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Claire Forlani Set As The Lead In ABC Pilot ‘Scruples’, Boris Kodjoe Also Cast

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 9:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Claire Forlani has landed the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Scruples. Also cast in the pilot, executive produced by Tony Krantz and Natalie Portman and directed by The Vow helmer Michael Sucsy, are Boris Kodjoe and Jessica McNamee. Based on the novel by Judith Krantz, Scruples centers on rich and powerful clothing designer Billy Winthrop (Forlani) in a world of sex, revenge and scandal. In the 1980 miniseries, the role of Billy (last name Ikehorn) was played by Lindsay Wagner. Kodjoe, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will play Josh Hillman, the attorney of Billy’s late husband. McNamee will play Maggie, an ambitious celebrity journalist and Billy’s close friend. She also co-starred in Sucsy’s hit The Vow. Scruples, written by Bob Brush, is produced by Warner Bros. TV. Paradigm-repped Forlani’s series credits include arcs on CBS’ CSI: NY and NCIS: LA and a co-starring role on Starz’s Camelot. Undercovers star Kodjoe, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will next be seen in Resident Evil: Retribution. The three join recently cast Karine Vanasse.

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Michelle Rodriguez, Johann Urb Join Milla Jovovich In ‘Resident Evil 5′

Mike Fleming

Constantin Film and Screen Gems have cast up the fifth installment of the Resident Evil franchise. The film brings back Milla Jovovich and is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote the script and produces with Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, Don Carmody and Samuel Hadida.

Michelle Rodriguez, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe, Shawn Roberts, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr and Kevin Durand will star in the film. Urb, who was a regular on ABC’s Eastwick and starred in 2012, plays the leader of the Resistance, who teams with Jovovich’s Alice character as she battles the Umbrella Corporation and the swarm of undead.

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Boris Kodjoe, Tom Arnold And Lenny Clarke Join Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

Undercovers star Boris Kodjoe has joined ABC’s pilot Georgetown, an ensemble drama about young staffers on Capitol Hill. Kodjoe, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will play the Democratic president’s fiercely intelligent senior adviser.

Tom Arnold has been cast in ABC’s half-hour pilot Other People’s Kids. The multicamera comedy centers on Adam (Jesse Bradford), a 32-year-old with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman, Michelle (Bonnie Sommerville), who has two kids, an ex-husband and ex-in-laws. Arnold, repped by Gersh and KLWG, will play the guest starring/recurring role of the lover of Michelle’s ex-husband’s mother’s (Judith Light).

Rescue Me alum Lenny Clarke has joined NBC’s comedy pilot Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea. Inspired by Chelsea Handler’s bestselling autobiographical book about her party-rich life in her 20s, the Warner Bros/.Werner Entertainment project centers on Chelsea Hanson (Laura Prepon), an alcohol-loving, oversexed cocktail waitress. Clarke will play her father, a big man with a big personality who, like his daughter, has no filter.

Comedian Mo Mandel has been cast in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Free Agents. The romantic comedy, based on the UK series of the same name, explores the … Read More »

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TCA: ‘Undercovers’ Producers Reluctant Trailblazers For Casting Two Black Leads

Diane Haithman is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

Is a spy drama with two black actors as the male-female romantic leads a revolution for network television? At TCA today, the producers of NBC’s upcoming Undercovers, which is just such a show — hemmed and hawed in answering the question that really shouldn’t be a question in 2010 but, well, still is.

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