Pilots add Burrows, Dick
Emmy-winner Andre Braugher is joining the CBS drama pilot “Hack,” while Andy Dick is going to the office for ABC, and Saffron Burrows has caught the femme lead in the Alphabet’s “E.I.S.”Deals were among the latest pilot casting pacts to close Wednesday. In other pilot news, Ted McGinley (“Married … With Children”) is joining the Nathan Lane laffer “Life of the Party,” while ABC has officially greenlit a long-in-the works pilot from Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, tentatively titled “The Mayor of Oyster Bay.” Here are the latest pilot developments.
- Braugher (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) has come on board the David Koepp-penned Eye drama “Hack,” playing Giordano, a law enforcement official who helped ruin the career of the ex-cop turned crime-solving cab driver played by series star David Morse. Role, which was originally written as a minor part, is being expanded for Braugher. Thesp, who’s repped by CAA, most recently starred in the telepic “10,000 Black Men Named George” and the critically praised ABC drama “Gideon’s Crossing.” “Hack” is from Big Ticket Television, Pariah Prods. and CBS Prods.
- Dick and Lisa Ann Walter (“Emeril”) have joined the cast of ABC’s untitled Terry Minsky comedy pilot. Project, which Touchstone Television is producing, concerns a less-than-glamorous 25-year-old office temp named Claude, who unexpectedly lands a high profile secretarial job that has her at odds with her highly competitive co-workers. Dick’s character is one of the office workers in yet-to-be cast Claude’s life. Walter will play payroll supervisor Ramona. Also joining: Zachari Levi and Andrea Parker. Dick, whose third season of “The Andy Dick Show” preems on MTV April 6, is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorneys Nelson, Felker Levine & Dern. Levi is repped by Endeavor.
- Burrows (upcoming Mike Figgis pic “Hotel,” “Deep Blue Sea”) has been tapped as the femme lead in ABC drama pilot “E.I.S.” AMG-repped thesp will play Dara, a disease-prevention specialist in the Touchstone-produced project. Darren Lemke, Chris Brancato & Bert Salke are the scribes-exec producers.
- McGinley, as well as Stephanie Faracy (“The Lot”), have come on board “Life of the Party,” the 20th Century Fox TV-CBS Prods. produced laffer for CBS in which Lane plays a former thesp who becomes a senator. Faracy will play Lane’s secretary, while McGinley is set as senator from another political party. Skein is from scribe Jeffrey Richman.
- C-W-M’s “Mayor” is about a man (Lenny Venito) with a large ego who becomes mayor of a small town. It’s created by David M. Israel and Jim O’Doherty. Venito, who has had recurring roles on “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order,” is repped by Paradigm.
- Philip Baker Hall (“Magnolia”) is the latest addition to the star-heavy cast of ABC’s untitled Larry Gelbart sudser. Thesp, who role is currently listed as a guest starring part, will play a media baron in competition with series lead John Larroquette. Hall most recently starred in the Fox drama “Pasadena.”
- Kathleen Chalfant (“The Guardian,” HBO’s “The Laramie Project”) will play mom to Andie McDowell in CBS drama pilot “Jo,” which CBS Prods. and Spelling Television are producing. McDowell stars as a veterinarian who moves to North Carolina from Manhattan, where she joins her mom’s practice.
- Derek Cecil (“Pasadena”) has taken the lead in ABC drama pilot “Push, Nevada,” and Scarlett Chorvat (former UPN series “Freedom”) also has joined the cast. Project, produced by Touchstone Television and LivePlanet, is a scripted mystery that viewers can solve. Sean Bailey and Ben Affleck are scribes-exec producers, while Chris Moore also is exec producing. Cecil is repped by Endeavor; Chorvat is repped by Innovative.
- Leslie Grossman (“Popular”) and Patricia Belcher (“The Wood”) are the latest additions to the NBC comedy pilot “It’s Not About Me” (formerly the untitled Jonathan Groff project). Grossman will portray Kimmy, the vice-principal’s assistant at the high school where series star Jason Bateman works; Belcher will play the principal.
- Clea Lewis (“Ellen”) has signed on as a guest star in CBS’ untitled Nia Vardalos/Marsh McCall half-hour based on Vardalos’ “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Brad Grey Television is producing.
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