Madeleine Stowe and Henry Czerny are set to co-star in ABC’s drama pilot Revenge centers on Emily Thorn/Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp), a mysterious woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the Graysons who destroyed her family. Stowe will play Victoria Grayson, the matriarch of the family and a social power broker. Having long ago masterminded the merciless destruction of Amanda’s dad Kevin Clarke and the ostracism of his daughter to a life in foster homes, Victoria has no idea that Emily is actually Amanda and welcomes her as a friend and neighbor. Czerny will play Victoria’s husband Conrad. Stowe, repped by Gersh and Brillstein, took a break from acting during the past couple of years to work on her feature Western script Unbound Captive, which she is also set to direct. Czerny, repped by the Glick Agency and Perry Zimel, was seen in The A-Team and on the first season of The Tudors.
Heroes alum Robert Knepper is returning to NBC with a supporting role in the network’s drama pilot Reconstruction. Written by Josh Brand and directed by Peter Horton, the project is set in a Missouri town during the post-Civil War Reconstruction era and centers on Jason (Martin Henderson), a soldier who crosses the country and settles into a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior. Framework-repped Knepper will play the town sheriff, an unhinged veteran Confederate whose bizarre behavior alternates between Southern courtliness and a hair-trigger temperament.
Lombardo Boyar has landed a lead in in Rob Thomas’ single-camera comedy pilot for Fox Little in Common. The WBTV-produced pilot is about three families united through their kids’ Little League sports. It centers on the Wellers (Rob Corddry, Paula Marshall), who move from San Jose, Calif., to Austin, Texas, but find that their adjustment won’t be quite that easy considering their Latino neighbors, the Pachecos, have a radically different approach to child-rearing than they do, while their other new neighborhood acquaintances, the African American Burlesons (Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union), take sports very seriously. Boyar, repped by Greene & Associates, will play the head of the Pacheco family, the outgoing, unpretentious owner of Pachecos Pizza.
Brett Cullen (Puncture) and Jonathan Scarfe (Raising the Bar) have been added to Marc Cherry’s ABC pilot Hallelujah. The project is set in the town of Hallelujah, Tenn., where the forces of good and evil are exemplified by hardworking, moral diner owner Rye Turner (Donal Logue), a family man who has had a run of tragic luck, and his longtime nemesis, corrupt millionaire Del Roman (Terry O’Quinn), who is a law unto himself. Del seems to be winning the battle until mysterious newcomer Jared O’Neal (Jesse L. Martin) arrives in town. Cullen, repped by Domain and Lovett Management, will play Sherriff Bob Clement, a corrupt local lawman in the pocket of Del. Scarfe, repped by Greene & Associates and Jackson/Medavoy, will play Rye’s brother Caleb, a self-confessed miserable sinner.
Luis Chavez (Starz’s Crash) has been added to Stephen Gaghan’s pilot for NBC S.I.L.A., a complex drama in the style of Traffic and Syriana set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics in sprawling modern-day Los Angeles. Chavez, managed by KLWG, will play Manny, who works for a drug kingpin as well as the cops.
Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) has joined NBC’s untitled Whitney Cummings comedy pilot, from UMS and Stuber Pictures. The project, written by Cummings, centers on young couple Whitney (Cummings) and Alex (Chris D’Elia), who tackle the ups and downs of a committed relationship in today’s complicated world. Pancholy, repped by Buchwald and Brillstein, will play their straight but metrosexual friend Neal.
JAG alum David James Elliott has been added to the cast of ABC’s dramedy pilot Good Christian Bitches. It stars Leslie Bibb as Amanda, a mother of two and onetime “mean girl” in high school who returns home to Dallas humbled following a scandalous divorce, hoping to get a second chance at winning over her old classmates. Elliott will play the husband of one of Amanda’s former classmates, Darlene (Kristin Chenoweth). Elliott, repped by Paradigm and Rain Management, is recurring on CSI.
Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin has joined the CW/WBTV one-hour pilot The Secret Circle. Written by Andrew Miller and Kevin Williamson and based on the book series from L.J. Smith, Secret Circle tells the story of a young woman (Britt 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. Tonkin, repped by ICM and Australia’s Marquee Management, will play Faye, part of the witches’ circle.