Pilot Roundup: Alyson Hannigan Joins Matt Damon/Ben Affleck Comedy, Octavia Spencer Set for RED BAND SOCIETY, and Jason Isaacs Leads DIG

     February 15, 2014


It’s pilot season, folks, and with that all the networks are putting together shows that they hope will make this year’s fall schedule.  Briefly, here’s some of the latest casting news:

  • Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother) will stick around CBS, as the actress has joined the cast of the comedy pilot More Time with the Family, which boasts Matt Damon and Ben Affleck as executive producers.
  • With the Murder She Wrote reboot now defunct, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will lead the potential Fox drama series Red Band Society.
  • Jason Isaacs will star in the six-episode event series Dig on USA from Heroes creator Tim Kring.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.

alyson-hannigan-more-time-with-the-familyAlyson Hannigan is looking to stay on CBS after the current final season of How I Met Your Mother comes to a close.  Variety reports that Hannigan will play the female lead on the potential sitcom More Time with the Family, which revolves around a husband and father (Tom Papa) making a career change to spend more time with his family.  Hannigan will play the wife, and the high-profile project hails from executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, with Papa, Josh Goldsmith, and Cathy Yuspa penning the pilot.

Additionally, Octavia Spencer has fielded a number of pilot offers after expressing interest in moving to a TV series, and Deadline reports that she’s settled on Fox’s Red Band Society.  The potential drama series is based on the Spanish series Polseres Vermelles and is described as “a coming-of-age drama that explores with dark humor the lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends.”  Spencer will play a nurse working in the pediatrics ward who “doesn’t put up with any crap from anyone.”  Margaret Nagle wrote the pilot.

Finally, USA has announced that Jason Isaacs will lead the network’s six-episode event series Dig.  The international thriller was co-created by Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland) and revolves around an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem investigating a murder of a young female archeologist who uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making.  Isaacs has been a coveted TV actor since starring in the short-lived series Awake, and he toplined last year’s drama pilot Surgeon General, but that show never moved forward.  Dig will premiere on USA later this year and Isaacs will also star in NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby miniseries.