Comedian Nick Thune has been cast as the male lead in NBC’s comedy pilot I Hate That I Love You. The single-camera project, from writer/exec producer Jhoni Marchinko and 20th TV, is described as a twisty romantic comedy in which a straight couple, Brad (Thune) and Missy, introduce their lesbian roommates, Brad’s Allie and Missy’s Sarah (Anna Camp), to each other. Earlier this season, Thune was attached to another NBC comedy project, an ensemble show penned by Spike Feresten. Thune, repped by WME and 3 Arts, has a Web series, Nick’s Big Show.
Colin O’Donoghue (The Rite) has landed the male lead in ABC’s drama pilot Identity. The project, from ABC Studios, Mark Gordon Co. and writer John Glenn, is an action procedural based on a British format that centers on an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime. Irish-born O’Donoghue will play John Bloom, an intensely private, psychologically insightful former undercover FBI agent who’s secretly never left his undercover identity behind, even though he is now working with his old comrade Martha Adams (Angela Bassett) in the FBI’s new Identity Crimes Unit.