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Pilot Season: News and Casting Updates

March 5, 2010 | 12:04 pm

TV's busy pilot season is in full swing, with the five broadcast networks gearing up to begin production on 81 projects all over the U.S., Canada and Thailand. Since Show Tracker last wrote about this season's slate of hopefuls for fall time slots, CBS tabled one of its dramas, the untitled detective show by Ed Redlich and Jim Belucci, and Fox recast a role in the comedy "Keep Hope Alive." ABC's drama by Richard Hatem is now titled "Boston's Finest," and the network has added one more comedy, "Southern Discomfort" by Chad Kultgen, about a conservative father whose life is turned upside down when his two kids move in with him when he retires. No one has been cast.

Here's the latest casting news by network.

ABC

Dramas

 Getprev-10"187 Detroit": Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos"),  Natalie Martinez ("Saints and Sinners"), D.J. Cotrona ("Windfall"), Shaun Majumder ("Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle"),  Erin Cummings ("Spartacus: Blood and Sand")

"Body of Evidence": John Carroll Lynch
("K-Ville"), Windell Middlebrooks ("The Suite Life On Deck"),  Jeri Ryan ("Leverage")

"Boston's Finest":  Richard T. Jones
("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles")

"Cutthroat":  Peggy Lipton
("Crash"), Escher Holloway and Jon Seda (Close to Home")

"Edgar Floats": Alicia Witt
("True Blood"), Derek Webster ("Mental")

"Generation Y": Kelli Garner
("The Aviator"),  Daniella Alonso ("One Tree Hill"), Julian Morris ("24"), Anne Son, Jaime King ("Gary Unmarried"), Mechad Brooks ("True Blood"), Sebastian Sozzi

"Matadors": Michelle Borth
("The Forgotten") Merle Dandridge, Jason Behr ("Roswell")

"No Ordinary Family": Julie Benz
("Dexter"), pictured above, Autumn Reeser ("Entourage"),  Romany Malco ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin"), Jimmy Bennett ("Hostage"), Kay Panabaker ("Summerland"), Christina Chang

"Off the Map": Valerie Cruz
("True Blood"), Mamie Gummer, Jason George ("Eastwick")

"The Whole Truth": Anthony Ruivivar
("Traveler"), Christine Adams ("Batman Begins")

"True Blue": Rachael Carpani
("McLeod's Daughters"),  Eric Lange ("Lost"),  Malcolm Jamal Warner ("The Cosby Show")

Comedies

Getprev-8 "Awkward Situations For Men": Michael Braun

"Freshmen": Taran Killam ("How I Met Your Mother"), Tommy Dewey ("Roomates"), Suzy Nakamura ("10 Things I Hate About You")

Untitled David Caspe project: Adam Pally, Casey Wilson ("Saturday Night Live").

"How To Be A Better American":
Jason Jones ("The Daily Show"), Missi Pyle,("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"), Johnny Sneed ("Unhitched"),  Emily Rose Everhard ("Cake")

"It Takes A Village": Leah Remini ("King of Queens"), Chris Sieber ("It's All Relative"), James Patrick Stuart ("Men In Trees")

Untitled "Couples" project: Jake LacyDebra Jo Rupp ("That '70s Show")

Untitled Dana Gould project: Todd Stashwick ("Heroes"), Lexi Jourden, Payton Lucas

Who Gets The Parents": Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm In The Middle")  Adam Arkin ("Life"),  Andrew J. West ("Greek"), Derek Richardson

"Wright vs. Wrong": Debra Messing ("Will & Grace, "The Starter Wife"), pictured above

CBS

Dramas

Getprev-1 Untitled Michael Dinner pilot (formerly known as "ATF"): Dylan Walsh ("Nip/Tuck"), pictured left

"Chaos": Tim Blake Nelson ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?"),  Eric Close ("Without A Trace"), Carmen Ejogo ("Away We Go," "Kidnapped")

"Defenders": Jurnee Smollett ("Eve's Bayou")

"Hawaii Five-O": Grace Park ("Battlestar Galactica"), Scott Caan ("Ocean's Eleven")

"The Quinn-Tuplets": Amber Tamblyn ("The Unusuals"), Kenneth Mitchell ("Ghost Whisperer")

"The Odds": Kelly Hu ("X2"), Emily Swallow ("Southland"), Jacob Vargas ("Traffic").

