In a twist Shakespeare would love, Gilmore Girls‘ Alexis Bledel has joined Fox’s comedy pilot Friends & Family as a romantic interest for Jason Ritter, TVLine has learned.
Ritter, of course, was last seen romancing Bledel’s former Gilmore mom, Lauren Graham, in NBC’s Parenthood.
The actress formerly known as Rory will play Stacey to Ritter’s Gavin in the single-camera project, an adaptation of the British comedy Gavin & Stacey.
The potential series 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.
Stacey is described as sweet and strong ”but willing to do the weird stuff.” In the pilot, the Pennsylvania native — who’s hit it off with co-worker Gavin through their Skype and Facebook interactions — travels to New York for their first date… which goes south when the oysters Stacey ate at dinner make her violently ill.
In Plain Sight‘s Mary McCormack has joined NBC’s Welcome to the Family, TVLine has learned.
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.
McCormack will play Katrina. She joins Glee‘s Mike O’Malley, who’ll portray one of the grandpas-to-be.
Time to revive those old “come home to CBS” promos. Hours after snagging Marg Helgenberger for a fall pilot, CBS just lured The Unit star Dennis Haysbert back to play a detective in the drama Backstrom.
From Hart Hanson (Bones), Backstrom is based on the Swedish book series about an overweight, offensive, and irascible detective who tries to change his self-destructive behavior. Haysbert has been cast as Det. John Almond, one of the law dogs working with Backstrom.
So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeanine Mason has scored a role in the upcoming Delirium pilot for Fox.
Mason joins a cast playing lead character Lena’s (Emma Roberts) party animal best friend, Hana, in the book-based pilot about a world in which love is treated as a disease known as Deliria. Per a character description, Hana is described as a “party animal” and “an apparently flirty girl who lives next door to Julian Fineman and enjoys messing with his head.” But it is teased that Hana may “ultimately less rebellious than she appears.”
Private Practice and Veronica Mars grad Chris Lowell has landed the third and final brother role opposite The Finder‘s Geoff Stults and Suburgatory‘s Parker Young in Enlisted, Fox’s military-themed comedy pilot from Cougar Town cocreator Kevin Biegel, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The single-camera project is based on Biegel’s relationship with his siblings and follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida.
Parminder Nagra is about to get reckless for ABC.
The ER and Alcatraz alum has joined the cast of the network's drama pilot Reckless, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
When his wife Sarah Harrison (Eloise Mumford) is unjustly imprisoned during a political uprising overseas, resourceful problem solver David Ritter (Almost Famous' Patrick Fugit) desperately pursues every legal option to secure her release. But when he's stymied by the U.S. government in the name of diplomacy, David is forced to consider less-than-legal options -- entering a world of political intrigue, dangerous alliances and high emotional stakes.
Nagra will play Susan, David's co-worker and the chief financial officer and trusted adviser to the family at the center of the potential series.
Marg Helgenberger is returning to CBS.
More than a year after exiting CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the actress has been tapped to co-star in the network's drama pilot Intelligence, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama revolves around U.S. Cyber Command, a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift: a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
Helgenberger will play Lillian, the director of Cybercom, the U.S. government's cybersecurity branch.
Audra McDonald is staying put at CBS.
The Private Practice actress, currently guest-starring on the network's The Good Wife, has landed a co-starring role on the network's drama pilot The Ordained, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Ordained centers on Tom (Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox), the son of a Kennedy-esque family who leaves the priesthood and becomes a lawyer to prevent his politician sister from being assassinated.
McDonald will play Anthea, a senior litigator at the law firm where Tom works and his main mentor, immediate boss and ally who runs Iron Man races to unwind and lives to win cases. Lost's Jorge Garcia also co-stars as the firm's chief investigator.
Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult) has been cast in The CW’s drama pilot The Hundred, TVLine has learned.
Avgeropoulos — who recurs on The CW’s Cult, which was recently moved to Friday night following two low-rated outings — will play Octavia, an illegally second-born child who grew up hidden in captivity. She is an independent spirit who follows her own path.
One Tree Hill alum Sophia Bush and Rebecca De Mornay have been cast in NBC’s drama pilot Hatfields & McCoys, TVLine has confirmed.
Set in present-day Pittsburgh, Hatfields & McCoys finds the two rival families competing once again when a startling death re-ignites the two clans’ legendary battle. The blue collar McCoys will put the Hatfields’ wealth and power at risk as they go to war for control of the city.
Bush — who starred on CBS’ Partners this season — will play doc Emma McCoy, the shining star of the family and and the oldest McCoy sibling.
De Mornay — whose TV credits include John from Cincinnati, The Practice, Boomtown and ER — is the head of the Hatfield clan opposite Virginia Madsen’s (Sideways, Scoundrels) matriarch, Eloise McCoy.
Major spoiler alert, Suburgatory fans: Ryan Shay and his six-pack abs appear to be heading for greener pastures.
TVLine has learned exclusively that Parker Young has landed a series regular role in Enlisted, Fox’s military-themed comedy pilot from Cougar Town cocreator Kevin Biegel.
Young will play Private Randy Waits, the endearing kid brother of Derrick and Pete (The Finder‘s Geoff Stults). Randy’s a gung ho soldier with a heart of gold who unfortunately has a habit of destroying really expensive military equipment.
Venice has a new resident: The Young and the Restless‘ Michael Graziadei, TVLine has learned.
