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‘Staties’: Annie Ilonzeh Cast As Lead Of ABC Drama Pilot

Annie Ilonzeh (Empire) has been cast as the lead in ABC's drama pilot Staties, from Matt Partney & Corey Evett, Maniac Productions and ABC Studios. She joins previously cast male lead Andy Karl and co-star David Zayas. Written by Partney and Evett and directed by Rob Bowman, Staties centers on Eliza Cortez (Ilonzeh), a hard-charging NYPD detective who's banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King… Read

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‘The Code’ CBS Pilot Casts Phillipa Soo; David Zayas Joins ABC’s ‘Staties’

Phillipa Soo (Hamilton) is set as a series regular in CBS' drama pilot The Code. Written by Limitless creator Craig Sweeny based on a story by him and Craig Turk and directed by Marc Webb, in The Code, the military's brightest minds take on our country's toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out – where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator – and a Marine. Soo will play 2nd Lieutenant Harper. A hyper-organized 2nd lieutenant… Read

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‘The End Of The World As We Know It’: Gage Golightly To Star In CW Pilot

Gage Golightly (Red Oaks) has been cast as a lead of the CW’s comedic drama pilot The End of the World as We Know It, from Rob Thomas and Warner Bros TV. Written by Powerless executive producers/showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, The End of the World as We Know It (formerly known as It’s The End of the World as We Know It) is based on the 2012 Alloy book by Iva-Marie Palmer. In the show, when a prison spaceship carrying the universe's most deadly aliens… Read

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‘Playing Dead’: Tyler Ritter To Star In the CW Drama Pilot

The McCarthys alum Tyler Ritter has been tapped to star in the CW drama pilot Playing Dead, from writers Rina Mimoun and Josh Reims and Intrigue Entertainment. Written by Mimoun and Reims and directed by Rachel Goldenberg, Playing Dead is a dysfunctional family dramedy about a mortician and his son whose lives are turned upside down when the woman who abandoned them 15 years ago returns and asks them to fake her death. Mimoun and Reims executive produce with Intrigue's… Read

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‘God Friended Me’: ‘Scandal’s Joe Morton To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot

Emmy-winning Scandal co-star Joe Morton is set for a series-regular role opposite Brandon Micheal Hall in CBS drama pilot God Friended Me, a light hourlong procedural from Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, director Marcos Siega, Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Lilien and Wynbrandt and to be directed by Siega, God Friended Me is described as a humorous, uplifting series that explores questions of faith, existence… Read

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‘So Close’: Sabrina Carpenter Cast In Greg Malins’ NBC Comedy Pilot

Former Girl Meets World star Sabrina Carpenter has landed a supporting role in NBC comedy pilot So Close from Greg Malins, Hazy Mills and Universal TV. Written by Friends and Will & Grace alum Malins, So Close centers on hopeless romantics Riley & Kyle. At crossroads in their separate lives, they are close to settling for the wrong partner, unaware that they live only blocks apart and may be each other's soul mates. Malins, Hazy Mills’ Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner… Read

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Netflix’s Sabrina The Teenage Witch Series Casts Miranda Otto As Aunt Zelda

Netflix's upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch series has cast another key character from the comic books as a lead opposite Kiernan Shipka. Miranda Otto (Homeland) has been tapped to play Zelda Spellman on the show from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. She also joins Lucy Davis who was cast play Hilda Spellman. Based on the Archie Comics characters, the untitled project reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch… Read

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‘L.A. Confidential’: Walton Goggins To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot; Anna Fricke Joins As Co-Showrunner

Justified and Vice Principals alum Walton Goggins is set for a lead role in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel, from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. In addition, Anna Fricke (Being Human) has signed on as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Jordan Harper. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows… Read

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Lauren Cohan To Star In ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ ABC Pilot, Could Return To ‘Walking Dead’

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The Walking Dead co-star Lauren Cohan has been tapped as the female lead opposite Scott Foley in Whiskey Cavalier, ABC’s hourlong action-dramedy pilot from Bill Lawrence, Dave Hemingson and Warner Bros. TV. Cohan had been one of the most sought-after actors this broadcast season, fielding more than half-dozen offers before choosing the ABC project. While she will be a series regular on Whiskey Cavalier, I hear her deal allows the actress potentially to return to The Walkin… Read

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Katie Holmes To Star In Ilene Chaiken & Melissa Scrivner Love’s Fox Drama Pilot

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In her first series-regular role since Dawson’s Creek, Katie Holmes has been tapped as the lead of Fox’s FBI drama pilot from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love. Holmes also is set to executive produce the project from 20th Century Fox TV and 3 Arts. Written by Chaiken and Love, the untitled drama (fka Mrs. Otis Regrets) centers on FBI Special Agent Hazel Otis (Holmes), who's in the midst of investigating a domestic terrorism threat when a… Read

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‘Charmed’: Melonie Diaz Cast As A Lead In The CW Reboot Pilot

Melonie Diaz (The Breaks) has been cast as one of three sisters at the center of the CW's dramedy pilot Charmed, from Jane the Virgin creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and CBS TV Studios. Penned by Jessica O'Toole and Amy Rardin and created with Urman, the Charmed reboot pis set in the present. Per the CW, "this fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing… Read

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‘Magnum P.I.’: Jay Hernandez Cast As Thomas Magnum In CBS’ Reboot Pilot

Jay Hernandez has been tapped to play Thomas Magnum, the lead in CBS’ drama pilot Magnum P.I. CBS had been looking to add a twist to the classic character played by Tom Selleck in the original series, which had been conceived as diverse in the reboot, with the network setting out to find a non-white actor for the role. The Magnum P.I. pilot, from Peter Lenkov, Davis Entertainment, CBS TV Studios and Universal TV Studios, was co-written by Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim, with… Read