‘American Horror Story’ exec Ryan Murphy’s ‘Open’ casts ‘Last Resort’ star

HBORyan Murphy is now at his “Last Resort” … or at least he is casting a star from the too-good-to-be-canceled-so-soon ABC drama. (Actually, this actor was seriously one of the people he has circled for this role for a long time; we just couldn’t resist the joke.) Sources have confirmed to us that Scott Speedman, fresh off his role on the Navy drama, is going to star in the “Glee” and “American Horror Story” executive producer’s new pilot “Open,” playing a sports agent by the name of Jonathan.

In case you have lived under an HBO pilot rock for the past few weeks, Murphy and Lauren Gussis’ “Open” was a project that HBO salivated over like they do every time they have a new episode of “Game of Thrones” to promote. It is all about an exploration into the world of sexuality, basically the modern-day version of Showtime’s upcoming “Masters of Sex.” (You know that these two shows will be compared regularly if “Open” becomes ordered to series.) Wes Bentley is also starring in the pilot in one of his first major TV roles after having film serve as his bread and butter for so long.

If HBO does not pick this show up to series, we will be more surprised than we were about Murphy’s “Glee” actually being able to get Coldplay to about-face on the music licensing. It’s got a solid cast thus far, and Ryan’s a hit-maker. Even the short-lived “The New Normal” was a great idea in theory, but it’s poor time-slot hurt it badly, and the subject matter still was not embraced much in the more-conservative middle America.

If you want to read more on the project, while we wonder if Murphy has a time machine to fit more hours into his day, be sure to check out the story over at the link here.

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