'Cupid' loves Cannavale

ABC pilot has its matchmaker

Bobby Cannavale will play the title role in ABC's comedy pilot "Cupid."

Meanwhile, Bob Odenkirk, Rachel Blanchard and Phil Hendrie have joined CBS' comedy pilot "Mike Birbiglia's Secret Public Journal," while Ken Marino and Brook Bloom have booked the leads in Fox's comedy pilot "Outnumbered."

In other pilot casting news, Alexandra Breckenridge and Adam Rothenberg have been added to the CBS drama "Mythological Ex," and Rick Peters and Brooke D'Orsay have come aboard the CBS comedy "Single White Millionaire."

The ABC Studios-produced "Cupid" is an updated version of Rob Thomas' 1990s comedy for ABC. Cannavale will play the charming and manic Trevor Hale, who thinks he is the Roman god of love, Cupid, banished to Earth until he can match 100 couples. Jeremy Piven played the role on the original series. Cannavale, an Emmy winner for his recurring role as Vince D'Angelo on "Will & Grace," starred in the NBC drama pilot "M.O.N.Y." last season.

"Journal," from CBS Par, stars Birbiglia as himself, a stand-up comedian who lives with his girlfriend in Brooklyn and struggles in his efforts to be a grown-up. Blanchard will play Mike's sensible but adorable live-in girlfriend, a medical intern. Actor and radio host Hendrie will play his gruff doctor. Odenkirk will play Mike's older brother. Odenkirk recently reunited with David Cross for a comedy pilot for HBO that Odenkirk is directing (HR 3/11).

"Outnumbered," from MRC and Hat Trick, revolves around parents (Marino and Bloom) who struggle to raise three intelligent and curious children. Marino ("Reaper") is repped by IFA and Schachter Entertainment. Bloom, who next appears in the film "He's Just Not That Into You," is repped by TalentWorks and Odenkirk Talent Management.

"Ex," from 20th TV, centers on a woman (Elizabeth Reaser) who, after learning from a psychic that she already has dated the man she's supposed to marry, revisits all her past relationships. Rothenberg will play the woman's friend and neighbor. Breckenridge ("Dirt") will play his girlfriend. She is repped by the Paul Konnar Agency and Kritzer Levine Wilkins.

Also cast in "Ex" as guest stars are Mark Deklin and Eric Balfour.

"Millionaire," from Warner Bros., centers on an unassuming millionaire (Fred Savage) in his 30s who is ready to settle down. Peters ("Swingtown") will play one of the man's two best friends. D'Orsay will play his wife. He is repped by TalentWorks and Patty Woo Management.
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