‘Surveillance’: Matthew Modine to Star Opposite Sophia Bush on CBS’ NSA Drama Pilot

Matthew Modine is moving from Hawkins, Indiana to the NSA.

Modine will star opposite Sophia Bush in CBS’ NSA drama pilot, “Surveillance,” from producer Matt Reeves.

Modine will play Man in a Red Tie, a high level and mysterious government operative whose identity and true mission is shrouded in secrecy. The casting will not impact Modine’s role on Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” where he plays the nefarious Dr. Martin Brenner.

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“Surveillance” is described by CBS as a complex and timely spy thriller centered around the head of communications for the NSA (Bush), a charming operative who finds her loyalties torn between protecting the government’s secrets and her own.

Modine joins a cast that also includes Catalina Sandino Moreno and Raphael Acloque. Sandino Moreno will play Natalie, who oversees all active operations at the NSA, the first woman to do so – and she’s excellent at her job. She is fiercely loyal to Maddy (Bush), her close colleague and longtime friend, and the two are like sisters. Acloque will play Jack, a smart, calculating and resourceful journalist with an alternative news website. He’s a vocal critic of the NSA, determined to expose corruption and abuse within the agency and the intelligence community at large.

Reeves executive produces via his 6th & Idaho production company alongside Riggen; White co-executive produces. The project is a co-production between 20th Century Fox, where Reeves is set up, and CBS TV studios. David C. White wrote the script and Patricia Riggen is set to direct.

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George RR Martin Says HBO ‘Informed’ Him ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot Is Still Untitled

You might wanna scratch “The Long Night” off all your “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot fan fiction — at least for now — because George R.R. Martin had to take back his premature announcement that that is in fact the name of the upcoming HBO project.

“Oh, I should also mention … HBO has informed me that the Jane Goldman pilot is not (yet) titled THE LONG NIGHT,” Martin wrote on his Not A Blog blog Monday. “That’s is certainly the title I prefer, but for the moment the pilot is still officially UNTITLED. So… mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa. Elsewise, the pilot is coming along well, with casting falling into place. I could tell you more, but I am not supposed to. We also have a couple of other successor shows still in development, but I cannot tell you about those either. Sorry.”

Yes, his bad, his bad. But, did you notice Martin’s “not (yet) titled” and “but for the moment” and “I could tell you more” remarks? OK, so make of that what you will. (He’s also continuing to tease those other possible “GoT” prequel projects that we’ve seen no movement on since this one was ordered.)

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Last week, Martin was so excited to welcome Naomi Watts — who was cast as a lead in the project — into the “Game of Thrones” family that he prematurely gave the prequel pilot the “The Long Night” moniker.

“Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film,” Martin wrote on his aforementioned blog. “HBO has just announced the first cast member: NAOMI WATTS is coming on board as one of our stars. I could not be more excited.  Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.”

An an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap at the time the pilot remains untitled — and it looks like HBO told Martin the same thing.

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Ordered to pilot earlier this year, the project from Martin and “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman is set thousands of years before the events of the current “Game of Thrones” series in the era known as the “Age of Heroes.”

According to HBO, the drama “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend … it’s not the story we think we know.”

Goldman wrote the pilot from a story she developed alongside Martin. She will serve as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin, James Farrel, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman. Chris Symes is co-executive producer.

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TBS Orders Shaquille O’Neal-Ken Jeong Unscripted Pilot ‘Unqualified’

How’s this for an unlikely pairing: TBS has ordered a pilot for an unscripted series starring Shaquille O’Neal and Ken Jeong where the duo will take on odd jobs.

Summoned to their temporary employment by unsuspecting people via a digital portal, “Unqualified” (working title) will follow the antics of Shaq and Jeong as they try their hands at jobs that have always intrigued them, along with a few they’d rather avoid. Sometimes Shaq and Jeong will have no clue what they’re walking into. Utilizing their wide range of talent and hustle, the duo will perform tasks such as patrolling malls as rent-a-cops, substitute teaching kindergarten, train conducting and performing as party clowns.

Earlier this year, the two had a well-received performance on TBS’ “Drop the Mic.”

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“These guys made magic on ‘Drop The Mic’ together. Their chemistry is undeniable.” said Michael Bloom, senior VP of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. “And no doubt that magic will extend to the unwitting people who expect anything to get done when they show up.”

O’Neal and Jeong will executive produce “Unqualified” alongside Dave Kneebone, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Abso Lutely Productions as well as Jensen Karp, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton, Mike Perris, and Brett Carducci.

