Chris Egan is set as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Poe. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Lin Pictures, is a crime procedural following Edgar Allan Poe (Egan), the world’s very first detective, as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston. The casting stems from Egan’s talent deal with ABC. The actor previously played the lead in NBC’s drama Kings. Also cast in Poe today was The Legend of the Seeker alumna Tabrett Bethell as Poe’s muse.
Jesse Bradford (NBC’s Outlaw) has landed the lead in ABC’s half-hour pilot Other People’s Kids. The multicamera comedy, written by Hunter Covington and directed by Michael Fresco, centers on Adam (Bradford), a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with an older woman (Bonnie Sommerville) who has two kids, an ex-husband, and ex-in-laws. Bradford also recurred on NBC’s The West Wing and co-starred in Flags of Our Fathers.