DEADLINE – SNL alum Taran Killam, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) have closed deals for lead roles in ABC comedy pilot Single Parents, from New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriwether and former writer J.J. Philbin and 20th Century Fox TV.
Written by Philbin based on a story by her and Meriwether, and directed by Jason Winer, Single Parents revolves around a group of dysfunctional single parents who lean on one another as they raise their kids, look for love and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of one another.
Killam will play Will Cooper, a single dad whose daughter is his whole world — but, because of his devotion to her, he’s forgotten how to be a man. Meester will portray Angie, mom to an overly attached son whom she is doing everything she can to protect for as long as possible. She’s scrappy, strong and has had to hustle as a single mom for years to make ends meet. Garrett plays Douglas, a rich, retired, country club member who’s “not-not racist.” He has an old-school mentality on parenting and gender roles and easily throws money at whatever problems he faces, no matter how small.
Meriwether, Philbin, Katherine Pope and Winer executive produce the pilot, which is being cast by former Fox casting executive Seth Yanklewitz.
During is tenure on SNL, Killam was known for such impersonations as Donald Trump, Andy Cohen and Brad Pitt. He recently wrote, directed and co-starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the feature comedy comedy Killing Gunther.
Meester played Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. Her most recent TV credits include Making History and The Last Man on Earth.
Garrett, known for his Emmy-winning longtime role as Robert on Everybody Loves Raymond, most recently appeared on Bull and This Is Us and recurred on Fargo. This marks his return to ABC, where he starred in the comedy series How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life).
Exciting news! Leighton is set to guest star on FOX’s The Last Man on Earth.
TV LINE – Leighton Meester has booked a guest stint on Fox’s Last Man on Earth, and TVLine has an exclusive first look at the Gossip Girl vet’s surprisingly elegant debut. According to sources, Meester figures into the upcoming arc centered on new recurring cast member Fred Armisen, whose character was first introduced at the end of Sunday’s fall finale. Considering the fact that Armisen’s creepy-looking alter ego is currently holed up in an abandoned prison, and, as the above image makes pretty clear, Meester’s character is most definitely not, it’s probably safe to assume that she will appear via flashback.
TVLine first reported news of Armisen’s Last Man gig back in October. The SNL vet is slated to appear in roughly four episodes as Karl, a survivor with an interesting past. Meester, meanwhile, is booked for just one episode (set to air in early 2018).
Meester returns to the Fox fold after starring in last season’s short-lived period comedy Making History.
Last Man on Earth resumes its current fourth season on Sunday, Jan. 7.
Unfortunately Making History has been cancelled by Fox.
Fox cancels Son of Zorn, Making History
Zorn has been defeated by an adversary more formidable than Zulchazor.
And time has run out for Making History.
Fox has canceled freshman comedies Son of Zorn and Making History, EW has confirmed.
Both shows, which were executive-produced by The Lego Movie gurus Phil Lord and Chris Miller, were ambitious comedies. Son of Zorn, created by Wilfred‘s Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne, featured the cartoon warrior Zorn (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) trying to adjust to life in live-action Orange County, where his son (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife (Cheryl Hines) lived.
Making History, created by Julius “Goldie” Sharpe (The Grinder), followed the time-traveling adventures of a college facilities manager (Adam Pally), his girlfriend/Paul Revere’s daughter (Leighton Meester), and a history professor (Yassir Lester).
Neither show made a dent in the Nielsens: Son of Zorn averaged 3.4 million viewers per episode and a 1.5 in the 18-to-49 demo while Making History averaged just 1.8 million viewers with a .8 in the demo.
The networks debuted three time-travel shows in the 2016-17 season, and all three met the same fate. NBC cancelled Timeless and ABC jettisoned Time After Time.
In addition to Son of Zorn and Making History, Lord and Miller are also the executive producers of another Fox comedy, The Last Man on Earth, which on Wednesday night received some good news in the form of a renewal for a fourth season.
Leighton Meester Set As Female Lead In ‘Making History’ Fox Comedy Pilot
Gossip Girl co-star Leighton Meester is returning to series TV as the female lead opposite Adam Pally in Making History, Fox’s time-travel single-camera comedy pilot executive produced by Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Julius “Goldy” Sharpe.
Written by Sharpe, Making History revolves around three unlikely friends who find an even less likely way to travel through time, irreversibly complicating their personal lives in 2016. It centers on Dan (Pally), a nerdy computer science professor at a small college and the “failure” of an accomplished family who is unpopular with both students and colleagues on campus, where his extreme intelligence comes off as odd. Dan invented time travel, hoping to get a fresh start and meet less shallow people. We see two Dans – the “nerd rage” guy having a hard time in the present, and the cooler more carefree guy in the past.
Meester will play Deborah, a colonial woman self-educated and incredibly motivated with modern ideals trapped in a regressive time. She has contemporary beliefs of gender and racial equality which everyone scoffs at in 1775.
Meester developed strong following for her role as queen bee Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. She is repped by WME and Rick Genow.