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DeVito king of ‘Queen B’

Producer to take on Silverstone starrer

“Be Cool” producer-star Danny DeVito is chillin’ with Imagine TV, signing on to direct its Alicia Silverstone pilot “Queen B.”

Meanwhile, Alan Ruck (“Spin City”) has joined the cast of the laffer pilot “Don’t Ask,” which will be helmed by Lev Spiro (“Summerland”). And Eddie McClintock (“Friends”) is on board the sitcom project “Crumbs,” as Fred Savage’s brother, while Gail O’Grady (“American Dreams”) has been added to the comedy entry “Hot Properties.”

Imagine TV prexy David Nevins scored DeVito’s services by simply sending him a copy of the “Queen B” script. Laffer, from scribe Jennifer Crittenden, stars Silverstone as a woman who slowly realizes she doesn’t have the same effect on people as she did in high school.

“He thought it was pretty original,” Nevins said. “Danny does a very specific kind of comedy. He’s succeeded in making edgy characters that you care about and who have something underneath. He’s one of the premiere comedy directors and has a feel for smart character comedy.”

DeVito’s recent TV credits include exec producing the skeins “Karen Sisco” and “Reno 911” as well as guesting on “Friends” and lending his voice to “Father of the Pride.”

Twentieth Century Fox TV is also behind “Queen B,” which starts shooting at the start of April. Project is exec produced by Crittenden, Nevins and Brian Grazer.

Ruck, meanwhile, will star as Howard, the father (and husband to Kristen Johnston) who announces he’s gay — and dating his therapist — in Fox’s “Don’t Ask.”

Ruck is probably still best known for his role as Cameron in the film “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off.” Nicky Silver writes and exec produces the 20th Century Fox TV/Phase Two laffer, which will also be exec produced by Sandy Grushow and Paul Shapiro.

Spiro’s other credits include “Jake in Progress,” “The OC,” “Point Pleasant” and “American Dreams.” He’ll next helm the feature “Queen Lara.”

O’Grady will star as Ava Moore on ABC’s “Hot Properties,” the Warner Bros. TV laffer about women in a real estate office.

Thesp’s other recent credits include “Monk” and the telepic “Sex and the Single Mom.” Suzanne Martin exec produces the project.

McClintock, meanwhile, stars as Jack on “Crumbs,” the ABC laffer about two brothers who wind up running the family business.

Touchstone TV/Tollin-Robbins sitcom pilot is exec produced by Marco Pennette, Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins.

In other casting news, Thad Luckinbill (“8 Simple Rules”) will star as new quarterback Dallas, and Joanna Canton (“King of Queens”) will play Nikki, in the ABC comedy pilot “Bobby Cannon.” Barry Kemp and Eric Gold exec produce for Touchstone TV and Mosaic Media.

Then there’s Joelle Carter (“High Fidelity”), who’s been cast as registered nurse Patrice in NBC’s drama pilot “Inconceivable.” Touchstone/Tollin-Robbins project is set in a fertility clinic.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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