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It's pilot casting, Six Degrees of Separation-style.

Michael Rady, who, like Grant Show, starred on CBS' short-lived Swingtown, is the first actor to call the CW's new Melrose Place home.

(For those young whippersnappers who need me to "connect the dots," Show starred on the original Melrose.)

Rady, says the Hollywood Reporter, will play Jonah, an aspiring filmmaker who puts food on his and his live-in fiancée's table by videotaping the weddings and bar mitzvahs of Los Angeles' rich and fabulous. THR likens Jonah to "Billy/the Andrew Shue role."

In addition to Swingtown, Rady has also enjoyed roles on TV's Greek and in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

This all-but-greenlit-for-fall Melrose reboot is being penned by Smallville exec producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer. Inconvenient Truth Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim will direct.