New doctor in the house for NBC pilot

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James Tupper has been cast in NBC's drama pilot "Mercy."

The project, from Universal Media Studios, is a comedic drama about three nurses at Mercy Hospital bound in friendship by the highs and lows of their personal and professional lives.

Tupper will play Chris Sands, a new doctor at the hospital who had an affair with one of the nurses while both were stationed in Iraq.

Tupper starred on ABC's dramedy "Men in Trees" and appeared in the indie feature "Me and Orson Welles." He recently did a four-episode arc on ABC's comedy "Samantha Who?"

Tupper is repped by ICM and Untitled.

Meanwhile, two familiar TV faces, "ER" alum Noah Wyle and Anna Friel of "Pushing Daisies," are the most sought-after actors this pilot season, with each fielding about a half-dozen offers.

Also being approached for multiple projects are "The Class" alumna Lizzy Caplan, "Dirty Sexy Money" star Peter Krause and Claire Danes, who could be interested in returning to the small screen; she got her television start on ABC's "My So-Called Life." (partialdiff)
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