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Anti-Pilot Season Fox Boss Kevin Reilly Calls it Quits

Top Fox network executive Kevin Reilly is leaving his post. Reilly, who has served as Fox's Entertainment Chairman since 2007, announced his resignation today following a rough TV season ratings-wise.

In January, Reilly announced he wanted to abandon broadcast TV's traditional pilot season model, in which networks spend a bunch of money to film pilot episodes of dozens of prospective shows every spring, only to pick up a handful of them in the fall. Reilly had just started to implement this plan, giving comedies Mulaney and Will Forte's Last Man on Earth straight-to-series orders. Time will tell whether his successor continues with his plan to abandon [...]

Tom Lennon to Star Opposite Matthew Perry in CBS's 'Odd Couple' Remake Pilot

Reno 911! and The State alum Tom Lennon has been cast alongside Matthew Perry in CBS's pilot remake of The Odd Couple, Variety reports. The multi-camera pilot, which was written by Perry and Frasier's Joe Keenan, is in development for the 2014-15 TV season. Lennon, who is coming off of a series regular role on NBC's recently-canceled freshman sitcom Sean Saves the World, will play the fussy Felix Unger to Perry's laid-back Oscar Madison. Sarah Baker, who played a supporting role in Perry's last show, Go On, also stars.

Justin Long Cast in Fox's Comedy Pilot 'Sober Companion'

Justin Long is taking his first regular TV job in over a decade. He's been cast as the lead in Sober Companion, a new Fox pilot, TV Line reports. Created by David S. Rosenthal (The Middle, 90210) and Jennie Snyder Urman (90210), Sober Companion is a single-camera sitcom that follows a self-destructive attorney who is given a court-appointed sober companion (played by Long), an eccentric upbeat guy named Jeremy. If Sober Companion gets ordered to series, it'll be the first series regular role Justin Long, who  recently recurred on New Girl and CBS's Mom, has had since NBC's Ed went off the air in 2004.

Jon Heder to Play Jane Kaczmarek's Son in Fox Sitcom Pilot

Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder has been cast in the pilot for a new Fox sitcom called Here's Your Damn Family, THR reports. The potential series stars Malcolm in the Middle's Jane Kaczmarek as a mother who lives with her lazy but smart adult son (Heder) and surprises him by remarrying after being single for two decades and inviting her new husband (David James Elliott, JAG) and his three teenage kids to live with them. Ricky Blitt (Family Guy, The Winner) created the show, and it's being produced by Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki.

NBC Passes on 'Mulaney'

Following a flurry of sitcom cancellations, NBC has opted not to pick up the pilot for SNL writer/stand-up John Mulaney's new sitcom Mulaney. An ensemble multi-camera show staring Mulaney, Martin Short, Elliott Gould, SNL's Nasim Pedrad, and stand-ups Griffin Newman and Seaton Smith and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Mulaney seems like a slam-dunk on paper. I attended the pilot taping, and it was super funny, so it comes as a huge disappointment that NBC opted not to pick up the show. The pilots they did pick up had better be good.

Nick Frost to Star in Fox Pilot 'Sober Companion'

British comedian Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, The World's End) is taking his first regular job on a US TV show. Frost has joined the cast of the Fox sitcom pilot Sober CompanionVariety reports. Justin Long plays the show's other lead role.

Sober Companion follows an alcoholic attorney (Frost) who, after an courtroom accident, is assigned an upbeat, eccentric sober companion (Long) to keep him from drinking. David S. Rosenthal and Jennie Snyder Urman (90210) created the show, which also features Pete Davidson and Ally Maki in supporting roles.

Mary-Louise Parker to Star in NBC Pilot 'Feed Me'

Former Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker is getting ready to return to TV. She's signed on to play the lead role in the NBC comedy pilot Feed Me, Deadline reports. The single-camera comedy follows a dysfunctional family running a restaurant, with them fiercely protecting their daughter after her husband has an affair. The pilot was written by Sally Robinson, who recently scripted the TV remake of Steel Magnolias. Mary-Louise Parker will also serve as a producer on the pilot, which, if it's picked up, will be her first regular TV role since Weeds ended its seven-year run in 2012.

