Fresh off his role in the feature “Madea’s Family Reunion,” Blair Underwood has been cast in the CBS pilot “Company Town,” while Mena Suvari will lead the Eye thriller “Orpheus.”
Also, Shane McRae (“Four Kings”) has been added to ABC’s comedy pilot “Our Thirties.”
Underwood will play Tom in “Company Town,” the CBS Paramount Network TV drama pilot about government agents who live next to each other in Washington, D.C. Larry Sanitsky and scribe Elwood Reid are exec producers; Thomas Carter is directing.
Thesp also appears in the feature “Something New.” On TV, he last starred on NBC’s short-lived “LAX” and also guested on “Sex and the City.” His last series for the Eye was “City of Angels.” He’ll next be seen in the CBS mini “Hades Factor.”
As for Suvari, the “American Beauty” actress will star in “Orpheus” as a cult member who lures in an impressionable man into the fold. Role would rep her first network series gig.
“Orpheus,” from CBS Paramount Network TV, also stars Nick D’Agosto.
Suvari’s TV credits include a guest spot on “Six Feet Under” and the telepic “Atomic Train.” Her feature career also includes “Rumor Has It,” “Beauty Shop” and “American Pie.”
In other casting news:
- McRae will play Lloyd on “Our Thirties,” a half-hour about a group of thirtysomethings in San Francisco. Touchstone TV and the Littlefield Co. are behind the laffer written by David Walpert. Rachel Blanchard, Rashida Jones, Sarah LaFleur, Peter Serafinowicz, Dondre Whitfield and Heather Stephens also star.
- Bill Smitrovich (“Numbers”) will star in ABC’s “A House Divided.” Touchstone TV focuses on the conflict between a Midwest town and the government. Smitrovich currently stars in HBO’s telepic “Mrs. Harris.”
- Josh Meyers has joined the cast of Fox’s comedy pilot “That Guy,” from Regency TV. Meyers will play Rob Fowler — the “guy” in “That Guy,” a man in his 30s who realizes everyone else around him has grown up. Montecito Pictures is also producing with Regency. Meyers’ credits also include “Mad TV.”
(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)