12:08pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Enlisted' Duo Among Cast of DirecTV's First Original Comedy (Exclusive)
DirecTV has set the cast for its first original scripted comedy series, Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight.
Based on Tony winner Peter Ackerman's (The Americans, Ice Age) critically acclaimed play of the same name, Midnight explores a variety of modern-day relationships through the conceit that nothing good happens after midnight. The series is set in Los Angeles and takes viewers on a 12-hour collision course that begins at dusk and explodes at dawn.
The series starts with Ben (Stephen Schneider, Broad City), a sweet, young Jewish professor of English at a university who is stunned when his girlfriend, Nancy (Collette Wolfe, Young Adult), makes an anti-Semitic remark during an intimate encounter in his office. Leo (Parker Young, Enlisted) and Phil (Jimmy Ouyang, Silicon Valley) play two 19-year-old sophomores who come up with a scheme to prank the university's dean (Keith David, Enlisted), only to have their plan foiled by security guard Dawn (Kerri Kenney, Reno 911). Grace (Alanna Ubach, See Dad Run) is in the middle of a late-night session with her therapist Mark (Eddie Kaye Thomas, American Pie), who has offered to set her up on a blind date with his brother, a man who is radically different than her past suitors.
Donald Abramson (Kurt Fuller, Midnight in Paris) has been unhappily married for 40 years to the jealous and perennially suspicious Estelle (Lin Shaye, Insidious), who has driven him to therapy to work on their relationship. Pedro 1 (Jorge-Luis Pallo, NCIS: Los Angeles) and Pedro 2 (Ivo Nandi, Boardwalk Empire) are brothers from a large family hired by Donald to count, stack and label rolls of carpeting. What seems like a night of simple menial labor ends with the brothers being targeted by a hit man, Clean Gene (Hugh Dillon, The Killing).
Everyone except guest stars Thomas and Fuller will be a series regular in the 10-episode comedy. Production is underway in L.A. The series will air on DirecTV's Audience Network later this year and will be exec produced by Ackerman and Nick Hamm (Full Circle, Rogue) for Momentum TV.