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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