Fox, CBS pilots add cast members

7:00 PM PST 02/16/2010 by Nellie Andreeva, AP

Nelson Franklin, James Murray, Joe Manganiello land roles

In the latest round of pilot castings, Nelson Franklin has landed the lead in Fox's comedy pilot "Traffic Light," James Murray has joined CBS' drama pilot "Chaos," and Joe Manganiello has landed a lead in CBS' comedy pilot "Livin' on a Prayer" from "How I Met Your Mother" creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays.

Based on an Israeli format, the 20th TV-produced "Traffic" centers on Adam (Franklin), a magazine editor who recently moved into a new house with his girlfriend, and his two best buddies, a married man and a perennial bachelor.

Franklin ("The Office") is repped by WME.

"Chaos," from 20th TV, revolves around a group of rogue CIA operatives led by Rick Martinez (Freddy Rodriguez) combating bureaucratic gridlock, rampant incompetence and political infighting.

Murray will play a hard-living member of the ODS team who formerly worked for the British Secret Service.

Brit Murray, best known in the U.S. for his roles on "Primeval" and Comedy Central's "Krod Mandoon," is repped by Generate and U.K.'s United Agents.

"Prayer," from 20th TV, is an ensemble revolving around an unmarried couple and their friends in Pittsburgh.

"One Tree Hill" alum Manganiello, who is recurring on "True Blood," will play a good-guy husband and dad who is a former high school football star.
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