Pilot News: Chicago Hope's Lahti Checks Into Medical Drama

Christine Lahti

The doctor is in, again. Christine Lahti, an Emmy winner and overall four-time nominee during her 1990s run on CBS' Chicago Hope, has been added to the cast of the USA Network pilot Operating Instructions.

Lahti will play Commander Helen Keller (Hmm, I can see that...), the chief administrator of a military hospital. Keller instantly and frequently will butt heads with ... read more

Mad About Two: Pair Joins David E. Kelley Series

Charity Wakefield, John Seda

David E. Kelley is Mad about a little-known British actress.

The prolific writer/producer has recruited Charity Wakefield to headline his new quirky NBC series, Legally Mad, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Wakefield, whose credits include BBC's 2008 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, will play Brady Hamm, a young woman who ...
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Pilot News: Michael Pitt Walks Boardwalk for HBO and Scorsese

Michael Pitt

Dawson's Creek alum Michael Pitt is in final talks to star opposite Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire, an HBO drama pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese and penned by Terence Winter (The Sopranos), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Based on a book by Nelson Johnson, Boardwalk Empire revolves around Nucky Johnson (Buscemi), the head of an Atlantic City liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition, and Jimmy Darmody (Pitt), his protégé.

In addition to his run as Dawson's Creek Henry ... read more

For ER Alum Maria Bello and HBO, Crime (Hopefully) Pays

Maria Bello

Watch your backs, Nancy Botwin and Walter White. There's another parent-turned-felon coming to town.

HBO has signed ER alum turned indie queen Maria Bello to develop and star in a new series from scribe Gary Lennon (The Shield, The Unusuals).

The as-yet-untitled drama will star Bello as a mother of three teenage boys who turns to a life of crime ... read more

Werewolf? There, Wolf! — in New Fox Pilot

Michael Dougherty is Fox's wolf man.

What if Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte didn't frequent their estheticians quite as often? You might end up with Bitches, the dramedy project now in development at Fox.

Bitches, says the Reporter, revolves around four female friends in New York City whose bad time of the month ... read more

Bruckheimer, Bay Saddle Up for HBO's Cocaine Cowboys

Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer

The Hollywood pyrotechnics industry just got the best Christmas gift ever.

Big-screen heavyweights Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are teaming with HBO to executive produce drama pilot Cocaine Cowboys, to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, inspired by Billy Corben's 2006 documentary, chronicles the early days of cocaine trafficking in Miami ... read more

From Girl to Guru: Lauren Graham Lands ABC Comedy

Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham could soon be showing us the funny again.

ABC has made a production commitment to a new comedy starring the former Gilmore gal as a self-help guru who advises women on how to live a stress-free life, only to have her calm center unsettled when ... read more

Lost's Penny Turns Up on ABC's New Sci-Fi Series

Sonya Walger

Sonya Walger, better known as Desmond's soul mate Penny on the hit series Lost, has nabbed the female lead role in ABC's new drama pilot Flash Forward, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Robert J. Sawyer's sci-fi novel Flash, the project chronicles the turmoil that occurs after everyone on the planet passes out for two minutes and 17 seconds and has visions of the future. The central character, Mark Banford (Joseph Fiennes), is a newly sober FBI agent struggling to patch up his life and marriage.

Walger joins the cast as ... read more

Exclusive: Diahann Carroll Collars Role on USA Pilot

Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll has been added to the cast of White Collar, the USA Network pilot starring Tim DeKay and Matthew Bomer, TVGuide.com has learned. DeKay  (Carnivale) plays an FBI agent, and Bomer (Traveler) is a top-shelf con man recruited by the feds to help bust similarly crafty criminals. 

Carroll will play June, a classy ... read more

Vance, Davenport Flash Forward in New ABC Thriller

Jack Davenport, Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent ) and Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Swingtown) have joined the cast of Flash Forward, an ABC pilot based on  Robert J. Sawyer's sci-fi novel and fancied as a possible "companion show" to Lost.

Exec-produced by David S. Goyer (Blade) and Brannon Braga (Threshold), Flash Forward depicts the events that follow when everyone in the world ... read more

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