ABC taps Milano, Harmon
Trio to Kohan/Mutchnick comedyAlyssa Milano has been tapped as the lead in ABC's untitled Rina Mimoun drama pilot, Angie Harmon has signed on to star in another ABC drama pilot, "Women's Murder Club," and Brian Austin Green, Jessica Capshaw and Vanessa Lengies have landed three of the four leads in CBS' untitled Kohan/Mutchnick comedy pilot.
Additionally, Carlos Jacott and Samantha Bee will star in Fox's comedy pilot "Two Families," Johnny Messner has landed a lead role in ABC's drama pilot "Judy's Got a Gun," Danny Comden has been cast in ABC's comedy pilot "The Call," Liz Vassey is set to co-star on Fox's drama pilot "The Cure," Bruce McGill has joined NBC's comedy pilot "Area 52" and Will Yun Lee has come on board NBC's "The Bionic Woman."
The Mimoun project, from Warner Bros. TV, centers on a successful Atlanta lawyer (Milano) who returns to her messy family in Savannah, Ga., with her newborn son. Mary Steenburgen already has been cast as her mother.
Milano starred for eight seasons on WB Network's hit drama "Charmed." Earlier this development season, she was attached to a half-hour project for ABC from writer Dan Bucatinsky, which was not picked up to pilot.
"Club," from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer (Harmon), who teams with her three girlfriends to solve murder cases.
Harmon, who starred last season in the ABC/ABC Studio drama pilot "Secrets of a Small Town," most recently was seen in the feature "Seraphim Falls."
The untitled Kohan/Mutchnick project, from WBTV, is about two friends and writing partners, one straight and one gay (Green), and the women working with them (Capshaw, Lengies).
Green (APA, Interlink Management) most recently co-starred on ABC's comedy "Freddie." Capshaw has been recurring on Showtime's "The L Word." Lengies (Gersh, the Burstein Co.) co-starred on Lifetime's "Monarch Cove."
"Families," from 20th TV and HIP, revolves around two sets of adult siblings who didn't know they shared the same father (Beau Bridges). Jacott and Bee will play twins from one of the two families. Jacott (Domain, Thruline) recurred on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." Bee is a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."
"Gun," from ABC TV Studio, is a procedural drama about Judy Lemen (Louise Lombard), a detective and a single mom. Messner will play a recent transfer to the police department, a hothead who shares a spark of attraction with Judy. Messner (ICM, McKeon-Myones) starred on Fox's series "Killer Instinct."
"Call," from 20th TV, revolves around a group of unconventional paramedics, one played by Comden. He most recently headlined a comedy pilot last season for ABC.
"Cure," from WBTV, centers on a group searching for miracle cures. Vassey, who has recurred on CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," will play a top biotech scientist.
"Area 52," from NBC Uni TV, is an office comedy set at a secret location in the Nevada desert. McGill will play Gen. Keller, a military journeyman. McGill (Stone Manners) next will be seen in "The Good Life," which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival.
"Bionic," from NBC Uni TV, is a re-imagination of the 1970s series and stars Michelle Ryan in the title role. Lee will play a field leader. Lee (APA, the Collective) recently was seen in HBO's "Tsunami: The Aftermath" and on FX's "Thief."
In other pilot-casting news:
Molly Stanton is set to star in Fox's untitled Liz Meriwether comedy pilot.
Ben Feldman (UTA, Handprint) has joined Fox's drama pilot "Them."
Ava Gaudet (TalentWorks, ATA Management) and Stephen Rannazzisi have joined ABC's comedy pilot "See Jayne Run."
Aaron Paul (Paul Kohner, Leverage Management) has been tapped to star opposite Brian Cranston in AMC's pilot "Breaking Bad."
T.J. Miller has come aboard ABC's comedy pilot "Carpoolers."