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2010 Pilot Season: Casting news and more

March 25, 2010 |  6:00 am

There is new TV happening all around us. The five broadcast networks are furiously casting and producing 86 new pilots for the fall season that will compete for slots on the fall schedule. The decisions will be made in May.

Since we last checked in, ABC recast the lead role in "Cutthroat," replacing Roselyn Sanchez with Mia Maestro and Fox recast the role of Becca in "Most Likely To Succeed," replacing Kaitlyn Doubleday with Caitlyn Fitzgerald. Actor Jerry O'Connell has signed up for CBS' "Defenders," even though he already has a recurring role on NBC's drama pilot, "Rex Is Not My Lawyer." Looks like O'Connell is destined to be a legal eagle.

Additionally, Fox has added two new pilots to its slate. The drama, "The Good Guys," is described as an action comedy that follows an old-school cop and a modern-day detective in Dallas and combines the storytelling of "Rush Hour" and the narrative devices of "Pulp Fiction."  It stars Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks.

The comedy "Wilde Kingdom" stars Will Arnett as a good-for-nothing rich guy who has wasted his life until a woman from his past, played by Keri Russell, returns and tries to bring out the best in him.

NBC also has a new pilot, "Our Show," a single-camera comedy about a group of dreamers in a small town who have a unique outlet for their creativity. The cast includes: Nate Corddry ("United States of Tara"), Jonathan Sadowski ("Terminator: "The Sarah Connor Chronicles"), Maria Thayer ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall"), Lauren Weedman ("The Daily Show"), and Mahaley Essam.

Here's the rest of the casting news by network:



Getprev "Body of Evidence"
Dana Delaney ("Desperate Housewives"), pictured right, Nic Bishop ("Past Life")

"Boston's Finest"

Goran Visnjic ("ER"), Nia Long ("Third Watch"), Treat Williams ("Everwood"), Will Yun Lee ("Bionic Woman"), Jason Wiles ("Third Watch"), Miles Williams.


Mia Maestro ("Crusoe"), Sarah Wynter ("Windfall"), Isa Briones Teo Briones.

"Edgar Floats"
Tom Cavanagh ("Trust Me") Robert Patrick ("The Unit")

Stephen Lang ("Avatar")

"No Ordinary Family"

Tate Donovan ("The O.C.")

"Off The Map"

Jose Julian ("All My Children")

"The Whole Truth"
Joely Richardson ("Nip/Tuck), Rob Morrow ("Numb3rs")

"True Blue"
Scott Foley ("The Unit"), Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty")


Getprev-1 "Freshmen"
Ben Lawson ("The Deep End")

Untitled David Caspe project

Elisha Cuthbert ("24"), Zachary Knighton ("Flash Forward"), Eliza Coupe ("Scrubs")

"How To Be A Better American"

Dylan Matzke

"It Takes A Village"

Cheyenne Jackson ("30 Rock"), Zach Mills ("Rita Rocks"), Gabriel Morales ("Make It or Break It")

"Mr. Sunshine"
James Lesure ("Lipstick Jungle")

"Southern Discomfort"
Mary Steenburgen ("Joan of Arcadia"), pictured left, Steve Talley ("American Pie Presents Beta House")

Untitled "Couples" project
Josh Cooke ("I Love You Man"), Kurt Fuller ("Alias")

Untitled Dana Gould project

Traylor Howard ("Monk")

"Who Gets The Parents"
Lindsay Price ("Lipstick Jungle"), Lindsey Broad ("Til Death")

"Wright vs. Wrong"

Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Melissa Rauch ("The Big Bang Theory"), Patrick Fugit ("Almost Famous"), Carrie Fisher



Getprev-2 Untitled Michael Dinner project

Lorraine Toussaint ("Saving Grace"), Sean Patrick Thomas ("Reaper"), Michael Rappaport ("Prison Break"), Sandrine Holt ("The L Word")


Stephen Rea ("V for Vendetta"), pictured left


Jerry O'Connell ("Cougar Town"), Gillian Vigman ("Sons & Daughters")

"Hawaii Five-O"
Jean Smart ("Samantha Who?") in a guest role as the governor

Untitled Burgess and Green project
Len Cariou ("Damages"), Donnie Wahlberg ("Runaway"), Flex Alexander ("One on One"), Will Estes ("American Dreams"), Bridget Moynahan ("Six Degrees"), Dylan Moore, Tom Selleck

"The Quinn-Tuplets"

Dougray Scott ("Desperate Housewives"), Anna Chlumsky ("Cupid"), Molly Parker ("Swingtown")

"The Odds"
Emily Swallow ("Southland"), Jacob Vargas ("Moonlight"), Kevin Rankin ("Trauma"), Alan Thicke in a guest role.

