Pilot News: Ground Floor's Skylar Astin Joins ABC's Basketball Comedy

Skylar Astin NBA Pilot

Skylar Astin is already moving up from Ground Floor.

Following the recent cancellation of his TBS sitcom, Astin has been cast in ABC’s untitled buddy comedy pilot about a non-English speaking NBA star and his translator, our sister site Deadline reports.

In case there was any doubt in your mind, even for a second, Astin will not portray the NBA player. He’s been tapped to star as translator Jason, a “little wimpy guy with no athletic prowess” who essentially becomes a babysitter for his extra-large charge. Per the description, “he’s also got to find a way to light a fire under this incredibly tall and talented athlete who seems to lack any drive.”

The single-camera comedy is being written and executive-produced by Casey Johnson and David Windsor.

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  1. Joey Padron says:

    Glad he got a new pilot. Still sad about Ground Floor being over.

  2. Jared says:

    Sounds like the perfect role for Skylar.

  3. mdbchud says:

    Yeah, I echo the disappointment in losing Ground Floor, but I will follow Skylar wherever he goes. Hope it’s worthy of him.

  4. Sokratis Lakrindis says:

    Any news on whats to happen with Briga Heelan? Feel its a shame Ground Floor was cancelled if she doesn’t get a rebound job and Skylar does.

  5. mdbchud says:

    Would be nice is Briga & Skylar could wind up together somewhere. Perfect Chemistry.

  6. Tom says:

    Can Anna Camp be the female lead?

  7. Ram510 says:

    Aaaaaand now we know why it was canceled. My only thing is why wouldn’t he try to stay on Ground Floor (presuming it was still an option) to risk being on another show when you do t even know if it’s going to be picked up, much less if it’s gonna last more than a few episodes

    • Eric says:

      Umm…this news has nothing to do with Ground Floor’s cancellation. TBS cancelled the show, and then Skylar found himself another job. As actors do.