CBS has given a series order to multi-camera comedy pilot Friends With Better Lives, which I hear CBS topper Les Moonves, who developed Friends back in his Warner Bros. days, had been hailing as a potential new incarnation of the blockbuster NBC comedy. With its setup as a young ensemble, Friends With Better Lives could certainly become a successor to CBS’ departing comedy How I Met Your Mother. Written by Dana Klein and directed by James Burrows, Friends With Better Lives revolves around a group of 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. I hear the series pickup deal came after 48 hours of intense negotiations, spearheaded by executive producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. He is exec producing Friends with Klein for 20th Century Fox TV. The ensemble cast includes James Van Der Beek, Brooklyn Decker, Rick Donald, Kevin Connolly, Zoe Lister Jones, Majandra Delfino. Friends With Better Lives was one of two CBS comedy pilots at the network still in contention. I hear the other, Bad Teacher, is still a possibility for midseason. CBS’ current tally of new comedy series stands at five — Friends and Crazy Ones, We Are Men, The Millers and Mom. That is more than double what CBS ordered on the comedy side last May and the most comedy orders at the network in a long time.
Majandra Delfino, who just exited the ABC/20th TV comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On where she had a supporting role, was quickly cast as a lead in another 20th TV comedy pilot, Dana Klein’s CBS comedy Friends With Better Lives, which is directed by James Burrows. The multi-camera project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, revolves around six 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. Delfino, repped by APA and Ziffren Bittenham, will play one of them, Andi, an attractive and vulnerable mother of an infant and 3-year-old twins who is married to Bobby (Kevin Connolly) and is best friends with Jules (Brooklyn Decker) and Kate.
Majandra Delfino has departed ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein. The project centers on Karey (Kelly Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Delfino was to play Kaerey’s sister Penny. Delfino is the third actress on an ABC comedy pilot to depart in the final stages of casting this season, joining Mercedes Masohn from Mixology and Mandy Moore from Pulling. In all three cases, the actresses were among the first hired in the projects, and, with casts coming together, the dynamic on the shows and some of the characters changed, leading to the exits. For instance, Delfino was cast long before Preston, who is older than the Karey character was originally envisioned and two decades older than Delfino.
They’ll play the mother and sister of the lead character in the comedy from “Accidentally on Purpose’s” Andrea Abbate.
ABC has found the first actors to play its family of petty thieves.
Jane Seymour and Majandra Delfino have joined the cast of Keep Calm and Karey On, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The comedy centers on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted African-American son and give them the normal lives they deserve.
Delfino (State of Georgia, Men of a Certain Age) will play Penny, Karey’s self-centered and clueless sister, a singer-songwriter with questionable taste.
Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Ben and Kate) will portray Karey’s mother, Dotty. She’s self-centered, theatrical and often inappropriate.
Accidentally on Purpose‘s Andrea Abbate will pen the comedy for 20th Television, with Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements on board to exec produce. Gail Mancuso will direct the single-camera comedy.
Seymour is with Innovative Artists and N2N Entertainment. Delfino is repped by APA and Ziffren Brittenham.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Congrats to Majandra and David on their baby girl. Also I totally love the name. So adorable
It’s a girl for David Walton and Majandra Delfino!
The couple welcomed their first child, daughter Cecilia Delphine Walton, on Thursday, June 14 in Los Angeles, they tell PEOPLE exclusively.
“We’re in love with her and are having a lot of fun with our new family member,” the couple tell PEOPLE of their bundle of joy, who weighed in at 9 lbs., 3 oz.
Walton, 33, and former Roswell star Delfino, who wed in March 2011 in Miami, announced the pregnancy last January.
Delfino, 31, most recently appeared on ABC Family’s State of Georgia, while Walton starred opposite Amanda Peet on NBC sitcom Bent.