Pair trek to '88 for Fox's 'Oaks'


Michael Rispoli and Romy Rosemont have been tapped to star in Fox's high-profile drama pilot "The Oaks" for director Michael Cuesta.

The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, tells the intertwined stories of three families — a young couple who have just lost a child in 1968, a family of four in 1988 and a pregnant couple in 2008 — who live in the same house and are haunted by a restless spirit.

Rispoli and Rosemont will play the parents in 1988.

20th TV had been trying to cast the father role for a while. British actress Gina McKee had been cast as the mother but is being replaced by Rosemont as the 1988 portion of the show is being taken in more comedic, blue-collar direction.

Rispoli and Rosemont begin work today on the pilot, which has been shooting in Pasadena since Nov. 5.

The castings and tonal changes to the show have been done with the blessing of "Oaks" creator David Schulner and showrunner Shawn Ryan, who had been involved in the process up until last Monday, when they went on strike. In their absence, the final two castings were overseen by nonwriting executive producer Gina Matthews of Little Engine.

Rispoli, who recurred on NBC's "The Black Donnellys," is repped by Gersh, Principal Entertainment and attorney Michael Adler.

Rosemont, who did multiple episodes on the Fox/20th TV's "Prison Break" and ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," is repped by Peter Strain and Associates and Main Title Entertainment.