Ben Rappaport, star of NBC’s freshman comedy Outsourced, has been cast as the lead in CBS’ untitled Peter Knight comedy pilot. The project, from Sony and Happy Madison, is a workplace ensemble revolving around the young-adult employees at a high-powered venture capital firm. It centers on Danny (Rappaport), who is shocked when his crush, competitor and fellow trainee Gracie (Michelle Trachtenberg) is promoted out of the mailroom and into a junior associate position at the firm. For Rappaport, the casting is in second position to Outsourced which, after a promising start, has slipped in the ratings and is considered a long shot to return for a second season. He is with Gersh and Invictus.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Anthony Head has joined NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Free Agents, reprising his role from the original British series the NBC project is based on. The romantic comedy explores the attraction between two quirky PR executives working together — Alex (Hank Azaria) and Helen (Kathryn Hahn) — who both are on the rebound, Alex from a divorce and Helen from the loss of a fiance. Head will play Stephen, the charming and amoral CEO of the Dayton Group. Also cast in Free Agents are Al Madrigal and Joe Lo Truglio. Head, who co-stars on the British series Merlin, as well as Madrigal were cast as guest stars in the pilot with series options.