Another Nail in 'Joey's' Coffin
Costanzo joins CBS comedy; Chabert to CWLOS ANGELES --
Paulo Costanzo, who plays Joey's (Matt LeBlanc) nephew Michael on the NBC series, has joined the cast of an untitled comedy from writer Tom Hertz at CBS. In other pilot casting, former "Party of Five" star Lacey Chabert has joined the comedy "She Said/He Said" at The CW.
Costanzo will play half of an engaged couple in the CBS pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Kathleen Rose Perkins ("The Island," "Stacked") will play his fiancee. The show revolves around the interactions between them, a married couple and their single friend. Patrick Warburton ("The Tick," "Less Than Perfect") and Megyn Price ("Grounded for Life") have also been cast.
Hertz ("The King of Queens," "Less Than Perfect") is writing and executive producing the pilot. Adam Sandler's Happy Madison is producing the show with Sony Pictures TV.
"Joey," which has aired just once since December, was already considered unlikely to return next fall, and cast members looking for work during pilot season is usually a bad sign as well. In addition to Costanzo, Andrea Anders has also moved on, joining the CBS comedy "The Class."
Chabert, meanwhile, will play Lindsay Sloane's sister in "She Said/He Said," a romantic comedy that also stars Nick Lachey. It would be the first regular series for her (excluding voice work) since "Party of Five." Her other recent credits include "Mean Girls" and the TV movies "The Brooke Ellison Story" and "Hello Sister, Goodbye Life."