Casting lead roles for Universal Television series pilot ‘Holding Patterns’

NBC Series Holding Patterns Casting Calls Auditions

“Holding Patterns” will shoot in Los Angeles starting April, 2013
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Universal Television and TBD Productions are in pre-production on a new 1/2 hour multi-camera hybrid 1/2 hour comedy series pilot titled “Holding Patterns”. Casting directors in both Los Angeles and New York are conducting auditions for the series regulars. Possible recurring, guest starring and day player roles will be cast after the main roles are filled. The show will shoot in Los Angeles beginning in April, 2013. The extras casting director will be hiring general background performers throughout production.

“Holding Pattern” is an ensemble comedy that centers on the beautiful but absent-mined Leah Lund, who shares the bottom floor of a Minneapolis, MN duplex with her best friends Griffin Brady and Sabrina Page. When Griffin plans a surprise romantic dinner at home with intentions of proposing to Sabrina, Leah ruins it by showing up first and drinking the champagne, eating the chocolate off the strawberries, and letting loose two dozen breathtaking butterflies from a red heart shaped box! Then just before Griffin is in a plane crash with Leah, along with their arrogant author friend Chad Kirk and their sheltered upstairs neighbor Daisy Page, he confesses to Leah that he has always been in love with her – but after the crash he loses his memory! All of their lives will be comically changed forever.

Starring in “Holding Pattern” is Erinn Hayes playing the show’s main protagonist Leah Lund. She replaces Chyler Leigh who was originally cast in the role. Hayes played Dr. Lola Spratt on the series “Childrens Hospital,” and Sheila on the NBC show “Guys with Kids”. Also starring is ALMA Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards winner Oscar Nunez in the role of Mickey; Kate Miner as Sabrina; Courtney Taylor Burness as Ashley; Rory Scovel  as Harvard; Mark Proksch as Bill; Luka Jones as Lindsey; and Humphrey Ker as Griffin.

Primetime Emmy Award nominee Scott Ellis will direct the pilot episode of “Holding Pattern” from a teleplay written by three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee and the show’s creator Justin Spitzer. Ellis has directed many Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, including the New York City Opera Company revivals at the New York State Theatre of “A Little Night Music,” and “110 in the Shade”. He has been nominated for the Tony Award as Best Director five times. His Emmy nomination came for directing the episode “The Break Up” of the NBC comedy series “30 Rock”. Other television directing credits include “Frasier,” “Weeds,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “2 Broke Girls” among many others.

In addition to being the shows creator and writer, Justin Spitzer will also executive produce. Spitzer is also executive producer and writer on the hit NBC series “The Office”. Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplain are attached to “Holding Pattern” as executive producers through their NBC Universal Television based TBD Productions. Traugott and Kaplain are also executive producers on NBC’s medical drama “Do No Harm”. Mike Elliott will oversee day-to-day producer duties for TBD Productions.

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Principal Actor Casting

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Los Angeles:

Donna Rosenstein
Marlo Tiede
800 S. Main Street
Suite 202
Burbank, CA 91506

New York:

Trey Lawson
Marcia DeBonis
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Suite 1623E
New York, NY 10112

Extras Casting

Los Angeles:

Central Casting
220 S. Flower Street
Burbank, CA 91502
Registration Info: (818) 562-2755
Do not send photos to Central Casting.
You must register in person.

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Universal Television
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 1220
2nd Floor
Universal City, CA 91608

TBD Productions
100 Universal City Plaza
Building 1440
Suite 1901
Universal City, CA 91608

NBC Universal
3000 W Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91523

Executive Producers: Justin Spitzer,  Peter Traugott,  Rachel Kaplan

Producer: Mike Elliott


Justin Spitzer


Scott Ellis


Erinn Hayes – Leah
Kate Lang Johnson – Sabrina
Nelson Franklin – Chad
Oscar Nunez – Mickey
Courtney Taylor Burness – Ashley
Rory Scovel – Harvard
Mark Proksch – Bill
Luka Jones – Lindsey
Humphrey Ker – Griffin


“Holding Patterns” centers on a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash. Leigh will play Leah, an irresponsible and absent-minded slacker whose lacks direction despite her brains and sarcastic wit. She’s always been good at anything she tried and rather than attempt to become great, has moved from one dead-end job to the next. She shares the ground floor of a Minneapolis duplex with her two best friends, Griffin and Sabrina.


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