Skeet Ulrich (“Into the West”) is set to star in the CBS pilot “Jericho,” while Nick D’Agosto (“Election”) will topline the Eye’s “Orpheus.” Also at CBS, Thomas Carter (“Coach Carter”) will direct CBS’ “Company Town,” and Andy Ackerman (“Seinfeld”) has joined the net’s Tom Hertz comedy pilot as director and an exec producer.
Meanwhile, on the pilot front, ABC picked up another three comedies Friday: “Women of a Certain Age,” “What Happens on the Bus” and “Pink Collar.”
“Women,” penned by Allison Adler (“Emily’s Reasons Why Not”), revolves around a widowed woman who moves on, along with her two best friends. Adler will exec produce with Gabe Sachs, Jeff Judah and Stu Bloomberg. All four worked together on last year’s “Life as We Know It.” Touchstone TV is producing.
The single-camera comedy “What Happens on the Bus” follows the exploits of a news reporter on the presidential campaign trail.
Don Todd, whose credits also include “Life as We Know It” (as well as “The Hughleys” and “I’m With Her”), wrote and will exec produce the pilot for Touchstone and Brillstein-Grey TV. Brillstein-Grey’s Peter Traugott also is exec producing.
Then there’s “Pink Collar,” from writer-exec producer Patricia Beene (“Frasier”). HBO Independent Prods. is behind the single-cam laffer, which looks at women in the workplace.
On the casting beat, Ulrich will play Jake Green, the mayor’s young son — who returns to Jericho in a cloud of mystery — on “Jericho.” Ulrich’s recent credits include the series “Miracles” and features “Cursed” and “Takedown.” Also on “Jericho,” Erik Knudsen will play Dale Turner, a strong, smart man left orphaned in the pilot.
On “Orpheus,” D’Agosto will star as Guy on the pilot, which follows one’s man’s descent into a modern-day cult.
Also at the Eye, Mark Feuerstein (“Good Morning, Miami”) has joined the net’s untitled Peter Ocko pilot as Jonathan Singer, a brain surgeon who moves to Los Angeles. Feuerstein also has been seen in “Conrad Bloom” and the feature “What Women Want.”
Beyond Ackerman, other directors added to pilots include Brian Dannelly (“Weeds”), who will direct the Regency TV pilot “Help Me Help You” for ABC. Jon Amiel (“Reunion”) will helm 20th Century Fox’s “Damages” for Fox. Also at 20th, Terry Hughes (“Whoopi”) is set to direct the Fox comedy “Becoming Glen,” while Dennie Gordon (“Kitchen Confidential”) will direct Fox’s “The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy.” At Warner Bros. TV, Robert Duncan McNeill (“Las Vegas”) will direct the untitled ABC laffer starring Danny Comden.