ABC elects Davis ‘Chief’

Romijn reporting to 'Pepper Dennis'

Geena Davis is plotting her return to TV, this time starring as the first female president in the ABC drama pilot “Commander in Chief.”

Also Wednesday, Rebecca Romijn has been cast in the lead of the WB drama pilot “Pepper Dennis,” while thesps Leslie Bibb, Missi Pyle, Stark Sands and Elize Du Toit have also scored pilot gigs.

“Commander in Chief” reps the first hourlong project for Davis, who previously tried her hand in the sitcom arena (“The Geena Davis Show,” “Sara,” “Buffalo Bill”). Davis’ recent credits include a guest stint on “Will & Grace,” as well as the films “Stuart Little” and its sequel.

Rod Lurie and Marc Frydman are behind “Commander in Chief,” which comes from Touchstone TV and Battle Plan Prods.

Romijn, meanwhile, stars as the title character in “Pepper Dennis,” about a news reporter whose troubled sister moves in. Aaron Harberts, Gretchen Berg and Shawn Levy exec produce.

“Pepper Dennis” would rep Romijn’s first regular series job. Thesp’s feature credits include “The Punisher,” “X-Men” and “Rollerball.” Twentieth Century Fox TV produces “Pepper Dennis.”

Bibb, meanwhile, will star as Emily opposite Mark-Paul Gosselaar in Fox’s untitled wedding project. Bibb and Gosselaar play a sister and brother who run a wedding chapel in Las Vegas.

Jeffrey Lieber, Warren Littlefield, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent exec produce the drama for Spelling TV.

Bibb’s previous credits include “Line of Fire” and “Popular.”

Pyle is set to play Claire, opposite Anna Faris, in NBC’s “Blue Skies.” NBC Universal TV Studios sitcom pilot, from Jhoni Marchinko, revolves around a rather eccentric family.

Pyle’s credits include “Bringing Down the House,” “Big Fish” and “Along Came Polly.” She also recently guested on “Two and a Half Men.”

As for Sands, thesp has joined the cast of ABC’s real estate-themed ensemble “Westside” as Adam Whitman.

Warner Bros. TV/Class IV pilot, from Silvio Horta, Andrew Plotkin and Steve Pearlman, revolves around an upscale realty firm on L.A.’s Westside.

Sands appeared in the features “Shall We Dance?” and “Chasing Liberty.” TV credits include “Lost at Home” and “Six Feet Under.”

Then there’s Du Toit, who joins the cast of UPN’s “Triangle” as a restaurant/bar owner.

Drama, from Paramount and Shore View Entertainment, follows the story of a doctor who winds up staying in the Caribbean when his wife disappears. Perry Simon, John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart will exec produce.

Du Toit previously starred in the U.K. series “Hollyoaks.”

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