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ABC paints fresco pilot

Cannavale, Foley land gigs

A correction was made to this article on Mar. 2, 2004.

ABC has picked up a pilot presentation from scribe Victor Fresco that stars “Daily Show” pontificator Lewis Black, while thesps Bobby Cannavale, Dave Foley and Rachel Nichols all lined up starring gigs Friday.

The untitled Victor Fresco project, from Paramount Network TV, stars Black as a high school principal. Fresco (“Andy Richter Controls the Universe”) will write and exec produce (Daily Variety, Nov. 24).

Black is best known for his tirades on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”; Fresco also has the pilot “Related by Family” set up at Fox.

Cannavale, meanwhile, will star as Leo Webster in CBS drama pilot “The Webster Report.” Show, from CBS Prods., Warner Bros. TV and 25C, revolves around an offbeat New York detective. Stanley Tucci and Kari Matchett also star.

Cannavale most recently received strong notice for his role in indie film “The Station Agent.” He was also a cast member on “Third Watch.”

Foley will star in NBC sitcom “The Friendlys,” from NBC Studios. Thesp — who plays Augustus, the son of a recently deceased candy mogul — is in the midst of a multi-episode arc on the Peacock’s “Will & Grace.”

Foley is also a founding member of comedy troupe and TV series “The Kids in the Hall” and starred in the laffer “NewsRadio.”

Nichols will play a DEA agent who goes undercover at a high school in Fox’s untitled Bigelow/Kessler drama pilot.

Project comes from 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV, which are still looking for a male lead to play her boss. Nichols’ credits include a guest stint on “Sex and the City” and the features “Dumb & Dumberer” and “Autumn in New York.”

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