Baldwin gets set for 'Pros'
Jeri Ryan has been cast in CBS’ drama pilot “The Commuters,” while Billy Baldwin is set for ABC’s “Pros and Cons,” while thesps Adam Goldberg and Rachael Leigh Cook have joined Chris O’Donnell on Fox’s “Crazy Lawyers.”Leading the castings Wednesday, Ryan (“Boston Public”) will play Anne, a successful and assertive investment banker, on “The Commuters.” The pilot, from Paramount Network TV, revolves around three childhood pals who, now as adults, commute to Manhattan together every morning. Dan Bucatinsky, Lisa Kudrow and Michael Taylor exec produce. Ryan is best known for her role as Seven of Nine on “Star Trek: Voyager.” Baldwin will play Det. Van Horn on “Pros and Cons,” which revolves around ex-con men who end up working inside the FBI. J.J. Abrams, Raven Metzner, Stuart Zicherman, Thom Sherman and Michael Engler exec produce for Touchstone and Bad Robot. Baldwin is best known for his turn in the feature “Backdraft”; his other credits include “Shattered Image” and “Virus.” Meanwhile, Goldberg (“Saving Private Ryan”) has been cast as the unkempt Shultz, an attorney with explosive rage who winds up opening a law firm with O’Donnell’s character in “Crazy Lawyers.” Cook (“She’s All That”) is on board as Kate, a rich, troubled young woman who O’Donnell got to know in the hospital. “Crazy Lawyers,” from Jeff Rake, Bill Chais and Barry Levinson, stars O’Donnell as an attorney who suffers a nervous breakdown. 20th Century Fox is producing the show, which has also signed Rockmund Dunbar (“Soul Food”) to play Dr. Robinson, a therapist who helps out the characters. Goldberg’s other credits include a memorable turn as Chandler’s roommate on “Friends,” as well as the feature “A Beautiful Mind.” He’ll next be seen opposite Ben Affleck in “Man About Town.” Cook, meanwhile, starred in “Josie & the Pussycats,” and was set to star in the Jerry Bruckheimer drama “Fearless” for the WB, which later scrapped the show. Also on the casting beat, Matthew Bomer (“Tru Calling”) has joined the cast of Fox’s drama pilot “Amy Coyne.” He’ll star as Case Tucker, a sports agent and romantic foil for the lead character (played by Ashley Williams) on the skein, which comes from Kevin Falls and 20th Century Fox TV.