Elisha Cuthbert Gets Happy in NBC’s Ellen DeGeneres-Produced Gay/Straight Comedy
From Happy Endings to aHappy possible new beginning?
Elisha Cuthbert has landed the female lead in One Big Happy, NBC’s Ellen DeGeneres-produced sitcom pilot about a lesbian, her lifelong male BFF and their newly complicated plan to make a baby together.
In the multi-camera project, Lizzy (played by Happy Endings alum Cuthbert) and her straight male best friend Luke (2 Broke Girls‘ Nick Zano) live together and finally succeed in having a baby via artificial insemination — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life (the yet-to-be-cast Prudence).
DeGeneres is exec-producing the pilot with production partner Jeff Kleeman, director Scott Ellis and writer Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls).
First Look: Casey Wilson Gets Caught in The Middle
The prayers of Happy Endings fans have been answered — Casey Wilson is back on TV, guest starring on ABC’s The Middle in mid-March. She plays Reverend Tammy, a youth advocate who comes to town with guitar-slinging Reverend Tim Tom (Paul Hipp).
“She does seminars for teen girls about ‘Your Developing Christian Body,’” says executive producer Eileen Heisler, who adds that the roving reverends will also perform several songs, including “Be Careful on the Internet.”
Just don’t expect Sue (Eden Sher) to sing Reverend Tammy’s praises. Heisler hints that young Miss Heck has a tough time accepting the new woman in her favorite faith-based troubadour’s life. “Sue finds herself rather unexpectedly jealous. She likes Reverend Tim Tom to be there just for her.” This should make for divine comedy.
‘Happy Endings’ EP Set as Showrunner on NBC’s Mark Gordon Comedy ‘Fifth Wheel’
The Happy Endings gang’s huge pilot season is continuing.
Former Happy Endings EP Jonathan Groff has signed on to executive produce NBC’s comedy pilotFifth Wheel, with Sean Saves the World’s Marc Buckland boarding as director, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The ensemble comedy centers on a young woman who confronts her new reality after her last single friend gets engaged. YouTube duo Heidi Niedermeyer and Elena Crevello (Shit People Say in L.A.) will pen the script and serve as supervising producers. The multicamera comedy hails from ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Co., with Gordon and Andrea Shay, who launched the comedy division four years ago, on board to executive produce. Groff, whose credits include How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs, also will serve as showrunner on the comedy.
Happy Endings‘ David Caspe is having a good pilot season.
The creator of the late ABC comedy has just landed his second pilot order of the season, with CBS picking up multicamera Cuz-Bros, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Caspe will co-write Cuz-Broswith Community‘s Erik Sommers, who also was a co-EP and writer on Happy Endings. The Sony Pictures Television-CBS Television Studios entry centers on a successful and suave ladies man whose perfect life is turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. (The project was developed asRoommates, where the cousin character was a stranger who saves the lead’s life.)
Happy Endings’ Zachary Knighton to Star in Fox Comedy Weird Loners
Fox is now in possession of the entire male cast of Happy Endings.
The network, which is already home to Happy alums Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl) and Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), has now recruited Zachary Knighton to star in its comedy pilot Weird Loners, TVLine has learned.
And it’s not the only new gig Knighton has landed; sources confirm that the actor is joining the cast ofParenthood as a potential love interest for Erika Christensen’s Julia (more on that later).
In Weird Loners, which tells the story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY., Knighton will play Stosh Lewandowski, a whip-smart and rakishly handsome sales rep with a cynical edge. He’s an inveterate womanizer whose knee-jerk seductions always have him in hot water. Fired for sleeping with his boss’ fiancee, Stosh is essentially homeless when he finds a welcome place to stay with his cousin, Eric, whom he hasn’t seen since they were just kids.
King of Queens scribe Michael Weithorn penned the script.
On Parenthood, Knighton will appear in a major season-ending arc as Evan Knight, a hip new teacher at the school Kristina founded who catches the eye of Julia.
Casey Wilson to Headline NBC’s Marry Me, From Her Fiancé/Happy Endings EP
NBC is saying “I do” to Happy Endings vet Casey Wilson.
The actress will star in the comedy pilot Marry Me, written and executive-produced by her fiancé David Caspe (who served as EP on Happy Endings and penned the script for Adam Sandler’s big-screen vehicle That’s My Boy).
Marry Me will focus on the challenges encountered by a couple named Annie and Jake after they decide to get engaged.
