Amy Smart and Karolina Wydra have been cast in NBC’s drama pilot Bad Girls. Adapted from the long-running UK series, the project, from John Wells Prods and Warner Bros TV, follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates — some mothers, some friends — who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and outside. Smart will play “the perfect blond Barbie doll from Orange County” serving time for stealing her friend’s credit card and running it up to the max. Wydra will play a scheming, sultry inmate. Smart, repped by Gersh and Untitled, is recurring on Showtime’s Shameless. Wydra, repped by IFA and Artist Management, recurs on Fox’s House as Dr. House’s green card wife.
Friday Night Lights alum Matt Lauria has joined KJ Steinberg and Shonda Rhimes’ ABC period drama Gilded Lilys. Set in 1895, it centers on the Lilys, who are looking to revive their family’s fortunes by opening the most lavish hotel in New York history while their beautiful daughter Violet (Sarah Bolger), engaged to be married to wealthy family friend Charlie (Lauria), falls madly in love with charismatic lowly ship’s servant John Kidd (Long). In addition to vying for Violet’s heart, Charlie also is a business partner of her father (Brían F. O’Byrne). Lauria, repped by Principal Entertainment and Bauman Redanty Shaul, recently co-starred in The Chicago Code and did arcs on CSI and Person Of Interest.
Newly picked up ABC Family’s multi-camera comedy series Baby Daddy is undergoing recasting. Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Kyle XY) has been cast as the lead, Ben, replacing Cameron Deane Stewart, who played the part in the pilot. Additionally, Melissa Peterman has been upped to a regular, joining pilot regulars Chelsea Kane, Derek Theler and Tahj Mowry. Created by Dan Berendsen, Baby Daddy centers on Ben (Bilodeau) who, in his 20s, becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she’s left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. Ben decides to raise the baby with the help of his mother Bonnie (Peterman), his brother Danny (Theler), his best buddy Tucker (Mowry) and his close female friend Riley (Kane), who is harboring a secret crush on him.