ABC’s Romeo and Juliet-esque soap from Without a Trace‘s Byron Balasco explores two rival families living in the famed California beach town and the forbidden, dangerous romance that emerges between them.
The daytime grad will play Josh, a rising star poised to take over the company belonging to his father Gordy Nance (played by The River’s Bruce Greenwood).
Beth Riesgraf, best known for portraying Parker on TNT's caper drama, will co-star with Jason Isaacs in CBS' drama pilot The Surgeon General, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Surgeon General, from executive producer Samuel Baum (Lie to Me), follows Dr. John Sherman (Isaacs) as he steps into the highest medical office in the nation, attracted by the notion of nearly limitless resources, authority and impact on the health of all Americans.
Riesgraf will play Dr. Page Wyatt, an expert on micro-organisms. Sunny, off-beat and a nerd with moxie, she loves her job and practically lives in the lab. Katherine McNamara co-stars.
Annie Potts is heading to Manhattan.
The GCB alum has signed on to star in ABC pilot Murder in Manhattan from executive producer Ryan Reynolds, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Murder in Manhattan is an hourlong dramedy set in New York City centering on a mother and daughter who team as amateur sleuths.
Potts will play Blythe Sutton, a glamorous, sophisticated, yet surprisingly down-to-earth Park Avenue widow with two grown children. She is driven to solving crimes because she's never gotten over her second husband's murder, which she's taken on as her own private case.
Legend of the Seeker's Bridget Regan is set to play Blythe's daughter Lex. Enver Gjokaj, Brendan Hines and Shirley Rumierk co-star.
Will Sasso is about to feel some Middle Age Rage.
The comedian will co-star opposite Bridesmaids' Annie Mumolo in the ABC comedy pilot from Malibu Country's Cheryl Holliday, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera comedy centers on a middle-aged mother, Carol (Mumolo), who is fed up with feeling invisible and begins to speak up and demand the respect she feels she’s earned.
Sasso will play Leonard, Carol's husband, who is overworked and stressed. He has a hard time talking about his feelings and would rather internalize them until they turn into a tumor. A thoroughly decent human being, a good provider and father, Leonard has no clue that Carol is having a breakdown.
Actress Madeleine Mantock, whose main credit is British medical series Casualty, has joined the one-hour drama pilot from executive producers Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Mantock will play Astrid, loyal, classically beautiful and effortlessly cool, who is secretly in love with Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell), with whom she's been friends with since they were toddlers. She is concerned about Stephen and worries that he's stopped taking his medication. Mad Men's Peyton List, Aussie soap star Luke Mitchell and Mark Pellegrino co-star.
Three actors are headed to The Wild Blue.
Will Rothhaar (Battle: Los Angeles), Josh Salatin (The Carrie Diaries) and Alano Miller (Damages) have been tapped to star in the Fox drama pilot from Justified executive producer Taylor Elmore, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
ER, The West Wing and Top Gun collide in this young ensemble about the working men and women on board a U.S. aircraft carrier. Equipped with a 500-foot landing strip, a nuclear reactor and 6,000 souls on board, the drama is an upstairs/downstairs look at pressure-cooker lives of the U.S. Navy.
Rothhaar will play James Kincaid, considered part of the Oklahoma working class. He is enlisted and thus a low man on the totem pole of the ship's hierarchy. Hardworking and loyal, he finds himself wrongly accused of sabotaging the firing mechanisms onboard the planes and putting pilots at risk.
Salatin has signed on as Derek "Vandal" Frehley, good-looking, charming and arrogant. Ambitious and wily, he knows how to win people over, but always with his own self-interest in mind. He feels the weight of his father's bad reputation and dark history following him and marking him.
Miller will play Joaquin Tate, a recently-promoted NCO (non-commissioned officer), which means he is in a position of power over his best friend James, which leads to tension over time.
Chris Zylka is heading into battle for NBC.
The Secret Circle alum has joined the cast of the network's pulp thriller Bloodline, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Zylka will play Troy, who was taken from his parents at a young age and forced to live in the agoge, the modern resurrection of an ancient Spartan military meant to prepare boys for the life of battle by teaching them pain tolerance. Unlike other Spartan men his age, Troy has feelings, and he wants to get close to Bird.
ABC is staffing up its luxury department store at the center of its comedy pilot Bad Management.
Rules of Engagement's David Spade and Wreck-It Ralph's Rachael Harris have been tapped to co-star in the Sharon Horgan comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera vehicle revolves around a slightly self-centered female boss (Pulling's Horgan) at a high-end luxury goods department store who finds her ways challenged when the boss' son comes to town and makes youth and sex the new company focus.
Spade will play Tobias Eastmore Jr., the son of the department store owner. He's the heir apparent to Eastmore's and a brat with a reputation as a womanizer who has failed repeatedly at launching his own business.
Harris, whose recent TV credits include Fox's New Girl, USA's Suits and ABC's Happy Endings, will portray Linda, Eve's (Horgan) best friend and colleague at the store. She has a history of making bad decisions about work and men but is oddly (and sadly) optimistic.
The Office's Angela Kinsey has found her follow-up gig.
The actress best known for her role as uptight accountant Angela on NBC's The Office, has been tapped to co-star in Fox's The Gabriels, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera comedy revolves around an introverted, neurotic Wisconsin family that lives in a community of oversharers.
Kinsey will play Gail Gabriel, the wife to Ken (Rob Riggle), who is the more mature of the two -- but just barely. She's described as being clueless and off-beat (like her husband) who is trying to build her practice as a therapist and who unwillingly makes her patients feel like crap.