The Office's Angela Kinsey just landed a new starring TV role. Deadline reports that Kinsey has been cast as a lead in a multi-cam ABC pilot called The 46 Percenters, an "unromantic romantic comedy about the 46% of the population who choose to stay married as told through the POV of three couples." Kinsey will play Marni, a wife and mother and one-half of the couples focused on in the series. Kinsey's most recent TV credits include Bad Judge, New Girl, and The Hotwives of Orlando, which got a season 2 renewal last month.
truTV is filling up its comedy roster. The network announced today that it's ordered a half-hour pilot for Adam Ruins Everything based on Adam Conover's hit CollegeHumor series of the same name. Like the web series, the pilot will follow Conover as he "explores topics and ideas many people take for granted and dispels widespread misconceptions through a combination of comedy, history, and science." Conover will also serve as an executive producer alongside Sam Reich, Spencer Griffin, and Jon Cohen. For more on Adam Ruins Everything, check out our in-depth interview with Conover here.
Community's Ken Jeong might star in his own television show. THR reports that ABC has given a pilot order to Dr. Ken, a semi-autobiographical comedy Jeong developed for NBC back in 2013. Written by The Internship's Jared Stern, the series follows Jeong's real-life experiences as a physician who pursues a standup career on the side. Jeong has had several other onscreen projects in the works recently including an MTV comedy pilot called Ken Jeong Made Me Do It and a WWE film role opposite Hulk Hogan and David Hasselhoff.
NBC ordered another comedy pilot yesterday, bringing the total number of comedy pilots currently up for consideration at the network to 13. According to THR, the network has added an untitled multi-cam buddy comedy from former Animal Practice producers Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, and Aseem Batra. Written by Batra (Scrubs, The Cleveland Show), the pilot is described as "a politically incorrect comedy centered on best friends Dale and Georgie, whose relationship is upended when he starts dating the 'perfect' woman." The trio developed another pilot last season loosely based on Batra's childhood but it did not move forward at NBC. Other recent NBC pilot orders include adaptations of [...]
Strange Calls isn't the only adaptation to land an NBC pilot order today. After over a year in development, NBC has given a pilot order to a remake of British comedy series Cuckoo from longtime Simpsons producer Tim Long. The single-cam show follows "a daughter who comes back from a summer abroad after marrying a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much to her father’s annoyance." The original Cuckoo has aired two seasons on BBC Three so far and starred Andy Samberg as Cuckoo in the first season, while Taylor Lautner replaced him as Dale Jr. in the second. Watch a teaser for the British [...]