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Ming-Na, Prepon among series additions

HOLLYWOOD — “ER” alum Ming-Na has joined the cast of Fox’s conspiracy thriller pilot “Vanished,” while Laura Prepon has landed her first post-“That ’70s Show” skein.

Also, Jennifer Coolidge – most recently seen on “Joey” – has been added to the Fox pilot “If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home by Now.”

In “Vanished,” Ming-Na will play Lynn Andrews, an FBI agent assigned to track the disappearance of a senator’s wife. Thesp starred in NBC’s short-lived “Inconceivable” this season.

Robert Hoffman has also joined “Vanished” as a cameraman covering the case. Project comes from 20th Century Fox TV.

Meanwhile, Prepon – fresh off her lengthy stint as Donna on “That ’70s Show” – will play Hannah on ABC’s hourlong pilot “October Road,” about a writer who returns home. Touchstone TV is behind the drama.

And Coolidge will play Sherry on “If You Lived Here,” CBS Paramount Network TV’s laffer about an apartment complex.

Coolidge is also known for her comedic perfs in “Best in Show,” “American Pie” and “Legally Blonde.”

In other casting news Friday:

— Brian Thomas Smith has landed the lead role on Fox’s “The Twelfth Man,” starring as the benchwarmer on an NBA team.

— Pamela Reed (“Tanner on Tanner”) will star as Gail in the CBS post-apocalyptic drama “Jericho,” from CBS Paramount Network TV.

— Adrian Lester (“Hustle”) has been added to Fox’s NASA drama “Beyond” as Morris, the head of the research lab. Project will also feature Seth Gabel (“The Closer”) as the scientist David. Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV are behind the pilot.

— Victoria Pratt (“Mutant X”) will star opposite Taye Diggs in ABC’s “Day Break,” from Touchstone TV.

— Rosemarie DeWitt (“Cinderella Man”) will star as a hostage negotiator in the Fox drama “Primary,” paired with Ron Livingston’s character; 20th Century Fox TV produces.

— Jonathan Kimmel (“The Andy Milonakis Show”), the younger brother of ABC’s talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel, will guest in the pilot of the Alphabet’s Bonnie Hunt comedy project. He’ll play Xavier in the episode – the same name of a character he played on Hunt’s old show, “Life With Bonnie.”

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