That’s ‘Life’ for King

Ward, Dzundza help CBS round out casts

Regina King has joined “Life of the Party” at CBS, while deals with thesps Fred Ward, George Dzundza and Julianne Nicholson have rounded out the core casts of Eye projects “Georgetown,” “Hack” and “Presidio Med,” respectively.

Deals were among a handful to close on Monday as the networks got ready to wrap casting on their pilots. Here’s the latest:

  • Regina King (“Enemy of the State”), currently co-starring in NBC’s “Leap of Faith,” is in final negotiations to join CBS comedy pilot “Life of the Party,” which stars Nathan Lane as an actor-turned-congressman. King, repped by the Gersh Agency and Catch 23, will play the congressman’s brilliant, opinionated chief of staff. “Life of the Party” is produced by 20th Century Fox in association with CBS Prods.

  • Ward (“Corky Romano”) has joined the cast of CBS drama pilot “Georgetown,” playing the attorney to Helen Mirren’s starring media mogul character. Big Ticket Television is producing the D.C.-set project. Ward is repped by Gersh.

  • Dzundza (“Jesse”) has joined the cast of David Koepp-penned Eye drama “Hack” as Grizz, a Catholic priest and best friend to the lead character, portrayed by David Morse. Andre Braugher co-stars in the hourlong pilot from Big Ticket Television, Pariah Prods. and CBS Prods. Dzundza, who is repped by Gersh and Raw Talent, next will be seen playing Robert De Niro’s partner in Warner Bros.’ “City by the Sea.”

  • Julianne Nicholson, who had a recent arc on “Ally McBeal,” and Vyto Ruginis (“The Fast and the Furious”) have joined the cast of “Presidio Med,” to which CBS has committed 13 episodes. Both Nicholson, repped by CAA and managed by Davien Littlefield, and Ruginis, repped by Abrams Artists, will play doctors in the medical drama from John Wells Prods. and Warner Bros. TV. John Wells, Lydia Woodward and Chris Chulack are exec producing; Chulack also is directing.

  • Young Canadian thesp Corey Sevier has been cast as Trip Brady in the Tollin-Robbins/WBTV-produced martial arts pilot “The Black Sash.” The Russell Wong-led drama, for the Frog net, follows a former cop-turned-martial arts instructor (Wong). Trip is one of Wong’s students, a victim of domestic violence who winds up living with his mentor. Sevier is repped by Osbrink Talent Agency.

  • Comedian Kevin Hart and Sarah Shahi (“Alias”) have been added to the cast of the NBC/Paramount laffer “Class of ’06” (formerly the Adam Chase Project). Comedy, about six college freshman pals/roommates, was penned by Chase, who also is exec producing. As of Monday, two of the six remain uncast; Kyle Howard and Keri Lynn Pratt were previously announced. Ted Wass is directing. Pilot is skedded to lense April 12. Shahi is repped by Diverse Talent Group and Handprint Entertainment; Hart by UTA and 3 Arts.

(Jill Feiwell contributed to this report.)

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