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'Twilight Saga' director to helm NBC's 'Hannibal'

Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal has found its director.

David Slade (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) has been hired to direct the first episode of NBC’s small-screen take on Thomas Harris’ notorious serial killer, plus he’ll serve as an executive producer on the pilot. The director also shot the pilot for NBC’s Awake this year, as well as the film 30 Days of Night.

Hannibal has been given a 13-episode direct-to-series order. Hugh Dancy stars as FBI profiler Will Graham (the title character has not yet been cast). While working a perplexing case of disappearing female college students, Graham enlists the help of Baltimore psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter — unaware that he’s actually a cannibalistic murderer.

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J.J. Abrams' CW pilot 'Shelter' casts 'Vampire Diaries' guest star Malese Jow

The CW pilot Shelter, a drama from J.J. Abrams and One Tree Hill‘s Mark Schwahn set at an historic New England summer resort called Shelter Bay Inn, has added two more names to its growing cast. The network confirms that Malese Jow (pictured), who recurred on The Vampire Diaries as Anna, will play the resort’s resident party girl Morgan. Make It Or Break It‘s Zachary Abel will star as former local baseball hero Mitchell Taylor, who now works the concierge desk and is a hopeless romantic. Deadline first reported the castings.

Shelter Bay’s other employees include a newly appointed Type-A hotel manager named Grace (Elizabeth Henstridge). At least one of its guests is famous: Trent Ford, who’s also guested on The Vampire Diaries, will play a former British rock star staying in the penthouse.

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Ed Helms, Bill Hader join Mindy Kaling's Fox comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

THREE big names have just signed on for guest roles in Mindy Kaling’s promising Fox comedy pilot. In the as-yet-untitled show, Kaling plays a Bridget-Jones type OB/GYN trying to navigate her personal and professional life. Here’s the scoop:

First, Kaling’s The Office co-star Ed Helms is in the show as a potential love interest. He’ll play Dennis, a Wall Street analyst who goes on a blind date with Kaling’s character Mira.

Next, Saturday Night Live and Superbad veteran Bill Hader has joined the pilot to play Kaling’s ex-boyfriend Tom. He’s described as “upbeat, humble, almost infinitely appealing boy-next-door type who has such perfect chemistry with Kaling’s character that it feels nearly too good to be true. Mira sees him as the living breathing equivalent of an early 80’s Tom Hanks.” READ FULL STORY

'Lost' actress joins Kevin Williamson's serial killer pilot -- EXCLUSIVE

Former Lost actress Maggie Grace has signed on for a key recurring role in Fox’s serial killer drama project.

Grace will play a young doctor who’s the only surviving victim of infamous serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). The killer is being tracked by an FBI investigator played by Kevin Bacon. We can’t tell you anything else about Grace’s part, but it’s a fun ride.

The much buzzed-about untitled drama project from Vampire Diaries showrunnner and Scream writer Kevin Williamson and produced by Warner Bros. for Fox. In addition to playing Shannon Rutherford on Lost, Grace is also appearing in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2.

'SVU' costar Stephanie March lands CBS legal drama

Law & Order: SVU costar Stephanie March has just landed a key role in a CBS drama pilot.

March, who plays ADA Alexandra Cabot on the long-running NBC crime drama, has landed the part of Natalie in CBS’ Baby Big Shot. The project is a legal drama about a working-class woman (Janet Montgomery) who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at top New York law firms. March’s character is “Spence-educated Manhattan royalty,” a high-ranking law firm associate who aspires to run the firm someday. Kyle MacLachlan also costars in the project.

March was an SVU series regular during seasons 2, 3, and 4 and went part-time in seasons 5, 6, 10, and 11, then returned this season in a semi-recurring role. If Baby Big Shot gets a series order, we’re told she could still potentially make appearances on SVU.

'Terra Nova' star joins high-profile CBS pilot

jason-omaraImage Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage.comThe death knell has sounded even louder for Terra Nova, the freshman dino drama that’s busy hunting for a new home now that Fox canceled it. To wit: star Jason O’Mara just booked a co-leading role in CBS’ high-profile period drama about Las Vegas lawdog Ralph Lamb.

O’Mara will join Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis in the drama pilot from writers Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker, reports Deadline. Quaid will play Lamb while O’Mara will play his younger brother Frank. Chiklis gets to chuck the white hat for a change and play a Chicago mob fixer.

This is a second position booking for O’Mara, meaning if another outlet picks up Terra NovaNetflix maybe? — he won’t join the CBS project. But working alongside Quaid and Chiklis sounds a heckuva lot better than acting scared in front of faux prehistoric creatures. Just saying…

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Dennis Miller joins ABC comedy pilot

Comedian-turned-actor-turned-occasional-conservative commentator Dennis Miller has joined the ABC comedy pilot Awesometown. He’ll play Nelson Burke, a genius boss who has never smiled and is surgical with his cut downs.

The comedy that also stars Ben Rappaport and Amanda Crew taps into lives of four young pros who live and work together in New York. The writer is Adam Sztykiel (Made of Honor).

Earlier this year, Miller appeared in an episode of Hawaii 5-0.

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David Cronenberg to direct and produce his first TV series, 'Knifeman'

David Cronenberg is set to direct and serve as executive producer on a new TV series, Knifeman. The show will be the first television project for Cronenberg, who’s directed A Dangerous Method, History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and The Fly, as well as the upcoming Cosmopolis (starring Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti).

