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Tomei plays UPN ‘Game’

Bochner cast in lead of NBC's 'Once Around the Park'

Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and “Seinfeld” vet Patrick Warburton will lend their voices to the animated UPN project “Game Over,” while a few more names have squeezed into pilot roles as casting season continues to wind down.

Hart Bochner has been cast in the lead of NBC’s tentatively titled “Once Around the Park,” opposite Heather Locklear, while Eddie McClintock (“A.U.S.A.”), Jaleel White (“Family Matters”) and Vanessa Marcil (“Beverly Hills, 90210”) are among the latest round of thesps picking up roles.

Bochner, who is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts, plays Adam, Locklear’s ex-husband.

Sitcom vets James Widdoes and Flody Suarez will exec produce “Once Around the Park,” with Donald Todd (“Dave’s World”) set to write the pilot; Widdoes will direct.

NBC Studios will produce the pilot, with Touchstone Television loaning out the services of Suarez (“8 Simple Rules”). As a result, Touchstone will get a chunk of any backend on the skein.

“Game Over,” from Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, revolves around parents who are videogame characters trying to balance their jobs with raising a family. E.G. Daily (“Rugrats”), Rachel Dratch (“SNL”), D.L. Hughley (“The Hughleys”), James Sie and Marie Matiko will also lend their voices.

McClintock, who’s probably best known for his stint as Rachel’s young boyfriend on “Friends,” will star opposite Nicole Sullivan in her untitled CBS comedy.

Touchstone produces the Sullivan project. McClintock most recently appeared in the NBC laffer “A.U.S.A.” as Scott Foley’s roommate. Fellow “A.U.S.A.” castmate Amanda Detmer has also landed another gig, starring in the Eye comedy pilot “All Grown Up” (from Warner Bros. TV).

White, still best known as “Family Matter’s” annoying neighbor Steve Urkel, will appear in the ABC drama pilot “111 Gramercy Park.”

“Gramercy Park” comes from Warner Bros. TV. White most recently starred in the UPN laffer “Grown Ups.”

And Marcil, who’s repped by Innovative, will join NBC’s untitled Las Vegas drama pilot, which comes from NBC Studios and DreamWorks. Marcil’s other credits include “General Hospital.”

Other recent castings include the following:

  • Vanessa Minnillo, who was crowned 1998 Miss Teen USA, has been added to the cast of Fox drama pilot “The Break.”

    Minnillo, who will play Malia, is repped by Pakula-King and Brillstein-Grey. “The Break” comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV.

  • Azura Skye (“Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane”) has joined the cast of CBS’ “Expert Witness.” Forensic science crime drama comes from 20th Century Fox TV and the Firm. Skye’s other credits include “The Salton Sea.”

  • J. Mack Slaughter (“What I Like About You”), who is repped by 3 Arts and UTA, has nabbed a lead role in the WB’s “Like Family,” from Warner Bros. TV. Warren Littlefield, Kenny Schwartz and Rick Weiner are the exec producers of the comedy pilot about a single white mom and son who move in with a black family.

  • The cast of ABC comedy pilot “Platonically Incorrect” has been rounded out, with A.J. Langer (“My So Called Life”) joining as the femme lead opposite Tom Everett Scott. Langer and Scott star as best friends who work together on a TV show. Project is from Tom Shadyac and Michael Bostick’s Shady Acres and Touchstone TV. Darlene Hunt wrote the pilot, while Shadyac and Michael Bostick will exec produce. Brian Scolaro has joined as the show’s producer, and Kali Rocha has joined as the producer’s girlfriend, who also works at the show.

(Jill Feiwell contributed to this report.)

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