Molly Shannon to Star in ABC Comedy Pilot from 'Happy Endings' Writer

Molly Shannon is taking her first regular TV job in years. She's been cast as one of the leads in an untitled ABC sitcom pilot that was created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, THR reports. The comedy, which has a working title of Bambi Cottages, follows a father who, sick of his teaching job, moves his wife and six kids from a big city to New Hampshire where they run a set of cottages for tourists. Shannon will play Cathleen Burke, the wife and mother who's caught off-guard by her husband's decision but decides to go along with it. The pilot, one of two Brian Gallivan [...]

'Happy Endings' Creator David Caspe Sells a Comedy to CBS

David Caspe, creator of ABC's critically-acclaimed but canceled comedy Happy Endings, has a pilot for a multi-camera comedy to CBS, THR reports. Called Cuz-Bros, the pilot was co-created by Caspe and Community writer Erik Sommers, and it follows a cool ladies' man who runs into trouble when his gross cousin needs to stay with him. Cuz-Bros is the second comedy pilot David Caspe has sold this season after Marry Me, which he co-created with Happy Endings star and his fiancé Casey Wilson for NBC. Wilson is starring in Marry Me alongside Ken Marino.

CBS Orders Comedy Series Starring Robin Williams, Will Arnett, and Anna Faris

CBS today announced that they've picked up four new comedy series for the fall. Here's the rundown on the new shows:

Mom comes from co-creator Chuck Lorre and stars Anna Faris as a newly-sober single mother working as a waitress in Napa Valley. The Millers comes from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia and stars Will Arnett as a newly-divorced guy whose parents move in with him. Crazy Ones is a father-daughter workplace comedy created by David E. Kelley that stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The network's final new comedy, We Are Men, stars Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, and Jerry O'Connell as four guys [...]

'The Daily Show's Jason Jones to Star in NBC Pilot from 'Borat' Co-Writer

Longtime Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones may be moving to network TV in the fall. THR reports that Jones has landed one of the lead roles in Love Is Relative, a single-camera comedy created by Dan Mazer, Sacha Baron Cohen's former writing partner who wrote on Borat, Brüno, and Da Ali G Show. Love Is Relative follows a husband (Jones) and wife (Leslie Bibb) who start to second-guess their marriage when her just-divorced brother (standup Barry Rothbart) moves in with them.

If NBC orders Love Is Relative to series, Jones would leave The Daily Show, where he's been a correspondent since 2005. The Daily Show recently lost correspondents Al Madrigal [...]

Ellen Burstyn Joins the Cast of Amy Poehler's NBC Pilot 'Old Soul'

Old Soul, the NBC comedy pilot Amy Poehler co-created and is producing, is continuing to add big names to its cast. Deadline reports that Oscar winning actress Ellen Burstyn has joined the cast, which also includes Natasha Lyonne, Nick Thune, Fred Willard, Rita Moreno, and Greta Lee.

The pilot, co-created and produced by Poehler, Josh Bycel, and Jonathan Fener, follows cleaned-up party animal Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and identifies more with them than with people her age. Burstyn is playing Nadia's "earthy lesbian" cancer survivor aunt who takes care of her while Nadia takes care of her friends. Standup [...]

'Happy Endings' Star Elisha Cuthbert Cast in NBC's Ellen DeGeneres-Produced Comedy Pilot

Elisha Cuthbert is the latest Happy Endings alum to land a starring role in a new comedy pilot. She's been cast as the lead in One Big Happy, an NBC pilot executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Deadline reports. The show, created by former Ellen writer Liz Feldman, follows two best friends, a straight man and a lesbian woman, who agree to have a baby together via artificial insemination. Nick Zano, who played a recurring role on Happy Endings as Penny's girlfriend, is playing the male lead on this show. NBC ordered the pilot back in October.

Since Happy Endings was canceled last May, this is the first [...]

Fox to Stop Ordering Pilots, Will Order Full Series Immediately Instead

The Fox network is making some major changes to how they develop new shows this season, and it could be part of a trend that finds the other broadcast networks following suit.

Fox chairman Kevin Reilly announced today that the network will no longer be running on the "pilot season" schedule that all major networks have been using for decades now. Under that old system, networks ordered dozens of pilots of potential shows each spring before selecting just a few to turn into series in the fall. Instead, Fox will be developing shows year-round and giving straight to series orders instead of wasting a ton of resources and [...]