Ahhh the strange and tumultuous life of television pilots! An untitled NBC comedy project had their first table read last week with comedian Josh Rabinowitz helming one of the lead roles. A few days later and Rabinowitz has been ousted for undisclosed reasons and Mike Castle has been granted the role instead.
Who is Mike Castle? That's a fair question. A quick glance at his IMDB page shows that there isn't an awful lot of material to recognize him from. His largest role to date was in a TV movie 'Family Trap;' aside from that, there are a couple of comedy shorts that have featured Castle's talents as well. This role is a massive coup for the young comedic actor. So how on earth did he land it?
Castle is a fresh-face that has been on the Network radar for years. Last season he co-starred in an ABC Mandy Moore pilot project which was never picked up; this NBC project is his second chance to make it big.
The untitled project is written and produced by Robert Padnick (writer of some 'The Office' episodes) and Greg Daniels (writer of episodes for 'The Office,' 'Parks & Recreation,' 'King of the Hill') and revolves around four hopeful city dwellers who step through the endless minefield of their romantic entanglements. Talk about a tried & tested formula. The main character is a bright-eyed optimist named Hirsch (to be played by Castle), a fiercely intelligent young man, good-natured to a fault. Ellen Woglom, Eric Andre and Adhir Kalyan play the three co-leads.
Given the proven savvy of Padnick & Daniels, this project seems to have a good chance of getting some legs. What would you call it?