Brian F. O’Byrne (Prime Suspect, FlashForward) has nabbed a lead role in ABC’s drama pilot Exposed, from writer Charles Randolph, Peter Traugott’s TBD Entertainment, and Universal TV. It centers on Anna, an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth including making questionable alliances. O’Byrne, repped by Gersh and Lisa Richards Agency, will play Quigg, a very powerful, mysterious man who works for the Pentagon.
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British actress Jessica Knappett (The Inbetweeners Movie) and Iris Bahr (The Last Exorcism) are set as female leads opposite David Schwimmer in ABC comedy pilot Irreversible, from Peter Tolan and Sony Pictures TV. Schwimmer also serves as a producer on the project, based on the Israeli series Bilti Hafich. It centers on Andy (Schwimmer) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations — most of which they bring upon themselves. Knappett, repped by United Agents in the UK, will play Andy’s other half Sarah, a neurotic and feisty morning show host on a second-rate channel who dreams of becoming an important newswoman someday. David Shapira & Associates-repped Bahr will play Stacey, Sarah’s older, yet less mature sister.
Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue) has been cast in Saint Francis, Chris Moynihan’s multi-camera comedy pilot for ABC. The project, from ABC Studios and Tagline, centers on Francis Quinlan (Michael Imperioli), a blue-collar, no-nonsense Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock. Simmons will play Francis’ (Imperioli) business partner at the bar they own. Simmons is with Resolution and Principato-Young Entertainment.