Pilot Casting News: Mandy Moore Pulling Duty, Catherine O'Hara Joins Fox Comedy and More

blog_mandy_michael_catherine_2.20.13Former pop star Mandy Moore has signed on as one of Pulling‘s pushy broads, our sister site Deadline reports.

Moore will play man-hungry Louise, one of the ABC single-camera comedy’s three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point.

Louise is described as optimistic and desperate to land a hubby, but all of her scheming generally doesn’t work out the way she plans.

The project, based on a successful British sitcom of the same name, is exec-produced by Office writers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors, Terra Nova) and British series creators Sharon Horgan and Dennis Kelly.

Moore’s TV credits include Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs and Entourage, and she voices a character on Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising.

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In other pilot casting news…

Catherine O’Hara (Best in Show, Home Alone) will star in Fox’s To My Future Assistant, per The Hollywood Reporter. The veteran actress will play powerful lawyer/notorious frenemy Magda in the comedy, which follows the put-upon assistants at a tony New York City law firm. The potential series is based on a blog and upcoming book of the same name by Lydia Whitlock.

Michael Rady (Emily Owens M.D.) has joined Intelligence, a potential CBS series starring Lost alum Josh Holloway. Rady’s character is a federal investigator somehow connected to a U.S. Cyber Command agent implanted with a microchip that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.

Retired at 35‘s George Segal will play an ’80s-era grandfather in Adam Goldberg’s ABC family comedy How the Hell Am I Normal alongside Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin, per Deadline.

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• Sung Kang (The Fast and the Furious films) has been cast as an Asian gang specialist helping the San Francisco Police Department in the Fox cop drama Gang Related, Deadline reports.

• Eloise Mumford has signed on as a Reckless doctor without borders. In the ABC thriller pilot, The River alum will play a physician whose problem-solver husband must rescue her when she’s unjustly imprisoned overseas.

• Newcomer Maya Kazan has been cast as frustrated artist Marla in The CW’s Company Town, Deadline reports. The multigenerational military drama centers on a scandal at a Virginia Naval base and the way it affects two early twentysomething women who grew up together.

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9 Comments
  1. Roni says:

    Good to see Michael Rady potentially coming back to TV. I’m still going to miss Emily Owens, which I thought was great. Micah was the perfect role for him.

    • So true. CW really jumped the gun in cancelling that compelling med drama…and in doing so, missed the boat completely on a procedural with growth potential, something they’ve searched years for. Emily Owens had much better ratings than Ringer, Cult, 90210, Gossip Girl, Carrie Diaries and (they won’t want to admit this): Beauty & the Beast. Seriously, the person who prematurely pulled the plug on EOMD needs to be re-assigned. They are incompetent.

      • ChrisGa says:

        Yeah, they really jumped it big when they cancelled Emily Owens. I mean, Cult got less than a million viewers last night if I’m not mistaken, Carrie Diaries is at 1.2 million or thereabouts and as much as I love Hart of Dixie, EO actually improved on that show’s viewership during it’s last several episodes. The only bonafide hits–well by CW standards–they have are TVD and now Arrow, with Supernatural a distant third. Frankly, I’m worried about not only HOD but Beauty and the Beast, which I think is getting about the same numbers as Secret Circle did last year in that timeslot–not terrible for the CW, but apparently not good enough when you have TVD as a lead-in(plus I suspect The Originals will get that spot if it’s picked up to series).

  2. Josh says:

    Yikes that Mandy Moore shows sounds horrible, sexist and outdated. “A woman in her 30’s that’s unmarried…HILARITY!”

  3. Alan says:

    cool sung kang, i need more han seol-oh in my life; that has definitely gotten my interest in that show

  4. Martin says:

    “In the ABC thriller The River”-

    Is it 2012 again?

  5. Truth says:

    Seems to me that EVERY freaking show that comes out over here now is a retread of a British show. Just goes to show how unoriginal most stuff is nowadays.

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