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Ross, Thiessen land pilots

Familiar TV faces flying to nets

This article was corrected on March 6, 2005.

Familiar TV faces scoring new gigs Thursday included Charlotte Ross (“NYPD Blue”), Tiffani Thiessen (“Beverly Hills, 90210”), Julie Bowen (“Ed”) and Ming-Na (“ER”).

Ross is set to star in ABC’s untitled Silvio Horta project, while Bowen, Michael Landes (“Special Unit 2”) and Alan Tudyk (“Firefly”) have joined ABC’s untitled Kaplan/Elfont laffer; Jonathan Cake (“Empire”) and Ming-Na have been added to NBC’s “Inconceivable.”

Ross will play real estate agent Vanessa on the Horta drama. Horta, Andrew Plotkin and Steve Pearlman are exec producing the project, also known as “Westside,” for Warner Bros. TV and Class IV Prods. Ross spent four years on “Blue.”

On “Inconceivable” — a drama pilot from Touchstone TV and Tollin/Robbins set in a fertility clinic — Cake stars as Malcolm, a fertility doctor, while Ming-Na is on board as clinic co-owner Rachel.

Marco Pennette, Oliver Goldstick, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola are exec producing the drama. Ming-Na’s other credits include “The Joy Luck Club,” while Cake starred in “First Knight.”

Thiessen, meanwhile, has joined the cast of CBS’ “Stoller Wars.” Sony Pictures TV and Paramount are producing the laffer, from Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith, about a couple who are forced to grow up when they have kids of their own.

Thiessen most recently starred in Fox’s “Fastlane.” Credits also include “Saved by the Bell.”

As for the Kaplan/Elfont project, Bowen will star as Jane, while Landes will play Todd and Tudyk is set as Oakes in the romantic single-camera comedy from Touchstone and Burke/Tarses.

Deb Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Jamie Tarses and Karey Burke exec produce the show, which follows a group of thirtysomething men and women.

In other casting news, Paula Patton (“Hitch”) has landed the role of Angela Kellog in Fox’s “Murder Book” pilot.

Bert Salke and Chris Brancato exec produce the 20th Century Fox TV investigative procedural. Patton will next be seen in HBO telepic “My Life in Idlewild.”

Caitlin Wachs joins the cast of ABC’s “Commander in Chief” as Helen Allen, the daughter of the first female president.

Marc Frydman and Rod Lurie exec produce “Commander in Chief” for Touchstone TV and Battle Plan Prods. Wachs’ resume include stints on the laffers “Family Affair” and “Cracking Up,” as well as the feature “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”

And Polly Shannon will star as Marjorie, the fiancee of the lead character’s best friend, on ABC’s “What About Brian.”

Touchstone TV/Bad Robot TV pilot, from J.J. Abrams, Dana Stevens and Thom Sherman, revolves around a single guy whose friends have all married. Shannon’s credits include the CBC mini “Trudeau.”

(Josef Adalian and Dana Harris contributed to this report.)

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