NBC is prepping its midseason series stable, ordering Aidan Quinn starrer “The Book of Daniel.”
Hourlong drama, from NBC Universal TV and Sony Pictures TV, stars Quinn as Daniel Webster, an Episcopalian reverend who’s hooked on prescription pills and talks to Jesus (Garret Dillahunt), who appears only to him.
Jack Kenny (“Titus”) wrote the pilot script and exec produces with Flody Suarez (“8 Simple Rules”).
Series also stars Ellen Burstyn as Bishop Beatrice Congreve, the head of the church hierarchy, who sometimes clashes with Quinn’s character.
Susanna Thompson (“Now and Again”) plays Rev. Webster’s wife, Judith, while Alison Pill, Ivan Shaw and Christian Campbell portray their kids.
Peacock is still mulling other potential midseason orders, including the Regency pilot “Windfall,” which was originally developed at Fox.
Separately, 20th Century Fox has made some cast adjustments on midseason Fox laffer “The Loop,” bringing in Amanda Loncar to star in the role of Piper. Sarah Mason (“Quintuplets”) has also joined the cast as Piper’s best friend, Lizzy.
Also, Steve Guttenberg (“Police Academy”) and Charisma Carpenter (“Angel”) have been added to the cast of UPN’s cult fave “Veronica Mars.”
Guttenberg will play Major League Baseball team owner Woody Goodman, who’s running for mayor, while Carpenter will star as Kendall Casablancas, stepmother to two of Veronica’s classmates.
(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)