EXCLUSIVE: The children’s hospital alum Ken Marino, Milan Carter (Dolemite is my name) in a new version and Juliet Donenfeld (The Big Show Show) are hired as series regulars alongside Julie Bowen and Stephanie Koenig in Wilde Things (fka The Big Bad Wolfes). CBS’s multi-camera comedy pilot from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and Universal Television, a division of the Universal Studio Group.
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Wilde Things is written and produced by Kohan and Mutchnick and focuses on Frankie Wilde (Bowen), a very successful and highly independent crisis manager whose world is turned upside down when she decides to let someone into her life for the first time – Quinn, an 11 year old girl (Dönfeld) whom she adopts and raises with the occasional help of her fragile, nervous wreck of a sister, Mary (Koenig).
Marino will play Joe, Frankie’s (Bowen) perks friend, who believes he’ll be the guy who’ll finally break through Frankie’s walls to be something more. In his job as a news reporter, Joe is an essential resource for celebrities who may need their services.
Carter will play Lenny in a new version. Lenny is Frankie’s quirky assistant – cosmically attuned, sexually attracted to people, not gender – who also happens to be her AA sponsor. Carter replaces Jeremy D. Howard, who was originally cast in the role.
Dönfeld is Quinn, a keen and cautiously hopeful 11 year old girl with a tough and smart side that results from a life of self-protection as she moves through the care system.
Marino, best known for his role as Dr. Glenn Richie in all seven seasons of the Children’s Hospital, last appeared as Larry on Black Monday. He will again be supervised by UTA, Artists First and Jackoway Tyerman Austen.
Carter most recently portrayed Larry Munn in Eddie Murphy star Dolemite Is My Name. He is supported again by Innovative and Authentic.
Donenfeld’s recent credits include JJ on the Big Show Show, Better Call Saul, and The Laundromat. It is confirmed again by CESD.