That was quick: Eliza Dushku has pulled out of TNT’s drama pilot Bird Dog. I hear she exited the project over the weekend, several days after she closed a deal to star in the drama, a mystery fashioned around an unlikely partnership of a father-daughter cop duo.
Meanwhile, NYPD Blue and 24 alum Ricky Schroder has signed on to star opposite Molly Parker in the Lifetime pilot Meet Jane. The project, from Warner Horizon, centers on Jane Bilinski (Parker) whose stale life as an unhappily married mother of two daughters in the Washington, DC area is suddenly re-energized and empowered when the FBI enlists her to spy on her husband (Schroder), a computer technician the government suspects is selling top-secret information to Russia. Schroder, managed by the Hofflund Co., most recently took some time out to focus on writing and directing. On screen, he recently appeared in Get Him To The Greek and is set to guest star in an upcoming episode of ABC’s No Ordinary Family.
In other pilot castings, Fortitude-repped Megan Ferguson has landed a supporting role on the TBS pilot Hound Dogs, about a Minor League baseball team. She will play the assistant to the team’s general manager.
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