Jeff Daniels has closed his deal to play the male lead in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama pilot set behind the scenes at a cable news show. The project, which recent Oscar winner Sorkin is executive producing with Scott Rudin, centers on news anchor Will McCallister (Daniels), who has his own cable show, a female executive producer and staff. Greg Mottola is directing. Daniels is with ICM.

David Rasche (Ugly Betty) has joined the cast of HBO’s comedy series Bored to Death as a recurring. He will play Bernard Morse, a West Coast rival for George Christopher (Ted Danson). Morse is a health nut with an affinity for Scottish Terriers, and he made his fortune in Silicon Valley with Philip K. Dick-like innovations. Rasche, repped by Innovative and Liebman Entertainment, also recently booked the role of Agent X in Men in Black 3D, which originally was planned for Alec Baldwin.

Nicole Laliberte (Kaboom) has booked a major recurring role on another HBO comedy series, How To Make It In America. Laliberte, repped by Domain and Framework, will play Lulu, a hipster native New Yorker who owns a Lower East Side clothing boutique. Also cast on How To Make It are Gina Gershon in a recurring role and Isaac Mizrahi in a guest spot.

Analeigh Tipton (The Green Hornet) is set for an arc on HBO’s comedy Hung. She will play Sandee, a seemingly naive cake decorator who battles master manipulator Lenore for control of her virile fiance (Stephen Amell). Tipton, second runner-up on the 11th season of America’s Next Top Model, will next be seen in Crazy Stupid Love. She is with Joe Rice, Marni Rosensweig  and Toni Benson.