
Chad Michael Murray has landed the role of musical pioneer Sam Phillips in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, the CMT’s scripted drama inspired by the musical of the same name. He is joined by Jennifer Holland, as Phillip’s devoted wife Becky, and Margaret Anne Florence as his assistant-turned-girlfriend, Marion Keisker.
Daniel Coonan, Annie Read, and Essa O’Shea are hitting the road in Discovery’s six-part miniseries HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS, which follows William Harley and Arthur Davidson, who launched the iconic motorcycle manufacturer in Milwaukee in 1903. Coonan is set as William “Big Bill” Davidson, the big brother of Arthur and Walter Davidson. Read and O’Shea are set as Bill Harley’s and Arthur’s wives respectively.
Monique Ganderton, Jessica Sipos, Elizabeth Whitmere, Sunita Prasad, and Karissa Tynes are all ready to compete on-screen in season two of UNREAL. The ladies will play various contestants in the faux reality series Everlasting, opposite Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer. Ganderton is set as Brandi, a shy girl who managed to escape a traumatic past and is now a competitive MMA fighter, Sipos is Haley, a stunning physical therapist, Whitmere is Dominique, a professional basketball player, Prasad plays London, an engineer by day with a conservative air, and Tynes plays Jameson, an attractive cop who loves her job but feels she is missing love in her life.
Justin Cornwell has landed the co-leading role opposite Bill Paxton in CBS’s drama pilot TRAINING DAY. Set 15 years after the film left off, the show centers on a bright, gung-ho, idealistic young African-American police officer, Kyle Craig, who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with seasoned, morally ambiguous detective Frank Rourke (Paxton).
Cornwell is repped by Gray Talent Group.
Christopher Jackson has been taped for CBS’s BULL from Amblin TV and CBS TV Studios. The series is based on the popular daytime talk-show host Dr. Phil’s early days as the head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time. Jackson will play Chunk, a stylist on the team who helps prepare defendants for trial, and a former All-American lineman.
Emily J | Staff Writer