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.
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Bethany Joy Lenz (Dexter) has landed the lead in one of E!’s first two scripted pilots, the Krista Vernoff/Diane Warren dramaSongbyrd executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. It centers on Lauren Byrd (Lenz), a character loosely inspired by hitmaker Warren. Lauren, writer of hit love songs, employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. But when her ex-fiance 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. Uni TV is co-producing with Universal Cable Prods; Michael Morris is directing. Lenz is with Gersh, Untitled and attorney Adam Kaller.
Bethany Joy Lenz‘s passion for music and acting is intersecting again.
The One Tree Hill alumna has landed the starring role in Songbyrd, an hour-long scripted E! pilot written by ex-Grey’s Anatomy scribe Krista Vernoff and exec produced my Smash duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, sources conform to TVLine.
She’ll play Lauren Byrd, a genius songwriter who employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric, yet wildly successful process. But when her ex-fiancée reveals himself to be less than the man she remembers, she comes to the realization that she can no longer live in the past, and must find a new, true inspiration for her sake and those around her.
Lenz, who is coming off an arc on Dexter, will next be seen in CSI‘s 300th episode, airing Oct. 23.
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