Pilot casting nears finish line

Elizondo, Rudolph join comedies

Pilot-season casting for the broadcast networks is in the home stretch, with Hector Elizondo, Natasha Henstridge, Cherry Jones, Elizabeth Perkins and Maya Rudolph among the latest choices for studios now in the thick of production.

Elizondo signed on for a role on ABC’s untitled laffer from Jack Burditt that stars Tim Allen and Nancy Travis. He’ll be joined at the Alphabet net by Jeff Perry (“Grey’s Anatomy”) on Shonda Rhimes drama “Damage Control,” along with Jordana Spiro, who landed on comedy “Lost and Found.”

A year ago, Spiro was to have co-starred with Becki Newton on NBC pilot “Love Bites” (which was greenlit to series but hasn’t aired) before she had to withdraw because of her status on TBS sitcom “My Boys.” Newton ended up this spring on CBS’ untitled comedy from Jackie and Jeff Filgo; that project recently added Gerald McRaney.

Henstridge joined the ensemble of the CW’s witch-themed “Secret Circle,” with a cast including Britt Robertson and Thomas Dekker.

NBC has booked several well-known names in recent days for its pilots. Jones (“24”) joins a strong ensemble on “REM,” about a detective living parallel lives. Rudolph is appearing alongside Christina Applegate and Will Arnett in the Peacock’s untitled Emily Spivey comedy.

Jere Burns (“Justified”) and Christopher Lloyd hooked up with NBC’s Dan Goor laffer “Family Practice,” already featuring Jean Smart, and Adrian Pasdar boarded Keri Lizer comedy “Help Wanted” with Sarah Paulson.

Cary Elwes is flying with NBC’s “Wonder Woman,” Mario Cantone is a part of Don Johnson starrer “A. Mann’s World” and Smith Cho (“100 Questions”) signed on for romantic comedy “Love Lives.”

For CBS, Perkins will co-star with Michael Chiklis in comedy “Vince Uncensored.” Eliza Dushku and Nia Long are co-starring with Damon Wayans on the Eye’s untitled sportstalk project inspired by ESPN’s Colin Cowherd. Jason Jones (“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”) will team up with Heather Locklear, among others, in “The Assistants.”

And Margo Martindale (“Justified”) nabbed a role on CBS’ untitled Susannah Grant drama.

If “Outsourced” isn’t renewed by NBC, series lead Ben Rappaport has a potential landing spot: The CBS comedy pilot from Peter Knight that also boasts Michelle Trachtenberg, Kevin Corrigan and Michael Landes.

And Fox comedy “Free Agents,” starring Hank Azaria, is bringing Anthony Head over from the U.K. version of the same show to recreate his role in the Stateside effort.

Though greenlights will begin to leak out before then, the networks will formally announce their fall schedules at the upfronts next month, beginning with NBC and Fox on May 16, ABC on May 17, CBS on May 18 and the CW on May 19.

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