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 [...]
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 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.
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.
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.