Melrose Place alumna Katie Cassidy is joining another primetime soap. Cassidy has been cast opposite Jimmy Wolk in ABC’s drama pilot Georgetown. Also cast in the the hourlong project, written by Will Fetters, is Australian Daisy Betts (Persons Unknown). Described as a sexy soap centered around the young people behind the power brokers of Washington, DC. It centers on Andrew Pierce (Wolk), an effortlessly charming and brilliant Yale graduate and the youngest Presidential speech-writer on record. Cassidy will play Nikki, a smart and quick-witted junior staffer in the White House Communications Office with connections to the First Lady. Nikki, who is also a model, is friends and roommates with Andrew and Samantha (ICM-repped Betts), an idealistic young staffer with the Democratic President, daughter of a political dynasty who shares a romantic history with Andrew. Georgetown, from Warner Bros. TV and Josh Schwarz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, reunites Cassidy with Schwartz and Savage, on whose CW show Gossip Girl she recently recurred. Cassidy, whose series credits include CW’s Supernatural and CBS’ Harper’s Island, was also offered CW’s pilot Heavenly this season. She is with WME and Anonymous.
Allie Grant (Weeds) has been cast in another ABC/WBTV pilot, comedy Suburgatory. The pilot, from creator Emily Kapnek, centers on Tessa (Jane Levy), a teenage girl who is moved by her dad George from Manhattan, where she grew up, to her version of hell: the suburbs. Grant will play Lisa, a socially awkward girl at school who befriends Tessa. Grant, repped by TalentWorks and Sweeney Management, recently guest starred on Private Practice.
Anabelle Acosta (the upcoming Greatest Movie Ever Made) is set to co-star in ABC’s drama pilot Grace, from creator Krista Vernoff and Carrie Ann Inaba. A dysfunctional family drama set in the world of professional dance, it centers on Michael Grace (Roberts), a famous choreographer who tends to sleep with his dancers and has three daughters with different mothers. He is in danger of losing his studio until his daughter Sarah (Abigail Spencer) decides to buy the studio and run it. Acosta, repped by CESD Talent and Leverage, will play Eden, a beautiful mixed-race Latina/Caucasian girl and a talented dancer who is the daughter Michael Grace never knew he had.
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