Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Ashley Williams and Gerald McRaney are set as the leads in TNT’s drama pilot Bird Dog, a mystery about an unlikely team of two cops who happen to be father and daughter, call sign “Bird Dog.” Meanwhile, Neal Bledsoe is set to co-star opposite Amanda Walsh on the CW pilot Danni Lowinski.

Mike Robe’s Bird Dog centers on Gail McGrath (Williams), a patrolling officer whose cop dad Sam McGrath (McRaney) becomes her new partner. Williams succeeds Eliza Dushku who was briefly cast in the role before exiting the project over the weekend. Williams, repped by Gersh and Luber/Roklin, recurred on TNT’s Saving Grace and will next be seen in Something Borrowed. McRaney, repped by Stone Manners Salners  and Course Management, co-starred on NBC’s Undercovers and will next be seen in Red Tails.

Danni Lowinski is named after the series’ central character: a scrappy hairdresser (Walsh) a law school graduate who is brushed off by law firms and sets up her own practice in a shopping mall kiosk. Bledsoe (Ugly Betty) will play the youngest partner at a Chicago law firm.

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