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Casting their lots

Sciorra, Cumming, Ulrich take pilot roles

Annabella Sciorra, Alan Cumming and Skeet Ulrich are among the heavyweight thesps who joined the TV pilot casting brigade Monday.

Sciorra is in final negotiations to join CBS drama pilot “Queens Supreme,” while Cumming is taking the lead in NBC drama “Zero Effect” and Skeet Ulrich will perform in ABC’s “Miracles.”

Meanwhile, Anne Meara has joined Chuck Lorre’s “Two Families” for CBS; Marcia Cross and Lori Loughlin have joined Fox pilot “Eastwick,” Dominic Purcell will play Fox’s “John Doe,” a host of cast members have joined “Nancy Drew” and Amy Yasbeck has nabbed the lead in the WB’s “Houseblend.” Here’s the latest on the pilot casting front:

  • Sciorra (“What Dreams May Come”), who recently signed with UTA and received an Emmy nom for guest starring on “The Sopranos,” will play one of four principal judges in CBS drama pilot “Queens Supreme” from Regency Television and CBS Prods. (Revolution Studios and Shoelace Prods. also are producing). She joins Oliver Platt, who was the first to be cast in the project. Tim Robbins is directing; Kevin Fox is writing-exec producing; Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Dan Thomas and Deborah Schindler also are exec producing. Sciorra is managed by Frank Frattarolli.

  • Cumming (“The Anniversary Party”) is set to star as Daryl Zero in Warner Bros.’ and Castle Rock’s drama pilot for NBC based on Jake Kasdan’s pic “Zero Effect.” Walon Green is writing-exec producing; Kasdan is directing-exec producing. Cumming is repped by ICM.

  • AMG-repped Ulrich, who starred as a presumed miracle worker in the 1997 film “Touch,” has nabbed the lead in “Miracles,” Touchstone Television’s and Spyglass’ drama pilot for ABC. Richard Hatem is writer-exec producer; also exec producing are Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber.

  • Cross (“Melrose Place”) will play Jane, telepic perennial Loughlin is Sukie and Riley Smith (“Bring It On”) is Jane’s son Dakota in Warner Bros.’ drama pilot “Eastwick” for Fox. Project, written-exec produced by Jon Cowan and Robert Rovner, is inspired by John Updike’s “The Witches of Eastwick.”

  • Meara has joined Lorre’s CBS tentatively titled comedy pilot “Two Families,” which Warner Bros. Television is producing. Project, penned and exec produced by Lorre, is about two extended families who join up when a widower meets a widow. Meara will play Betty, the mother-in-law to Laurie Metcalf’s widow character.

  • “Nancy Drew” has found her George and Bess. Thesps Lauren Birkell (“The ’60s”) and Jill Ritchie (“Girl Fever”) have nabbed gigs as Nancy’s sidekicks in the two-hour Touchstone TV pilot, based on the books by Carolyn Keene. Maggie Lawson (“Inside Schwartz”) portrays Nancy Drew. Rounding out the cast are Brett Cullen (“On Golden Pond”) as Nancy’s father; Charlie Finn (“The In Crowd”) as Hank; Marieh Delfino, star of NBC’s Saturday ayem skein “All About Us,” as Teeny; and newcomer Heath Freeman, who plays a local detective and love interest for Nancy.

    James Frawley, who helmed the pilots of “Ally McBeal,” “Thieves” and “Jack & Jill,” among others, will direct. Ami Canaan Mann and Kevin Brown will executive produce. Lensing starts March 11.

    Finn, who also is set to recur on Fox’s upcoming laffer “Andy Richter Controls the Universe,” is repped by the Gersh Agency. Delfino, who also recurs on “Boston Public,” is repped by the Paul Kohner Agency. Ritchie is repped by UTA, Cullen by Metropolitan Talent Agency, Birkell by Pakula King & Associates and Freeman by Slessinger & Associates.

  • Yasbeck, Sean Faris and Greg Cipes have been cast in Paramount’s “Houseblend,” a pilot for the WB exploring what happens when two families live together under one roof. Yasbeck will play the lead, with Faris as her son and Cipes as a family friend. William Morris reps Yasbeck; CED, Cipes; and Metropolitan, Faris.

  • Australian Purcell (“Mission: Impossible II”) will play “John Doe” in the Regency Television drama for Fox about a mysterious man who knows everything except his own identity. It’s written and exec produced by Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson, who just wrote Universal Pictures’ “Dragonfly.” Mimi Leder is directing-exec producing.

  • Michael Cera and Brian Sites are set to headline Studios USA’s blue-collar family sitcom “The Grubbs” for Fox. Cera, soon to be seen in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” will play Clarke, a 14-year-old who falls in love with a beautiful teacher, with Sites as his 15-year-old brother. Cera is repped by William Mercer, Sites by Innovative Artists.

(Jill Feiwell, Susanne Ault and Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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