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”).