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TV stars revisit roots in pilots

Elfman, Johnson among recent castings

Jenna Elfman, Don Johnson, Poppy Montgomery, Jaime Pressly and Christina Ricci are among the growing list of familiar names taking on projects as the 2011 network pilot season races into production.

Former “Dharma & Greg” star Elfman has returned to the network that made her a sitcom success, signing on for ABC comedy pilot “Bad Mom,” in which she will play a woman ill-suited to follow in the parenting footsteps of her own perfect mother. And two decades after “Miami Vice” left the airwaves, Johnson has signed on as the lead of NBC drama “Mann’s World,” a drama about a celebrity hairstylist from Michael Patrick King.

Meanwhile, ex-“My Name Is Earl” co-star Pressly will team with Katie Finneran in comedy “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” for Fox, which also cast latter-day “Scrubs” lead Kerry Bishe in laffer pilot “Iceland.”

Montgomery (“Without a Trace”) comes back to CBS in the untitled project from Ed Redlich and John Bellucci about a female NYPD detective who has the gift of complete memory, while Ricci will be taking off — in what would be her first series-regular flight — for ABC period piece “Pan Am.”

Here’s more of how the networks’ pilot casting has come together over the past week:

ABC

Two former members of the Alphabet net’s “Cashmere Mafia,” Frances O’Connor and Bonnie Sommerville, are in ABC pilots. O’Connor has joined “Hallelujah,” featuring Jesse L. Martin, and Somerville snapped up “Other People’s Kids” (with Claire Engler and Johnny Sneed).

Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts and Jennifer Aspen will be part of “Good Christian Bitches,” ABC’s drama about the homecoming of a reformed “mean girl.”

Frances Fisher rounds out the cast of ABC drama “Partners,” while Julie White will perform on “Smothered” with Kyle Howard.

Tony Goldwyn and Guillermo Diaz (“Weeds”) earned roles in “Damage Control,” the recently titled ABC pilot from Shonda Rhimes about a crisis management consultant played by Kerry Washington.

Jake Johnson, Henry Simmons and Dan Fogler completed the casting for comedy pilot “Man Up,” with Teri Polo, Amanda Detmer, Christopher Moynihan and Mather Zickel.

ABC’s “Poe,” depicting Edgar Allan Poe as the world’s first detective, still awaits casting of its title character, but supporting roles have gone to Kevin McNally and Leslie Odom. And Amaury Nolasco and John Caparulo will labor over “Work It,” a multicam comedy pilot.

CBS

Noteworthy castings in Eye dramas include Stephen Tobolowsky in Minnie Driver starrer “Hail Mary,” Adam Goldberg in “Rookies” (co-starring Leelee Sobieski) and Jennifer Ehle (“The King’s Speech”) in the untitled project from Susannah Grant that also features Patrick Wilson.

On CBS’ comedy side, Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”) will appear in “How to Be a Gentleman,” while Emily Rutherfurd (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) and T.J. Miller (“Carpoolers”) will serve on “The Assistants.”

CW

Jaime King, part of the ensemble of quickly vanished ABC drama “My Generation,” has joined the cast of Rachel Bilson starrer “Hart of Dixie” at the CW, along with Wilson Bethel (“Generation Kill”).

Amanda Walsh has the title role in the CW’s “Danni Lowinski,” which has a supporting cast including Carla Gallo and George Dzundza.

Fox

Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) and Blighty thesp Janet McTeer are in place for Fox’s “Weekends at Bellevue,” set at the hospital psychiatric unit, and Kevin Hart (“Little Fockers”) jumped onto the supporting cast of “Little in Common,” Fox’s sitcom pilot starring Rob Corddry and Paula Marshall.

Once again gracing a new project is Kyle Bornheimer, whom Fox cast in comedy pilot “Council of Dads,” contingent on the fate of his current NBC sitcom “Perfect Couples.” That makes four networks in four seasons for Bornheimer, who was also a regular on 2008 CBS comedy “Worst Week” and 2010 ABC sitcom “Romantically Challenged.”

NBC

Beverly D’Angelo has joined the untitled Whitney Cummings project, as have Zoe Lister-Jones and Chris D’Elia. Actor-turned-director Robby Benson is back in front of the camera on the ensemble for “Brave New World.”

David Krumholz (“Numbers”) is heading back in time to Peacock drama “Playboy,” where he will meet up with Wes Ramsey.

Ryan Hansen grabbed the lead role in “Lovelines,” contingent on the fate of “Friends With Benefits,” which has yet to receive a premiere date from the Peacock.

