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ABC Family orders drama pilot 'Stitchers'

ABC Family has given a pilot order to the paranormal procedural drama pilot Stitchers. Written by Jeffrey A. Schecter (Overruled!), the drama “follows a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave.”

The order comes a month after the family cable network axed the drama pilot Alice in Arabia when it received significant backlash from Muslim civil liberties organizations for its plotlines and portrayals of the community. READ FULL STORY

Amazon greenlights new pilot 'The Cosmopolitans,' starring Adam Brody and Chloe Sevigny

Amazon Studios continues to curate original programming featuring big-name stars with the announcement that it has greenlit two new pilots: the half-hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans and the hour-long drama Hand of God. READ FULL STORY

'Community' star Alison Brie to produce TV Land comedy pilot 'Teachers'

Alison Brie may be taking the whole “stay in school” thing a little too seriously.

The Community star is attached to executive produce Teachers, a comedy pilot based on the popular Web series of the same name, for TV Land, EW has confirmed.

“From the second this project came across my desk, I’ve been in love with it,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “The tone of the show is unlike anything we’ve had on TV Land. I’m really excited about the idea of building this unexplored world, where teachers are the eccentric characters you always hoped they weren’t.”

According to the network, Teachers follows six elementary school teachers who try to get their own lives in order while shaping (or destroying) the minds of the American youth. Stalking your ex online is bad enough — don’t get the children involved! Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien, and Katie Thomas  (a.k.a the Katydids — yes all of their names are some form of Kate) will reprise their roles from the Web series for TV. Brie will executive produce alongside Matt Miller (Chuck) and the producers of the Web series Cap Gun TV.

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.

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John Cho cast as lead in ABC comedy pilot 'Selfie'

John Cho (Star Trek Into Darkness, Harold & Kumar franchise) has been cast as the male lead in ABC’s half-hour comedy pilot Selfie.

Cho will play Henry, a self-assured, successful marketing expert who is “a different breed from today’s social media–addicted society.” As a challenge, he decides to “re-market” his coworker Eliza (Karen Gillan), a social media star with a bad reputation.

Selfie is from executive producer/writer Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory). The comedy, inspired by My Fair Lady, is described as “the story of a self-obsessed 20-something woman who is more concerned with ‘likes’ than being liked. After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media followers than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image.”

The addition of Cho completes series regular casting on this project. He joins previously announced castmembers: Karen Gillan, David Harewood, Allyn Rachel, Tim Peper and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

 

 

'Sex and the City' alum John Corbett to co-star in Denis Leary's FX rock comedy pilot

John Corbett is set to rock out with Denis Leary on the small screen.

EW has confirmed that the Sex and the City actor will co-star  alongside Leary in FX’s comedy pilot Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, which is written and produced by the Rescue Me alum.

Leary plays Johnny Rock, an aging rocker who ruined his dreams of being rich and famous as the lead singer of New York’s legendary early 1990s band The Heathens. Twenty-five years after breaking the band up on the same day their first and only record was released, Johnny, now a broke bartender, tries to get everyone back together, including Flash (Corbett), the much-acclaimed former lead guitarist of The Heathens who helped originally form the band.

Corbett returns to FX after starring in the short-lived poker comedy Lucky. His other TV credits include United States of Tara and a role as another aging rocker on NBC’s Parenthood. 

Dave Annable scrubbing in for Fox soap pilot

Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable is giving the prime-time soap world another go.

EW has learned that Annable has been cast as a series regular in Fox pilot Red Band Society, the hospital soap about a group of teenage patients who form a bond while being treated in a children’s wing. Octavia Spencer also recently signed onto the project.

Annable, who last appeared in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue, will play Dr. William McAndrew, a rock star pediatric oncologist and surgeon who is compassionate and dedicated to his job but tries — usually in vain — not to get attached to his young patients.

The one-hour dramedy, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, is considered a strong contender for fall. Fox will announce its official 2014-15 slate in May at the annual Upfronts presentations in New York City. Spielberg, Margaret Nagle and Justin Falvey are among the exec producers.

Katie Holmes cast in ABC pilot from 'Behind the Candelabra' scribe

Katie Holmes is going from Capeside to the East Side.

The Dawson’s Creek actress has been cast in an untitled high society drama pilot for ABC from Behind the Candelabra writer Richard LaGravenese, EW has confirmed.

