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Network pilots land Edwards, Barrowman

Recent casting nabs 'ER,' 'Torchwood' alums

The return of Anthony Edwards to series television and the migration of actors such as John Barrowman, Aidan Quinn and William Forsythe to potential new series highlighted the past week in broadcast network pilot casting.

Taking a look, network-by-network …


Edwards accepted his first series lead role since “ER,” clocking in for “Zero Hour,” the conspiracy mystery from writer Paul Scheuring with Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Dan McDermott also exec producing. Carmen Ejogo (“Chaos”) will co-star.

Torchwood” star Barrowman joined the ensemble for 19th-century drama “Gilded Lilys,” while Robert Patrick (“The Unit”) and Jessy Schram (“Falling Skies”) booked Andre Braugher starrer “Last Resort.”

Series regular Mercedes Masohn of “The Finder” and Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill”) have been cast in ABC drama pilot ”666 Park Avenue.” Masohn’s part comes in second position to Fox’s “Finder.” Terry O’Quinn, Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor have previously joined the ensemble.

Other castings from the ABC drama division: Karen LeBlanc joined “Beauty and the Beast,” Megan Ketch the magical “Gotham” and David Alpay (“The Tudors”) and Christine Adams (“Terra Nova”) fashion design drama “Americana.”

In comedy, Wendi McClendon-Covey, recently of “Bridesmaids,” joined multicam “Only Fools and Horses” from Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley and featuring John Leguizamo. Ken Marino (“Party Down”) and Erica Ash will co-star opposite Judy Greer in “American Judy,” and Greg Germann and Mo Gaffney, who have both recurred on Showtime’s “House of Lies,” will co-star with previously announced Mary McCormack in the Alphabet net’s untitled Kari Lizer laffer.

Danielle Nicolet (“The Starter Life”) booked “White Van Man” with Kyle Bornheimer, and Justin Prentice and Juliette Angelo were cast in Reba McEntire starrer “Malibu Country.”


Carrie-Anne Moss, who recently recurred on the final season of NBC’s “Chuck,” will take on another smallscreen adventure in the untitled project from Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker set in 1960s Las Vegas and starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis.

Theo James (“Bedlam”), who played the Turkish diplomat in PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” grabbed the lead in the Eye’s “Golden Boy” that was abandoned last month by Ryan Phillippe.

Aidan Quinn (“Prime Suspect”) has joined Sherlock Holmes drama “Elementary” with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, while Rhys Coiro (“Entourage”) is aping Rachelle Lefevre in jumping from freshman drama “A Gifted Man” to pilot “Applebaum.”

Kyle MacLachlan will appear in “Baby Big Shot,” while the untitled Ben Falcone/Larry Dorf project added Emily Rutherfurd (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”), Andrea Martin (who will play the wife of Judd Hirsch’s character) Emily Alyn Lind (“Revenge”) and Quinn Friedman.

Tim Robinson joined “Friend Me,” Matt Cook the untitled Greg Malins/Greg Berlanti project starring Bryan Greenberg and JoAnna Garcia Swisher, and Timothee Chalamet, Quinn Shephard and Lily Pilblad (“Lights Out”) “Trooper” with Mira Sorvino.


Key casting moves for the CW in the past week include Jay Ryan as the Beast in the network’s own “Beauty and the Beast” reboot, and Mamie Gummer (“Off the Map) as the lead in hospital drama “First Cut.”

Martin Donovan (“Boss”) and Leonor Varela were cast as the king and queen in Aimee Teegarden starrer “The Selection,” which will also co-star Peta Sergeant and Celia Massingham.

The ensemble of “The Carrie Diaries” grew to add Austin Butler (“Switched at Birth”), Brendan Dooling and Freema Agyeman (“Law & Order: UK”), while Paul Blackthorne of ABC’s “The River” joined “Arrow.”


Forsythe (“Boardwalk Empire”) is headed for the untitled drama from Josh Berman and Robert Wright with Jordana Spiro playing a doctor beholden to the mob.

Jay Harrington, who starred in ABC’s “Better Off Ted,” has joined Marc Guggenheim-scripted drama pilot “Guilty,” with Cuba Gooding Jr. as a wrongly disbarred defense attorney who tries to solve cases of wrongdoing.

Jamie Chung (“Sucker Punch”) joined “The Asset,” starring Ali Larter and Bradley Whitford, while Aly Michalka (“Hellcats”) has rebounded into Joe Port-Joe Wiseman comedy “Rebounding,” with Steve Levitan also exec producing. Matt L. Jones (Badger on “Breaking Bad”) will also co-star.

Other recent Fox castings include Adan Canto and Nico Tortorella (“Make It or Break It”) for the untitled Kevin Williamson project starring James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon, Victor Rasuk (“How To Make It in America”) for Ryan Hansen starrer “El Jefe” and Robbie Amell (“True Jackson, VP”) for Bill Lawrence laffer “Like Father.”


The untitled Jimmy Fallon project scripted by exec producer Charlie Grandy has added Anthony Anderson (“Law and Order”) and Jesse Bradford (“Outlaw”) to its group, while “Downwardly Mobile” with Roseanne Barr and John Goodman tapped Romy Rosemont (“Glee”) and Mary Birdsong (Reno 911!”).

Sarah Wright (“Parks and Recreation”) joined Hilary Winston’s untitled single-cam comedy, and Bebe Wood did the same for “The New Normal” from Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler. Allison Miller (“Terra Nova”) is listed as a guest in Scott Silveri comedy “Go On” starring Matthew Perry.

In drama, David Harbour (“Pan Am”) has been cast in “Midnight Sun,” with Julia Stiles and Titus Welliver, Amy Huberman in Justin Kirk starrer “Animal Kingdom” and Amara Miller (“The Descendants”) as daughter of Bill Pullman’s president in “1600 Penn.”

Finally, Lauren German (“Hawaii Five-0”), Charlie Barnett and Teri Reeves will suit up for “Chicago Fire,” starring Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney.

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