Adam Goldberg, Dan Cortese and former “Party of Five” star Matthew Fox are the latest thesps to join the pilot brigade, while helmer Thomas Carter (“Save the Last Dance”) has come on board as director-exec producer of the CBS drama pilot “Hack.”
With just two months left before nets have to announce their fall skeds, here are the latest pilot developments:
- Fox has taken the lead role in UPN drama pilot “The Haunted,” while Michael Rymer (“Queen of the Damned”) has signed on to direct. Project, which revolves around a man who dies for five minutes, then comes back to life to find he’s haunted by ghosts who help him solve crimes, is being produced by Industry Entertainment Group in association with Viacom Prods. and CBS Prods.
Andrew Cosby and Rick Ramage are scribe-exec producers. Industry’s Keith Addis and Emile Levisetti are executive producers.
Should the project go to series, it would rep Fox’s first series gig since “Party” left the air two years ago. Thesp is repped by ICM and Talent Entertainment Group.
- Carter’s decision to join “Hack” reunites the helmer with pilot star David Morse. Two worked together on the pilot of “St. Elsewhere,” which Carter helmed.
Eye had made a 13-episode commitment to the CAA-repped Carter; “Hack” will count toward that commitment. Carter is also developing another project for CBS.
Carter said he was drawn to “Hack” by Morse, as well as the script from David Koepp. Skein revolves around a suspended Philadelphia cop who now drives a taxi, yet still gets involved in solving crimes.
“It was just an exciting bunch to work with,” he said. “Plus, television is 90% doctor, lawyer or cop shows. This is an interesting way of doing a cop show.” Gavin Polone also serves as exec producer for the CBS Prods./Pariah project.
- Goldberg (“Beautiful Mind,” “Saving Private Ryan”) has joined the cast of ABC drama “E.I.S.,” portraying an infectious disease specialist in the Touchstone Television-produced pilot from scribe Darren Lemke and exec producers Gene Stein and Nina Wass.
- Cortese (“Veronica’s Closet”) has joined the cast of the WB’s “Houseblend” comedy pilot that Paramount is producing. He’ll play Dave Reed, who along with his kids moves in with his old friend Sally (Amy Yasbeck) and her kids.
- Legit thesp Katie Finneran (“Noises Off,” “The Iceman Cometh”), will join Roger Bart and Traylor Howard in the untitled CBS/Paramount father-daughter comedy laffer from “Frasier’s” Christopher Lloyd and Joe Keenan. She will portray Katie, a woman who dabbles in various careers and ends up giving advice to Traylor’s character.
Role was written with Finneran in mind, CBS and Par confirm.
Finneran, who has also landed a gig in the Lodge Kerrigan pic “In God’s Hands,” is repped by Innovative.
- Simon Rex, who was a regular on the WB’s “Jack & Jill,” could be returning to the Frog. He’s in advanced talks to join the WB’s Amanda Bynes Project, from Tollin/Robbins and Warner Bros. TV.
- Krystal Harris, Faune Chambers and Michael Woods have joined the cast of Fox’s small-screen version of “Save The Last Dance,” which Paramount is producing.
- Ricardo Antonio Chavira and Lori Rom have joined Fox’s “The Grubbs,” as Coach Garra and Heather, respectively. Josh Sternin, Jeffrey Ventimilia are the writer-creator-exec producers of the Studios USA- and Granada-produced project, which stars Randy Quaid. Ann Johnson also is exec producing.
- Eddie McClintock (“The Sweetest Thing”), Christy Carlson Romano and Meganlyn Echikunwoke have enrolled in Fox’s “BS” pilot, aka “Boarding School,” from scribe-exec producer Jeffrey Klarik.
Half-hour project revolves around a group of teen girls living together at a Vermont boarding school. Skein comes from Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox TV. Imagine’s Tony Krantz and Brian Grazer are on board as exec producers as well.
McClintock was repped in the deal by his manager the Beddingfield Co. and his agents at the Paul Kohner Agency. Romano is repped by Innovative, and Echikunwoke by Bresler Kelly & Associates and Ira Belgrade Management.
- David Grossman (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) will direct the UPN female bounty hunter drama pilot “One for the Money,” being produced by Wendy Finerman Prods. in association with Columbia TriStar Domestic Television.
(Jill Feiwell contributed to this report.)