Anthony LaPaglia to lead CBS terrorism drama, Josh Lucas cast in NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura'

Three faces familiar to TV viewers have been confirmed as joining broadcast drama pilots slated for next season.

Anthony LaPaglia is returning to CBS to lead the network’s untitled terrorism drama from Nikki Toscano (Revenge) and Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel). The actor, who could be seen on Without a Trace for seven seasons, will play a retired CIA operative-turned-high school football coach. When a catastrophic event hits Washington, D.C., he is pulled back into action to investigate the new generation of terrorists.

LaPaglia won a Golden Globe and earned Emmy and SAG nominations for his role as Jack Malone on CBS’s Without a Trace. He also won an Emmy for a guest spot on Frasier.

NBC, meanwhile, is rounding out its cast for The Mysteries of Laura, starring Debra Messing, by adding Josh Lucas. The actor will play the police captain — and soon-to-be ex-husband — of Messing’s character, the titular homicide detective. Lucas previously worked on NBC in the network’s adaptation of The Firm.

Over on ABC, Melissa George will play opposite Katie Holmes in the soapy, psychological pilot from Behind the Candelabra screenwriter Richard LaGravenese. George’s smart, powerful and wealthy Margot sets her sights on taking down fellow socialite Ann (Holmes) in this one-hour drama based in New York City.

George had a multiple-season role on Grey’s Anatomy and was the lead in the Cinemax thriller Hunted.

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