Pilots for HBO, USA, ABC Get Casting Directors

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Although pilot season is traditionally reserved for the mass production of broadcast network pilots, at least a few cable networks will be competing for actor and casting director talent in the new year, as Backstage has confirmed that some recently picked-up cable pilots have casting directors attached.

HBO’s comedy pilot “Silicon Valley” will be cast by Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera. The project hails from “King of the Hill” and “Beavis and Butthead” creator Mike Judge, as well as fellow “King of the Hill” executive producers John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky. It’s a single-camera comedy that centers on a man who finds himself at the head of a hot tech start-up after inventing a music app. The money and success are welcomed, the increased responsibility only tolerated. Shooting is tentatively scheduled to start in February in Los Angeles.

Another HBO comedy pilot, an untitled project written by Michael Lannan, has secured the services of casting director Carmen Cuba. The script for the pilot is based on a feature script for a project called “Lorimer,” also written by Lannan, and follows the exploits of three 30-something gay friends living in San Francisco. David Marshall Grant and Sarah Condon serve as executive producers. Shooting will begin in March in the Bay Area.

HBO’s other recently picked-up comedy “People in New Jersey,” written by “Girls” co-executive producer Bruce Eric Kaplan, does not have a casting director attached.

USA Network’s sci-fi pilot “Horizon,” from “Walking Dead” executive producer Gayle Anne Hurd, will be cast by Eric Dawson of Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting. Written by Bridget Tyler, the pilot takes place during World War II, and centers on an FBI secretary who begins to suspect that her husband was killed fighting off alien invaders, not enemy soldiers. The pilot is cast contingent, so no shoot date or location has been determined.

One broadcast network pilot that received a pre-Christmas pick-up has a casting director attached as well. ABC comedy “How the F Am I Normal?” is being cast by Leslie Litt. The project is a semi-autobiographical look at the ’80s childhood of the pilot’s writer, Adam Goldberg. Shooting will begin in January in Los Angeles.