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Lamorne Morris to Star in Hulu Comedy Pilot ‘Woke’ as Cartoonist Keith Knight

Lamorne Morris will star as cartoonist Keith Knight in a comedy pilot for Hulu titled “Woke,” an insider with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The project is a mix of live-action and animation, inspired by the life and art of Knight. The series follows Keef (Morris), an African-American cartoonist living in San Francisco, who is on the cusp of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes everything.

Knight co-wrote the project with “Barbershop” scribe Marshall Todd, with both set to serve as executive producers. Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz will executive produce via Olive Bridge Entertainment along with Eric Christian Olsen and Katie Schumaecker for Cloud Nine Productions. Sony Pictures TV will produce.

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Knight’s comic strip works includes autobiographical strips like “The K Chronicles,” “The Knight Life,” and “(th)ink.” His cartoons have appeared in several national publications and tackle social, racial and class issues as well as poking fun at the minutiae of urban living.

Hulu declined to comment.

Morris starred for 7 seasons on Fox’s “New Girl,” and also recently starred in the film “Game Night.” He is set to appear in the Nat Geo series “Valley of the Boom.”

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Josh Whitehouse to Star on ‘Game Of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot

Josh Whitehouse has been cast in a key role in the ensemble cast of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot, an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap.

Whitehouse’s addition makes him the second actor cast on the Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin-created project, following Tuesday’s announcement that Naomi Watts will have a leading role.

No character details are currently available for Whitehouse’s part on the prequel pilot, which is currently untitled (unless you are going by Martin’s recent blog post.) But we do know Watts has been cast as a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.

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Ordered to pilot earlier this year, the project from Martin and “Kingsman” screenwriter Goldman is set thousands of years before the events of the current “Game of Thrones” series in the era known as the “Age of Heroes.”

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Goldman wrote the pilot from a story she developed alongside Martin. She will serve as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin, James Farrel, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman. Chris Symes is co-executive producer.

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Whitehouse’s on-screen credits include the film “Northern Soul” and the BBC series “Poldark.” He will next be seen in “The Happy Worker” and MGM’s “Valley Girl” remake.

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Leslie Odom Jr. and Kerry Washington have teamed up for a multi-camera sitcom which has been given a put pilot commitment at ABC.

Odom Jr. is expected to star in the untitled comedy, inspired by the lives of Touré Roberts and Sarah Jakes-Roberts, co-pastors at The Potter’s House at One LA.

The project centers on Leslie (Odom Jr.) and Hope, joint pastors at a young, hip, diverse church in Los Angeles. Through their services, online streams and books, they are experts at uniting people across different races, genders, orientations and opinions. But when it comes to uniting the people in their blended family, they are way out of their comfort zone and as a result, the teachers often find themselves the pupils.

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“The Last O.G.” alum Saladin Patterson will write and executive produce the pilot, alongside Odom Jr. and Washington and Pilar Savone of Simpson Street. Roberts and Jakes-Roberts will serve as co-executive producers on the project from ABC Studios.

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Added Washington, “I am grateful to be working with such an all-star team of fearless and creative people. And, I am excited that we have gathered together to tell a story that is inspiring, relatable, provocative and hilarious.”

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George RR Martin Says This Is the Name of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Pilot

George R.R. Martin was so excited to welcome Naomi Watts into the “Game of Thrones” family yesterday that he might have slipped up and revealed the name of the HBO fantasy series’ prequel pilot. Or, you know, decided to give it away for free.

“Casting is now underway for THE LONG NIGHT, the first of the GAME OF THRONES successor series to ordered to film,” Martin wrote on his Not a Blog blog Tuesday. “HBO has just announced the first cast member: NAOMI WATTS is coming on board as one of our stars. I could not be more excited.  Welcome to Westeros, Naomi.”

OK, so yes, HBO did announce Watts’ casting as a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret — but that was it. No further details were given about her character, the plot or the prequel pilot’s title.

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An an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap it remains untitled. So take what Martin is saying with a grain of salt from the Narrow Sea.

Ordered to pilot earlier this year, the project from Martin and “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman is set thousands of years before the events of the current “Game of Thrones” series in the era known as the “Age of Heroes.”

According to HBO, the drama “chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend … it’s not the story we think we know.”

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Goldman wrote the pilot from a story she developed alongside Martin. She will serve as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Martin, James Farrel, Jim Danger Gray, Vince Gerardis and Daniel Zelman. Chris Symes is co-executive producer.

“Meanwhile, there are still a couple of other possible prequels in active development,” Martin wrote on his blog, addressing other “Game of Thrones” projects HBO had been considering — though we’ve heard nothing about movement on any pilot but this one for now. “I can’t tell you the subject matter of those projects, no, sorry, wish I could.”

HBO had no comment on the prequel pilot’s title — or Martin’s comments about other prequels — when reached by TheWrap.

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