Pilot light on for McGillis, Jeter, London

Dunn takes lead as pilot castings rev

Pilot casting season is heating up, with Kelly McGillis (“Top Gun”) and Michael Jeter (“The Green Mile”) set to star in the CBS drama pilot “Cold Shoulder.”

Meanwhile, Jason London is on board for a major role in the WB contender “Going to California,” while “Saturday Night Live” alum Nora Dunn will play the lead in a USA Cable Entertainment pilot greenlit at cabler USA Network.

“Cold Shoulder,” a CBS Prods./Regency Television project, is from “Prime Suspect” exec producer Lynda LaPlante and will be helmed by Charlie Haid. It’s described as a dark detective drama.

McGillis will play an ex-cop who’s left the force following a tragedy but is now trying to get back on track. Jeter will play a recovering alcoholic and a friend of McGillis’ character.

Jeter most recently appeared as a death row convict in the Tom Hanks starrer “The Green Mile.” His last regular TV gig was on the CBS laffer “Evening Shade.”

Jeter’s deal was brokered by Alan Somers of Somers Teitelbaum David Management.

McGillis has never starred in a TV series before, but did do an ABC drama pilot five years ago. Her other film credits include “Witness,” “At First Sight,” “The Accused” and “Made in Heaven.”

London (“Dazed and Confused”) will be one of the leads in “Going to California,” which is from ATG and Col TriStar TV. He’s repped by Amy Guenther of Industry Entertainment and by the William Morris Agency.

Dunn has been cast as the lead in “Miriam Teitelbaum: Homicide” a USA Network one-hour pilot formerly known as “J.A.P.D” (Daily Variety, Dec. 9). Skein revolves around a tough, middle-aged, Jewish, female homicide detective in Los Angeles, inspired by L.A. homicide detective Cheryl Lyons.

Exec producers and writers are Jay Tarses & Richard Dresser.

Dunn’s recent feature credits include “Three Kings,” “What Planet Are You From?” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous.”

Her deal was brokered by Steven Levy at Innovative Artists and managed by Lighthouse Entertainment.

Meanwhile, former “Melrose Place” hunk Rob Estes will play one of several young lawyers in the WB ensemble drama “Sullivan Street,” from Warner Bros. Television. He’s repped by ICM and manager Amy Green.

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