Frances Fisher has joined ABC drama pilot Partners. The project, from Ed Bernero,  is a cop drama centered on two female police detectives, Mattie (Scottie Thompson) and Jess (Annie Wersching), who are fiercely loyal to one another since they’re also secretly half-sisters. Fisher, repped by Michael Greene & Assoc. and Sanders Armstrong Caserta, will play Mattie and Jess’s mother, who is currently serving a long prison sentence for killing her abusive husband.

Jennifer Aspen has become the first actress cast in ABC’s dramedy pilot Good Christian Bitches, from producer Darren Star. Based on Kim Gatlin’s book, it centers on a recently divorced mother of two who moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up to find herself in the whirling midst of gossip, Botox and fraud. Aspen, who co-starred on the ABC comedy Rodney and did an arc on Glee, will play one of the GCBs, beautiful but full-figured, a compulsive eater who is super-sensitive about her weight.