ABC takes ‘Chance’ on legalese

Davis heads to Alphabet while Travis cast in 'Diaries'

Tony winner Viola Davis has signed to star in the ABC pilot “Laws of Chance,” while Nancy Travis is set to lead UPN’s “Talk Show Diaries.”

Also on the casting beat Monday, Orla Brady has joined NBC’s drama pilot “World of Trouble,” while Bradley Cooper will topline Fox’s comedy entry “Kitchen Confidential.”

Davis will play Rebecca on “Laws of Chance,” which revolves around a real-life female district attorney in Houston. 20th Century Fox TV and Roundtable Ink are behind the show.

Thesp most recently starred opposite Tom Selleck in the CBS telepic “Stone Cold,” and will also appear with George Clooney in the fall feature “Syriana.” Davis’ other credits include the short-lived series “Century City” and the features “Antwone Fisher” and “Solaris.”

Travis will star as one of three female co-hosts on “Talk Show Diaries.” Pilot, which follows the exploits of a “The View”-like morning gabfest, is produced by Touchstone and Coquette.

Travis was a regular on “Becker,” as well as the laffers “Work With Me” and “Almost Perfect.” She also lent her voice to the animated series “Duckman” and starred in the TV mini “Stephen King’s Rose Red.”

Over at the Peacock, Brady will play Agent Joan Denny, the team leader in “World of Trouble.” Drama project, from NBC Universal TV Studios, focuses on crimes committed against Americans overseas.

Brady will next be seen in NBC’s limited-run series “Revelations,” as well as ABC’s Roman Era epic “Empire.” Thesp also starred in “Family Law” and the PBS drama “Noah’s Ark.”

Then there’s Cooper, who’s been cast in the lead role of Jack in “Kitchen Confidential.”

Laffer pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV, Darren Star Prods. and New Line, is based on the book by New York bad boy chef Anthony Bourdain.

Cooper’s credits include starring as Will on “Alias.” He also guested on “Jack and Bobby” and “Miss Match.”

In other casting news, Eric Lively (“American Pie”) will play Doug, while Max Greenfield (“Gilmore Girls”) is set as Kyle, and Josh Braaten (“Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd”) has joined as Tim, on the WB’s untitled McCall/Peters comedy pilot.

Project, from Warner Bros. TV and Bruckheimer TV, has also been called “The Evolution of Man.” Half-hour revolves around three single guys who enlist the aid of a life coach.

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