To start off the new week, here is the latest batch of pilot castings.
- Adrian Pasdar ("Heroes") has grabbed the male lead on NBC's untitled Kari Lizer comedy pilot. It's a workplace comedy about Mary Leahy (Sarah Paulson), a relationship-challengend woman who guides through various downsizings and career transistions, all with the help of her co-workers Pasdar plays super-confident Brad, a guy who has drunk sex with Mary in a bar bathroom. Bewitched by his charm, Mary and her partner later ask Brad to join their company.
- Maya Rudolph ("Saturday Night Live") is cast in Emily Spivey's untitled NBC comedy pilot. The project is described as an irreverent look at parenthood through the eyes of an acerbic working mother (Christina Applegate) - a woman who never thought she'd ever have children - her stay-at-home husband and her opinionated parents. Rudolph is playing the co-lead part of her best friend and co-worker.
- Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica") hs landed the female lead, and Lou Diamond Phillips ("Numb3rs"), Bailey Chase ("Saving Grace") and Cassidy Freeman ("Smallville") have all joined the cast of A&E's hourlong pilot "Longmire". It centers on Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the charismatic and dedicated sherrif of Absaroka County, Wyo. A widower for a year, he hides his pain behind an unassuming grin and dry wit, but is in desperate need of some psychic repair. Sackhoff plays one of his deputies, a woman who, after working homicide in Philadelphia for five years, joined Walt in his office six months ago. The two have a playful give-and-take relationship, but sexual tension is simmering underneath. Phillips plays Walt's best friend, Chase plays another deputy. And Freeman plays Walt's daughter.
- Gale Harold ("Hellcats", "Desperate Housewives") is cast in The CW's drama pilot "Secret Cirlce", which revolves around Cassie (Britt Robertson) a teen girl who moves to a new town and finds out that she's a witch, and part of a secret coven. And she's the key to an age-old battle between good and evil. Harold plays Thomas Meade plays the father of Diane, the head of the witch cirlce and best friend of Cassie's.
- Danneel Ackles (formerly Harris, wife of Jensen;"One Tree Hill") and Jamie Lee Kirchner ("Mercy") have grabbed the last two leads on NBC's single-camera comedy pilot "I Hate That I Love You". It centers on straight couple Brad (Nick Thune) and Missy (Kirchner), who introduce their lesbian roommates to each other - Brad's Allie (Ackles) and Missy's Sarah (Anna Camp).
- Justin Bruening ("Knight Rider") has joined the cast of NBC's reboot pilot of "Wonder Woman". In the new take on the legendary superhero from David E. Kelley, starring Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Bruening will play Steve Trevor, a leading man that Diana can't get past. He's an army wet now working for the Justice Department.
- Mark Deklin ("Justice", "Lone Star") has been added to the cast of ABC's comedy pilot "Good Christian Bitches". It centers on Amanda (Leslie Bibb), a mother of two who returns to her childhood home in Dallas, where she was once a popular "mean girl". Now, after a messy divorce, she tries to make things right with her old classmates. Deklin plays a metrosexual cowboy hwo is married to one of the classmates.
- David Ramsey ("Outlaw") is the latest actor to join the CW drama pilot "Cooper & Stone", which is about Jenna Cooper (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Stone (Vanessa Ferlito) two female detectives and best friends who balance working homicides with smart talk about fashion, pop culture and music. Ramsey plays Mazzara, a cop with no patience for rookies but is good friends with Stone.
- David Alpay ("The Tudors"), rapper-turned-actor Xzibit and Aaron Yoo ("The Bedford Diaries") have all come aboard FOX' medical drama pilot "Weekend At Bellevue", which centers on the weekend shift at the Psych ward of Bellevue Hospital, and the woman in charge, Ellie Harlow (Lauren Ambrose). Alpay plays a fellow doctor, Ben Jacobs, with whom Ellie trained at Columbia. Xzibit plays Chuck Franklin, an ER nurse who has worked at Bellevue for 18 years and whom nothing really phases anymore. Yoo plays a highly competitive psychiatry intern.
- Johnny Pemberton ("Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia") has been cast in ABC's comedy pilot "Bad Mom", which revolves around Julia (Jenna Elfman), who must raise her two children on her own all of a sudden once her mother, Marian (Frances Conroy), who did it up until now, decides to get her own life back. Pemberton plays Indiana, the teenage drop out son of Julia's friend Linda (Sharon Horgan), a boy who either smokes pot or makes a move on Julia.Tom Everett Scott also stars, and Chris Koch will direct.
- Billy Brown ("Lights Out") has been tapped to co-star in "Reconstruction", NBC's drama pilot set in a complicated Missouri Town during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, and centering on Jason (Martin Henderson) a civil war soldier who settles into the town and is welcomed as its savior. There, he begins a torrid affair with a local widow (Rachelle Lefevre). Brown plays Sam, a former slave with a warm, life-affirming laugh, who tells Jason all there is to know about the small town he just set foot in.
- Sarah Wright ("Mad Love") is the latest addition to CBS's comedy pilot "The Assistants", about four assistants working for a celebrity, Ali (Heather Locklear) and her husband. At the core is Mike (David Henrie) who hopes this job helps him open doors in Hollywood. Wright plays spunky cute assistant Tina, who babysitts Ali's son and catches Mike's eye.
- Anjelah M. Johnson ("MadTv") has come aboard "My Life As An Experiment", which is about A.J. Wilder (Jon Dore), a magazine immersion journalist who tries out all kinds of experiences, and his wife Stacie (Paget Brewster). Johnson plays Luciana, their Brazilian babysitter in tight leggins and high heels, and who is very outspoken on top of it.
Sources: Deadline, The Futon Critic