2:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
MTV Sets Casts for 'Little Darlings,' Weed Comedy Pilots
Two of MTV's new comedy pilots are one step closer to the small screen.
The Viacom-owned cable channel has completed casting for Little Darlings (working title) as well as the untitled weed comedy from Can't Hardly Wait's Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Little Darlings is described as a dark half-hour comedy about two unlikely friends taking justice into their own hands and kicking literal ass on their college campus.
Eliza Bennett (Nanny McPhee) will play Jules, an effortless beauty who is living with a dark secret and balancing her picture-perfect co-ed life with a new mission of redemption. But her double life is about to be exposed when an unexpected complication in the form of Ophelia shows up, ready and willing to be her partner in crime. Bennett is repped by ICM and Affirmative Entertainment.
Taylor Dearden (Breaking Bad) has been cast as Ophelia, a trust fund anarchist with sarcasm and wit to spare. Using the record store she works at as a home base for hacking test answer keys and other nefarious acts. Ophelia is close to dropping out of college until she meets Jules. Armed with a high IQ and Dragon-Tattoo-level computer hacking skills, Ophelia is immediately intoxicated with Jules’ double life, and becomes hell-bent on getting in on the action. Dearden is repped by Coronel Group.
Katie Chang (Bling Ring) will portray Kennedy, Jules' sorority president and BFF. A social leader, Kennedy definitely has a magnetic cool-factor, but she's no mean girl. She's been dating campus king Dylan Davis for the last three years, but she still puts effort and energy into arranging mixers for her sorority sisters, for whom she would do anything. Kennedy has no idea about Jules's "extracurricular activities" -- but she has noticed her friend pulling away from her. Chang is repped by Innovative and Carole Dibo Talent.
Glee alum Nick Fink will play Tyler, a charming and intellectual art major who seeks her out on campus in the hopes of getting to know her better. He is repped by JKA Talent & Literary Agency and Brook Forest Entertainment.
Rounding out the cast is Brandon Mychal Smith (You're the Worst) as Harris, a whip-smart law student with a quick wit and an infectious energy. A hard worker and university activist, he's the moral center of the show and Ophelia's co-worker at the record store, where the two have an eclectic bond with the potential for more. Smith is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates.
Behind the scenes, Amanda Lasher (Gossip Girl) has come onboard Little Darlings as showrunner, and Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children) will direct the pilot. Lasher will also exec produce with Stacey Sher (Into the Badlands, Reno 911). Creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson will co-exec produce and pen the pilot.
The untitled Kaplan/Elfont pilot centers on Paige and Jordan, two dealers who launch a weed delivery app that quickly gains popularity with foodies, celebrities and — most importantly — hipsters. The pilot takes a look at two girls living in L.A. who are desperate to succeed, find romance and keep their clients happy and high — all with the least amount of effort possible. Entertainment 360 will executive produce.
The Mindy Project alum Scout Durwood will play Jordan, a brash, ballsy, free-wheeling force of nature whose goal is to have the biggest all-female weed delivery business in Los Angeles. She is repped by Prestige Talent Agency, Reload Management and Mark S. Temple.
Jessica Rothe (Blue Bloods) will portray Paige, a highly unlikely drug dealer who can't seem to find the right path to her ideal life. She is trying to get over a recent breakup, which proves complicated since her ex's now-famed graffiti is all over town. Rothe is repped by Gersh.
The Newsroom grad Kosha Patel has been cast as Jenee, an uber-hip blogger who is painfully blase about everything in her life, including her new book deal and the obscene amount of money she's making from it. She is repped by Gersh and Brillstein.
H. Michael Croner (Review) will play Chris, a sweet but romantically clueless guy who gets more than he bargained for when Paige delivers his stash. He is repped by Gersh and Mosaic.
Rounding out the cast is Dan Ahdoot (Super Fun Night) as Robbie, a status-obsessed douchebag who fired Jordan from his dispensary and loves to rub his success in her and Paige's faces. He is repped by 360, Innovative and Verve.
Michael Blieden (Broad City) has been tapped to direct the pilot.
MTV currently has two scripted comedies on the air: Faking It and Awkward, the latter of which is ending after five seasons. The network has two other comedy pilots, one starring Girl Code's Nicole Byer and the other being the animated project Fancy Bastards.