TV CASTINGS: Sally Pressman To Star In NBC Comedy Pilot ‘Joe, Joe & Jane’, Marcia Gay Harden Joins HBO’s ‘Newsroom’

NBC has cast one of the title characters in its multi-camera comedy pilot Joe & Joe & Jane. Army Wives’ Sally Pressman has been cast as Jane in the project, from writers-executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and 20th Century Fox TV. Loosely based on the relationship between Port, Wiseman and Wiseman’s wife, Joe, Joe & Jane centers on a conflict-avoidant children’s book author caught in an ongoing tug of war between two needy, flawed people: his wife (Pressman) and his co-author/ best friend. It’s not about a couple, it’s about a trouple. Pressman, whose casting was first reported by TVLine, became available for pilots after her regular role as Roxy on Army Wives was downgraded to recurring heading into Season 7. NBC has had its eye on Pressman for awhile. When she was in her then-last year on Army Wives in September 2011, the network signed the actress in a development deal. But then Lifetime ordered 10 additional episodes of the veteran drama series in November 2011 to film during last year’s pilot season. While her NBC deal eventually expired, Pressman is back at the network a year later as a lead of a pilot.

Marcia Gay Harden will replace Rosemarie DeWitt on Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom. DeWitt was originally cast in November for a recurring role on the series’ upcoming second season but recently pulled out because of a scheduling conflict. Harden will now play the role, Rebecca Halliday, a litigator who’s been hired to defend the fictional Atlantis Cable News channel, where the show is set, in a multimillion-dollar wrongful-termination suit.

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