Maria Bello’s supporting cast on the “Prime Suspect” remake is filling out, with Kirk Acevedo, Tim Griffin and Joe Nieves on the case. Acevedo’s “Oz” co-star Eamonn Walker has signed on with Stockard Channing starrer “17th Precinct.”

Rachelle Lefevre joins Claire Wellin in “The Crossing”; Danny Pino (“Cold Case”), Daniella Alonso (“My Generation”) and teenager Matthew Levy (“Sons of Tucson”) are among the additions to “SILA.”

The cast for “Grimm” has David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch and Russell Horsnby, and “My Life as an Experiment” will test Adam Campbell.ABC

Two former members of the Alphabet net’s “Cashmere Mafia,” Frances O’Connor and Bonnie Somerville, are in ABC pilots. O’Connor has joined “Hallelujah,” featuring Jesse L. Martin, and Somerville (“Cashmere Mafia”) snapped up “Other People’s Kids” (with Claire Engler and Johnny Sneed).

Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts and Jennifer Aspen will be part of “Good Christian Bitches,” ABC’s drama about the homecoming of a reformed “mean girl.” Frances Fisher rounds out the cast of ABC drama “Partners,” while Julie White will perform on “Smothered” with Kyle Howard.

Tony Goldwyn and Guillermo Diaz (“Weeds”) earned roles in “Damage Control,” the recently titled ABC pilot from Shonda Rhimes about a crisis management consultant played by Kerry Washington.

Jake Johnson, Henry Simmons and Dan Fogler completed the casting for comedy pilot “Man Up,” with Teri Polo, Amanda Detmer, Christopher Moynihan and Mather Zickel.

ABC’s “Poe,” depicting Edgar Allan Poe as the world’s first detective, still awaits casting of its title character, but supporting roles have gone to Kevin McNally and Leslie Odom. And Amaury Nolasco and John Caparulo will work it for “Work It,” a multicam comedy pilot.

CBS

Noteworthy castings in Eye dramas include Stephen Tobolowsky in Minnie Driver starrer “Hail Mary,” Adam Goldberg in “Rookies” (co-starring Leelee Sobieski) and Jennifer Ehle (“The King’s Speech”) in the untitled project from Susannah Grant that also features Patrick Wilson.

On CBS’ comedy side, Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”) will appear in “How To Be a Gentleman,” while Emily Rutherfurd (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) and T.J. Miller (“Carpoolers”) will serve on “The Assistants.”

CW

Jamie King, part of the ensemble of quickly vanished ABC drama “My Generation,” has joined the cast of Rachel Bilson starrer “Hart of Dixie” at the CW, along with Wilson Bethel (“Generation Kill”).

Amanda Walsh has the title role in the CW’s “Danni Lowinski,” which has a supporting cast including Carla Gallo and George Dzundza.

Fox

Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) and Blighty thesp Janet McTeer are in place for Fox’s “Weekends at Bellevue,” set at the hospital psychiatric unit, and Kevin Hart (“Little Fockers”) jumped onto the supporting cast of “Little in Common,” Fox’s sitcom pilot starring Rob Corddry and Paula Marshall.

Once again gracing a new project is Kyle Bornheimer, whom Fox cast in comedy pilot “Council of Dads,” contingent on the fate of his current NBC sitcom “Perfect Couples.” That makes four networks in four seasons for Bornheimer, who was also a regular on 2008 CBS comedy “Worst Week” and 2010 ABC sitcom “Romantically Challenged.”

NBC

Beverly D’Angelo has joined the untitled Whitney Cummings project, as have Zoe Lister-Jones and Chris D’Elia. Actor-turned-director Robby Benson is back in front of the camera on the ensemble for “Brave New World.”

David Krumholz (“Numbers”) is heading back in time to Peacock drama “Playboy,” where he will meet up with Wes Ramsey.

Ryan Hansen grabbed the lead role in “Lovelines,” contingent on the fate of “Friends with Benefits,” which has
yet to receive a premiere date from the Peacock.

Maria Bello’s supporting cast on the “Prime Suspect” remake is filling out, with Kirk Acevedo, Tim Griffin and Joe Nieves on the case. Acevedo’s “Oz” co-star Eamonn Walker has signed on with Stockard Channing starrer “17th Precinct.”

Perhaps signaling the end of ABC drama “Off the Map,” cast memberRachelle Lefevre joins Claire Wellin in “The Crossing”; Danny Pino (“Cold Case”), Daniella Alonso (“My Generation”) and teenager Matthew Levy (“Sons of Tucson”) are among the additions to “SILA.”

The cast for “Grimm” has David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch and Russell Horsnby, and “My Life as an Experiment” will test Adam Campbell.

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