Pfeiffer, Cole for Grammer pilot, Light heads to ABC
Dedee Pfeiffer (“For Your Love”) and Gary Cole (“The Brady Bunch Movie”) have been cast as the leads in NBC’s Kelsey Grammer-produced laffer pilot “Neurotic Tendencies,” while small-screen vet Judith Light has been added to ABC’s half-hour pilot “Born in Brooklyn.”Pfeiffer is set to star in “Neurotic” as a struggling Gotham actress who marries a hot shot studio exec (Cole) and moves with him to Los Angeles. Lonely in La-la Land, Pfeiffer’s character invites several of her New York friends to head West with her. Other cast members include former “Saturday Night Live” star Ellen Cleghorne, Missi Pyle, Niesha Trout and Meredith Scott Lynn. While “For Your Love” has been renewed for next season, all remaining segs of the laffer are expected to be completed by July (Daily Variety, Dec. 27, 2000). Pfeiffer, however, remains in second position with “Neurotic,” should the WB choose to extend “Love” beyond its expected 100-episode run. In addition to her role on “Love,” Pfeiffer is also known for playing Cybill Shepherd’s eldest daughter on “Cybill.” Cole’s recent feature credits include “A Simple Plan,” “A Very Brady Sequel” and “Office Space.” On the small screen, he was a regular on the short-lived CBS drama “American Gothic” and starred in the NBC drama “Midnight Caller.” Grammer and Diane Wilk are the exec producers of “Neurotic Tendencies”; Camille Grammer is a producer. As for Light, the former “Who’s the Boss” star will play a wealthy book publisher in “Born in Brooklyn,” which stars Maria Bello (“Coyote Ugly”) and the just-cast Edward Atterton (“The Man in the Iron Mask”) as a Gotham-area couple about to have their first kid. Light’s character is the boss of Bello’s character. Also added to the “Brooklyn” cast: Comic Jeff Ross (“Isn’t She Great”), who’ll play Atterton’s best friend. “Brooklyn” comes from scribe Becky Mode and exec producers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.