Janssen a top cop for NBC

Carroll plugs into boss role at 'IT'

Famke Janssen has signed on to topline NBC's cop drama from "House" creator/executive producer David Shore.

The untitled NBC Universal TV Studio project, from Shore and "House" writer Peter Blake, is a light drama with procedural elements that centers on a female cop (Janssen).

"We're thrilled to have her -- she's smart, funny and somewhat attractive," Shore quipped.

Last year, Janssen starred in the summer blockbuster "X-Men: The Last Stand," reprising her role as Jean Grey/Phoenix, a part she has played in all three "X-Men" movies. She most recently wrapped the indies "The Ten," which premiered this month at the Sundance Film Festival, and "Turn the Liver."

On TV, Janssen had a role on FX's hit drama "Nip/Tuck."

Janssen, whose feature credits also include "Don't Say a Word" and "Hide and Seek," is repped by CAA, manager Emily Gerson Saines of Brookside Artist and attorney Kevin Yorn.

In other pilot news:

* Rocky Carroll is set to co-star in NBC's comedy pilot "The IT Crowd." The NBC Uni TV/FremantleMedia North America project centers on three misfits (Joel McHale, Richard Ayoade, Jessica St. Clair) who work in the IT department of a large corporation. Carroll will play the department's supremely confident and egotistical corporate boss. Probably best known for his role on CBS' "Chicago Hope," Carroll recently finished a national touring production of August Wilson's "Radio Golf." He is repped ICM and attorney Darrell Miller.

* ABC has picked up an untitled comedy pilot from CBS Paramount Network TV and writer/executive producer Victoria Pile. It revolves around the eccentric characters in a police precinct.
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