Network adds 'Prince' pilot; Fox fills 'Dollhouse'
ABC continues to greenlight drama pilots, while Fox is welcoming four thesps to its “Dollhouse.”The abbreviated 2008 pilot season continued Wednesday with the Alphabet’s pickup of an untitled legal dramedy from “Kitchen Confidential” creator Dave Hemingson. Ensembler concerns a recent law school grad with blue collar roots who ends up working in a boutique L.A. firm. Hemingson, whose credits include stints on “Family Guy” and “How I Met Your Mother,” will write and exec produce the hour via 20th Century Fox TV. Scribe wrote a half-hour project for ABC last year that didn’t make it to series. Also getting a go-ahead at ABC: “The Prince of Motor City,” from exec producers Chris Brancato and Bert Salke and playwright-turned-Hollywood scribe Jessica Goldberg. Thesp Hamish Linklater co-wrote the pilot story with Goldberg, but ABC Studios said the actor is “not starring in the project.” Potential skein, from ABC Studios, is described as a gothic family sudser with “Hamlet” overtones. It’s set in the world of the Detroit auto business. Goldberg was named one of Variety‘s 10 screenwriters to watch last year. Brancato and Salke produced ABC’s much-anticipated adaptation of “Footballers’ Wives,” which failed to get a series order last year. On the casting front, Joss Whedon has found four thesps to join star Eliza Dushku in his Fox drama “Dollhouse.” Tahmoh Penikett will play an FBI agent, and Fran Kranz is set as an amoral computer programmer. Like Dushku, Dichen Lahman and Enver Gjokaj are set to play “dolls,” people whose memories can be manipulated in order to help them complete various missions. “Dollhouse,” from 20th, has already snagged a series order.