Untitled John Wells project

Jay Hernandez ("Six Degrees"), Michael Beach ("Justice League"), Skeet Ulrich ("Jericho"), Sissy Spacek ("Big Love")


Getprev-5 Untitled Carter Bays and Craig Thomas pilot
Kyle Bornheimer ("Worst Week"), Jamie Pressly ("My Name Is Earl"), pictured right

"Open Books"
Kether Donohue ("The Babydaddy"), Kevin Rahm ("Desperate Housewives")

"Stuff My Dad Says"

Stephanie Lemelin ("Cavemen"), Will Sasso ("MadTV")

"Team Spitz"

Caroline Sunshine, Jonathan Slavin ("Better Off Ted")

"True Love"

Sarah Wright ("7th Heaven"),  Dan Fogler ("Balls of Fury"), Jason Biggs ("American Pie")


Note: The CW is not developing any comedies.


Lyndsy Fonseca ("Desperate Housewives"), Xander Berkeley ("24"), Melinda Clarke ("The O.C."), Aaron Stanford ("Traveler"), Tiffany Hines ("Bones")


David Gallagher ("7th Heaven"), Jesse Schram ("Veronica Mars"), Austin Butler ("Life Unexpected"), Blair Redford ("Passions"), Josh Henderson ("Desperate Housewives"), Joshua Bowman ("Holby City")


Scott Porter ("Friday Night Lights"), Gabriella Wright ("The Tudors"), Warren Kole ("24"), Michaela McManus ("Law & Order: SVU"), Luke Ford ("The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor")


Aly Michalka ("The Roommate"), Ashley Tisdale ("High School Musical"), pictured left, Matt Barr ("Harper's Island"), Gail O'Grady ("NYPD Blue")

Untitled Amy Holden Jones project
Megan Boone ("My Bloody Valentine"), Steven Strait ("City Island"), Sarah Jones ("Sons of Anarchy"), Tasso Feldman ("CSI: New York"), Jai Rodriguez ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"), Ali Ahn ("Ugly Betty")



Getprev-7 "The Good Guys"

Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing"), Colin Hanks ("Roswell"), Diana Maria Riva ("Side Order of Life"), Jenny Wade ("Reaper")

Jon Voight, pictured left, Mark Deklin ("The Ex List"), David Keith ("The Class), Hannah Leigh Dworkin ("The Suite Life of Zack & Cody")

"Pleading Guilty"

John Laroquette, Madchen Amick ("Damages"), Omid Abtahi ("24"), Isabelle Fuhrman

Jason Clarke ("Brotherhood"), Jennifer Beals ("The L Word"), Billy Lush ("Generation Kill")


Getprev-8 "Keep Hope Alive"

Skyler Stone ("The Rules of Attraction")

"Most Likely To Succeed"
Caitlyn Fitzgerald ("How To Make It In America")


Ethan Suplee ("My Name Is Earl")


Christian Slater, Odette Yustman ("October Road")

"Strange Brew"

Jean-Luc Bilodeau ("Kyle XY")

"Tax Man"

Randall Park ("On the Lot"), Kerri Kenney ("Reno 911: Miami")

"Traffic Light"

Liza Lapira ("Dollhouse"), Kris Marshall ("Love Actually")

"Wilde Kingdom"

Will Arnett, Keri Russell, pictured right, Stefania Owen ("The Lovely Bones")



Getprev-9 "The Event"

A former post listed Scott Peterson as being on this cast. That was an error in a breakdown provided by NBC. The actor who is in the pilot is Scott Patterson ("Gilmore Girls").

"Rockford Files"
Beau Bridges, Alan Tudyk ("Serenity") Melissa Sagemiller ("Raising the Bar")

Jimmy Smits, pictured left, Carly Pope ("24"), David Ramsey ("Dexter"), Ellen Woglom ("Californication")

Kathy Bates, Brittany Snow ("American Dreams")

"The Cape"
Summer Glau ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"), Dorian Missick ("Six Degrees"), James Frain ("The Tudors"), Jennifer Ferrin ("Life on Mars"), Keith David ("Platoon")


Getprev-10 "Perfect Couples"

Hayes MacArthur ("Worst Week"), Mary Elizabeth Ellis ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia")

"Friends With Benefits"
Patrick J. Adams ("Old School"), Danneel Harris ("Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay"), Ian Reed Kessler ("500 Days of Summer")

"This Little Piggy"

Brooke Bloom ("CSI: Miami"), Vanessa Minnillo ("True Beauty"), pictured right

"The Pink House"
Michael Cassidy

For details about all of the pilots and casting news reported previously, please check the links below.

Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Photos: Dana Delaney. Credit: Kevin Hively. Mary Steenburgen. Credit: Associated Press. Stephen Rea. Credit: THINKFilm. Jamie Pressly. Paramount Pictures. Ashley Tisdale. Credit: Getty Images. Jon Voight. Credit: Associated Press. Keri Russell. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times. Jimmy Smits. Credit: Getty Images. Vanessa Minnillo. Credit: Getty Images


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