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Showtime's 'The Vatican' finds a Pope

After a week that saw the appointment of Pope Francis, Showtime’s The Vatican has appointed a new Pope of its own.

Bruno Ganz (Downfall) has been cast in the drama pilot as Pope Sixtus, described as “an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who struggles with his own legacy, and how history will judge his papacy.”

Ganz joins a cast that already includes FNL alum Kyle Chandler, who will star as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), who plays his sister.

As previously reported, the pilot will also mark the first television project from Ridley Scott, who will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and David Zucker (The Good Wife).

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'Life of Pi' director Ang Lee to make TV directorial debut with FX

Now that much-decorated director Ang Lee has scooped up another handful of awards for Life of Pi, he’s turning his attention to television. Lee will follow up Life of Pi with an FX pilot called Tyrant, his TV directorial debut. FX Networks president John Landgraf announced the news Thursday.

Tyrant, Lee’s first project following Life of Pi, is described by the network as “the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” READ FULL STORY

James Spader to headline NBC thriller pilot

After a stint on NBC’s The Office, Spader will once again team up with the Peacock Network when he takes on a role in the thriller pilot The Blacklist. 

Spader will play Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former Army intelligence officer-turned-wanted criminal who turns himself in with the intention of giving up all his fellow accomplices. The catch? He wants to work with newbie FBI agent Liz Keen (Megan Boone), a woman “with whom he seemingly has no connection.” (That means there’s a connection, right?) Red is said to reject the “spy” label, instead preferring to be thought of as a broker who arranges deals for criminals — for a price.

The pilot, from executive producers Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Strangers) and Alias‘ John Eisendrath, received a pick up from NBC back in January.

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Jason Jones joins Andrea Anders in ABC's 'Divorce: A Love Story' pilot

Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones is taking another shot at primetime. He’s set to costar with Better Off Ted‘s Andrea Anders in the ABC pilot Divorce: A Love Story, in which the pair play a recently divorced couple who were bad together but discover they’re even worse apart. READ FULL STORY

'Six Feet Under' actress joins J.J. Abrams pilot

Lili Taylor, best known for her work in Six Feet Under, Ransom and Say Anything, has joined the untitled Bad Robot/J.H. Wyman drama pilot at Fox.

She’ll play Maldonado, an ambitious and determined police captain who is willing to make sacrifices for the greater good.

J.J. Abrams’ latest project is described as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Michael Ealy was also recently cast as an android policeman.

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

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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:

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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.

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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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