Five CBS pilots now have casting directors attached, Backstage has confirmed.
The high-profile pilot for “Beverly Hills Cop,” an hour-long comedic action drama that continues the Eddie Murphy film franchise on TV, will be cast by Wendy Weidman and Rebecca Mangieri of Creative Casting. The project from “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan stars Brandon T. Jackson as police officer Aaron Foley, the son of Murphy’s iconic character Axel Foley. Murphy is expected to make a cameo in the pilot to help launch the potential series. The shoot date and location are still to be determined, but the casting directors are based in L.A.
Casting is also underway on four CBS comedy pilots. The first is “The McCarthys,” a single-camera comedy about a loud, tight-knit, sports-crazed Boston family, written by former Backstage “Comic to Watch” Brian Gallivan. Los Angeles-based casting directors Tim Payne and Lisa Ystrom, who also cast “Suburgatory” and Rebel Wilson’s “Super Fun Night” pilot, will cast the “McCarthys” pilot. Shoot dates and location have not been confirmed.
Casting directors Anya Colloff and Michael Nicolo of CFB Casting are casting the multi-camera sitcom pilot “Friends With Better Lives,” which centers on a group of friends in their ‘30s who are each envious of the others. The pilot is tentatively scheduled to shoot in March.
And two CBS pilots created by Greg Garcia will be cast by Dava Waite Peaslee, who cast Garcia’s previous shows including “Raising Hope,” “My Name Is Earl,” and “Yes, Dear” in addition to her numerous other TV credits.
Garcia’s single-camera “Super Clyde” revolves around a meek, mild-mannered fast food employee who decides to become a superhero. The other Garcia project, as yet untitled, is a multi-camera comedy about a recently divorced man whose life is further disrupted when his parents move in with him. Both pilots are expected to shoot in March.