Pilot Watch: Power Ranking 13 High-Profile Casting Choices

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Pilot Watch: Power Ranking 13 High-Profile Casting Choices

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | February 27, 2013 | Comments ()


Welcome to the fourth edition of Pilot Watch, where we briefly run down the latest casting announcements. "Briefly," because, despite the considerable talent involved, many of the series will never see the light of day (pilots are picked up around 40 percent of the time). If you want to know more about the projects, click on the links. - See more at: http://www.pajiba.com/trade_news/pilot-watch-power-ranking-9-highprofile-casting-choices.php#sthash.E3R2a53g.dpuf

1. Ron Livingston -- This is not actually casting for a pilot, but I needed to squeeze it in somewhere because it is fantastic casting news. Livingston will join "Boardwalk Empire" (which has a giant Charlie Cox sized hole in it) as Roy Phillips, a wealthy out-of-town businessman who catches the eye of Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol).


2. Jorge Garcia -- Speaking of Charlie Cox, Hurley joins Cox's "Ordained," starring opposite him as a law firm investigator. The series centers on the son of a Kennedy-esque family (Cox) who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer at a top New York firm to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated."

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3. Jamie Bell -- The Billy Elliot star will play the lead in AMC's Turn, based on Alexander Rose's book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring. The series center on hard-working New York cabbage farmer Abraham Woodhull (Bell), who forms a group of spies with his pals in the summer of 1778. The gang winds up helping America greatly in its fight for independence.


4. Gillian Anderson -- I wish I loved the idea behind this show more, but the thriller sounds kind of silly. "The conspiracy drama centers on an unlikely puppeteer who will bring everyone from CEOs to the president of the United States to their knees by threatening the things they hold most dear. Anderson will play Meg Fitch, the CEO of a conglomerate. She's horrified to learn of the mass abduction of her daughter Amber and her private-school classmates. Long estranged from her sister, Agent Susie Dunn (Taylor), with whom she shares a shocking secret that explains their alienation, Meg will use her own intelligence and judgment to do whatever it takes to get her daughter back.

5. Stephen Root and Brittany Snow -- Both join "To My Future Assistant," one of two pilots currently in development about assistants. This one centers on assistants coping together while dealing with terrible bosses. Snow will play an assistant, while Root -- and Catherine O'Hara -- will play terrible boss.


6. Alicia Silverstone -- Silverstone tries her hand at television again, this time for Lifetime, where she will topline "HR," which centers on an "uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company (Silverstone) who, after a head injury alters her outlook on life, throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits."


7. Martin Short -- I like Short in the right role, and you cannot get anymore right than as a game show host in John Mulaney's semi-autobiographical comedy pilot, starring Mulaney. It centers on the joke writer for a game-show host.


8. Greg Grunberg -- The J.J. Abrams favorite joins "Doubt," ANOTHER legal drama, this one centering on "Vincent, a former cop-turned-charmingly low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts and cunning to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife." Unfortunately, Grunberg isn't the lead; he's the developmentally disabled older brother of the lead.


9. John Stamos -- In yet ANOTHER ANOTHER legal drama, NBC's "I Am Vincent," Stamos plays a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships.


10. Odette Annable -- Annable, previously Odette Yustman, aka Ass Girl from The Unborn movie poster will star in "Venice" for ABC. It is a modern take on Romeo & Juliet that pits the two rival families of California's most seductive beachside city against each other. The series also has Jennifer Beals and Bruce Greenwood in its cast.


11. Rachel Griffiths -- I'm kind of sad that Griffiths has fallen from "Six Feet Under" to a 10-episode summer series for NBC called "Camp." which centers on parents who "decompress with gin while teenagers make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love." Griffiths will play the camp's director Mackenzie Greenfield, who is reeling from being left by her husband for a younger woman.


12. Cam Gigandet -- Gigandet (as well as "Mad Men's" Michael Gladis) join CBS's "Reckless," a "sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal." Gigandet will play the lead attorney.


13. Delroy Lindo -- This is less interesting for cast involved (Sienna Guillory, Jamie Chung, and Johnny Sequoyah have also been cast), but for who the series, "Believe," is created by: J.J. Abrams. He's not had much success with good television series of late. This one revolves around a young girl in possession of great powers -- which will come into their own in seven years -- and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.


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  • Jim Slemaker

    So TURN is a remake of the late '60s series YOUNG REBELS?

  • e jerry powell

    (Who) Taylor? With Gillian Anderson? -- Oh, Rachael Taylor.

    "HR"? Don't we already have "Enlightened"?

    So Stamos is taking Rob Lowe's "castoffs." Still. Well, soon enough, both of them will age out and the field will be left to Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

  • John W

    My take on these shows is:

    2-show about lawyers

    3-show about spies

    4-Revenge + Scandal + Scully

    5-Horrible Bosses/Devil Wears Prada

    6-Remember me from Clueless?

    7-Remember me from all my Late night appearances and SNL?

    8-show about lawyers

    9-show about lawyers

    10-Revenge + Dallas

    11-Remember me from Six Feet Under?

