Tony Danza will star opposite Sebastian Maniscalco in Greg Garcia’s NBC pilot SEBASTIAN. The multi-cam comedy inspired by Maniscalco’s life, written by Austen Earl and to be directed by Scott Ellis, chronicles Sebastian’s (Maniscalco) old-school values, instilled by his opinionated Italian father (Danza), which are constantly put to the test by his new wife, her family, and the absurdities of the modern world.
Damon Wayans Sr.’s LETHAL WEAPON has tapped Golden Brooks to co-star. The Fox pilot, based on the hit buddy cop action movie franchise, is being written by Matt Miller and directed by McG. It centers on Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs who after losing of his wife and baby, moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he is partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Wayans), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid stress in his life.
Girlfriends star Brooks will play Murtaugh’s hardworking, perceptive and loving wife Trish, who worries about him and is not thrilled when she hears about his new adrenaline-crazed partner.
Brooks, best known for her eight-season run on Girlfriends, has also recurred on CW’s Hart Of Dixie and can currently be seen in Starz’s Blunt Talk. She also recently filmed a recurring role in Freeform’s Nicki Minaj comedy pilot. She is repped by Primary Wave Entertainment and Global Artists Agency.
Gilmore Girls alum Arielle Kebbel is heading to MIDNIGHT, TEXAS. Kebbel has booked a series regular role on NBC’s supernatural pilot based on the bestselling trilogy from True Blood author Charlaine Harris. Written by Monica Owusu-Breen, the pilot is set in the remote town of Midnight, Texas, where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf or even an angel. Kebbel will play Olivia, a freelance hitwoman with a mysterious past who is a vital part of the community.
NBC’s MIRANDA’S RIGHTS reads in Rebecca Breeds. She will lead the legal soap pilot, written by Katie Lovejoy, about an idealistic group of lawyers who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm.
Breeds plays title character Miranda Coale, an attorney who’s pretty and smart, but plagued for the past six years by a youthful mistake. Miranda’s much-publicized and scandalous affair with a married state Senator in her early 20s changed the course of her life forever. Though she was, in many ways, victimized by the digisphere, she never acts like a victim. Instead, Miranda survives the pain of her past by joking about it (often at inappropriate moments) and by wearing her flaws on her sleeve.
Mary Charles Jones and James DiGiacomo have joined the cast of CBS’s untitled Kevin James comedy. James stars as a newly retired cop who is looking forward to spending more time with his children and kids but quickly discovers it is much more challenging than his old career.
Jones plays Sara, described as tough kid with some anger-management issues, but despite everything, she’s quite likable, DiGiacomo is Jack, James’ youngest son.
Andy Daly joins Anna Gunn in CHUNK & BEAN, a single camera comedy from ABC. The show centers on the unlikely friendship f two misfits who benefit form having two very different sets of parents living next door to each other. Daley will play Chuck’s dad Stuart Dawson, the husband of Anna Gunn’s Dr. Connie Dawson.
He is repped by UTA and Principato-Young.
CHANCE, from Hulu starring Hugh Laurie, has added LisaGay Hamilton and Stefania LaVie Owen. The series is based on the novel by Kem Nunn and is a provocative psychological thriller that focuses on Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken a identity, police corruption and mental illness.
Sarita Choudhury and Karan Oberoi have signed on for series regular roles on RECON from Warner Bros. TV for Fox. The series is about a rookie FBI agent who embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family.
Author Kelly Oxford and Jimmy Kimmel writer Molly McNearney are in development with TV Land on an untitled comedy that will semi-autobiographically follow their close friendship with the pair playing fictionalized versions of themselves.
Oxford and McNearney are both repped by WME.
Casting is underway for the second season of last year’s break out hit UNREAL with the show booking Meagan Tandy and Kim Matula signing on for regular roles on the show. They will play contestants vying for the heart of Darius Hill (BJ Britt), the new suitor of the fictional show within the show, Everlasting.
He is repped by Pantheon and Discover Management.
Shaun Toub has signed on for a recurring role in NBC’s GRIMM. Toub will play Bonaparte, a man who neither thinks nor behaves like a villain; he is passionate, committed, powerful, on the right side of history. He will be featured in a multi-episode arc at the end of the current season.
Toub is repped by Abrams Artists Agency.