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Dennis Haysbert returns to CBS for fall drama pilot

Dennis Haysbert

Time to revive those old “come home to CBS” promos. Hours after snagging Marg Helgenberger for a fall pilot, CBS just lured The Unit star Dennis Haysbert back to play a detective in the drama Backstrom.

From Hart Hanson (Bones), Backstrom is based on the Swedish book series about an overweight, offensive, and irascible detective who tries to change his self-destructive behavior. Haysbert has been cast as Det. John Almond, one of the law dogs working with Backstrom.

From 2006 to 2009, Haysbert starred as Jonas Blaine in the military drama The Unit for CBS. Before that, he was best known for playing President David Palmer on Fox’s long-running 24.

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'So You Think You Can Dance' champ wins role in 'Delirium' pilot


So You Think You Can Dance winner Jeanine Mason has scored a role in the upcoming Delirium pilot for Fox.

Mason joins a cast playing lead character Lena’s (Emma Roberts) party animal best friend, Hana, in the book-based pilot about a world in which love is treated as a disease known as Deliria. Per a character description, Hana is described as a “party animal” and “an apparently flirty girl who lives next door to Julian Fineman and enjoys messing with his head.” But it is teased that Hana may “ultimately less rebellious than she appears.”

Mason was most recently seen on ABC Family’s Bunheads and is best known for winning the fifth season of  So You Think You Can Dance.

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Showtime casts Anna Friel in 'The Vatican'

Pushing Daisies star Anna Friel will play the younger sister of a cardinal in The Vatican, a drama pilot in the works at Showtime that’s described as a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church.

Friel will play opposite Kyle Chandler, who’s set to depict Cardinal Duffy. Friel’s Kayla is a sexually active, hard-partying New Yorker who is openly rebellious against all norms and institutions, including the church.

The Vatican will begin production this season. Other cast members include Matthew Goode (A Single Man) as Papal Secretary Bernd Koch, and Sebastian Koch (A Good Day to Die Hard) as Cardinal Marco Malerba. Paul Attanasio (House M.D.) wrote the hour-long pilot that will be directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus).

'Young and the Restless' actor books ABC pilot

The ex-Danny Romalotti Jr. is jumping to a prime time soap.

Michael Graziadei, the actor who played the character of Danny on CBS’ The Young and the Restless from 2004 to this year, has been cast in the ABC pilot Venice. He will play Josh, the son of Gordy Nance (Bruce Greenwood), who is described as a rising star in his father’s company and who is poised to take over the family business.

The pilot from Executive Producers McG, Byron Balasco, Ilene Chaiken and Peter Johnson is a prime time soap about the haves and have-nots of Venice, CA. It will focus on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as the two families battle for control of Venice.
Others cast to date are Jennifer Beals (Lisa Carver) and Odette Annable (Sophie Nance).

Graziadei’s credits include stints in Justified, The Mob Doctor and American Horror Story: Asylum. His last appearance on Y&R was in January.

Gillian Anderson cast as lead in NBC pilot

The return of Dana Scully?

Not quite — but ex-X-Files star Gillian Anderson is making a move to return to network TV, via an untitled Rand Ravich/Far Shariat thriller for NBC. EW has confirmed that Anderson is set to star in the pilot, which centers on a massive kidnapping. The Emmy winner plays a CEO whose daughter is among the victims.

Anderson has certainly  had a busy pilot season. In December, EW revealed that she had booked a multi-episode arc on Hannibal, Bryan Fuller’s upcoming serial killer thriller — which will also air on NBC. But while Anderson is only guesting on the Silence of the Lambs prequel, she’ll be a series regular in Ravich and Shariat’s thriller — which, if it’s picked up, would mark her first starring role on network TV since The X-Files departed Fox in 2002.

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'Justified' Emmy winner joins Will Arnett comedy

Margo Martindale, who won an Emmy in 2011 for her work in FX’s Justified, has been cast as Will Arnett’s mother in an untitled CBS comedy pilot from Raising Hope’s Greg Garcia. Martindale will play Carol in the project about a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own.

Martindale has a recurring role on the FX drama The Americans. She’ll also play Nick’s mom in a March episode of New Girl on Fox.

For more on the 2013 fall pilot season:

Fall comedy pilots master list
Fall drama pilots master list

CW nabs Aussie import for 'Tomorrow People'

The CW has found another one of its Tomorrow People.

