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Treat Williams, Richter ink for net pilot roles

O'Brien sidekick to provide voice for 'Dog'

Veteran thesp Treat Williams has inked to star in “Hopewell,” the Studios USA-produced drama pilot for CBS from exec producer Rene Balcer (“Law & Order”).

Also jumping into the pilot derby: “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” sidekick Andy Richter, who’s set to provide the voice of a supersmart canine in Carsey-Werner’s NBC-bound comedy pilot “Dog Years.”

In “Hopewell,” Williams will play a hot-shot lawyer who ankles life in the big city for a more relaxing small-town pace. Instead, he finds that crime knows no borders.

Patricia Kalember (“thirtysomething”) will play Williams’ wife. Other cast members include James Rebhorn (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”), Brent Jennings (“Life”) and Jessica Brooks Grant (“What Dreams May Come.”)

Balcer is the creator and exec producer of “Hopewell”; Rod Holcomb is set to direct the pilot.

As for Richter, the “Dog Years” pilot reps the comic’s first small-screen commitment since announcing his plan to ankle “Late Night” later this season. “Dog Years” will use cutting edge technology similar to that employed in “Stuart Little” to make Richter’s canine character yap in a believable fashion.

Joining Richter in supplying dog voices will be David Alan Grier (“In Living Color”), Tommy Chong and rapper Tone Loc. Grier will appear in front of the camera in another NBC comedy pilot, tentatively titled “DAG.”

Human members of the “Dog Years” cast include Anna Faris, Tracy Vilar and Charlie Finn.

David Sacks is the creator and exec producer of “Dog Years.”

Both Williams and Richter are repped by UTA.

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