Josh Patten, UCB mainstay and recent focus of our Follow Friday feature, was just hired as a Weekend Update writer at SNL. If you've been following him on Twitter, this should not be a great surprise to you: the guy is a monster of a joke writer. Presumably more hires will be coming in the very near future, both in the writers room and in the cast, as the new season is set to premiere on September 15th — the wheels are definitely in motion. In any case, congrats to Josh!
Harvard Sailing Club's Chris Smith has been cast as the lead in the new CBS single-cam pilot, Ex-Men. He'll play a young dude who is taken under the wing of a bunch of old dudes. Chris recently co-starred in CBS's last single-cam pilot, Nick Stoller's failed Entry Level. Ex-Men was created by How I Met Your Mother executive producer Rob Greenberg.
Speaking of How I Met Your Mother, Kat Foster is joining the cast of Goodwin Games, the new FOX sitcom from HIMYM's creators. She will be playing Lucina, the attractive minister at the Goodwin's church, who Scott Foley's character once dumped. She is replacing Felisha Terrell, who was originally cast [...]
With The Avengers making more money in a few weeks than the net worth of most small countries, its only natural that Marvel and Disney are preparing to do a bunch more movies about the band of sassy superheroes. One of the next movies will be Captain America 2, and they're looking to an unexpected duo to direct it: Anthony and Joe Russo, better known for their work on Community and Happy Endings than for their aptitude with superhero blockbusters.
But man, how awesome is that? The studio had a lot of luck going with Joss Whedon, another unorthodox choice, with The Avengers, so it looks like they're [...]
At around 2:00pm today, Joe Mande announced via Tweet (check it out below) that he was hired as a writer on Parks & Recreation and he'll be moving to LA. This is big news for Joe, who has been a fixture of the New York comedy scene for years. When Mande was on WTF in January 2011, Maron speculated that writing was the natural path for him. He has since written on this season of Delocated and the yet to debut The Nick Show Kroll. The position will reunite Mande with his former college sketch group teammate Harris Wittels, who has been writing on Parks since the second season. Joining Megan [...]
The wonderful Kay Cannon, a writer at 30 Rock who we interviewed a while back, has just signed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television that'll point her in the direction of launching her own show. She'll be leaving 30 Rock after this season to go over to write for New Girl, and while there she'll simultaneously develop a new show of her own. Cannon also wrote Pitch Perfect, a comedy about college a capella groups starring Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Christopher Mintz-Plasse due to come out later this year. So, you know, keep an eye on this one.