EW has learned that actor Luke Mitchell has scored a role in the forthcoming pilot from Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec. Mitchell, who has appeared on a few television series in his native Australia, will play John Young, a member of the Tomorrow People — a term used on the show to refer to a group of young people who have reached the next stage of human evolution and use their special powers to defeat foes. His character is said to have a specialty in teleportation and will be instrumental in recruiting other gifted people to the group.

The CW ordered the pilot, inspired by the original 1970s UK cult series, last month.

Peyton List (Mad Men) was cast on the show earlier this week.


Fall drama pilots 2013 master list


Mandy Moore to star in ABC's 'Pulling' pilot

Mandy Moore could be headed to ABC primetime. The singer and Tangled star has been cast in the ABC comedy pilot Pulling, EW has confirmed.

The show, based on the British sitcom of the same name, focuses on three 30-somethings who don’t quite have everything figured out but still live life by their own rules. According to Deadline, Moore will play “optimistic and desperate to snag a husband” Louise.

Pitch Perfect‘s Jason Moore will direct the Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky (who both wrote Bad Teacher) pilot.

In 2012, Moore starred in another ABC pilot about newlywed restaurant owners that never made it to air.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar to co-star with Robin Williams in CBS pilot

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams. On TV. Together.

This is now a possibility.

Gellar is set to co-star in the CBS pilot Crazy Ones, a single-cam comedy about a father (Williams) and daughter who run an advertising agency together. The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star will play Sydney Roberts, the intense and driven daughter of Williams’s Simon Roberts.

Gellar last headlined CW’s one-season drama Ringer, a role that was billed as her post-Buffy return to television and was part of the 2011-2012 TV season.

CBS announced the pilot order for Crazy Ones, a project by David E. Kelly, and two drama pilots earlier this month.

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Minnie Driver to co-star in 'About a Boy' pilot

Minnie Driver could be headed back to TV.

The actress has joined a pilot Parenthood creator Jason Katims’s forthcoming pilot, About a Boy, based off the book by Nick Hornby.

She will co-star alongside David Walton (New Girl) on the project, playing Fiona, eccentric mother to Marcus, a boy who develops a friendship with an immature bachelor (Walton) neighbor.

In the 2002 movie adaptation, the role was played by Toni Collette, who co-starred in the film with Hugh Grant.

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ABC drama pilot stages 'L Word' reunion

A drama pilot in development for ABC this fall will reunite Jennifer Beals with the creator/executive producer of The L Word, the drama she starred in at Showtime.

Ilene Chaiken will serve as the showrunner for Venice, a sudsy drama pilot from McG about two rival families who live in the California city, Deadline reports. Chaiken was a co-creator of The L Word, which aired on the pay network from 2004-09.

Beals will play the matriarch of one of the families in the drama pilot, which McG will direct. Beals last appeared in Fox’s The Mob Doctor and The Chicago Code. 

For more about ABC’s development roster for fall, as well as what’s up at the other nets, here is our master list.


'Lost' alum Josh Holloway cast in CBS drama pilot 'Intelligence'

From the island to U.S. intelligence — Lost alum Josh Holloway has scored the lead role in CBS’ drama pilot Intelligence, EW has confirmed.

Based on unpublished book Dissident by John Dixon, the show is about a U.S. intelligence unit whose top agent, Gabriel Black (Holloway), has some very special abilities — a microchip that has been implanted into his head allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. The pilot script comes from Michael Seitzman (North Country) and will be directed by David Semel (No Ordinary Family).

Since wrapping up Lost in 2010, Holloway’s projects have included a guest appearance on Community and a role in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. Holloway was among the nine actors EW’s Lynette Rice listed as the most-wanted starts for new fall TV. Read the full list here.

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ABC orders John Leguizamo comedy pilot

John Leguizamo wants to make a comedy about his life.

The actor will star in a sitcom pilot for ABC that’s based on his existence as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper side of New York. Here’s the official logline from the network: “Woven into this world are his privileged life, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries about getting spoiled and losing touch with reality.”

Leguizamo has a long history of working in TV. In 1995, he created and starred in a variety show for Fox called House of Buggin. He also was in ER for the 2005-06 season, and shot a drama pilot for CBS in 2006 in which he played a Los Angeles detective. He also headlined The Kill Point for Spike TV and was a guest star in My Name is Earl for NBC.


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