New leads for ‘Route 66’ series

“MTV Sports” frontman Dan Cortese and former “Equal Justice” star James Wilder have been tapped to star in a remake of the series “Route 66” for NBC.

A pilot for the show was produced with different leads, and the series now has a short order as a midseason entry.

Bert Leonard, creator and exec producer of the original, will exec produce the new version along with Harley Peyton. The show is from Leonard’s production company and Fabulous Los Cities Inc. in association with Propaganda Films and Columbia Pictures TV.

The original “Route 66,” from then-Columbia unit Screen Gems, aired on CBS from October 1960 to September 1964, starring Martin Milner and George Maharis.

In addition to “MTV Sports,” Cortese is currently featured in a series of Burger King ads. He started at MTV as a production assistant and convinced a talent executive that he should host a program.

Wilder was a series regular on the recent dramas “Equal Justice” and “Bronx Zoo.”

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