    12-show about lawyers

    13-Secret Circle +the nine lives of Chloe King - Buffy

  • Slim

    In four installments of this news, I'm been thrilled about the actors (mostly), but the pilots all sound truly dreadful. Like, really, sophomore year communications class project bad. The exception above being the Jamie Bell revolutionary spy thing. Colonial is the new vampires-zombies, I say.

  • Artemis

    Jesus Christ, television. I AM a lawyer. WE ARE NOT THAT INTERESTING.

    You know what real lawyers do? They spend a lot of time typing. They research things on a website called Lexis. They have meetings at which everyone says things like "touch base" and "circle back" and "I'm really jammed up on this other case right now, but I could look at that on Thursday." Some of them (not me, obviously) procrastinate on the internet. Semi-gross takeout food is a regular feature.

    You know what (the vast majority of) lawyers don't do? Go to court. Like, ever. Or at least very, very rarely. They also don't catch criminals, or uncover political intrigue, or prevent assassinations. Sometimes they have affairs, but it's usually not all that sexy and ends when someone is forced to buy their wife a new kitchen to prevent a divorce. Sometimes they have bad bosses, but in more of a "you need to stay here all night and make binders for those depositions" vein instead of an "I'm sexyevil and masterminding a murder plot" kind of way.

    What's that you say, faceless TV executives? Television doesn't have to mirror real life exactly, and your storylines don't necessarily have to spring directly from the type of job you've given your main characters? I agree. SO STOP MAKING ALL THE SHOWS ABOUT LAWYERS. For the love of god, next time have it be an insurance adjuster who prevents an assassination. That's approximately as realistic as a lawyer doing it.

  • ZyGGy

    As the daughter of a lawyer I can put my stamp of approval on this comment. Add keeping boxes of old files in the third garage bay and you have my childhood. Bonus points if you modify field trip permission slips to keep liability with the host.

    Now THAT is a show. A totally real to life sitcom about growing up as a lawyers kid and everyone thinking things that are not true and dealing with the reality of having an argumentative prick for a guardian who is never home. 75% of this show will naturally take place in the therapists office.

  • MissAmynae

    I want a show about Repo Men that do exorcisms on their days off. "They've come to repossess....your SOUL!!!!!"

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Hey, don't knock the realism. Television is just reflecting the state of the legal profession-- oversaturation and nowhere for all the lawyers to go. Hence why all of these shows will be cancelled.

    It's reality television by way of, like, meta-something.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I am a lawyer as well and, while I love my career and I had some interesting times working for different clients in my firm, I would not watch a TV show about mine or any of my coworkers or bosses careers

  • marya

    I nominate this for EE! It's funny because it's true. Madame Julien, are you watching?

    What about an HR director who prevents assassinations? That could be just the kind of sexy thriller American audiences are looking for.

  • Prolixity Julien

    I do listen, and people have been GREAT this week with nominations. I LOVE nominations!

  • BWeaves

    Yeah, I think they already tried that once. It was called Longstreet, and the insurance investigator was blind, with a seeing eye dog, and he still investigated insurance claims and captured criminals. I bet he could have prevented an assassination if they'd only thought of that plot back then. I mean he's blind. That's like a Hollywood superpower, right?

  • k reads

    I would totally watch Reckless if the gorgeous Yankee litigator & the Southern City attorney are both played by dudes.
    But I have a feeling one of those guys is actually the gruff police chief or uptight district attorney.
    In that case, meh.

  • lorent

    I'm so happy Martin Short will be on my teeveeeeee again!

  • BlackRabbit

    This, but for Bruce Greenwood.

  • ViciousTrollop

    Someone finally hired Uncle Jesse. Maybe now he and Becky can move out of the attic they share with their 21 year old twins.

  • Quatermain

    As long as Gillian Anderson wears that shirt, she can star in anything she wants

  • Kala

    The Martin Short show made my ears perk. Not interested in the rest. Surely there must be some other profession that television writers can mine for material.

  • Cody McKee

    Are you sure that those are two separate legal dramas, both with lead characters named Vincent? Hmmmm...

    Also, thank you for that header pic. And that Brittany Snow gif.

  • ,

    There's snow outside my house right now, and Snow inside my house right now, but only one of these two places is really, really warm right now.

  • lowercase_ryan

    The only time I had even an inkling of a positive reaction to any of this news was when the synapse fired and I remembered who ass girl was.

    Then I felt shame.

    Then I wanted to unplug my TV.

  • AudioSuede

    I was trying to figure out why I have an odd not-hatred for Odette Annable, because by all rights I should have no affinity for her at all, and then I thought it might be because I enjoy Cloverfield and she was decent on House, but then I realized that it was because I thought she and Leslie Bibb were the same person, and I really really miss Kings.

    Glad I got that cleared up.

  • Kballs

    John Mulaney's stand-up is damned good but I'm not a Martin Short fan. What to do, what to do?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    How can one not be a Martin Short fan?

  • BWeaves

    I like him as a person, but I have yet to see anything he's done that I liked, and I've tried.

  • AudioSuede

    It's actually pretty easy. You just need to eat lots of fiber, and then shit on everything Martin Short does.

    I eat lots of bran.

  • Jezzer

    See a lot of his work?

  • Kballs


  • toblerone

    Yay for Brittany Snow and Ron Livingston!

    But Venice sounds like an instant fail, sorry Odette.

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