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'Princess Bride' star joins Kal Penn's ABC comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

Cary Elwes teaming with Kal Penn?

As you wish!

The Princess Bride and Adventures of Tintin actor has just signed onto ABC’s comedy pilot Prairie Dogs.

The show is about an office drone (Penn) who seizes an opportunity when he becomes the victim of identity theft. Elwes plays Rams, the mysterious head of the design department in the company where Penn’s character works. He’s described as a German eccentric who wears turtleneck sweaters and kilts.

Elwes has been busy lately, he has about nine projects in the pipeline for this year and next, according to IMDB.

Mira Sorvino to star as CBS' 'Trooper'

Mira Sorvino could be the next Marg Helgenberger.

The actress has landed the starring role in Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest CBS crime drama project, Trooper.

Sorvino (Mimic, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion) will star in the pilot, playing a practical mom who becomes a New York state trooper. K.J. Flaxton and Jay Hernandez costar in the Warner Bros. Television project, which is written by Aron Coleite (Heroes, Crossing Jordan). Trooper is one of several crime dramas in contention for a series order on CBS next fall, including a Sherlock Holmes project (Elementary).

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Cuba Gooding Jr. cast in Fox drama pilot

Show him the defendant!

Cuba Gooding Jr. has landed the lead role in a Fox legal drama, playing a morally questionable defense attorney.

The Jerry McGuire and Red Tails actor will star as William “Billy” Remz in Guilty. He’s a lawyer falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license. He then uses unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been prohibited from handling and exacts revenge on those who set him up.

Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, McG, and Peter Johnson are executive producing the Warner Bros. project with Guggenheim (FlashForward) writing the pilot.

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Lucy Liu cast as Watson in Sherlock Holmes-based pilot

Sherlock now has his dear Watson — and she’s a bonified hottie.

Lucy Liu has been cast to star alongside Eli Stone‘s Jonny Lee Miller in CBS’s upcoming pilot, Elementary, a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes, EW has confirmed.

The concept for Elementary finds Miller and Liu, as Watson, solving crimes in New York City, according to previously announced loglines for the project.

Liu currently stars on TNT’s Southland.

'Once Upon a Time' actor Giancarlo Esposito nabs role in J.J. Abrams pilot

Farewell, Sidney Glass? It could happen!

Giancarlo Esposito has scored a role in the new sci-fi pilot from J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripe.

Esposito will star in the mind-bending action/drama Revolution as Lt. Neville, a “hard-as-steel military man…who may not always be what he seems,” according to casting intel.

Esposito, whose Gus Fring was epically killed off at the end of last season of Breaking Bad, currently recurs on ABC’s Once Upon a Time as Sidney Glass/Magic Mirror, one of the queen’s most trusted conspirators. (And, of course, Revolution needs to score a series pick-up in order to put Mr. Glass in any sort of real danger.)

The much-buzzed pilot, which was picked up by NBC and Jon Favreau is set to direct, follows a group of characters who try to reunite with loved ones “in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist,” the show’s logline reads.

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'Beauty and the Beast' finds its beast

ABC’s pilot for Beauty and the Beast, a reboot of the classic fairy tale, has cast its beast — Scottish singer and actor Darius Campbell. EW can confirm a Deadline report that Campbell will play a mysterious beastly bodyguard named Shiro who joins forces with an as-yet-uncast princess named Grace in this re-imagining of the classic story — not to be confused with the other CW Beauty and the Beast pilot. Grace’s fiancé, Gorrick, will be played by Chris Egan (Letters to Juliet).

Campbell is well known in the U.K., first coming to attention when he appeared in the TV singing competition, Popstars, and later as a finalist on Pop Idol. Since then he’s been a platinum-selling recording artist and actor, appearing in a variety of West End musicals, including Chicago and Guys and Dolls. 

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Bill Pullman and Brittany Snow join NBC's White House-set pilot '1600 Penn' -- UPDATE

UPDATE: Bill Pullman is set to play the President of the United States, Pullman’s agent confirmed to EW. Pullman previously played the presidential role in 1996′s Independence Day. In 1600 Penn, Pullman’s character is a heroic ex-marine named Dale Gilchrist who leads the show’s quirky first family.

From American Dreams to the American dream!

Harry’s Law actress Brittany Snow has been cast in NBC comedy pilot 1600 Penn, a single-camera sitcom about a dysfunctional first family in the White House.

Snow will play Becca, the overachieving, perfectionist first daughter who helps raise her siblings. She plays opposite Book of Mormon star Josh Gad, who is set to play her clumsy older brother Skip.

