Cary Elwes (“The Princess Bride”) has taken the lead in NBC comedy “Sky,” while Bruno Campos (“Nip/Tuck”) will star in the Peacock’s untitled Chris Sheridan project.
Kal Penn (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle”) will also star in ABC’s untitled Danny Comden comedy, while thesps Kelly Hu (“X2: X-Men United”) and Greg Germann (“Ally McBeal”) have joined ABC’s “In Case of Emergency.”
Elwes, who most recently played the young Karol Wojtyla in CBS telepic “Pope John Paul II,” will play politician Mark Haskett, who dies and is given a second shot at living in the guise of another character, Chris Dalness.
“Sky” was until recently known as the untitled Willie Reale project. NBC Universal TV and Conaco are behind the pilot, which will also star Missi Pyle (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) as Heather Haskett and Matthew Morrison (“Once Upon a Mattress”) as Hudson Chanticleer.
Meanwhile, Campos — who earned attention as serial killer the Carver, as revealed in the season finale of “Nip/Tuck” — will play a museum thief and family man in the Chris Sheridan project.
That project, from 20th Century Fox TV, follows two brothers who live next door to each other: one, played by Campos, is a lifelong criminal, while the other is an FBI agent.
As for Penn, thesp is set to play Max in the Comden laffer, sometimes referred to as “Jump.” Penn, whose credits include the upcoming “Superman Returns,” will star opposite Scott Caan, Bonnie Somerville and Comden in the Warner Bros. TV laffer.
In other casting news:
- Hu will star as Dara in “In Case of Emergency,” the Touchstone TV laffer about four childhood friends who realize they’re not where they thought they would be in life. Germann will play Sherman.
Hu’s other recent credits include “Cradle 2 the Grave” and “The Scorpion King,” while Germann was in “Joe Somebody.”
- Michael Gaston (“Far From Heaven”) has been cast as Gray Anderson in CBS’ “Jericho.” He also most recently starred in “Blind Justice.”
- Jacob Pitts (“Eurotrip”) will play Ryan in CBS’ untitled Carol Mendelsohn pilot. Pitts’ other credits include “We Were the Mulvaneys” and “Sex and the City.”
Also on the pilot beat, CBS has elected to push back the drama “Under Pressure.” Project, about deep sea divers who investigate mysteries, won’t be developed for this season. CBS Paramount Network TV was behind the hourlong.