Untitled John Wells show: Janeane Garofalo ("24")


Comedies


Untitled Ant Hines comedy: Wayne Knight ("Jurassic Park")

Getprev-2 "Hitched": Kurtwood Smith ("That '70s Show"), pictured right

"Mike and Molly": Swoosie Kurtz  ("Pushing Daisies"), Nyambi Nyambi

 "Open Books": Patti Lupone ("Oz")

"S**t My Dad Says": Nicole Sullivan ("Rita Rocks"), Ryan Devlin ("Cougar Town")

"Team Spitz":
Bob Odenkirk ("Run Ronnie Run")

"True Love": Hal Williams ("Guess Who")



 

CW


Getprev-4

 "Nikita": Shane West ("ER"), pictured left

Untitled Wyoming project: Renee Smith, Kathleen Chalfant
("Rescue Me"), Ryan Hawley, Scarlett Johnson ("EastEnders"), Emma Grabinsky, Alisha J. Newton, Alan Ruck ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off")

"Betwixt": Allison Miller
("Kings")
   






FOX

Dramas

Getprev-1 "Breakout Kings": Nicole Steinwedell ("The Unit"), Malcolm Goodwin ("American Gangster"), Brooke Nevin ("Worst Week")

"Midland": Adrianne Palicki
("Friday Night Lights"), Eloise Mumford ("Crash"), Bryce Johnson ("Doctor Strange")

"Pleading Guilty": Jason Issacs
("Brotherhood"), pictured left

"Ride-Along": Matt Lauria
("Friday Night Lights"), Devin Kelley ("Tease")


Comedies

Getprev-2 "Security": Alphonso McAuley
("Chocolate News"), Trevor Moore ("The Whitest Kids U' Know")

"Keep Hope Alive": Shannon Woodward
("The Riches") has replaced Olesya Rulin ("High School Musical")

"Most Likely To Succeed": Malcolm Barrett
("The Hurt Locker")

"Nirvana": Ravi Patel
("Past Life"), Sakina Jaffrey ("Third Watch"), Hina Abdullah.

"Traffic Light:" Alexandra Breckenridge
("The Ex List" and "Dirt"), pictured above.





NBC


Dramas

Getprev-5 "The Event": Blair Underwood ("Dirty Sexy Money"), pictured left, Laura Innes ("ER"), Wes Ramsey ("CSI: Miami")

"Rockford Files": Dermot Mulroney ("My Best Friend's Wedding")

Untitled John Eisendrath project: Jesse Bradford ("The West Wing")

"The Cape": David Lyons ("ER")



Comedies


Getprev-6 "The Adam Carolla Show": Oswaldo Castillo

"Perfect Couples": David Walton ("Quarterlife")

"Outsourced": Diedrick Bader ("Office Space"), Jessica Gower ("Blade: The Series")

"Friends With Benefits": Fran Kranz ("Dollhouse")

"The Pink House": Katherine McPhee ("American Idol"), pictured right

"Beach Lane":
Matthew Broderick

"Nathan vs. Nurture": Joel David Moore ("Bones")

-- Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twiter @writerchica)

Photos: Julie Benz. Credit: Jay. L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times. Debra Messing. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times. Dylan Walsh. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times. Kurtwood Smith. Credit: CBS. Shane West. Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times.Jason Isaacs. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times. Alexandra Breckenridge. Credit: Associated Press. Blair Underwood. Credit: Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles Times. Katherine McPhee. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.


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