Nets play pilot card; Quinn toplines 'Daniel'
Pilots added to the mix Friday include a Fox sitcom set at a used-car dealership; an NBC laffer based on the life of poker champ Annie Duke; and a high-concept WB entry about a mermaid in Miami.Meanwhile, Aidan Quinn has been cast as the lead in the Peacock’s “Book of Daniel,” while KaDee Strickland (“The Stepford Wives”) will star in the ABC legal drama “Laws of Chance.” Beyond the pilot realm, Fox’s “Arrested Development” has scored Ben Stiller to guest star in an episode later this spring as Tony Wonder, a rival magician to Gob Bluth (Will Arnett). Stiller shot his part on Friday. Stiller is no stranger to Fox, where his “Ben Stiller Show” earned an Emmy — after it was canceled — in 1992. Meanwhile, in his first major episodic TV role, Quinn would play Episcopal minister Daniel Webster in “Book of Daniel.” The NBC U TV Studios project, from Jack Kenny and Flody Suarez (with James Frawley directing), revolves around Quinn’s character, who deals with the stresses of his dysfunctional family by popping Vicodin — and talking to images of God. Quinn will next be seen in the made-for-HBO film “Empire Falls.” Strickland, meanwhile, will play the lead character Chance in “Laws of Chance,” which is based on real-life Houston assistant district attorney Kelly Siegler. Gary Glasberg, Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo produce for 20th Century Fox and Roundtable Ink. As for the pilot pickups, Robb and Mark Cullen (“Lucky”) will exec produce the ensemble laffer “New Car Smell” for 20th Century Fox TV. “All In,” meanwhile, revolves around the character based on Duke — a single mom who’s a whiz around the poker table, but who could use some of those same smarts in raising her kids. Jack Burditt (“I’m With Her”) will exec produce, along with Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky. Warner Bros. TV is producing the cast-contingent pilot for NBC. Then there’s the untitled drama/fantasy project at the WB about a mermaid who attempts to live on dry land in Miami. Brad Kern (“Charmed”) will exec produce for Spelling TV, along with Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent. (Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)