Pilot Casting News: Martin Short Teams Up With SNL Boss, Once Heroine Will Believe and More

blog_martin_jamieSurvey says… Martin Short is reuniting with his old Saturday Night Live boss!

The comedian is finalizing a deal to play a game-show host in NBC’s untitled Lorne Michaels/John Mulaney project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The multi-camera project is based loosely on former SNL scribe Mulaney’s life and will follow a group of young people and their hijinks. Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), Dave Becky (Louie), and David Miner and Andrew Singer (30 Rock) will exec-produce.

SCTV vet Short will play Lou Cannon, the host/boss for whom Mulaney writes jokes.

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In other pilot casting news…

• Speaking of bosses, Stephen Root will manage Brittany Snow in Fox’s To My Future Assistant, our sister site Deadline reports. The NewsRadio alum will play Snow’s character’s boss Frank, a gruff attorney who’s not quite as bad as he seems.

• NBC’s Believe has added Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time‘s Mulan), Delroy Lindo (The Chicago Code), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil) and newcomer Johnny Sequoyah to its cast, per Deadline. Sequoyah will play Bo, a young girl with great powers who’s hunted by evil people. Chung’s Channing is a tough, smart woman who works for Lindo’s Winter, a kind man posing as a priest. Guillory will portray a hit woman with mommy issues.

• Michael Stahl-David (My Generation) and Patrick Heusinger (Royal Pains) will play Felicity Huffman’s adult (assassin) sons in Fox’s Boomerang, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Heusinger’s Carl is the elder brother whose wife doesn’t know what he really does for a living. Stahl-David’s Sam is the family’s loose cannon, who returns to the fold when he’s out of options and money.

• Hunger Games heartstring-tugger Amandla Stenberg has joined NBC’s untitled Greg Daniels/Owen Ellickson project. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Stenberg will play Irene, a bright (yet tone-deaf) eighth grader who desperately wants star Craig Robinson (The Office) to teach her how to sing.


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  1. robinepowell says:

    I guess no more Mulan on Once Upon a Time, then.

  2. Tran says:

    Hope Believe from uber producer J.J. Abrams should get picked up as a series for NBC and it may joined J.J. other series on NBC, Revolution.

  3. Lily says:

    I’m rooting so hard for Boomerang to get picked up. Sounds brilliant to me. Love Felicity Huffman.