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Holly, Morton land pilots

ABC shelves backdoor pilot 'Grimm'

Lauren Holly (“Picket Fences”) is in talks to star in John Herzfeld’s untitled CBS project alongside David Paymer (“State and Main”), who’s already aboard.

Other thesps recently landing pilot gigs include Alicia Morton (“Annie”), who has landed a role on ABC’s “Being Brewster.” Fox has also found its “Monsignor Martinez.”

In other development news, ABC has decided to shelve the Touchstone TV backdoor pilot “The Brothers Grimm,” a previously announced drama from exec producers Greer Shephard and Michael Robin that was planned for fall.

Over at Fox, the net has rolled to midseason a new hotel-set drama pilot from exec producer Darren Star (“Sex and the City”) and ATG.

As for Holly and Paymer, the actors are latest to join the Herzfeld ensemble; Josh Leonard was previously cast in the Big Ticket drama pilot. Project unfolds in real time and follows different characters whose lives interconnect.

Holly most recently starred in the TV miniseries “Jackie, Ethel, Joan: Women of Camelot” as Ethel Kennedy. Other credits include “Chicago Hope” and the features “Dumb and Dumber,” “Beautiful Girls” and “What Women Want.”

Paymer’s lengthy list of credits also includes “Mr. Saturday Night,” for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1993, and 1996 telepic “Crime of the Century,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination.

Meanwhile, Morton has been cast as one of Jennifer Beals’ children in Touchstone’s pilot “Being Brewster.” Morton played the title role in ABC’s 1999 version of “Annie”; she also appears in the TV movie “Dodson’s Journey.”

Project, from Kerry Ehrin and Nena Rodrigue, follows the exploits of a family and its seven kids; script came to ABC via the Family Friendly Programming Forum.

As for 20th Century Fox TV’s “Monsignor Martinez,” Ivo Cutzarida has been cast as the title character, a swashbuckling, crime-fighting Mexican priest. Dave Herman (“Mad TV”) plays his American sidekick.

A live-action spinoff of “King of the Hill,” “Martinez” comes from Jim Dauterive, Mike Judge and Greg Daniels. Cutzarida’s credits include the TV movies “Noriega” and “Tuesdays With Morrie.”

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