×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

O’Neal, Star ‘Match’ wits in Peacock pilot

Series focuses on attorney who plays matchmaker

Ryan O’Neal is joining the cast of a new love story — this one directed by “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star.

Veteran thesp has signed to play Alicia Silverstone’s dad in NBC’s “Miss/Match,” the matchmaker pilot from Star and Jeff Rake. In addition, Star has now committed to direct the pilot from Imagine, 20th Century Fox TV and Darren Star Prods. — the first time Star has directed an hourlong pilot.

Skein revolves a Gotham matrimonial attorney (Silverstone) who doubles as a high-end matchmaker even though her own love life is less than perfect. Her dad (O’Neal) is a divorce lawyer who split up with his wife years ago, causing a strain in his relationship with his daughter. In addition to Star and Rake, David Nevins and Brian Grazer are exec producers.

NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker said the addition of O’Neal and Star’s decision to direct add even more heat to what’s considered one of the Peacock’s most buzzworthy drama contenders.

“This is a good project,” Zucker said. “It’s sort of the scripted version of what’s happened with reality television in that it’s got the romance, the emotion and all the other touchstones of why ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Joe Millionaire’ have worked. It’s also got great vision from Darren Star and Jeff Rake, and with Ryan O’Neal, you have an icon of the bigscreen who just lends tremendous creditability and charisma to this project.”

Star said he decided to direct the “Miss/Match” pilot because of his desire “to be more intimately involved in” the project.

“I love Alicia and really want to work with her,” Star said. “Plus, I feel like I’m at a point where I don’t want to see anyone else doing it.”

What’s more, should anything go wrong on the project, “I can yell at myself,” Star quipped, adding that he hoped to take advantage of numerous Los Angeles locales in the same way Gotham serves as an added character on “Sex and the City.” Lensing begins this week.

WMA-repped helmer-producer also welcomed the addition of O’Neal to the cast.

“He’s one of the great all-time romantic comedy film stars,” Star said. “It’s great to have him on a TV series bringing all of his talent to television.”

In addition to “Love Story,” O’Neal’s credits include “Paper Moon,” “A Bridge Too Far,” “The Main Event” and “What’s Up, Doc?” Thesp is repped by David Shapira and Associates.

Also joining the cast of “Miss/Match”: Jodi Long (“All-American Girl”).

More TV

  • Dom Delport

    Vice Swings to Profit in the U.K., Eyes International Partnerships

    After a tumultuous period involving harassment scandals, job losses and restructuring, Vice has registered a small profit in the U.K., according to the company’s latest results. The uptick is welcome news for Vice as its new international boss, Dominique Delport, scopes out new production and partnership possibilities for the company’s content business. The U.K. was [...]

  • Stephen Colbert

    Stephen Colbert Mocks Former CBS Chief Leslie Moonves on 'Late Show'

    Leslie Moonves was known to take an active dislike of David Letterman making fun of him during that host’s tenure on CBS’ “The Late Show.” He probably isn’t enjoying being mentioned by Stephen Colbert either. Colbert used his monologue on Tuesday’s broadcast to poke fun at the former CBS Corp. CEO, who yesterday learned that [...]

  • Ruth Wilson and Idris Elba'Luther Series

    'Luther' Creator Neil Cross Working on Show's Movie Version, Idris Elba Says

    A movie version of crime series “Luther” is moving forward, with writer-creator Neil Cross working on the script, the show’s star Idris Elba confirmed at the launch of Season 5 in London. “We are really advancing on getting a movie version [of the show] up on the screen,” Elba said. “Neil is beavering away on [...]

  • THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" --

    TV News Roundup: NBC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates

    In today’s roundup, NBC reveals midseason premiere dates for six shows, including “The Voice.” DATES  NBC has announced midseason premiere dates for four returning and two new series. “The Voice” will air Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m., and March 5 at 8 p.m. It will return April 23 at 8 [...]

  • Penny Marshall Dead Obit

    Remembering Penny Marshall, Who Forged Her Own Path and Paved the Way for Others

    She was a natural comedian — fearless and funny, willing to trade on her natural Bronx brogue to craft a sassy and street-wise character that was tailor-made for sitcoms. But Penny Marshall, who died Monday night at the age of 75, proved throughout her long career that she had so much more in the way [...]

  • David Rhodes CBS News

    CBS News Faces New Challenges in Weeks Ahead

    At CBS News, President David Rhodes has a series of important decisions to make that could affect the trajectories of some of TV’s best-known news programs. As its parent company seeks to move forward from recent seismic events – the ouster of its former CEO, Leslie Moonves; a corporate probe into its workplace culture; and [...]

  • European Union Placeholder

    Europe, Hollywood Hail Landmark E.U. Territorial Licensing Agreement

    Industry organizations and major companies in Europe and Hollywood welcomed Tuesday a high-level European Union agreement that in large part preserves producers’ ability to sell movies and TV shows on an exclusive territory-by-territory basis. Territorial licensing is a financial backbone of the film and TV business in Europe. Recognition of such licensing came last Thursday in [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content