The TV series, based on the novel by Wendy Moore, centers on an eccentric surgeon who engages in far-reaching methods in order to learn more about the human body. A rep for Media Rights Capital — the company producing the series — has confirmed that the project has not yet been sold; rather the current focus is on casting the pilot with the process starting over the next couple of months. A rep for Cronenberg could not be reached for comment.

The series is written by Emmy nominated writer and producer Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Weeds, Smash) with the story by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (also of Friday Night Lights).

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The leading men (in contention) for fall 2012 are....

This season, we had Eddie Cibrian (The Playboy Club), Jason O’Mara (Terra Nova), Hank Azaria (Free Agents), Kevin Dillon (How to Be a Gentleman), Mather Zickel (Man Up!), and Amaury Nolasco (Work It).

It didn’t work out too well for those guys, did it?

Fortunately, the failures of yesterday don’t seem to be quashing hopes for the (potential) successes of tomorrow. An excellent crop of new (and familiar) male stars are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Jim Caviezel (who’s truly nailed it on Person of Interest this season) and Henry Czerny (the very underappreciated male patriarch on Revenge) as the leading men of fall 2012. Not all of the men will make it through the final cuts this May, when the broadcast networks unveil their fall schedules to advertisers. But some certainly have a leg up over the others — partly due to the subject matter of their pilots (Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, you’re a slam dunk) and partly due to their star power (Kevin Bacon, how can you NOT be preparing for your network TV debut?)

Here are some of the more recognizable actors in contention for your adoration (and eyeballs). Having trouble recognizing some of these projects? Check out our handy fall pilot wrap-up here. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'FNL' star Zach Gilford checks into medical drama, Nick Zano joins Kal Penn's 'Prairie Dogs' pilot

• Friday Night Lights vet Zach Gilford has joined the cast of the untitled Fox medical drama pilot from Drop Dead Diva‘s Josh Berman. The former Off the Map star will play a doctor alongside a thoracic surgeon (Jordan Spiro) who moonlights as a “mob doctor” in Chicago. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• More pilot news: 2 Broke Girl‘s Nick Zano has landed a plum role in ABC’s Prairie Dogs as the thief who steals the identity of a cubicle worker (Kal Penn), who then hires Zano’s character to help him create a real life as fulfilling as his imposter’s fake one. Boston Legal‘s Gary Anthony Williams, meanwhile, has joined Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub in Greg Daniels’ NBC comedy pilot Friday Night Dinner, playing a neighbor of the family that dines together every week. [Deadline]

Martha Stewart has been booked… for a cameo on CBS’ 2 Broke Girls. She’ll play herself in the May 7 episode, which finds Max and Caroline trying to get her to endorse their cupcakes. [TV Line]

• Lastly, a couple of recurring roles: Broadway’s Tammy Blanchard, currently starring in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, has been cast in a multi-episode arc on Showtime’s The Big C. She’ll play a married pilates instructor who starts a relationship with Sean (John Benjamin Hickey), the brother of Laura Linney’s Cathy. Arron Shiver will appear as mobster Dean O’Banion, Al Capone’s nemesis, in multiple episodes of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. [Deadline]

'Nip/Tuck' star teams with Angela Bassett in Fox spy drama

Finally, a new gig for Dr. Christian Troy: Julian McMahon, best known for playing a sex-starved plastic surgeon on Nip/Tuck, is in final negotiations for the role of a longtime CIA operative in an untitled drama pilot about spies at Fox.

Angela Bassett is also putting the finishing touches on her deal to play the director of the CIA in the project from Karyn Usher (Prison Break, Bones). It’s about an ophaned 17-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who encounters a mysterious rogue agent-assassin (McMahon) who serves as both her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world. (Think last year’s Focus movie Hanna that starred Eric Bana, Saoirse Ronan, and Cate Blanchett).

Newcomer Saxon Sharbino will play the young gal named Jane.

Bassett’s last network gig was playing Dr. Cate Banefield on ER.

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Susan Lucci stays at ABC in fall drama pilot


The network that canceled Susan Lucci’s long running soap is not quite ready to say goodbye to its biggest star: The All My Children actress will co-star in Marc Cherry’s next drama in the works for ABC called Devious Maids.

The script is about four maids with ambition and dreams of their own while they work for the rich and famous. Lucci will play one of the employers.

Devious Maids also stars Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty).

There was a chance that Lucci’s old soap would continue online, but the company that bought the rights to AMC and One Life to Live were unable to reach guild deals. Arrangements with the unions were necessary if Prospect Park wanted to also sell the soaps to cable, but it’s economically unfeasible to pay guild wages for an internet show that would generate a fraction of the revenue it once did on ABC.

It also didn’t help that Prospect couldn’t convince Lucci to continue her role on the internet. Only Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery) and Lindsay Hartley (Dr. Cara Castillo Martin) had agreed to continue on AMC after it finished its network run in September.



Connie Britton cast in ABC drama pilot 'Nashville'

Connie Britton could be headed back to network TV. The star of American Horror Story (and Friday Night Lights) has been cast as the “reigning queen of country” Rayna in the ABC drama pilot Nashville. The show, from Thelma & Louise writer Callie Khouri and director/producer R.J. Cutler, is described as a family soap set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak (Britton) and one on the rise (Heroes‘ Hayden Panettiere). Rounding out the ensemble are General Hospital‘s Jonathan Jackson, Without a Trace‘s Eric Close, Deadwood‘s Powers Boothe, Burn Notice‘s Robert Wisdom, Home and Away‘s Clare Bowen, and musician Sam Palladio.

The pilot should have Music Row cred: Steve Buchanan, the Gaylord Entertainment exec who oversees the Grand Ole Opry and also serves as president of the Country Music Association’s board of directors, is also an exec producer.


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