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'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 [...]

Romany Malco to Star in Kevin Hart's ABC Pilot

Weeds and 40-Year-Old Virgin star Romany Malco has been cast in a high-profile new TV pilot. He'll be playing the lead role in an untitled ABC multi-camera comedy co-created and produced by Kevin Hart, TV Line reports. Loosely based on Hart's own life, the show will star Malco as a newly-divorced man trying to stay friends with his ex-wife for the sake of their kids. Hart co-created the show, which ABC bought in October, with Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman, Dan Harmon's former Community co-showrunners. Hart is expected to play a recurring role if the pilot gets picked up. Malco and Hart starred together in the movie Think [...]

'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.

Jay Baruchel Is Starring in Simon Rich's FX Pilot, Produced by Lorne Michaels

Undeclared and This Is the End star Jay Baruchel has been cast as the lead in an FX pilot created by former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich and executive produced by Lorne Michaels, THR reports. Based on Rich's book, The Last Girlfriend on Earth, the half-hour comedy follows as a guy who's reentering the frightening dating scene after being dumped. If the show gets picked up, this will be Baruchel's first TV job since the short-lived 2006 courtroom drama Just Legal, which he starred in with Don Johnson.

Rich will serve as showrunner if the Last Girlfriend on Earth pilot gets picked up. Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) [...]

Amazon Studios Adds 3 New Comedy Pilots, Including One from Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman

Like last year, Amazon has announced its new slate of pilots, which are available for free on Amazon Instant Video and will be picked up based on which shows get the most views and positive feedback from viewers. Of the 10 pilots up for consideration this year, Amazon is offering up three new comedies:

Mozart in the Jungle - From writer-director Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Broadway director Alex Timbers, Mozart in the Jungle is "based on the book by Blair Tindall" and "follows Gael Garcia Bernal as the brash new conductor of the New York Symphony and Malcolm McDowell as the old timer being pushed out."

The [...]

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.

TBS Orders a Pilot Starring Jimmy Pardo, Produced by Conan O'Brien

Standup Jimmy Pardo is getting his very own TBS pilot. The cable network has ordered a pilot presentation for The Weekly Awards, a clip show hosted by Pardo that will find him going over the week's big events and handing out awards while wearing a tux. Conan O'Brien is producing the pilot via his production company Conaco. The pilot is taping next month, and you can get tickets here.

Pardo, who is the host of the popular podcast Never Not Funny, has been serving as the opening act for tapings of Conan O'Brien's talk show for years and occasionally appears on camera. He filled in for Andy [...]

Rita Moreno Joins Amy Poehler's NBC Pilot 'Old Soul'

Recent SAG lifetime achievement recipient and EGOT winner Rita Moreno has joined Amy Poehler's NBC pilot Old Soul. According to Deadline, Moreno will star opposite Natasha Lyonne as one of her elderly clients in the tailor-made role of Rita, "a flamboyant, larger-than-life Broadway vet who has been happily married to her writing partner/husband for over 50 years." David Wain is also signed on to direct the Old Soul pilot, which is the first project to get a pilot order from Amy Poehler's 3-year development deal with NBC. To catch up on the rest of pilot season, check out a complete breakdown here.

Looking Back at Jon Lovitz's 1998 Sitcom Pilot, 'The Jon Lovitz Show'

"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.

Back in 1998, Jon Lovitz co-created and starred in a pilot for an ABC comedy called The Jon Lovitz Show that was passed over by the network. The pilot was a multi-camera sitcom in which Lovitz played a fictionalized version of himself, as an actor who's so self-obsessed that he's cartoonishly jerky to everyone around him. Coming just a few years after ABC canceled Lovitz's animated show, The Critic, he co-scripted The Jon Lovitz Show with Mike Langworthy, a writer/producer [...]

A Guide to 2014's Network Comedy Pilots

We're in the midst of pilot season again, the time of year when the big four networks cast and shoot pilot episodes of potential shows for the 2014-15 TV seasons. One big change this year is that Fox — and to a lesser extent, NBC — are attempting to do away with pilot season and handing out straight-to-series orders or developing shows year-round like cable networks do instead. Fox is still ordering pilots for its comedies to test cast chemistry, but they're greenlighting pilots with more serious ambitions to turn them into comedies this season. Five new shows from Tina Fey, John Mulaney, Craig Robinson, and more have [...]

Jane Krakowski to Star in Fox Comedy 'Dead Boss'

Jane Krakowski's getting more camera — I mean cam-er-ah — time in the form of a leading role on a new Fox comedy. According to Deadline, the 30 Rock star has signed on for the lead role in Dead Boss, an adaptation of Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh's BBC3 series. Krakowski will play Horgan's original role Helen Stephens, an overachiever "wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence." Production is reportedly moving to New York where Krakowski — who has been a hotly sought-after actor for pilot season this year — is based.

Cristin Milioti Joins Rashida Jones's NBC Pilot 'A to Z'

Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's romantic comedy pilot is beginning to round out its cast. EW has confirmed that Cristin Milioti, who plays the titular character on CBS's How I Met Your Mother, has signed on to play one of the two lead roles in the single-cam pilot A to Z. Milioti will play Zelda, "a lawyer at a small public-advocacy firm who is known for her 'realist' outlook on life … Alternately serious and hilarious, Zelda loves being a grown-up and doesn’t understand why anyone over 20 would go see an animated movie or eat ice cream sundaes. Destiny and fate are not in her vocabulary; [...]

Rob Riggle to Star Opposite Rob Lowe in 'The Pro' NBC Pilot

Rob Lowe's NBC tennis comedy pilot The Pro is beginning to round out its cast. THR reports that Rob Riggle has signed on to star opposite Lowe as Bobby Welch, the former doubles champion opposite Ben Bertram (Lowe) who reunites with his partner "after a public feud that left them both floundering in life." More info on Riggle's character:

Riggle's Bobby comes to the tennis and golf shop as the new head pro — much to Ben's chagrin. Following their split, Bobby went on to have an illustrious career and brags about his lifestyle. However, now he's dirt poor and living in a youth hostel and the [...]

Comedy Central Orders Animated Basketball Pilot 'Legends'

Comedy Central is looking to add another animated series. According to Deadline, the network has ordered a pilot from Bento Box Entertainment called Legends, described as "an urban animated comedy centering on a trio of high school basketball players who are legends in their own minds — and really, nowhere else. Freshman benchwarmers and friends Jamal, Grover, and Milk try and mostly fail to make an impression at Bluford High, whether it's on the court or with the ladies."

Created and developed by Simpsons animator Brad Abelson, Mike Clements (EP on The Life & Times of Tim), writer Michael Starrbury, and sports show producers Quinn Hawking and Josiah [...]