The O.C. alumna Mischa Barton is not moving to the shiny new Melrose Place, but rather New York City, having landed a role in A Beautiful Life, a CW pilot being executive-produced by Ashton Kutcher.
Revolving around a group of models who live together in the Big Apple (or a Los Angeles soundstage facsimile thereof), A Beautiful Life has Barton playing ...
Donald Faison, Joel Gretsch
Scrubs star Donald Faison will join Cedric the Entertainer and Madchen Amick in The Law, an ABC comedy pilot about reserve LAPD officers, says the Hollywood Reporter.
In other ABC pilot news, Joel Gretsch (The 4400) has been added to the cast of V, playing a ...
Tyler Labine, Tony Hale
Tyler Labine has been tapped to star in Sons of Tucson, a Fox comedy pilot about a thirtysomething guy hired by three boys to pose as their pop while the real dad is in prison. Should Reaper get picked up for a third cycle, Labine would step down from this new gig.
In other Fox pilot castings, Tony Hale ...
Skeet Ulrich, Zoe McLellan
Skeet Ulrich, whose Jericho famously managed a (singular) death-row reprieve, is on his way back to CBS as the lead in Back, a drama pilot about a man who returns home to discover he was reported missing eight years earlier, just after Sept. 11. (No, I don't quite get the premise either.)
In other CBS pilot castings, Zoe McLellan (Dirty Sexy Money) has landed a role in ...
Minka Kelly, Jason Dohring
Friday Night Lights' Minka Kelly has landed the female lead on Body Politic, the CW's pilot about an absurdly pretty gathering of D.C. up-and-comers.
Kelly will play Hope, a sweet Michigan gal who, after her mother dies, moves to Washington to ...
Nina Dobrev, Andrew McCarthy
Not that Lipstick Jungle fans needed Sign No. 73 that the NBC sudser isn't returning, Andrew McCarthy has been cast in Lily, the CW's tentatively titled Gossip Girl prequel spinoff, says the Hollywood Reporter. McCarthy will play no less than teenage Lily Rhodes' father, Rick, who is a music biz exec.
Starring as Lily is ...
Madchen Amick, Rebecca Romijn
Ugly Betty alum Rebecca Romijn has lined up a pretty cool new role, playing the lead sorceress in ABC's Eastwick pilot.
Based on the John Updike novel/1987 film The Witches of Eastwick, ABC's take will star Romijn as ...
Morena Baccarin, Tammy Blanchard
The Visitors of ABC's V reboot have found their leader, and her face is familiar to sci-fi fans. Morena Baccarin (aka Firefly's Inara and Stargate SG-1's Adria) has landed the lead role of Anna, the frontwoman for Earth's very special guests, says the Hollywood Reporter. Previously announced V castings include Scott Wolf and Morris Chestnut.
In other ABC pilot news, Emmy winner Tammy Blanchard (Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows) has joined ...
Heroes, Knight Rider
Some of this TV season's "bubble shows" are starting to pop, while others continue to ride the fence — or even safely hop off.
Case in point: Despite sagging ratings and amid backstage upheavals, Heroes will fight another day. The Peacock's onetime pride and joy is likely to return in the fall for 18 to 20 episodes, NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad told the Hollywood Reporter, though an actual pick-up order has yet to be placed.
One thing playing in Heroes' favor is ...
Inside the Box, the Shonda Rhimes-produced ABC pilot about a Washington, D.C. network news bureau, has found its female lead, and she is perhaps more Earl Grey than Meredith Grey.
U.K.-bred actress Indira Varma — whom you may know as Niobe from HBO's Rome (and who more recently played Booth's Scotland Yard counterpart on Bones) — will fill the plum role of ...