Sizemore Mann’s man

Thesp to make TV debut in CBS cop pilot

Tom Sizemore (“Black Hawk Down”) has signed on to make his TV series debut in Michael Mann and Barry Schindel’s police drama pilot for CBS, while Stephen Gyllenhaal (“Losing Isaiah”) has agreed to direct the project.

Meanwhile, Daniel Stern, who starred in his own short-lived sitcom this season for CBS, has been selected as the Alphabet’s “Regular Joe.”

Deals were among a small handful to be finalized Thursday, as the network pilot casting process began to wind down. Here’s the latest:

  • Sizemore, who Mann directed in “Heat,” will portray the central character in the Los Angeles-set project, which Mann and partner Sandy Climan’s shingle Forward Pass is producing with Studios USA. While Sizemore is the first thesp to join the project, several other casting deals are expected to come together imminently. Lensing is scheduled to begin next week in Los Angeles.

    Mann (“Ali,” “The Insider”), whose small-screen credits include “Miami Vice” and “Crime Story,” and Schindel (“Law & Order”) are exec producing, while Schindel also is the writer and Climan is producing. Project marks Forward Pass’ first foray into television.

    Sizemore, repped by CAA and managed by Untitled Management, is largely known for his work in blockbuster war films, such as “Pearl Harbor” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Most recently, he headlined FX Network’s original movie “Sins of the Father.”

    Gyllenhaal, repped by William Morris Agency, has had helming duties on FX’s new series “The Shield” as well as former NBC series “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

  • In ABC’s “Regular Joe” pilot, Stern, who had starring turns in the two “City Slickers” pics and served as the narrator for “Wonder Years,” will portray a happy empty nester whose daughter returns home with her baby to live with him and his wife. Touchstone Television is producing the comedy. David Litt is scribe-exec producer, while Nina Wass and Gene Stein also are exec producing.

  • Thesp Chandra West, who next co-stars in features “The Salton Sea” and “The First Twenty Million Is Always the Hardest,” has landed a recurring role on the NBC/Studios USA pilot “Mister Sterling.” West will play Kim, a nosy journalist. The Peacock’s Washington-themed drama revolves around a young man (Josh Brolin) who becomes a U.S. congressman. “The West Wing’s” Lawrence O’Donnell is the scribe-exec producer.

  • Marina Benedict (“Nikki”) has been cast in CBS drama pilot “Lefty” as Katie, a young mom who works in the parish of nonconformist big-city priest Father Lefty (Danny Nucci). Brad Grey Television and Big Ticket Television are producing. Sylvester Stallone and Brad Grey serve as exec producers, while Cynthia Cidre is penning the script.

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

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