Eric Roberts is set to star in ABC drama pilot Grace, from writer Krista Vernoff. A dysfunctional family drama set in the world of professional dance, it centers on Michael Grace (Roberts), a famous choreographer who tends to sleep with his dancers and has three daughters with different mothers. A much better dance teacher than he is a father, he is in danger of losing his studio until one of his daughters steps in as studio manager. Mad Men helmer Lesli Linka Glatter is directing the pilot, which has added Flody Suarez as an exec producer, joining Vernoff and Carrie Ann Inaba. Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance?) will do the choreography. ICM-repped Roberts’ series credits include Starz’s Crash and NBC’s Heroes.
Life Unexpected star Britt Robertson is returning to the CW as the lead of drama pilot Secret Circle. Written by Andrew Miller and Kevin Williamson based on the book series from The Vampire Diaries author L.J. Smith, Secret Circle tells the story of a young woman (Robertson) who moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but she’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. Robertson, repped by Innovative and Levine Okwu Erickson, is about to start shooting the feature The First Time.
Wilson Bethel (Generation Kill) has joined the CW pilot Hart of Dixie, from writer Leila Gerstein, WBTV and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire. It is a comedic drama centered on Zoe (Rachel Bilson), a young New York City doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by an eclectic and eccentric group of characters. Bethel will play a gorgeous flirty, bad-boy southern fisherman who is neighbors with Zoe, plays in a band and dedicates a song to her. Bethel, co-managed by Ryan Daly and KLWG, recently screentested for the title role in Captain America.