EXCLUSIVE: The Job and Rescue Me alumna Diane Farr is reuniting with the two series’ co-creator Peter Tolan. She is set as the female lead in Fox’s comedy pilot for Fox Council of Dads. Also set as leads in the project are Patrick Breen and SAG president Ken Howard. Inspired by Bruce Feiler’s non-fiction book, the pilot, which is being directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, tells the story of Michael who, just before he dies, enlists five of his guy friends from all aspects of his life to become a “council of dads” to his two young children. Farr will play Michael’s wife, recent widow Catherine, who is absolutely intent on complying with her husband’s dying wish but quickly finds out that the five guys on the Council can agree about absolutely nothing. Breen and Howard will play two of the Council’s members. Howard plays Michael’s dad Burt, ex-military guy who’s not to be screwed with. Breen plays Jerry, Michael’s ex-therapist who serves as the “Feelings Dad” on the council. Howard, repped by Greene & Assoc. and James/Levy, won an Emmy for Grey Gardens in 2009. He recurs on 30 Rock and is filming Clint Eastwood’s Hoover. Breen, repped by Gersh and A Management, had also been pursued for NBC’s Smash this season. UTA-repped Farr’s other series credits include Numbers and Californication.
The Diane Farr-Peter Tolan pairing is not the only pilot reunion today. Third Watch alum Michael Beach has been added to ABC’s drama pilot Partners, which is from Third Watch co-creator/exec producer Ed Bernero. The project is a cop drama centered on two female police detectives, Mattie (Scottie Thompson) and Jess (Annie Wersching), who are fiercely loyal to one another since they’re also secretly half-sisters. Beach will play a wise-cracking detective