TV Casting: Jay Baruchel to Lead FX Comedy Pilot; Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek, and Ben Mendelsohn Join Kyle Chandler in Netflix Series

     February 7, 2014


We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today.  First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on EarthTHR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating.  Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer.  The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring.

Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages.  Hit the jump for more.

linda-cardellini-netflix-seriesReports at THR and Deadline have Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini, and Ben Mendelsohn (The Place Beyond the Pines) joining Friday Night Lights alum Kyle Chandler in a new untitled Netflix series, described as a psychological thriller.  The 13-episode show comes from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler and revolves around “a close-knit family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother, Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home.”  Chandler and Cardellini will play the other siblings, and Spacek will play the family’s matriarch.

This is a high-profile show not only because it marks the next effort from the Damages creators, but also because it’s Kyle Chandler’s return to television after the incredible Friday Night Lights.  Chandler has been one of the most in-demand actors in pilot season since FNL ended its run, and he shot a pilot about the Vatican, directed by Ridley Scott, that was not picked up by Showtime.  Expect this new series to debut on Netflix late this year or early next year.