Kaczmarek, Arkin playing ABC's 'Parents'
Leah Remini, Zeljko Ivanek also among actors cast in pilots
Jane Kaczmarek and Adam Arkin will lead the cast of ABC's comedy pilot "Who Gets the Parents?" Andrew West and Derek Richardson also have been cast in the multicamera project.
Comedy veteran Leah Remini also is returning to TV as a lead in ABC's comedy pilot "It Takes a Village."
Meanwhile, Emmy winner Zeljko Ivanek and Ian Anthony Dale have been cast in NBC's drama pilot "The Event"; Ben Koldyke has landed the lead in NBC's comedy pilot "This Little Piggy"; Romany Malco has boarded the ABC drama pilot "No Ordinary Family"; Wayne Knight has joined Ant Hines' comedy presentation for CBS; Olivia Munn has been tapped for NBC's comedy pilot "Perfect Couples"; D.J. Cotrona has landed ABC's drama pilot "187 Detroit"; and Julian Morris, Daniella Alonso and Kelli Garner have been added to ABC's drama pilot "Generation Y."
In other pilot castings, Kaitlin Doubleday has landed a lead in Fox's comedy pilot "Most Likely to Succeed," Taran Killam has been added to the cast of ABC's comedy "Freshmen" and Malcolm Goodwin has joined Fox's drama pilot "Breakout Kings."
"Parents" revolves around a couple (Kaczmarek, Arkin), who, after 30 years of marriage, are getting a divorce and take on more active roles in the lives of their three adult children.
West ("Greek") will play the supersmart youngest child, and Richardson ("Men in Trees") will play the sensitive middle child.
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Kaczmarek and Arkin are coming off dramatic turns, "Malcolm in the Middle" alumna Kaczmarek on TNT's "Raising the Bar" and Arkin on FX's "Sons of Anarchy."
"Village" revolves around exes Karen (Remini) and Howard and their new significant others, who join forces to raise their 15-year-old boy. For the TalentWorks-repped Remini, the casting stems from her talent deal with ABC.
"Event" is a thriller chronicled from multiple points of view that centers on Sean (Jason Ritter), a regular man fighting his way through the mysterious circumstances of a conspiracy to assassinate the U.S. president.
Dale will play a government operative assisting Sean in thwarting the assassination attempt who might have ulterior motives. Ivanek will play the CIA director.
Ivanek, who won an Emmy for his turn on FX's "Damages," co-stars on HBO's "Big Love" this season. He is repped by SMS Talent. Dale ("Taken") is repped by Stone Manners Salners and A Management.
"Piggy" centers on a family man (Koldyke) forced to take in his two adult siblings, who have fallen on hard times. It marks the third consecutive lead role on a comedy pilot for Koldyke, who toplined Fox's "Boldly Going Nowhere" and CBS' "The Big D."
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"Family" revolves around an American family led by Jim (Michael Chiklis), whose members have special abilities. Malco will play Jim's best friend.
Hines' presentation, directed by Larry Charles, stars English actor Paul Kaye as a British lowlife moving to Los Angeles to reconnect with his daughter, a teen superstar. "Seinfeld" alum Knight, repped by APA and Brillstein, will play the man's manager/security guard.
"Couples" revolves around three couples, with Munn ("Iron Man 2") playing half of one of them. She is repped by CAA and Mosaic.
On "Detroit," in which a fictional documentary crew follows a top homicide division, Cotrona ("Dear John") will play an undercover detective. He is repped by UTA and Benderspink.
"Generation Y" is a doc-style drama based on a Scandinavian format that follows a group of young adults during a 10-year span in Austin. Morris ("24"), repped by Gersh and manager Jai Khanna, will play "the rich kid"; Alonso ("Friday Night Lights") is "the brain"; and the CAA-repped Garner ("Lars and the Real Girl") will play "the punk."
"Succeed" revolves around a group of friends who once were superstars in high school but now face the reality of adulthood.
Doubleday ("Catch Me If You Can") will play Becca, once voted "most popular" but recently divorced from her cheating ex-husband.
"Freshmen," from 20th TV, revolves around three freshmen members of Congress (one played by Sarah Chalke) who live together in D.C.
Killam, repped by APA and PY Entertainment, will play Chalke's personal assistant, a go-getter. The two recently appeared together on "Scrubs."
"Kings" centers on a U.S. marshal (Laz Alonso) who has hand-picked three criminals to help catch dangerous fugitives on the run.
Goodwin ("Leatherheads") will play one of the criminals, a former gang-banger.
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