The buddy comedy set in the world of professional basketball follows a non-English speaking rookie and a non-basketball speaking translator (Astin). An insider tells Variety that Astin, who’s been in demand this season, locked down the role almost immediately.
The “Pitch Perfect” star will play Jason, a sweet yet wimpy teaching assistant living in his parents’ basement who’s tapped by an NBA manager to become a translator for a talented but lazy recruit from Botswana. Jason soon realizes he got a lot more than he signed up for when he’s thrown into the company of pro basketball giants.
The 30-minute laffer from exec producers Dan Fogelman, Aaron Kaplan, Mike Tollin, Peter Gruber, David Windsor and Casey Johnson will be directed by John Fortenberry. Windsor and Johnson penned the pilot. The series hails from ABC Studios, Rhode Island Ave. Prods., Mandalay Sports Media and Kapital Entertainment. The NBA is officially attached to the project.
After two seasons, “Ground Floor” was officially cancelled by TBS this past weekend, after the cabler agreed to let Astin and the cast look for second position jobs. Astin will reprise his role in “Pitch Perfect 2,” which hits theaters this May.