The Smart One (2012 TV Movie)
The ABC sitcom announced today that Elizabeth Pena (La Bamba, Rush Hour) has been cast as Gloria's mother and Stephanie Beatriz (The Closer, The Smart One) as Sofia, Gloria’s sister.
Both relatives will appear on the 12th episode of Modern Family Season 4, making it very likely their daughter/sibling will have given birth by then and they are in town to meet the tyke. Early congratulations to all!
Elizabeth Peña (La Bamba, Rush Hour) has been tapped to play Pilar, mother to Sofia Vergara’s Gloria, TVLine has learned.
Additionally, Stephanie Beatriz has been cast as Sofia, Gloria’s sister.
They will both appear in this season’s 12th episode, “Fulgencio,” which begins shooting on Monday.
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The pair are likely around for a visit related to Gloria’s pregnancy — maybe a baby shower? Perhaps the blessed event itself?
In addition to several films, Peña’s TV credits include Off the Map, Boston Public and the ’80s sitcom I Married Dora.
After an exhaustive search, ABC’s sophomore comedy has tapped Malin Akerman (Rock of Ages, Childrens Hospital) to play Alex, the estranged mother of Jane Levy‘s Tessa, TVLine has learned.
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Alex, who will appear in this season’s Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, is described as a beautiful, free-spirited singer/songwriter who’s never met her daughter. Her urge to form a relationship with Tessa has finally outweighed her fear and shame so she attempts to spend the holidays with her,
And the lucky gal is…Portia de Rossi!
De Rossi joins the previously cast Jerry O’Connell (The Defenders) as the matriarch and patriarch of Mockingbird Lane, the name of Bryan Fuller’s dramatic re-imagining of the old show that starred Fred Gywnne as Herman and Yvonne De Carlo as Lily. The pilot is in development for a possible midseason berth on NBC. Why the title change? Here’s what Fuller told EW: “The script
The Arrested Development actress has landed the role of Munster family matriarch Lily in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane, TVLine has learned.
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The role was originated by Yvonne De Carlo in classic ’60s version, The Munsters.
The project, which was originally slated to go into production in the spring but got pushed back until early summer due to casting issues, is being stewarded by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men auteur Bryan Singer. Whereas the original was a comedy, the remake is being billed by
The single-camera project, which counts Samantha Who? co-creator Donald Todd and De Rossi’s real-life spouse Ellen DeGeneres among its executive producers, centers on polar opposite siblings Jude (aka “The Smart One,” played by De Rossi) and Candy (“The Dumb One,” played by Akerman).
Carbonell is playing Jude’s ex, a wealthy real estate developer who has a Moonlighting-type relationship with her.
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From the 87 drama and comedy pilots ordered this year, a new crop of television shows will be selected -- and I read the scripts for each and every one of them. Over the course of this week, I'll walk you through the network's pilot slates, offer a bit of analysis on their present schedules and provide you with a rundown of the drama contenders. (Plus, a little bit of info about the comedies, too.) Of course, not all of these shows will find their way to your TV set -- in fact, most of them you may never hear of again.
The (enormous) caveat is, of course, that we haven't seen these pilots because most of them haven't finished (or even started) filming yet. But here are the pilots from ABC that we think look promising.
"666 Park Avenue": This one-hour spookfest is about a young couple (Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor) who has come to manage one of the most historical apartment buildings in New York City. But all is not what it seems, as supernatural goings-on complicate things. We like scary and the addition of Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams
"Fnl" Qb 1 is coming back to the small screen in Fox's untitled medical drama. Zach Gilford will star opposite Jordana Spiro, a surgeon who becomes indebted to the Chicago mafia and is forced to mooonlight for them. Gilford will play a doctor who comes from money who works alongside Spiro at the hospital. [Hollywood Reporter]
ABC's drama "Scruples" has added Claire Forlani, Boris Kodjoe and Jessica McNamee. The show centers on fashion designer Billy Winthrop (Forlani) and her world of money, sex and scandal. [Deadline]
The comedy pilot "The Smart One," starring Portia de Rossi and Malin Akerman,
A multi-camera project executive-produced by Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose), Htlwypftroyl centers on Polly (Sarah Chalke), a recently divorced single mom who moves back in with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and cancer survivor Max (Garrett), a couple who’s full of life but knows no boundaries.
ABC’s other comedy pilots in the mix this development season include The Smart One (starring Portia de Rossi
Steven Pasquale plays Dr. Kohl, a neurosurgeon who has a dangerous alter ego he previously could keep in check with medicine. TV Guide describes Rashad's character as Dr. Kohl's greatest champion who "calls things like she sees them." Alana De La Garza of "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: La" fame is also scheduled to star in the medical drama.
Meanwhile on ABC, David Arquette will star in "The Smart One," Portia de Rossi's new sitcom. According to TVLine, Arquette will play Buddy, the husband to Malin Akerman's character, Candy.
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