Anthony LaPaglia, Brian F. O'Byrne, John Leguizamo, Julie White Cast in Upcoming TV Pilots
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award winners Anthony LaPaglia, Brían F. O’Byrne and Julie White, as well as Tony nominee John Leguizamo, have been cast in upcoming pilots, according to Deadline.com.
LaPaglia (A View From the Bridge, Lend Me a Tenor) will star as iconic fashion designer Robert Soulter in the ABC drama pilot "Americana," directed by Phillip Noyce. Michael Seitzman, who wrote the script, will executive produce with Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper for ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co.
O'Byrne (Frozen, The Coast of Utopia, Doubt, The Beauty Queen of Leenane) will star in the ABC drama pilot "Gilded Lilys." The project, written by KJ Steinberg, is set in 1895 and is described as "an epic love story, a vicious rivalry and a scandalous secret unfolded against the backdrop of the opening of New York's first luxury hotel." The drama centers on Edwin Lily (O’Byrne), who tries to revive his family's fortunes by opening the most lavish hotel in history. Also in the cast is Sarah Bolger. Steinberg and Shonda Rhimes executive produce.
Leguizamo (Freak, Sexaholix), who recently signed a development deal with ABC and ABC Studios to star in and executive produce a single-camera comedy for the network, has also signed on for the ABC and ABC Studios multi-camera comedy pilot "Only Fools and Horses." Adapted from the BBC comedy of the same name, "Only Fools and Horses" chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney. Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley wrote the adaptation and will executive produce with Leguizamo's manager, Jeff Golenberg. As part of Leguizamo's deal with ABC, if "Only Fools and Horses" doesn't go to series, the network will develop the comedy inspired by his professional, personal and family life in New York City.
White (The Little Dog Laughed, The Heidi Chronicles) has been cast in NBC's comedy pilot "Go On," written by Scott Silveri ("Friends"), who will executive produce with Karey Burke and the pilot's director, Todd Holland. The project centers on a sportscaster who tries to move on from loss and finds comfort among the members of his group therapy sessions. White will play Anne, a feisty and recently widowed woman stuck in the anger stage of grief.
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