Daniel Stern is set as the co-lead opposite Danny Pudi in NBC’s comedy pilot Strange Calls, from Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum and 20th TV. Also cast in the pilot, written by Blake McCormick, are Allison Miller and Aliyah Royale. Based on an Australian format, Strange Calls centers on Toby (Pudi), an affable but down-on-his-luck young police officer. He is transferred to a rural town where — with the help of Gregor (Stern), a peculiar, elderly nightwatchman — he starts to realize the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly. Miller, repped by ICM Partners, Thruline and Hansen Jacobson, plays a vet. Stern is with More/Medavoy and Paradigm.

The Borgias’ Colm Feore has booked a role in ABC drama pilot The Kingmakers, from ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Sallie Patrick, Kingmakers centers on a young man whose sister is found dead during her freshman year at an elite Ivy League university. He adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society – consisting of privileged students, ambitious faculty and high-profile alums – to investigate her death. Feore will play Dean Vandermeer, the dean of the university who eventually becomes Jacob’s main nemesis. Feore, repped by Greene & Associates and The Coronel Group, next will be seen as The Dollmaker on Gotham.