'Frank,' 'Life' up for casting

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Two comedy projects, Fox's "Don't Bring Frank" and CBS' "Ex Life," have been cleared for casting.

Additionally, NBC has ordered six scripts of "Lipstick Jungle," and ABC's "Women's Murder Club" will produce three more original episodes this season after a last-minute deal with Robert Nathan to come on board as showrunner.

Casting has begun on "Frank" and "Life."

"Frank," from Sony Pictures TV and BBC Worldwide Prods., is based on the BBC comedy "Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em." It centers on Frank Spencer, an over-energetic, under-coordinated guy whose every move precipitates some form of havoc. The project, which involves a lot of physical comedy, was originally picked up by Fox in October with a script commitment that had a sizable penalty attached to it. Phil Stark penned the U.S. adaptation and is exec producing with Paul Telegdy and Ian Moffitt.

CBS first picked up "Life" (formerly "Ex Men") as a pilot a year ago but rolled it over to this development season. Written by Rob Greenberg, it centers on Carter Thomas who, shell-shocked after being left at the altar, moves into a short-term housing complex populated primarily by divorced men.

The six-script order for "Lipstick" is targeted for fall and boosts the chances of the modestly-rated dramedy to be renewed for a second season. To date, the midseason series, starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price, has averaged a 2.6 rating/7 share among adults 18-49 and 6.4 million viewers overall in the Thursday 10 p.m. slot.

On "Club," "Law & Order" veteran Nathan replaces co-creators/co-showrunners Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain who, along with exec producer R. Scott Gemmill, were let go this month.

A pickup of additional episodes by ABC hinged on finding a new showrunner. With Nathan at the helm, "Women's" will go into production on three fresh episodes to begin airing on ABC as soon as April.

There are no plans for any significant creative changes to the series, producing studio 20th Century Fox TV said.
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