David James Elliott joins ABC's 'Scoundrels'

5:42 PM PST 03/29/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Three NBC comedy pilots also cast lead roles

Three days into filming, ABC has made a casting change on the dramedy series "Scoundrels."

David James Elliott has been tapped to co-star on the show, replacing Neal McDonough.

In pilot casting news, three NBC comedies have landed leads: Nick D'Agosto has joined "This Little Piggy," Jessica Lucas has boarded "Friends With Benefits," and Ashley Madekwe has been cast in "The Pink House."

Based on the New Zealand series "Outrageous Fortune," "Scoundrels" centers on the matriarch (Virginia Madsen) of a family of criminals who decides it's time for her brood to go straight after her husband (Elliott) is sentenced to a long prison term.

Former "JAG" star Elliott, repped by Paradigm, recently starred in the miniseries "Impact" and "The Storm."

"Piggy" centers on an underemployed woman (Brooke Bloom) and her materialistic brother (D'Agosto) who move in with their older sibling (Ben Koldyke).

"Benefits" revolves around five twentysomething friends who, until they find "the one," are content to have "friends with benefits." Lucas, repped by Gersh and Thruline, will play one of the five.

"House" revolves around two Midwestern guys who move to L.A. and rent a house right on the beach.

"Secret Diary of a Call Girl" co-star Madekwe, repped by Gordon & French and the Collective, will play a neighbor who is from a poor family looking for a wealthy man to marry.
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