Deadline is reporting that Sarah Wayne Callies, Michele Weaver and J. August Richards are set to star in NBC’s drama pilot Council of Dads, inspired by Bruce Feiler’s novel of the same name.
Council of Dads tells the story of Scott Perry and his family, whose lives are thrown into upheaval when he gets a potentially terminal diagnosis. Facing his morality, he and his wife Robin, assemble a unique group (council) of carefully chosen friends to support his family and guide them through the ups and downs of life’s many challenges.
Sarah Wayne Callies (whose credits include Colony and Unspeakable) will be playing the role of Robin who is an OB/GYN, the mother/stepmother to four children ranging in age from 7 to 21 – and she’s pregnant. Michele Weaver (whose credits include Illicit and Love Is_) will be playing the role of eldest child Luly Perry, whom Scott had before he met Robin. A talented writer, she is focused on her future and waiting to hear if she’ll get an important internship at a prominent New York publication. J. August Richards (whose credits include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Kevin (Probably) Saves The World) will be playing the role of Dr. Oliver Post, an esteemed oncologist and surgeon who is Scott’s doctor and part of the council. The report also states that young actor Blue Chapman will be starring in the pilot as one of the kids, JJ Perry. A sweet child, he is adored by his family and has a wonderful relationship with his parents.
The project hails from Doubt creators Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Universal TV, with Rater and Phelan writing the script for the pilot. Rater and Phelan will executive produce the project under their Midwest Livestock Productions banner, alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed of Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Feiler and JBTV’s James Oh will serve as producers.