Kelley, WB align stars for ‘Comet’

Anderson joins cast of med school skein

David E. Kelley has found a star for his “Comet,” casting relative newcomer Audrey Marie Anderson as the lead in his new drama for the WB.

Anderson (“Drop Dead Sexy”) will play Halley Newell in “Halley’s Comet,” which Kelley is exec producing with scribe/creator Andrew Kreisberg and helmer Jonathan Pontell. Title character is a 23-year-old med school student just discovering adulthood after surviving a devastating childhood disease.

Role was one of the most coveted for young femme thesps this casting season, given Kelley’s track record in spotlighting new talent such as Calista Flockhart, Dylan McDermott and Neil Patrick Harris (Kelley co-produced “Doogie Howser, M.D.” with Steven Bocho). The WB has created its own share of stars, including Keri Russell and Katie Holmes.

Casting is nearly completed on the show:

  • Adam LaVorgna (“7th Heaven”) will play Tim Gable, a friend of Halley’s next-door neighbor Mike (Adam Campbell), who starts a romance with Halley.

  • Marika Dominczyk (“North Shore”) will play Halley’s sexy stockbroker friend Mathea.

  • Sean Maher (“Firefly”) will play the chief resident at the hospital where Halley now attends med school; he also used to be part of Halley’s medical team. He has a secret crush on her.

Lensing in San Francisco and Los Angeles starts this week. Pilot is from David E. Kelley Prods. and 20th Century Fox TV.

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