Thesps do pilot ‘Service’

Lawrence, Mohr in pilots

Sharon Lawrence (“NYPD Blue”) will star in the CW’s Kevin Williamson drama pilot, while Jay Mohr (“Action”) is set to lead the NBC laffer entry “Community Service.”

Also, Alicia Witt will star in Fox’s “More, Patience,” while Tim Daly (“Wings”) has been cast in ABC’s hostage drama pilot from scribe Hank Steinberg as pilot casting season continued Tuesday.

In “Community Service,” Mohr will play a big city stockbroker who steps out of rehab and decides to travel to a small Ohio town to win back his ex-girlfriend. Instead, he winds up getting arrested — and is forced to stay in town to perform community service.

Mohr returns to NBC despite a falling out with the network over the way it ended the last edition of reality skein “Last Comic Standing,” which he hosted and exec produced. Mohr is no longer involved with that show, which recently announced plans to return with a new host.

Exec producers David M. Israel and Jim O’Doherty said they zeroed in on Mohr to play a character who’s flawed but shows traces of redemption. NBC Universal TV Studio is behind the show, which also stars Chris Wiehl as the cop who arrests Mohr’s character.

As for Lawrence — most recently seen on “Desperate Housewives” and “Boston Legal” — she’ll play Tess on the Williamson project, also known as “Palm Springs.” Lionsgate is behind the pilot, which focuses on strange goings-on in the resort community.

Taylor Handley (“The OC”) will play the lead character, Johnny.

Witt will play the lead in “More, Patience,” about a neurotic therapist in her early 30s struggling to handle her own life. Sony TV and Pariah are producing.

Daly, fresh off “The Sopranos,” will play Nick O’Connor on the Steinberg drama, which focuses on nine people whose lives are linked after surviving a hostage crisis. Warner Bros. TV produces the project, which also stars Scott Wolf, Chi McBride and Kim Raver.

In other casting news:

  • John Patrick Amedori (“Mrs. Harris”) will play Max Collins, the senator’s son, on Fox’s missing person drama “Vanished,” from 20th Century Fox TV.

  • Johnny Lewis (“Quintuplets”) has been added as Colin on ABC laffer pilot “Southern Comfort,” also from 20th Century Fox TV.

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