“Songbyrd” – Pilot
One of today’s most prolific writers of hit love songs, Lauren Byrd, can’t seem to figure out her own love life. She employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. But when her ex-fiancé reveals himself to be less than the man she remembers, she realizes that she can no longer live in the past and must find a new, true inspiration for her sake and those around her. The ensemble cast includes Bethany Joy Lenz, Rumer Willis, Robert Hoffman, Wes Brown and Tracie Thoms. From Universal Cable Productions,“Songbyrd” is from writer Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Shameless) and executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The 2013 Academy Awards, Chicago, Smash). “Songbyrd” features the experiences of Grammy winner Diane Warren, who serves as a consulting producer. Director is Andrew McCarthy.
The Christmas Secret (starring Bethany Joy Lenz of One Tree Hill and Dexter) is currently in production and will air on the Hallmark Channel in late fall/early winter 2014.
When a struggling young single mother saves the life of an elderly woman, she sets into motion a series of events that will test her strength, loyalty, and determination, all the while setting her on the path to finding true love.
Christine Eisley is the mother of seven-year-old Zach and five-year-old Haley. Her ex-husband provides little, if any, child support and makes life difficult for Christine by using the children as pawns. She works long hours as a waitress to make ends meet, but her job is in jeopardy because she’s often late to work due to the unreliable teenaged sitters she’s forced to use. When Christine saves the life of a woman who works in Wilson’s department store, the owner of Wilson’s wants to find her, to thank her, but Christine has disappeared, losing another job once again. He sets his grandson, Jason, to the task of finding the mysterious good Samaritan.
Jason, an accountant by trade who has lost his job to downsizing, thinks he is “above” working at Wilson’s. Soon, he discovers that this new task gives him more than he bargains for.
The Christmas Secret is a novel for anyone who wants to see how love is a gift that keeps giving back; that hope is a treasure that never runs dry, and that faith is a miracle that is reborn with each new day.
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More casting news on Joy’s pilot ‘Songbyrd':
Robert Hoffman (90210) has been cast in the Krista Vernoff/Diane Warren E! drama pilot Songbyrd. It centers on Lauren Byrd (Bethany Joy Lenz), writer of hit love songs, who employs a small staff, including her sister Mickey (Rumer Willis), to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. Hoffman will play Chris Spencer, Lauren’s creative affairs director who is helplessly in love with her, a fact she is clueless about. Additionally, Hoffman, repped by Impression Entertainment, Pakula/King & Assoc. and Hansen, Jacobsen, has booked a recurring role on NBC’s midseason medical drama The Night Shift. He will play Thad, who served a turn in Afghanistan with his brother TC (Eion Macken).
Here’s the press release of the episode Joy will guest star:
“Frame by Frame” — Catherine Willows returns to help the CSIs solve a cold case that has haunted the team for 14 years, on the milestone 300th episode of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Wednesday, Oct. 23 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Marg Helgenberger returns as Catherine Willows. Jason Priestley guest stars as casino mogul Jack Witten. source
Joy’s character is called Darcy Blaine.
For one of their first two scripted pilots, E! Network is hoping that “One Tree Hill” alum Bethany Joy Lenz and famous offspring Rumer Willis will make some sweet music together.
Lenz and Willis have been cast as leads in the Diane Warren drama “Songbyrd,” executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Deadline reports. The show centers on Lauren Byrd (Lenz), a character who is loosely based on hit songwriter Warren.
Lauren, a writer of his love songs, employs a small staff, including sister Mickey (Willis), to manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. Mickey is a smart, somewhat introverted young woman trying to determine her next step after an “episode” forced her to drop out of law school. Now working for her sister, she secretly works on her own singing and songwriting.
During her tenure on “One Tree Hill,” Lenz showed off her vocal chops as her character Haley developed a music career, while Willis has only more recently began to display her singing ability.
Do you think Lenz and Willis could work in perfect harmony in “Songbyrd”?
More info about Joy’s new pilot:
Byrds of a feather flock together: Just days after Bethany Joy Lenz landed the starring role in the new E! pilot Songbyrd, Rumer Willis has been cast as her onscreen sister.
Willis will play Mickey Byrd, the smart, introverted younger sibling of Lenz’s Lauren, sources confirm to TVLine.
The potential series is an hour-long scripted E! drama written by ex-Grey’s Anatomy scribe Krista Vernoff and executive-produced by Smash duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. It centers on Lauren, a genius songwriter who employs a small staff — including Mickey — to manage her strange-yet-successful process.
Willis’ character, who began working for Lauren after an “episode” forced her to drop out of law school , is secretly pursuing her own singing and songwriting ambitions.
The actress recurred on 90210 as Gia, Adrianna’s ex-ladylove; her other recent TV credits include Pretty Little Liars, Hawaii Five-0 and Workaholics.