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'Almost Famous' star joins ABC comedy pilot

Patrick Fugit to co-star with Debra Messing in 'Wright'

"Almost Famous" star Patrick Fugit has joined Debra Messing in ABC's comedy pilot "Wright vs. Wrong."

Melissa Rauch also has been cast in "Wright," Tim Pepper has landed the lead in Fox's comedy pilot "Most Likely to Succeed," Scott Foley has joined ABC's cop drama "True Blue," "Past Life" co-star Nicholas Bishop is set as a lead on ABC's drama pilot "Body of Evidence," Aly Michalka has landed the lead and Gail O'Grady also tapped to co-star on the CW's drama pilot "Hellcats," and James Patrick Stuart and Cheyenne Jackson have come aboard ABC's comedy pilot "It Takes a Village."

Additionally, Michael Cassidy has landed one of the two leads in NBC's comedy pilot "The Pink House," Jessy Schram has a lead on the CW's drama pilot "Betwixt," Dorian Missick has joined NBC's drama pilot "The Cape," and Ryan Hawley has been cast in CW's untitled Wyoming project.

Meanwhile, CBS' untitled Tad Quill comedy pilot has been pushed because of difficulties casting the lead.

"Wrong" centers on Evelyn Wright (Messing), a driven conservative pundit who tries to maintain her public persona despite facing her own vulnerabilities. In his first regular TV gig, Fugit is set to play her contributing writer, a liberal NYU graduate. Rauch will play her wide-eyed personal assistant.

Fugit is repped by Gersh and Gail Levin; Rauch, who recently recurred on "The Big Bang Theory," is with Gersh and Brillstein.

In "Most Likely," about a group of friends who were superstars in high school but are facing the reality of adulthood, the Paradigm-repped Pepper will play Griff, who was voted most likely to succeed but is recently unemployed.

"True Blue," from ABC Studios, revolves around six former best friends who rose through the ranks at the San Francisco Police Department and reunite to solve the murder of one of their own. Foley, who recently did an arc on ABC's comedy "Cougar Town" will play the legal member of the group, the assistant DA. He is repped by Paradigm and Brillstein.

"Body" is a procedural that centers on a medical examiner (Dana Delany) whose background as a neurosurgeon gives her a unique and refreshing crime-solving perspective but puts her at odds with nearly everyone. Bishop will play an employee of the ME's Office who works closely with her without being annoyed or intimidated. He is the third actor from "Past Life" to land a pilot following Kelli Giddish and Ravi Patel.

"Hellcats" centers on a college girl from the wrong side of the tracks (Michalka) who, after losing her scholarship because of budget cutbacks and her mother's (O'Grady) chronic irresponsibility, joins the Hellcats, the college's competitive cheerleading team.

Michalka, half of pop duo Aly & AJ, starred on Disney Channel's "Phil of the Future." O'Grady is repped by APA and Shelter Entertainment.

"Village" revolves around exes Karen (Remini) and Howard and their new significant others, who join forces to raise their 15-year-old boy. Stuart ("90210") will play Karen's new husband. Jackson ("30 Rock"), repped by Innovative and Benderspink, will play Howard's new and first boyfriend.

"Pink House" revolves around two Midwestern guys, one played by Cassidy, who move to Los Angeles and rent a house on the beach. Cassidy is repped by Gersh and Principal.

On "Betwixt," about three teenagers who learn of their changeling nature, Schram will play one of them who can transform into a catlike creature.

"Cape" centers on Vince Faraday (David Lyons), a former cop set up as a criminal who becomes a masked hero. Missick, repped by APA and MJ Management, will play a former police detective and friend of Vince who betrays him.

The Wyoming project centers on 22-year-old Gideon (Sean Faris), a horse trainer who becomes the patriarch of a Wyoming family. Hawley will play his younger brother.

Also cast in the pilot is veteran Kathleen Chalfant as their grandmother.