Pilot Scoop: Topher Grace, Sarah Silverman Set to Play Siblings in HBO's People In New Jersey

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People In New Jersey CastTopher Grace and Sarah Silverman are putting down roots in the Garden State.

The duo are set to play siblings in People In New Jersey, a half-hour comedy pilot for HBO produced by SNL overlord Lorne Michaels and directed by Bridesmaids helmer Paul Feig, TVLine has learned.

Oh, and their mother? She’ll be played by Broadway legend Patti LuPone.

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PINJ is described as a hilarious, poignant look at life today as seen through the prism of an adult brother and sister living in NJ. They each struggle to get through the day, asking themselves the big questions, the little questions, and everything in between.

Grace, in his first major TV gig since his ’70s Show days, will play Carl Levin, an affable (and single) locksmith who has a definite idea of how things and people should be and when the world doesn’t conform to his vision, he resists mightily.

Silverman’s character, Melanie Levin, is an extremely driven closet optimist who works part-time at a department store. She is is involved with a man in what her mother describes as a “half-relationship.”

LuPone’s matriarch Rachel, meanwhile, has been somewhat lost since the death of her husband. She focuses a lot of her energy on worrying about her children and why neither has settled down in a relationship.

Bruce Eric Kaplan (Girls, Six Feet Under) is penning the script and will serve as an EP alongside Michaels and Feig.

Comments (12)

  • Dream team!

    Comment by Zach – October 4, 2013 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds incredible already!

    Comment by erin – October 4, 2013 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve never understood Sarah Silverman’s appeal. Topher seems pretty likable though.

    Comment by schu – October 4, 2013 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t get what’s not to like about Sarah Silverman. She’s one of my favorite actors, and possibly my favorite comedian (either her or Jim Gaffigan). The Sarah Silverman Program would still be on today if Comedy Central didn’t hate shows with well-developed characters. And women. They never seemed to be a big fan of women.

      Comment by Zach – October 4, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Topher was likable until he played Venom,lol.

      Comment by Shaun – October 4, 2013 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m with you, I never found Sarah funny.

      Comment by c0rinne – October 5, 2013 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would watch for the cast alone, but the concept actually seems interest

    Comment by Thea – October 4, 2013 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can they just cancel this now and save us the pain of watching it? Don’t like either lead, but both together ….. : (

    Comment by Terri – October 4, 2013 02:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great casting news. I love both of them. Hope the show will get a series order.

    Comment by Joey – October 4, 2013 04:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sarah’s voice on a weekly basis, no one is going to tolerate it!

    Comment by DavidSask – October 4, 2013 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Here’s hoping they all learn the actual accent of NJ, and not the normal over done horrific sounding fake one all of Hollywood likes to use! I think this is pretty interesting casting, I never would have thought of those 3 being remotely related so we’ll see.

    Comment by Rain – October 7, 2013 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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