TV Casting Call: John Stamos Joins Fox’s LITTLE BROTHER; Ellen Barkin Co-Starring in Ryan Murphy’s NEW NORMAL

     February 10, 2012

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Though his TV efforts may never quite measure up to the glory that was Uncle Jesse on Full House, the forever young John Stamos is going to try his hand at leading yet another comedy series. Deadline has word that Stamos will lead Little Brother, the new comedy pilot on Fox that also features comedian T.J. Miller. Coming from Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond) and director Shawn Levy, the series follows Stamos as a man who finds out that he has a half-brother (Miller) he never knew who also happens to be an ex-con. Honestly, pairing Stamos with a hilarious comedian like Miller sounds like a great move, but Fox loves killing decent shows, so even if it’s good, the effort may be all for nothing. We’ll keep our eye on this one.

Details on Ellen Barkin joining Ryan Murphy‘s new NBC pilot after the jump.

new-normal-ellen-barkin-imageAfter this past week’s episode of Glee, I’m just ready for Ryan Murphy to keep making new stuff to try and find his groove again. Hopefully Ellen Barkin can help that along as Deadline reports the actress has just joined Murphy’s comedy pilot The New Normal set up at NBC. Allison Adler, who also works on Glee with Murphy, co-wrote the project with the musical mastermind who will also direct the pilot (so we know at least the first episode will be good). The series is certainly progressive for TV family’s in the same vein as Modern Family as it follows the blended family of a gay couple who look to a surrogate mother to help them start a family. Andrew Rannells plays one of the married men and Barkin will play the surrogate’s mother. Since Modern Family has taken some heat for not making its gay couple open enough in expressing their intimacy, I’m betting Murphy will make this a bit more bold. Stay tuned.

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