Andrea Anders, Jesse Metcalfe join pilots

7:00 PM PST 02/09/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

ABC's 'Sunshine,' NBC's 'Chase' among those adding cast

"Better Off Ted" star Andrea Anders has landed the female lead opposite Matthew Perry on ABC's comedy pilot "Mr. Sunshine."

Nate Torrence also has been cast in "Mr. Sunshine." Elsewhere, Jesse Metcalfe has been tapped to co-star on NBC's drama pilot "Chase," Matt Jones has landed a lead opposite Gary Cole on TBS' hourlong pilot "Uncle Nigel," and Eamonn Walker has joined ABC's drama pilot "The Whole Truth."

The single-camera "Mr. Sunshine," from Sony TV, stars Perry as Ben, the manager of an aging San Diego stadium who realizes on his 40th birthday that he can no longer get by on just his charming, noncommittal ways.

Anders will play the cute and tomboyish Alice, who is in a friends-with-benefits relationship with Ben.

For her, the casting is formally in second position to ABC's sophomore comedy "Ted," which is not expected to be renewed.

Torrence will play the clumsy son of Ben's boss (Allison Janney). This is his third project with Perry; they were together on NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and Perry's pilot for Showtime, "The End of Steve."

"Chase," from WBTV and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, centers on a high-priority fugitive apprehension team in South Texas.

"Desperate Housewives" alum Metcalfe, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will play a preppy Marshal from D.C. newly assigned to the team.

"Nigel" centers on Nigel Wells (Cole), a veteran Philadelphia homicide detective who takes on his inexperienced, incompetent nephew (Jones) as a partner. Jones ("Breaking Bad") is repped by Paradigm and manager Brian Ferrantino.

"The Whole Truth," from Warner Bros. TV and Bruckheimer, chronicles the building of a case from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution. Walker ("Kings") will play a senior assistant district attorney.
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