Capshaw takes ‘Practice’

'Meds,' Showtime's 'Dead' also tout casting news

Jessica Capshaw (“Minority Report”) is poised to join “The Practice” as a series regular when the ABC drama enters its seventh season this fall.

Deal is among a handful of talent pacts coming together as broadcast and cable networks continue to prep their new and returning series. Here’s the latest TV series casting news:

  • Capshaw has been chosen to portray Jamie Stringer, a young associate who joins the Boston law firm at the center of ‘The Practice.”

    The actress, who is repped by Endeavor and managed by Anonymous, was one of the leads this year in the Warner Bros. TV/NBC Studios pilot “RomeoFire,” for the Peacock. That skein did not make NBC’s fall sked. Her other TV credits include starring in the ABC series “Odd Man Out.”

    She’ll appear in upcoming Miramax feature “A View From the Top.”

    “The Practice” is produced by David E. Kelley Prods. in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

  • Mandy Patinkin and Rebecca Gayheart have signed on to star in the Showtime pilot “Dead Like Me,” formerly known as “Dead Girl.”

    Duo joins previously cast thesp Ellen Muth (Daily Variety, April 3). “The West Wing” and “Once and Again” helmer Scott Winant will direct the pilot episode. Project concerns a teenager (Muth) who is killed in an accident, then wakes up to find she’s part of a team of “reapers” who help people right the wrongs in their lives before they die.

    MGM TV Entertainment-produced drama is from “Star Trek” scribe-producer Bryan Fuller. Pilot will lense in late July.

  • Leslie Stefanson (“The General’s Daughter,” “Unbreakable”) is negotiating to replace Jacqueline McKenzie as the femme lead in ABC/Touchstone’s “Meds,” a new drama for this fall.

    Stefanson, who is repped by ICM and co-stars with Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio Del Toro in upcoming Paramount feature “The Hunted,” will portray a new hospital administrator and adversary to two renegade doctors (William Fichtner and John Hannah) in the skein.

    “Meds” is skedded to air Wednesdays at 10 on the Alphabet.

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