Matheson, Wendt, Daltrey flying to pilots
America’s political divide will get the comedic treatment in “Red and Blue,” a half-hour pilot picked up Monday by ABC.
Meanwhile, on the casting front, Tim Matheson, George Wendt, Roger Daltrey, Johnny Messner and Marguerite Moreau have all landed new gigs.
“Cheers” alums Dan Staley and Rob Long will write “Red and Blue,” which comes from Touchstone TV and Shady Acres. Project follows a liberal dad and a conservative grandfather who are both looking to lend their political influence to the next generation.
Staley and Long — a well-known Hollywood conservative commentator and National Review columnist — will exec produce, along with Michael Bostick and Tom Shadyac.
Staley and Long’s other credits include the laffers “George & Leo” and “Men, Women & Dogs.”
Matheson, most recently seen as vice president (and later, former VP) John Hoynes on “The West Wing,” is set as Soloman on the WB’s drama pilot “The Prince.”
Project, from Warner Bros. TV, Berlanti-Liddell and Fort Hill Prods., follows the sudsy exploits of a New York mogul and his son.
Matheson’s other recent credits include directing episodes of “Cold Case” and “Ed” and starring in ABC telepic “Judas.”
Wendt will star as Tug Clarke in the WB laffer “The Evolution of Man.” Project, from Warner Bros. TV and Bruckheimer TV, revolve around a group of guys and their female life coach.
Wendt recently guested on “George Lopez” and also hosted the A&E series “House of Dreams.” He’s still known to the world as barfly Norm on “Cheers.”
Then there’s the Who rocker Daltrey, who has done quite a bit of acting in recent years, guesting on skeins such as “That ’70s Show,” “Highlander” and “Rude Awakening.”
Daltrey is now set to star as the villain in the WB’s drama pilot “Mermaid.” Quirky Spelling TV drama pilot presentation follows a mermaid in Miami.
Messner and Moreau are set for the Fox drama pilot “Deviant Behavior.” Messner (“Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid”) will play Hale, while Moreau (“Life as We Know It”) stars as Lyford.
Regency TV project is a procedural hour about a team that tracks serial killers.
In other casting news, Fran Kranz (“The Village”) is on board ABC’s drama pilot “Laws of Chance” as Lucas Baines, a young D.A. Twentieth Century Fox TV project is based on the life of a real-life Houston D.A.
Twentieth Century Fox TV has also added names to its Chris Kattan laffer pilot at ABC: James Patrick Stewart (“Andy Richter Controls the Universe”) as Scott, and Tinsley Grimes (“That ’80s Show”) as Lilly. Kattan plays a TV correspondent on the 20th/3 Arts sitcom.
New to the cast of Fox’s untitled Jablonski/Katims drama pilot are Nestor Carbonell (“Suddenly Susan”) as Gavin, Leah Pipes (“Clubhouse”) as Tess and Phillip Rhys (“24”) as Sunil. Twentieth Century Fox TV and Imagine TV produce the skein, about the world of a fertility clinic.
(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)