It’s been a busy January for Wilson; earlier this month, NBC ordered The Mason Twins, a single-camera comedy pilot she penned with June Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV::). That potential series follows fraternal twin sisters who, after being estranged for 15 years, reconnect when one’s perfect city life has fallen apart and she returns to her suburban hometown to find that her sister hasn’t matured past her teen-queen days.
USA Network has given a series order to comedy pilot Benched starring Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington.
The single-camera project hails from ABC Signature, marking the first series for ABC Studios’ boutique division.
“Benched is one of those unique series that creates an immediate connection with the audience,” said USA Network president Chris McCumber.
“The lead is played brilliantly by Eliza Coupe, who has undeniable chemistry with Jay Harrington’s character.
Benched is a half-hour courtroom comedy that focuses on Nina (Coupe), a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working as a public defender.
Harrington stars as Nina’s new colleague, Phil, a tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler.
With Happy Endings alumna Coupe, Benched brings to USA a piece of the cult comedy series that USA came close to acquiring last year following its cancellation by ABC.
Benched was written bySNL alumna Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones who executive produce with Party Down co-creator John Enbom and Mark Gordon Co.’s Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay.
Benched is part of USA’s push in original comedy series. The first show to come out of that effort, Denis Leary’s Sirens, debuts March 6.
NBC Orders a Pilot from Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael
Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael, the IRL BFF comedy team responsible for 2013′s Ass Backwards (AN UNDERRATED GEM), have landed a pilot order from NBC for their sitcom Mason Twins. According to The Hollywood Reporter the show center around “fraternal twins Pender and Lizzie Mason” who “after having been estranged for 15 years…reconnect after Lizzie’s perfect city life falls apart and she returns to her suburban town to discover that her sister hasn’t matured beyond her teen queen days.”
I think the only thing that could make this pilot more promising is if it were about identical twins. I am unreasonably drawn to identical twins, like a moth to a monozygotic flame. I just have so many questions for them, which of which are unanswered mysteries from The Adventures of Mary Kate and Ashley.
As Raphael is already set to star in the pair’s ABC show DINKS (which landed a pilot production commitment), she won’t be appearing in Mason Twins. There has been no word on whether Wilson will feature in this new project or co-star with her writing partner in DINKS.
‘Happy Endings’ creator reveals what would have happened to Penny and Dave
It’s been almost a year since ABC sadly canceled its incredibly undervalued sitcom Happy Endings after its third season, and the bite still stings — especially since VH1 teased fans by airing the entire series on New Year’s Day, thereby reminding viewers just what a gem this little ensemble comedy was.
Show creator David Caspe and fiancée Casey Wilson (who starred on the series as perennially unlucky-yet-unswervingly plucky Penny) called in to EW’s TV Editors Hour on Sirius XM to talk about the dearly departed series and what they hope would have happened for the characters. Specifically, we inquired whether Penny and Dave (Zachary Knighton) would ever have gotten together, as a budding romance between the two was briefly suggested in the second season.
“I don’t think we would have done the Dave and Penny thing,” Caspe said. “Our show is not at all a soap opera. Some of these other comedies are able to go a little more melodramatic than I ever liked, and any time we tried to do it, sometimes it felt a little false. I don’t think anyone really wanted to see Dave have to date his ex-fiancée’s best friend. There’s just something about that that’s kind of mean. I didn’t want to have to have Penny and Alex hate each other for five episodes.”
In fact, Caspe put the kibosh on any other romances happening in the group of six (in which four were single and three were straight). “I don’t know if Dave and Alex would have ended up together, but we probably wouldn’t have had anyone within the group of friends ever date another person [in the group].”
Eliza Coupe to Star in USA Network Pilot “Benched”
Oh Happy day: Eliza Coupe is once again bringing her comedy chops to TV.
The Happy Endings aluma has been tapped to star in Benched, a single-camera project that received a pilot order from USA Network on Wednesday.
From executive producers Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife) and Damon Jones (The Groundlings), as well as Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy) and Andrea Shay (Family Tools), the sitcom centers on a career-driven attorney who loses out on a promotion, suffers a nervous breakdown and rebounds as a public defender.
Party Down creator John Enbom will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
Coupe — who most recently co-starred on ABC’s ill-fated Happy Endings and portrayed Will Arnett’s ex on CBS’ The Millers — will next recur on Season 3 of Showtime’s House of Lies.
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