Christine Lahti will co-star opposite Brandon T. Jackson in the CBS drama pilot Beverly Hills Cop. The project, written by Shawn Ryan and directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, is a continuation of the movie franchise and centers on Axel Foley’s police officer son Aaron (Jackson), who takes down the criminal elements of the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Lahti will play Helen, the Captain of the Beverly Hills Police Department. Kevin Pollak, David Denman and Argo‘s Sheila Vand co-star. Lahti has kept a presence on CBS since her Emmy-winning starring turn on Chicago Hope. She has been recurring on Hawaii Five-0 and toplined the network’s 2011 pilot The Doctor.
Director-actor Clark Johnson has been cast as a lead opposite John Goodman, Mark Consuelos and Matt Malloy in Amazon Studios‘ comedy pilot Alpha House, written by Garry Trudeau. Alpha House follows four senators (Goodman, Johnson, Malloy, Consuelos) who live together in a rented house in Washington DC. Johnson’s Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Bettencourt is a power player who came from nothing, went to an elite college and watched carefully to learn the game of big-city politics. Johnson, repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott, directed and acted on HBO’s The Wire. He has directed the pilots and finales of The Wire, FX’s The Shield as well as multiple episodes of Showtime’s Homeland. Also cast in Alpha House is Alicia Sable as Tammy Stackhouse, John Goodman’s character’s chief of staff.