TV CASTINGS ROUNDUP: Slew Of Actors Book Pilots

Bonnie Somerville (Cashmere Mafia) has been cast as the female lead in ABC’s comedy pilot Other People’s Kids. Johnny Sneed (Unhitched) has also been cast in in the pilot, which centers on Adam, a 32-year-old guy with no responsibilities who suddenly finds himself with an insta-family when he falls in love with the little older Michelle (Somerville) who has 2 kids, an ex-husband (Sneed), and ex-in-laws.

Julie White has joined the ABC multi-camera comedy pilot Smothered, from Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. The project centers on young couple Zack (Kyle Howard) and Gillian who find themselves smothered by their two very different sets of parents. White will play Gillian’s scrappy mom who is a real mother hen. The Tony winner, repped by Paradigm and Himber Entertainment, will next be seen recurring on Damages and in Transformers 3.

Beverly D’Angelo has joined NBC’s untitled Whitney Cummings comedy pilot. The project, written by Cummings, centers on young couple Whitney (Cummings) and Alex (Chris D’Elia) who tackle the ups and downs of a committed relationship in today’s complicated world. D’Angelo will play Whitney’s self-absorbed, damaged and cynical, thrice-divorced mother.

Elyes Gabel (Identity) and Lina Esco (Cane) have landed co-starring roles opposite Ethan Hawke and Megan Dodds in Fox’s drama pilot Exit Strategy, a high-octane procedural about a team of 5 experts associated with the CIA led by Eric Shaw (Hawke) who are deployed when a CIA operation goes bad to extract the ones involved before it’s too late. Gabel and Esco will play 2 of the 5 team members – Tehran-born Tarik (Gabel), an expert in vehicular transportation, and sassy South Boston girl Mia (Esco), an MIT graduate and computer expert.

Jazz Raycole, Robbie Benson and The Chronicles of Narnia star Anna Popplewell have joined the cast of Peter Tolan’s comedy pilot for NBC Brave New World. The single-camera project, from Sony Pictures TV, is a workplace comedy that follows a group of unusual characters at Pilgrim Village, a theme park that specializes in recreations of New England in 1637. Raycole will play a young African American actress who portrays a white Pilgrim. The actress, repped by CESD and Precision, recurred on Jericho and Eastwick. Benson and Popplewell will also play workers at Pilgrim Village.

Jo Koy has been added to NBC’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, a multicamera comedy inspired by Chelsea Handler’s autobiographical book, which centers on Chelsea (Laura Prepon), an outspoken cocktail waitress. Koy will play a handsome bartender at the bar where she works.

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