24 alumna Annie Wersching has landed the second lead opposite Scottie Thompson in Ed Bernero’s ABC drama pilot Partners. Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Beast) has also been cast in the project, a cop drama centered on two female police detectives, Mattie (Thompson) and Jess (Wersching), who are fiercely loyal to one another since they’re also secretly half-sisters. Gilliard will play Dr. J.
Jake M. Johnson and Max Greenfield have landed 2 of the 3 male leads opposite Zooey Deschanel in Fox’s Liz Meriwether comedy pilot, known as Chicks and Dicks. It is described as a young ensemble comedy about the sexual politics of men and women and centers on Jessica (Deschanel), an optimistic but unlucky-in-love elementary school teacher who, after her most recent break-up, moves out of her apartment with her ex and moves in with 3 juvenile guys: the beer-loving hunk Schmidt (Greenfield), the sweat pants-prone Coach and bartender Nick (Johnson). Johnson, repped by UTA and 3 Arts, is coming off No Strings Attached and next co-stars in Ceremony.
The O.C. alumna Rachel Bilson, who has been in negotiations to star in the CW hourlong pilot Hart of Dixie, has now closed a deal for the project, from writer Leila Gerstein, WBTV and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire. It is a comedic drama centered on a young New York City doctor (Bilson) who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by an eclectic and eccentric group of characters.