Melora Hardin (Transparent, The Office) is set for a lead role opposite Eric Close and Gina Torres in ABC’s drama pilot The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez. Written by Cuban-American playwright Charise Castro Smith, The Death Of Eva Sofia Valdez is described as a sexy revenge drama with a supernatural twist. It centers on Eva Sofia Valdez (Torres), a Cuban immigrant who rose from rags to riches and is a celebrated Miami entrepreneur and a champion for immigrant rights. But her success is fueled by an insatiable ambition that could destroy her family, a vendetta against the lover Blair Monroe (Close) who betrayed her, and ghosts from the past who threaten to reveal the dark sacrifices Eva Sofia made to attain the American Dream. Hardin will play Courtney Monroe, Blair Monroe’s aristocratic wife, patrician and beautiful, she is determined to be the First Lady of Miami. Politically astute and more than a little ruthless, she assists Blair in his mayoral campaign and is not above using dirty tactics to achieve her ends. Hardin is repped by Framework Entertainment, The Paul Kohner Agency and Bob Myman.

Amanda Warren (The Leftovers) is set as a series regular in Recon, Fox’s drama pilot executive produced by The Vampire Diaries’ co-developers/exec producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. Recon centers on Alexa (Tracy Spiridakos), a young, driven FBI analyst tasked with embedding herself in a suspected terrorist family. Warren will play Rashida Malik, the Special Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee FBI division and a follower of Islam who is spearheading the mission to prevent another homegrown terrorist attack. Warren, a series regular in HBO’s The Leftovers, will be seen in the upcoming HBO film Wizard of Lies, directed by Barry Levinson, and will soon begin filming Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She is repped by MJ Management, DBA and Geoffry Oblath.