CBS pilot B Positive lands Thomas Middleditch to lead
After seeing the end of his acclaimed HBO comedy Silicon Valley, Thomas Middleditch has found his next major project in the lead role of the upcoming CBS pilot B Positive from network mega producer Chuck Lorre, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Created by Mom writer Marco Pennette, the series follows a divorced dad (Middleditch) in need of a kidney donor, and in his moment of desperation he meets Gina, a tough woman from his past who offers to donate her kidney, and the two begin to form an unlikely bond that will change both of their lives.
Middleditch’s character, Drew, is described as a “therapist who makes his living trying to fix other people’s problems” and “educated, bookish and neurotic” that lacks social skills. His ex-wife, Julia, is set to be played by frequent Lorre collaborator Sara Rue (Two and a Half Men).
Gina, the woman of Drew and his kidney’s dreams, is set to be portrayed by Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex), with You’re the Worst alum Kether Donahue also set for the regular role of Leanne, described as a “party girl.”
The series will be executive produced by Lorre and Pennette, with Warner Bros. TV attached in one of two Lorre pilots alongside United States of Al starring Parker Young (Imposters) and Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement). Lorre currently has Mom and Young Sheldon set for future seasons, while Bob Hearts Abishola is awaiting a decision on a renewal.
Middleditch found his rise to stardom in HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy Silicon Valley and has gone on to to lead the Disney Channel animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero and feature in guest appearances on Rick and Morty and Bob’s Burgers alongside other major animated series. The star has also seen a strong big screen career in the past few years with roles in The Final Girls, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Zombieland: Double Tap.
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