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Robert Hays (“Airplane”) is now in the cast of Robert Altman’s “Dr. T and the Women.” Hays joins Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, Shelley Long, Andy Richter and Liv Tyler.

Hays’ recent credits include “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” and its sequel “Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco” for Disney. He is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Fran Saperstein.

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Richard Edson (“Do the Right Thing”) is set to join Salma Hayek in Mike Figgis’ improvisational pic, “Time Code 2000” for Columbia.

Edson, who’s credits include “Platoon,” and “Strange Days,” will next be seen in Wim Wenders’ “Million Dollar Hotel,” Alfonso Arau’s “Picking up the Pieces” and indie “The Shade.”

Edson is repped by Chris Henze of Somers Teitelbaum David and Innovative Artists.

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Katharine Towne (“The Bachelor”), Lauren Graham (“Conrad Bloom”) and newcomer Colin Mortensen (MTV’s “The Real World: Hawaii”) have been cast in the NBC midseason laffer “M.Y.O.B.”

The series, from exec producer Don Roos (“The Opposite of Sex,” “Single White Female”), revolves around a teen runaway (Towne) whose search for her birth mother results in a new relationship with a snooty aunt (Graham) who works at a high school. Mortensen will play a not-so-bright office assistant, while newcomer Paul Fitzgerald will play an assistant principal.

Roos and Ann Donahue (“Murder One”) are exec producers of “M.Y.O.B.,” which is being produced by NBC Studios. Peacock is expected to bow the skein early next year.

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Lynne Thigpen, who received a Tony in 1997 for her performance in Wendy Wasserstein’s “An American Daughter,” will reprise her role in Lifetime’s version of the story as a colleague and friend of a female surgeon general nominee, to be played by Christine Lahti.

Thigpen, who appeared in Col’s recent release “Random Hearts” and in Michael Mann’s upcoming “The Insider,” also has Disney’s “Bicentennial Man” with Robin Williams and “Shaft” starring Samuel L. Jackson coming up.

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