Pilot Scoop: Bryan Greenberg and Doris Roberts Land Sitcoms, Selection Picks Peck and More

Five-time Emmy winner Doris Roberts, One Tree Hill alum Bryan Greenberg and Gregory Peck’s grandson are among the latest actors to land pilots this development season, per our sister site Deadline.

Roberts has joined the cast of ABC’s Counter Culture, a multi-cam comedy about three aging sisters who work at a family-owned diner in West Texas. The Everybody Loves Raymond scene-stealer will play the gals’ Aunt Lee, a Southern belle with steely disposition who runs said eatery.

Greenberg, whose most recent TV gig was HBO’s How to Make It in America, has landed the male lead opposite JoAnna Garcia (Reba) in CBS’ untitled comedy pilot from Greg Berlanti and Greg Malins. He’ll play Nick, a womanizer who in the wake of a health scare realizes that his longtime bestie Wendy, is “The One.” Alas, she’s engaged, and to a nice guy (played by Groundlings performer Ryan Gaul).

Over on The CW, Ethan Peck (10 Things I Hate About You) has scored a plum role in The Selection, a Hunger Games-esque drama based on an upcoming series of books set 300 years in the future and concerning a girl named America (Friday Night Lights‘ Aimee Teegarden) who is chosen by lottery to compete to marry a prince (Peck).

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In other castings:

* Elaine Hendrix (Joan of Arcadia) has joined the Judy Greer-fronted ABC comedy American Judy, playing the town sheriff ex-wife of Greer’s husband.

* Tracy Spiradakos (Being Human) will play a warrior in NBC’s Revolution, a high-octane drama penned by Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and exec-produced by J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The series follows a group of characters struggling to survive in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist.

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  1. tasha says:


  2. Mick says:

    Ethan Peck is awesome this show is looking more and more good. I think the Selection would be a good move for the CW. TVD didn’t have a great pilot and people were talking about how no one wanted another vampire show and look how that turned out.

  3. Mark says:

    Awesome to Doris Roberts! She was the best in Everybody Loves Raymond.

  4. CJ says:

    Good to see Doris Roberts still going strong. After a long run on Everybody Loves Raymond, one might expect her to retire, since she’s in her 80s. Or maybe one of those semi-retirements, where they don’t seek out work but take it if offered and if it’s something worthy of their time. Guess we’ll see if the show works out.

  5. juan says:

    I love Doris Roberts, will watch now

  6. Ella says:

    I was hoping they’d cast Bryan opposite Sophia Bush in her new comedy show. Always wanted to see those 2 crazy kids get together… ;)

  7. Leah says:

    Kripke and JJ Abrams?! I’ll watch that!
    And Judy Greer is hilarious.

  8. brad says:

    So no more How to make it in America?? And I must be working too much, but what Sophia Bush comedy show?