ABC taps pilots' leading ladies

Network also adds to casts of 'Family,' 'Happy Town' and 'Limelight'

Former TV leading ladies Kim Raver and Alyssa Milano are back with lead roles in ABC pilots: the drama "Inside the Box" and the untitled Ricky Blitt comedy, respectively.

In other ABC pilot castings, Ty Burrell is set to star in the comedy "My American Family"; John Patrick Amedori, Robert Wisdom and Jay Paulson have been added to "Happy Town"; Sharon Leal and Brooklyn Sudano have joined "Limelight"; and Leah Pipes has been added to the Dave Hemingson project.

ABC Studios' "Box" is set at a news network's Washington bureau. Raver, repped by Paradigm and Mosaic, will play a knockout blond reporter once considered the next Diane Sawyer.

Raver is the second "Lipstick Jungle" star, after Lindsay Price, to book a pilot. Like Price's role on ABC's "Eastwick," Raver's "Box" gig is formally in second position to "Jungle," whose chances to return have diminished.

The Blitt multicamera comedy, from WBTV, centers on a telemarketer and struggling writer (Eric Christian Olsen) torn between his needy best friend and his newfound love (Milano), a successful lawyer and single mother of two.

"Charmed" alumna Milano, repped by CAA, recently recurred on NBC's "My Name Is Earl."

The 20th TV-produced "Family" revolves around a traditional couple, a gay couple and a multiethnic couple. Burrell will play the goofy, upbeat dad from the traditional couple who thinks he is cooler than he really is.

On the murder-mystery "Town," Amedori ("Gossip Girl") will play a wealthy teenager in a Romeo and Juliet-style romance. He is repped by Gersh and Station 3. Wisdom ("The Wire"), repped by APA and Kritzer/ Levine/Wilkins, will play the chief deputy and investigator. Paulson will play a patrol deputy.

McG's WBTV-produced "Limelight" is set at a performing-arts college. Leal, repped by APA and Alchemy, will play a renowned choreographer-turned-actress who returns to her alma mater.

Sudano, daughter of Donna Summer, will play a dancer auditioning for the academy. She is repped by Fortitude and Luber Rocklin.

20th TV's Hemingson legal drama, originally ordered last year, is being partially recast. Pipes will play a new associate who was born and raised in Beverly Hills. (partialdiff)
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