Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) has signed on to CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot Good Session, opposite James Roday and Rich Sommer. Written by John Hamburg and Matt Miller and directed by Hamburg, the project revolves around a happy couple, Joel (Roday) and Lindsay (TBD), who go to a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Ullman will play Ellen, the astute, straightforward therapist who uses her own brand of insight and humor to inspire the couples she helps to tell the truth.
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Emmy and Golden Globe winner Patricia Wettig (thirtysomething, Brothers And Sisters) has joined the cast of CW‘s drama pilot Identity, exec produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. It centers on Mia (Ahna O’Reilly), a young New Yorker who learns she needs an organ transplant to survive and her only living relative is a newfound half-brother, Davis (Matt Barr), the charming, privileged only son of a wealthy and powerful Charleston family. She connects with them only to find they’re the target of a CIA investigation for involvement in domestic terrorism, and the agency wants her as their newest informant. Wettig will play Liana Grant, matriarch of the family. Wettig won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for thirtysomething.
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Craig Frank (Mixology) has signed on for a recurring role in CW pilot The Messengers from writer/co-exec producer Eoghan O’Donnell and exec producer Basil Iwanyk. In it, when a mysterious object crashes down to earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse. Frank, repped by Talent House LA and Industry Entertainment, will play Alan, the handsome, likeable techie who works with Vera, with whom he shares a romantic past, at the NASA Space Observatory in New Mexico. The casting is in second position to Frank’s role in Mixology, which wraps for the season on May 21.