October 04, 2013 3:37pm PT by Philiana Ng , Lesley Goldberg
Lifetime's Alicia Silverstone Pilot 'HR' Recruits Peter Fonda
Lifetime's Alicia Silverstone pilot has enlisted an Oscar nominee.
Peter Fonda, Academy Award-nominated for Ulee's Gold and Easy Rider, has joined the cast of drama pilot HR, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
HR centers on an uptight director of human resources at a global company, Ellen Bell (Silverstone), who suffers a head injury that alters her outlook on life. She throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Ellen's newly liberated managerial style and untraditional female perspective in a predominately male company is a welcome relief to some, while others see it as a threat.
Fonda will play Jonathan Quaff, one of the founders of the company Ellen works for. He is bowled over by Ellen's unorthodox and shocking ideas on how to upgrade the company's image while keeping everyone happily employed. Should HR move forward to series, Fonda would be a recurring guest star.
Greg Germann, Will Kemp, Kellee Stewart, Maulik Pancholy and Cara Mantella co-star in the project. Cheyenne Jackson guest stars.
Glenn Porter (I Melt With You) will pen the pilot and Darren Star (Sex and the City) will direct, with Terra Nova's Aaron Kaplan and Kapital Entertainment executive producing along with Star. Co-executive producers are Porter and Michael Lohmann.
Fonda is repped by Innovative Artists and Somers Mauldin/The Rose Group.