By RODNEY HO/ firstname.lastname@example.org, originally filed Friday, May 27, 2016
You win some, you lose some.
Atlanta loses ABC’s “Notorious” but gains two IFC scripted series “Brockmire” and “Stan Against Evil.”
Although ABC shot the pilot of its new 2016-17 drama “Notorious” in metro Atlanta, the series itself is moving to Los Angeles. Apparently, leading lady Piper Perabo (“Coyote Ugly,” “Covert Affairs”) wanted to stay closer to home.
A few years ago, the same thing happened with TNT’s “Franklin & Bash” for similar reasons with star Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Some actors have that type of leverage.
“Notorious,” gets the coveted 9 p.m. slot this fall on Thursday sandwiched between “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away With Murder” because “Scandal” star Kerry Washington is pregnant, delaying production for that show.
Written by “Drop Dead Diva” creator Josh Berman and blogger Allie Hagan (Suri’s Burn Book), “Notorious” is described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media. It follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney (Daniel Sunjata) and a powerhouse television producer (Perabo) as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately – each other.
But IFC has two shows shooting this summer in Atlanta featuring some big-name stars including Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons,” “Birdcage,” “Ray Donovan”), Amanda Peet (“The Whole Nine Yards,” “Togetherness”) and John McGinley (“Scrubs”)
Here are the descriptives of each show.
Based on a Funny Or Die short, Brockmire centers on a famed Major League Baseball announcer (Hank Azaria) who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown on the air after discovering his beloved wife’s serial infidelity. A decade later, Jim Brockmire decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small town, calling minor league ball for the Morristown Frackers, which is owned by strong-willed Jules (Amanda Peet).
Set to premiere early next year, the series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and will be directed by Tim Kirkby (Veep). Executive producers are Azaria, Church-Cooper, Kirkby and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell.
About STAN AGAINST EVIL
Stan Against Evil follows Stanley Miller (John C. McGinley), a sour, aging bulldog of a New England police sheriff who has recently lost his position as head honcho due to an angry outburst at a most inappropriate moment — his wife’s funeral. Impatient and judgmental, he’s not exactly accepting or kind towards people from different walks of life. When the new, strong-willed sheriff Evie Barret (Janet Varney) opens his eyes to the plague of angry demons haunting their small New Hampshire town, Stan begrudgingly joins an alliance with her to fight them off.
McGinley will also serve as producer on Stan Against Evil, which is the brainchild of writer-comedian Dana Gould.