Tuesday, April 5, 2011

TV Pilot Season Round-up: Whedonverse Stars in Upcoming Series

There has been a lot of chatter the past few weeks about upcoming casting amongst our Whedonverse favorites. So we felt a recap was in order.

Sarah Michelle Gellar: Starting off with what is perhaps most anticipated, is Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to television in her upcoming CBS series Ringer, filming in NYC. After the death of her successful twin sister, a woman is on the run and assumes her identity. SMG is playing both sisters.

Eliza Dushku: confirms her casting in a sports radio comedy saying on her Facebook page: "It is with insanest excitement  awesomeness I get to finally fill you guys in: I've JUST landed a new CBS comedy pilot w/ my comic idol Mr. Damon Wayans! Stay tuned, there is a serious happy dance occurring at the moment ;) xx!" More info here.

Michelle Trachtenberg: has been cast as the female lead in CBS' untitled Peter Knight comedy pilot, a workplace ensemble from Sony and Happy Madison revolving around the young-adult employees at a venture capital firm. It centers on Danny, who is shocked when his crush, competitor and fellow trainee Gracie (Trachtenberg) is promoted.

Julie Benz has joined CBS’ untitled supernatural medical drama along with her No Ordinary Family co-star Michael Chiklis.

Amy Acker has been cast in a pilot, USA's Common Law. The cop dramedy also  stars Michael Ealy and Warren Kole as partners who can’t stop bickering, so their captain sends them to couples therapy. Acker will play their therapist.

James Marsters has filmed a pilot for SyFy's Three Inches, still in limbo at the network. The series is about an underachiever who is struck by lightning and develops the ability to move objects with his mind, but only by three inches.

Firefly hottie Sean Maher has been cast as a recurring character in NBC's drama pilot Playboy set in the 1960's.

Dollhouse fan favorite Enver Gjokaj has been cast in a USA pilot Eden as the lead. The show centers on a young hotel worker who, with the help of his escaped con artist cousin Eddie (Gjokaj), gets a job as the concierge at an elite NYC hotel. Together they manage to provide the hotel guests with whatever they desire, at whatever the cost. 

Buffy and Angel writers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have created Grimm, a cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist. The series was greenlit by NBC.


Anonymous said...

Amy Acker has also been cast in a pilot, USA's Common Law. http://www.fusedfilm.com/2011/01/tv-casting-couch-amy-acker-mark-pellegrino-camryn-manheim/

If SMG, Enver and Amy's pilots all go through I'll have way too much television to watch. The three of them are like the top three Whedonverse actors, at least in my opinion.

Tara said...

OOh, fantastico...thanks Anon. Will add to the list!