Pilot Scoop: Leah Remini Joins White Van Man

Former Talk cohost Leah Remini is eying a return to sitcoms, with a role on ABC’s White Van Man single-camera comedy pilot.

Based on a BBC series, White Van Man revolves around a guy (played by Kyle Bornheimer, Perfect Couples) who is forced to put his dreams on hold in order to take over the family handyman business from his father (The Closer‘s JK Simmons).

King of Queens alum Remini will play Terry, a licensed masseuse who is the younger sister of Simmons’ character and mom to a teenage boy (Aim High‘s Jonny Pemberton).

The White Van Man cast also includes Edi Gathegi (aka House‘s Dr. “Big Love”).

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  1. Alana says:

    Love Leah Remini! Sounds like an interesting plot. But FYI we’re called licensed massage therapists, not masseuses. Welcome to the 21st century.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      I shall endeavor to get word to the person who wrote the pilot script where Terry proudly labels herself “a LICENSED masseuse.”

    • l says:

      Seriously? You’re complaining about that? Trying removing that stick.

  2. Gene says:

    It’s bad ABC is stealing an original idea from BBC3 but now they are messing around and changing the proven dynamic by adding additional characters not in the original. Tony (the character of the father in the original) doesn’t have a sister. The main dynamic is between the son running the family business, his lazy assistant and the two women vying for his attention. Way to mess up a good thing America.

    • Carmichael says:

      this happens all the time, I mean, look at the Office. This show will no doubt fail though because Kyle Bornheimer is not lead material.

  3. Ingrid says:

    She always plays the same loudmouth character…..I know that’s what she’s really like, but come on. Maybe she should try her hand at producing or something.

  4. Mark says:

    I thought she had her hand in another show? Sad that she’s joining this one. Kyle Bornheimer is awful.

  5. Holly says:

    The show’s synopsis sounds lame and it has a weak cast. It’ll probably be one of those sitcoms that only gets 13 episodes and then its cancelled.

  6. Redz says:

    Leah remini will do a great job for sure i mean she has been amazing al her career n this would be a cake walk for her

  7. Lisa says:

    Yikes she is not aging well.

  8. Nancy says:

    TERRIBLE title. I would change it.

  9. Tim from NM says:

    Leah will do great in this roll Good luck Leah

  10. Jen from PA says:

    hey tim!! yeyyy, can’t wait for leah to get going on this, excited to see her back on tv :)

  11. renee says:

    ok first off.. white van man is well if your going to remake it for the us.. then you have to take your time.. get the right people… and i’m just not seeing it.. with the line up they have so far.. have any of you even seen the uk white van man… with the people they have lined up… i’m not seeing it..