John Larroquette has joined NBC’s “Happy Family,” while Gloria Reuben has taken the lead in Lifetime Television’s “1-800-Missing.”
Deals were among several key casting pacts for broadcast and cable pilots to be firmed up Wednesday. Here’s the latest:
- Primetime veteran Larroquette has taken the role of Peter Bloom — a would-be empty nester, whose grown kids move back in — in the comedy pilot “Happy Family.” NBC Studios is producing the half-hour exec produced by Moses Port & David Guarascio (“Just Shoot Me”).
- “ER” vet Reuben, who was recently a regular on “The Agency,” will portray an FBI agent who partners with a young psychic woman in “Missing,” one of a handful of hourlong pilots on Lifetime’s list of potential summer series. Project, from Lions Gate Television, is based on Meg Cabot’s novel “1-800-Where R U.” Glenn Davis and William Laurin will write and exec produce; Debra Martin Chase also will exec produce.
- Caroline Dhavernas (“Lost and Delirious”) and Kate Finneran (“Noises Off On Broadway”) have nabbed lead roles in Fox’s untitled drama pilot, formerly known as “Maid of the Mist,” from Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and Bryan Fuller (“Star Trek: Voyager”).
Dhavernas will portray a woman to whom inanimate figures offer cryptic info on how she can intervene in the lives of others. Finneran will portray her overachieving sister. Twentieth Century Fox Television and Regency Television are producing.
- Chad Michael Murray, who played the lead in the WB’s “Lone Ranger” pilot-turned-TV movie and is starring in the upcoming feature “Freaky Friday,” has landed the lead in the WB drama pilot “Ravens.”
Thesp will portray Lukas, who gets recruited to play on his small town basketball team — and become teammates with his estranged half-brother.
Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola are the exec producers on the drama pilot, from Tollin/Robbins Prods. and Warner Bros. Television.
- Mischa Barton (“The Sixth Sense”) has joined McG and Josh Schwartz’s Fox drama pilot “The O.C.,” from Warner Bros. TV and Wonderland Prods.