CBS 'Meant' to get Smart; Savage in the funny money
Fox, CW also add to pilot chairsAmy Smart has been tapped as the lead on CBS' drama pilot "Meant to Be's," and Fred Savage has landed the lead on another CBS pilot, comedy "Single White Millionaire," lifting the contingency on the project.
Elsewhere, Will Sasso and Federico Dordei have joined Fox's comedy pilot "Spaced," and Michael Cassidy has been cast in the CW's drama "How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls."
On the directing side, "Desperate Housewives" helmer Larry Shaw has been tapped to direct CBS' drama pilot "Ny-Lon."
"Meant to Be's," from CBS Paramount and creator Glenn Gordon Caron, is a romantic drama about Janine (Smart), a wealthy young gallery owner in New York who elopes one night only to be thrown from her 40th-floor balcony en route to her honeymoon. She becomes a "Meant to Be," helping people on Earth head in the "meant to be" direction before she can go to heaven.
Smart next will be seen in "Life in Flight," screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, and soon will reprise her role of Eve in the sequel to the indie "Crank." She is repped by Endeavor and Untitled.
"Millionaire," from Warner Bros. and writer Ricky Blitt, is a multicamera comedy about an unassuming millionaire (Savage) in his 30s who is ready to settle down.
Savage most recently starred on ABC's comedy "Crumbs."
"Spaced," from Warner Bros. and Adam Barr, revolves around two strangers (one played by Josh Lawson) who pose as a married couple in order to rent an apartment and become intimately involved with the other misfits in the building.
"Mad TV" alum Sasso will play the guy's best friend who believes in government conspiracies. Dordei will play a neighbor who is a struggling artist.
"Rich Girls," from Warner Bros., Alloy and writer Rina Mimoun, centers on a Yale-educated young woman is hired to be the tutor to two rich heiresses in Palm Beach. Cassidy will play the woman's boyfriend. Cassidy, whose credits include "The O.C.," "Smallville" and "Hidden Palms," is repped by Gersh, Principal Entertainment and Ramos Management.
James Hibberd contributed to this report.