TV Pilots: Hannibal Premiere Date, Jason Isaacs in CBS Show and more

Hannibal will soon be taking a bite out of NBC’s Thursday lineup.

Bryan Fuller’s long-awaited TV adaptation will premiere on Thursday, April 4 at 10/9c, the network confirms.

The series, a contemporary take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel, focuses on the fledgling relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen, pictured).

Hannibal will fill the void left by NBC’s short-lived Do No Harm, which was pulled off the schedule last week after two low-rated episodes. Encores of Law & Order: SVU will air in the Thursday-at-10 perch through March.

The stellar cast also includes Laurence Fishburne as FBI agent Jack Crawford and Wonderfalls’ Caroline Dhavernas as an FBI consultant. X-Files’ Gillian Anderson will also appear as Lecter’s shrink.

Pilot Scoop: Jason Isaacs Is Surgeon General

Awake‘s Jason Isaacs has landed the title role in CBS’ Surgeon General drama pilot, TVLine has learned.

The project, which will revolve around “America’s doctor,” is being written and produced by Lie to Me creator Samuel Baum.

Isaacs’ top doc is described as “a man of solid build and solid character” who has the rare mix of resolve, humanity and dry wit.

The part is Isaacs’ first major TV role since NBC put Awake to sleep in 2012.


Pilot Scoop: Parenthood's Jason Ritter to Star in Fox Comedy Friends & Family

Forget the Bravermans: Parenthood‘s Jason Ritter is becoming part of Fox’s Friends & Family.

The actor has signed on to star in the network’s American adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey, TVLine has learned.

Ritter will play Gavin, a neurotic and smart good guy who’s excited about his first real date with Stacey, a co-worker from rural Pennsylvania he’s become friends with through Skype and Facebook.

The single-camera project is written by David Rosen (I Just Want My Pants Back), with Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner, Henry Normal and Gavin & Stacey creators James Corden and Ruth Jones also serving as EPs.

In addition to playing Mark, jilted fiancé to Parenthood‘s Sarah, Ritter has had roles on The Event, The Class and Joan of Arcadia.


The Office's Jake Lacy Joins CBS Pilot The McCarthys as Gay Son

The Office‘s Jake Lacy has joined the cast of CBS’ dysfunctional family comedy pilot The McCarthys, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The half-hour project, from Brian Gallivan (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Will Gluck (Andy Richter Controls the Universe), centers on a sports-crazed, Irish-Catholic Boston family.

Lacy will play Ronny, the smart, funny, neurotic son who came out to his family two years ago. He’s finally decided to move out and begin a life away from his family, but they keep finding ways to involve him in their drama.

As previously reported, Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) and Jack McGee (Rescue Me) have been cast as Ronny’s parents.


Pilot Scoop: AMC Casts Australian Actors in Revolutionary War Drama Turn

Two up-and-coming Australian actors have been cast in AMC’s Revolutionary War-era drama pilot Turn, TVLine has learned.

Meegan Warner will play Mary Woodhull, a mother who doesn’t want to see her young son grow up to be a soldier. She adamantly does not want to become involved in the war with England and hopes it will leave her family alone.

Daniel Henshall will play Caleb Brewster, a near-fearless former whaler who’s now a lieutenant in the Second Continental Artillery and loves hand-to-hand combat. He’s eager to fight back against the oppressive British.

Turn, from Nikita creator/executive producer Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson, is based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring. It centers on New York farmer Abe Woodhull, who forms a group of spies with his pals in the summer of 1778. The gang winds up helping America greatly in its fight for independence.

Warner’s credits include the Australian TV series My Place and Rescue Special Ops, while Henshall has appeared in the Australian mini-series Devil’s Dust and the BBC’s Out of the Blue; he also co-starred in last year’s other Beauty and the Beast pilot at ABC.


Pilot Scoop: Glee's Mike O'Malley Joins NBC's Welcome to the Family as a Grandpa-to-Be

Glee favorite Mike O’Malley has joined the cast of NBC’s comedy pilot Welcome to the Family.

In the single-cam sitcom from Mike Sikowitz (Rules of Engagement), cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together when their children fall in love and soon must deal with an unplanned pregnancy.

O’Malley will play Dan, an affable and charming orthodontist who’s not equipped to handle his 18-year-old daughter’s unexpected bun in the oven. But he is energized by the idea of starting his next chapter when she leaves the nest.

In addition to Glee, O’Malley’s credits include Yes, Dear, My Own Worst Enemy. My Name Is Earl and an arc on the current season of FX’s Justified. He also continues to serve as a writer on Showtime’s Shameless.

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Anything sound good to you? I think I am most excited for Hannibal - but it is up against Elementary!!