Holmes will star opposite Rufus Sewell in this drama about opposing couples living in New York City. She will play Ann, a well-bred and educated woman who runs a philanthropic foundation with her husband. After Philip (Sewell) and his wife Margot make a bet to destroy Ann’s seemingly perfect marriage, Ann and Philip engage in a rivalry. The two equally-matched, powerful socialites play out their obsessive attraction and seduction via their manipulation of others.

The role of Margot has yet to be cast. Taylor Hackford (Ray) will direct the pilot.

If the drama were to be picked up to series, it would be Holmes’ first regular TV role since Dawson’s Creek, though she has made appearances in How I Met Your Mother, The Kennedys and Eli Stone.

On the film front, Holmes will play a not-so-dainty schoolteacher in the upcoming film Miss Meadows, premiering at next month’s Tribeca Film Festival

'Fantastic Four' actor cast in ABC immortal pilot

Fantastic Four‘s Ioan Gruffudd is taking the starring role in ABC’s drama pilot Forever.

Gruffudd will play New York City’s star medical examiner who is secretly immortal.  Through his investigative work with a police detective and his relationship with his best friend the show will “peel back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life.”

The show is from writer-producer Matt Miller (Chuck, 666 Park Avenue). In addition to playing Mr. Fantastic, Gruffudd has also starred in The CW’s Ringer and appeared in a couple episodes of Fox’s Glee last year.

CBS developing another 'CSI' spinoff

Think CBS is done dreaming up CSI spinoffs? Think again.

The net is looking to extend the brand by airing a backdoor pilot that was inspired by Producer Mary Aiken, who previously worked as a cyber-psychologist. Set to bow as a CSI episode in the spring, the action will revolve around a special agent named Avery Ryan and will be set in Quantico, VA. Here’s the logline: “Technology, as we know it, has amplified human behavior to the point where faceless criminals are committing crimes at global proportions with a touch of a button.”

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'How I Met Your Mother' star Alyson Hannigan nabs female lead in Ben Affleck, Matt Damon-produced CBS pilot

Could Alyson Hannigan be coming back to TV after the end of How I Met Your Mother? Possibly.

EW has confirmed that the actress has nabbed the lead role in the CBS pilot More Time With Family, a multi-camera comedy produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

The pilot, which received a put pilot commitment (a “put pilot” increases the likelihood a project will receive a series order as the network faces penalties if it’s never aired) back in October, stars Tom Papa, who plays a man who undergoes a career change to spend more time at home with his family. It is based on Papa’s stand-up comedy and Damon’s experiences. Papa is also set to write and executive producer alongside Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa.

Hannigan will play Papa’s onscreen wife, Cindy.

Hannigan is the most recent HIMYM alum to land a role in an upcoming pilot. Earlier this week, Cristin Milioti was cast as the lead in Rashida Jones’ pilot for NBC.

How I Met Your Mother will finish its nine season run on March 31 with an hour-long episode.

'How I Met Your Mother' star Cristin Milioti to topline Rashida Jones pilot

The Mother from How I Met Your Mother has landed her next gig.

EW has confirmed that Cristin Milioti, who currently stars on the CBS hit as the title character, has been cast in Rashida Jones’ upcoming pilot for NBC.

On the single-cam comedy, titled A to Z, Milioti will play one of two leads. Her character, Zelda, is a lawyer at a small public-advocacy firm who is known for her “realist” outlook on life. According to a casting description: “Alternately serious and hilarious, Zelda loves being a grown-up and doesn’t understand why anyone over 20 would go see an animated movie or eat ice cream sundaes. Destiny and fate are not in her vocabulary; she believes she controls her own destiny.”

The comedy follows the relationship between a young couple, named Andrew and Zelda, from meeting to breakup.

Ben Queen (Cars 2) wrote the pilot and will executive produce along with Jones and Will McCormack.

CBS orders comedy pilot from 'Happy Endings' creator David Caspe

CBS is giving Happy Endings creator David Caspe his second pilot order of the season: The network has issued a thumbs-up to Cuz-Bros, a comedy that he created with fellow Happy producer Erik Sommers. The multi-camera pilot, which will be written and executive produced by the pair, chronicles the exploits of a successful lady killer whose perfect life is thrown out of whack when his “mess of a cousin” moves in with him. READ FULL STORY

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