Frog greenlights Cain starrer while Faris hits 'Skies'
“Scary Movie” star Anna Faris has joined the cast of NBC sitcom pilot “Blue Skies,” while “Roseanne” vet Sara Gilbert will take another stab at a sitcom, this time in an untitled pilot for the WB from “Will & Grace” creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.
Frog also said yes to the Mike Sikowitz pilot “Grown Men,” starring Dean Cain (“Clubhouse”), and a pilot presentation based on the Web site LiquidGeneration.com.
Also Monday, ABC found the second of its two “Soccer Moms,” Gina Torres (“The Matrix Revolutions”).
Gilbert will star in the Mutchnick/Kohan laffer as one of two very different fraternal twins. Thesp was set to star in ABC’s midseason Jennifer Love Hewitt laffer “In the Game,” until the show was scrapped earlier this year. Recent credits include the feature “High Fidelity,” as well as guest stints on “ER” and “24.”
Mutchnick and Kohan, who also created the laffer “Good Morning Miami,” are developing the sitcom “Kings of New York” at NBC.
“Grown Men,” about five thirtysomething former frat buddies dealing with adulthood, is still being shopped around to studios and remains cast contingent. Sikowitz’s credits include “Friends” and “Grounded for Life,” along with former writing partner Jeffrey Astrof.
Cain is best known for “Lois and Clark.” His other credits include “The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story” for USA, and hosting duties on “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.”
As for the tentatively titled “Liquid Generation TV,” the animated sketch-comedy pilot is based on the Web site’s irreverent flash animation bits. LiquidGeneration.com founder/CEO Bruce Freud will exec produce with Brad Saranecki, Kim Klechner and Jerry Offsay — his first production gig since leaving his programming chief post at Showtime.
On the casting beat, Faris will star in “Blue Skies” as Sarah, a twentysomething ex-stock broker who’s now a YMCA lifeguard. Laffer, from Jhoni Marchinko and NBC Universal TV Studios, follows Sarah as she deals with the sudden arrival of her dysfunctional family.
Faris is no stranger to the Peacock, having guested on “Friends.” Her credits also include “Lost in Translation” and “The Hot Chick.”
Torres, meanwhile, will star opposite Kristen Davis in “Soccer Moms.” Touchstone/Vertikal drama comes from Don Todd and Marla Ginsburg.
Besides “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Revolutions,” Torres was a regular on “Firefly” and guested on “24” and “CSI.”