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Kris Polaha Among Latest Pilot Additions

Nellie Andreeva

Life Unexpected star Kristoffer Polaha has been tapped for a co-starring role on the CBS/CBS Studios drama pilot Ringer. The project centers on troubled young woman Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her rich twin sister, Siobhan, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well. Polaha will play the husband of Siobnah’s best friend Gemma (Tara Summers), an out-of-work novelist and father of 3-year-old twins who is secretly having an affair with Siobhan and, unaware that Bridget has taken over Siobhan’s identity, is hurt and confused by her lukewarm behavior. The casting stems from the rich talent-holding deal Polaha, repped by WME and Mosaic, signed with CBS and CBS Studios in November. MORE

James Adomian has landed a co-lead opposite Sarah Paulson in NBC’s untitled Kari Lizer multicamera comedy. From Warner Bros. TV, it is a workplace comedy about Mary (Paulson), a relationship-challenged woman  who, with the help of her co-workers, guides people through unexpected career transitions and downsizings. Adomian will play Mary’s assistant. Adomian, repped by ICM and Principato/Young, was a finalist on NBC’s Last Coming Standing last year.

Also cast in pilots are Cress Williams, who joined CW’s Rachel Bilson-starring medical drama Hart of Dixie playing a potential rival to Bilson’s character, and Shaun Parkes, who was added to ABC’s … Read More »

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Laura Benanti To Star In NBC’s ‘Playboy’ And Other Pilot Castings

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Tony-winning actress Laura Benanti is set to star in NBC’s drama pilot Playboy. The project, from 20th TV/Imagine TV, is set at the Playboy Club in Chicago in 1963. Benanti will play Carol-Lynne, a 30-year-old bombshell and an established star at the Playboy Club who knows that her days as a Bunny are numbered. Benanti, who won a Tony for Gypsy, co-starred on ABC’s Eli Stone and FX’s Starved. She is with Innovative and Brookside Artist Management.

Nancy Lenehan (Worst Week) has been cast in CBS’ comedy pilot How To Be A Gentleman, written by and starring David Hornsby. It revolves around a magazine that has changed ownership.  Lenehan, repped by  Pakula/King & Assoc. and Meghan Schumacher Management, will play Hornsby’s WASPy overbearing mother.

Tara Summers is set to co-star in the CBS drama pilot Ringer. The project centers on troubled young woman Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her rich twin sister, Siobhan, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well. Summers will play Siobnah’s best friend.

Kevin McNally has boarded ABC’s pilot Poe, a crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe, the world’s very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark … Read More »

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Ioan Gruffudd To Star In CBS Pilot ‘Ringer’, Duo Closing In On Starz Series ‘Magic City’

Nellie Andreeva

Fantastic Four alum Ioan Gruffudd is set to star opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS drama pilot Ringer. The project centers on troubled young woman Bridget (Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her rich twin sister, Siobhan, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well. Gruffudd will play Siobhan’s wealthy, well-traveled and cultured husband Andrew who senses something different about his wife. Also cast in Ringer is Mike Colter as Bridget’s AA sponsor, joining previously cast Nestor Carbonell. Welsh-born Gruffudd, repped by WME and the Collective, is best known for his role as Reed Richards in the Fantastic Four franchise. Colter has done an arc on CBS’ The Good Wife.

British actor Christian Cooke and Steven Strait (Stop-Loss) are in final negotiations for co-starring roles opposite Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Starz’s upcoming 10-episode drama series Magic City. Set in Miami in the late 1950s-early 1960s, Magic City chronicles the collision of mobsters, politicians and entertainers at the first preeminent Miami hotel just as Fidel Castro takes control of Cuba and shuts down Havana as a gambling haven. It centers on Ike (Morgan), a suave Jewish-American man who builds the … Read More »

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Four Actors Join Broadcast/Cable Pilots

Nellie Andreeva

Megan Hilty has joined the cast of NBC’s drama pilot Smash, which was based on an idea by Steven Spielberg. The pilot, from DreamWorks TV and UMS, follows a cross section of characters who come together to put on a Marilyn Monroe musical on Broadway led by the musical’s composer Tom and lyricist Julia (Debra Messing). Hilty, repped by Gersh and One Entertainment, will play Tom’s go-to girl for acting out scenes in progress who is hugely disappointed when she is told she is too old to play Marilyn and has to be part of the chorus. Hilty’s Broadway credits include Wicked and 9 to 5, which was produced by new NBC chief Bob Greenblatt.

Anthony Carrigan (The Forgotten) is the first actor cast in the USA pilot Over/Under.The project, from FtvS/UCP, centers on Paul, a day trader with a massive gambling problem fired from his job who settles in Brooklyn where he finds an unlikely partner, expectant father with a failing business Marino (Carrigan), to start a high-end bookie business. Carrigan, repped by Gersh and the Collective is recurring on Parenthood.

Lost alum Nestor Carbonell is set to co-star opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in the CBS drama pilot Ringer. The project centers on troubled young woman Bridget (Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her wealthy … Read More »

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CBS Picks Up Drama Pilot Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar

By | Friday January 14, 2011 @ 7:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to broadcast series TV with a pilot at CBS. In its first drama pilot pickup this season, CBS has greenlighted Ringer, which is toplined by the former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star. The project hails from ABC Studios, CBS TV Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. UPDATE: The pickup of Ringer was followed by another drama pilot order by CBS to an untitled supernatural medical drama from writer Susannah Grant.

Ringer, written on spec by Supernatural writer-producers Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder, centers on a troubled young woman (Gellar) who, while on the run from the mob, hides out by inhabiting the life of her wealthy twin sister, until she learns that her twin’s life has a bounty on it as well. Brillstein’s Peter Traugott is executive producing, with Gellar, Charmelo and Snyder co-executive producing. Geller, repped by ICM and Brillstein’s Joanne Colonna, has been heavily pursued by the broadcast networks since the end of Buffy in 2003. Her only TV gig since then had been the HBO pilot The Wonderful Maladys. Charmelo and Snyder, who are story editors on Supernatural, are with UTA and the Shuman Co.

The untitled Susannah Grant project, from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Prods., centers on an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the here-after. Grant … Read More »

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