After a long search, newcomer Saxon Sharbino has landed the lead in Fox’s untitled Karyn Usher drama pilot. Written by Usher and directed by Brett Ratner, the project centers on Jane Forsythe (Sharbino), the orphaned 14-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who encounters a mysterious rogue agent who serves as her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world. 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein produce.
In other pilot castings, Norbert Leo Butz has been cast in Jason Katims’ NBC drama pilot County starring Jason Ritter. The Universal TV-produced project chronicles the lives of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic, underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital. Butz will play a gregarious new intern at County, a former CPA who is more focused on finding the next party than work most of the time. Also cast in pilots are Cary Elwes, who joined ABC comedy Prairie Dogs, toplined by Kal Penn; and Laila Robbins, who was added to ABC’s untitled Emmerich/Kloser drama.
Former Friday Night Lights star Michael B. Jordan is re-teaming with the series’ executive producer Jason Katims. Jordan has been cast opposite Jason Ritter in Katims’ NBC drama pilot County. The Universal TV-produced project chronicles the lives of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital. Jordan will play one of them, Travis, a new intern at County who looks after his junkie sister’s daughter. Jordan, whose series credits include HBO’s The Wire, also recurred on Katims’ NBC series Parenthood. He currently stars in the movie Chronicle, which opened #1 last weekend. The actor, who was sought after this pilot season, is with UTA, the Schiff Co, and attorney Greg Slewett.
EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Anders has landed one of the two leads in NBC’s untitled Kari Lizer comedy pilot. It centers on two life-long female friends who are living very different lives but can’t live without each other. Nicole (Anders) has everything going for her — loving parents and in-laws, adoring husband, successful siblings and a trouble-free pregnancy. Her best friend, Jen, has parents who have no faith in her, terrible instincts that led her to a 17-day marriage to a guy who dumped her, and she gained 15 pounds on the cabbage soup diet. And yet, somehow, she is Nicole’s rock. The project reunites Anders with Warner Bros. TV which cast her in her first starring role on the NBC comedy Joey. Anders co-starred on another WBTV series, The Class, before she played the female lead on 2 ABC comedies, Better Off Ted and Mr. Sunshine.
Aimee Garcia (Dexter) has been cast in NBC’s drama pilot County, a medical drama from writer-exec producer Jason Katims starring Jason Ritter. The Universal TV-produced project chronicles the lives of a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising LA County Hospital. Garcia will play one of them, a sharp-witted, no-nonsense new intern at the hospital. County marks the second NBC/Universal TV medical drama gig for Garcia who also co-starred on the 2009 series Trauma.