Scrubs alum John C. McGinley is set and Adam Arkin is in final negotiations to join the ABC multi-camera comedy pilot Smothered, from Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. The Warner Bros. TV-produced project centers on young couple Zack (Kyle Howard) and Gillian, who find themselves smothered by their two very different sets of parents, Zack’s (Marcia Gay Harden, Arkin) and Gillian’s (Julie White, McGinley). Arkin is with ICM.

TV writer/Daily Show correspondent Larry Wilmore has joined CBS’ untitled Peter Knight comedy pilot. The project, from Sony and Happy Madison, is a workplace ensemble revolving around the young-adult employees at a high-powered venture capital firm. Wilmore will play the intimidating boss who has a playful side and cares about his employees. The Bernie Mac Show creator, repped by UTA and 3 Arts, was recently seen in Dinner for Schmucks.