'Scrubs' alum Chalke returns to ABC
CBS has given a pilot greenlight to “Team Spitz,” a comedy pilot starring ex-“Daily Show” correspondent Rob Riggle, while “Scrubs” alum Sarah Chalke is back at ABC.“Team Spitz” stars Riggle as a bombastic high school football coach. CBS has been looking to find a vehicle for Riggle for some time; the comedian first signed a talent deal with the Eye in 2008. He also has regularly appeared on the Eye’s “Gary Unmarried.” Bill Martin and Mike Schiff wrote the pilot and are exec producing; Peter Principato and Paul Young are also exec producers, as are Tantamount’s Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and Mitch Hurwitz. Sony Pictures TV is behind the show, while CBS TV Studios has also been given a co-production credit. A real-life Marine Corps Reserve major, Riggle’s credits also include “Step Brothers” and “Saturday Night Live.” As for Chalke, thesp has been cast in ABC’s comedy pilot “Freshman.” Chalke will play a freshman congresswoman on the show, which revolves around a group of politicos who live together in a Washington, D.C., house. Chalke’s character, Jane, is a former businesswoman who won her seat in a landslide — but isn’t as lucky in her personal life. Greg Malins is the writer-exec producer on “Freshman,” which comes from 20th Century Fox TV, while Arianna Huffington is also EP. Chalke’s credits include a major guest arc last year on CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” where Malins is an exec producer. Besides her eight-season stint on “Scrubs” (the last year of which was on ABC), Chalke appeared in “Roseanne,” where she was famously the show’s second Becky, and the longform “Maneater.”
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