Calloway going the 'Sanders' way
UPN has picked up one more comedy pilot, greenlighting the “Larry Sanders”-esque entry “The Show With AJ Calloway.”
Laffer pilot stars Calloway, the real-life host of BET’s “106 & Park,” as the host of a fictional broadcast network latenight talker. Project follows Calloway onstage and off as he navigates career, family, friends and his love life.
David Goetch, Benny Medina, Jeff Pollack and Evan Weiss will exec produce the project, which comes from Sony Pictures TV and Handprint. Calloway, Adam Lublin and Mike Brillstein are co-exec producers.
Calloway has been with “106 & Park” since its launch in 2000.
Meanwhile on the casting beat Wednesday, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alum Nicholas Brendon has joined the cast of Fox’s “Kitchen Confidential” pilot as Seth.
Comedy from New Line TV, Darren Star Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV is based on Anthony Bourdain’s memoirs about life as a bad boy-turned-chef in New York.
Besides his role as Xander on “Buffy,” Brendon has credits that include the features “Psycho Beach Party” and “Children of the Corn III.”
Also cast is Megalyn Echikunwoke (“Like Family”), who has been added to Fox’s untitled wedding chapel pilot. Echikunwoke will play Christina Chase in the hourlong project.
The Spelling pilot, which also comes from the Littlefield Co., revolves around the world of a Las Vegas wedding chapel.
Echikunwoke has been seen this season on “That ’70s Show.” She also appeared in “24” and the feature “Funny Valentines.”
Then there’s Jay Paulson, who will star with Anna Faris in NBC’s comedy pilot “Blue Skies.” He’ll play Faris’ brother Matthew in the NBC Universal TV laffer. Project revolves around a dysfunctional family that moves to L.A.
Paulson’s credits include the feature “Imaginary Heroes” as well as “Go,” “Permanent Midnight” and a guest stint on “The West Wing.”