The pilot is being produced by Jason Winer (Modern Family), former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett and Gad, with Winer set to direct.

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Martin Lawrence to star in CBS cop comedy pilot

Martin Lawrence could be coming back to prime-time TV next fall.

CBS has given one of the Bad Boys actor-comedian’s projects a pilot order. The untitled project stars Lawrence as a widowed father of two teenagers who, after losing his job in construction, decides to go to the police academy and become a cop at the age of 46.

You could see why CBS would be drawn to the concept. This is a network built on cop dramas. Why not get a cop comedy going too?

Mike Lisbe and Nate Reger (Just Shoot Me, $*#! My Dad Says) will write and executive produce, with Michael Green and Sam Maydew from the Collective as EPs.

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CBS lassos Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis for fall

If this isn’t the best piece casting news for fall, we don’t know what is: CBS just closed deals with Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis to star in a period piece about a real-life rodeo cowboy-turned-sheriff.

Quaid will make his series debut as Las Vegas lawdog Ralph Lamb in this untitled drama from writers Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker. Chiklis gets to chuck the white hat for a change and play a Chicago mob fixer named Johnny whose vision for building up Sin City doesn’t exactly gel with Lamb’s law-and-order approach.

Quaid has taken breaks from his lengthy film career by appearing in TV movies like HBO’s That Special Relationship in 2010.

Chiklis starred in the short-lived ABC drama No Ordinary Family after ending his Emmy-winning run on FX’s The Shield.

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Pilot scoop: Aimee Teegarden heading back to TV in 'Hunger Games'-esque drama

Friday Night Lights alum Aimee Teegarden has picked up her next TV project and it will likely prove to be a buzzy one.

The actress has nabbed the lead role in the CW’s hourlong drama, The Selection. It’s touted as a romantic story set in the future that centers around an impoverished young woman who is picked to participate in a competition to be the next queen of a war-torn nation. One insider described it to EW back in January as, “The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor.”

Veteran scribe Elizabeth Craft (Shield, Vampire Diaries) and Sarah Fain are set to executive produce the show, based on the book by Kiera Cass.

Post-FNL, Teegarden has appeared in the latest Scream movie and Disney’s Prom. TVLine first reported the announcement.

Ana Ortiz cast in Marc Cherry's 'Devious Maids' pilot, Anthony LaPaglia set for 'Americana'

Pretty great news for a former Ugly Betty star: Ana Ortiz is poised to return to ABC, having been cast in Marc Cherry’s pilot Devious Maids. EW has confirmed that Ortiz has been cast as one of four maids “with ambition and dreams of their own” who work for some of the richest families in Beverly Hills. (Deadline first reported the news.) Dania Ramirez is also set to star in the pilot; Ortiz plays Marisol, a woman with a college degree and a secret reason for wanting to work in the house-cleaning industry.

On the same network, Anthony LaPaglia has been cast in the drama pilot Americana, about a fashion designer who welcomes a newbie into his family and label. LaPaglia previously starred in CBS’ Without A Trace.

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'Smallville' alum Kristin Kreuk lands lead in 'Beauty and the Beast' reboot

EW has confirmed that Kristin Kreuk, a.k.a. Smallville‘s Lana Lang, has been cast in The CW pilot Beauty and the Beast. The show, inspired by the late ’80s Linda Hamilton-Ron Perlman series of the same name, will follow New York homicide detective Catherine (Kreuk) who discovers an unlikely ally in Vincent, a military vet turned into a beast by an experiment gone wrong. Forced underground by his appearance, the Beast acts as an avenging angel — including killing the man who murdered Catherine’s mother nine years before.

Ron Koslow, who created the original series, will return as Executive Producer alongside producers Paul Junger Witt, C. Anthony Thomas, Bill Haber, and new producers (and pilot scribes) Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper. The CW’s reboot will face off against another Beast pilot ordered by ABC last month. Gary Fleder, who is directing The CW’s pilot, will also executive produce ABC’s take on the “tale as old as time.”

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Katie Cassidy scores lead in CW's 'Arrow' pilot

Katie Cassidy has scored the role of Dinah Laurel Lance on Arrow, The CW’s DC Comics-inspired pilot. By day, Lance is a lawyer with the City Necessary Resources Initiative. She is also the second-in-line to the Black Canary superhero mantel and former lady love of Oliver Queen, a.k.a. Green Arrow (Hung‘s Stephen Amell). Cassidy, the daughter of TV star and singer David Cassidy, previously appeared on Supernatural, Gossip Girl, and the short-lived Harper’s Island.

Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg penned the pilot, which Smallville vet David Nutter directed. Arrow is one of eight dramas The CW is considering for fall 2012.

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