Liman may replace McG as 'O.C.' director
“Magnum, P.I.” star Tom Selleck will take another stab at primetime TV, starring in the NBC comedy pilot “Touch ‘Em All McCall,” while “Third Watch’s” Eddie Cibrian has landed the lead in ABC’s “The Street Lawyer.”Peacock on Wednesday gave a pilot order to “McCall,” which will feature Selleck as a one-time baseball player who returns to his hometown and winds up coaching a farm team. The NBC Studios laffer comes from exec producers Jay Tarses, Norman Steinberg and Michael Brandman. Tarses and Steinberg penned the pilot. Beyond “Magnum,” Selleck most recently starred in the short-lived CBS laffer “The Closer.” He also appeared as Monica’s boyfriend in several episodes of NBC’s “Friends.” Meanwhile, due to his commitments as director on the upcoming feature “Charlie’s Angels 2,” McG has dropped out of helming the Fox pilot “The O.C.” McG will still serve as an exec producer on the drama, from Warner Bros. TV, but Doug Liman (“Go”) is close to signing on as the pilot’s new director. As for the casting beat, WMA-repped Cibrian will play the lead role in “The Street Lawyer,” the Touchstone TV pilot based on John Grisham’s novel. Also, thesps David Sutcliffe (“Grapevine”) and Teri Polo (“Meet the Parents”) have landed the lead roles in ABC’s untitled comedy from scribes Chris Henchy and Marco Pennette. Polo, who’s repped by Endeavor, will play the character of Alex, while Sutcliffe, who’s repped by UTA and Bob McGowan, plays Patrick. And Marisol Nichols (“Resurrection Blvd.”) has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot “Homeland Security” in the role of Jane. (Jill Feiwell contributed to this report.)
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