Krause 'Money' in the bank

Otto, Raver, Owen also land pilots

Peter Krause has signed on as the lead in ABC's drama pilot "Dirty Sexy Money."

Miranda Otto is set to star in ABC's "Cashmere Mafia," while Kim Raver will star in another pilot about a group of powerful New York women, NBC's "Lipstick Jungle."

In other major pilot-casting news, British actor Lloyd Owen has landed the lead in CBS' "Viva Laughlin," Ron Eldard has been tapped as the lead in CBS' drama "Demons," Josh Cooke has joined CBS' untitled Barry Schindel project, and Monica Potter has come aboard CBS' drama "Protect and Serve."

Additionally, Rutger Hauer is set to star in the CW's untitled South Africa project, Moon Bloodgood has been cast in the NBC drama pilot "Journeyman" and Lana Parrilla has joined CBS' drama pilot "Swingtown."

"Money," from Touchstone TV, centers on an idealistic lawyer (Krause) who inherits the job of representing a powerful and ethically flexible family after his father dies.

Krause was one of the most sought-after actors this pilot season. The "Six Feet Under" star most recently starred in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries "The Lost Room." He is repped by CAA and attorney Marcy Morris.

"Cashmere," from Sony Pictures TV and Darren Star Prods., revolves around four successful female executives. Otto will play one of them, a top marketing executive for a cosmetics giant. Otto (Gersh, Management 360), whose feature credits include "War of the Worlds" and "Flight of the Phoenix," next appears in the USA Network series "Starter Wife."

"Lipstick," from NBC Universal TV Studio, revolves around a trio of power-hungry rich women. Raver will play one of them, the glamorous editor in chief of pop-culture bible Bonfire magazine.

Raver (Endeavor, Mosaic Media Group) most recently co-starred on ABC's critically praised drama "The Nine" and Fox's "24." On the big screen, she appears in "Night at the Museum" and the upcoming indie "Prisoner."

"Viva," from Sony TV, BBC Worldwide Prods., CBS Paramount Network TV and Seed Prods., is a musical based on BBC's "Viva Blackpool!" about a family man (Owen) who dreams of opening a casino in Laughlin, Nev. Owen most recently appeared in "Miss Potter."

"Demons," from CBS Par TV, centers on an ex-Jesuit priest/psychologist (Eldard) who performs exorcisms. Eldard's (ICM, Manager 360) recent credits include the ABC drama "Blind Justice" and the feature "Freedomland."

The untitled Barry Schindel project, from CBS Par TV and Scott Free Prods., revolves around a group of public defenders. Cooke will play a newbie to the Public Defenders' office. The project is in second position to Cooke's current series, ABC's "Big Day." Cooke's (APA, Untitled Entertainment) series credits also include the NBC comedy "Four Kings."

"Protect and Serve," from NBC Uni TV, follows the lives of street cops in suburban Los Angeles. Potter (Paradigm, manager Christian Donatelli) will play the estranged wife of one of the cops.

The untitled South Africa project, from CBS Par TV and Company Pictures, centers on a widowed New York vet who moves his second wife (Judith Hoag) and their blended family to South Africa, where he butts heads with his former father-in-law (Hauer), who is opinionated, self-righteous, cranky and very alone. Hauer's (APA, Hyler Management) feature credits include "Batman Begins" and "Sin City."

"Journeyman," from 20th TV, is about a man (Kevin McKidd) who travels back in time. Bloodgood (Paradigm, the Schiff Co.), whose recent credits include the ABC drama "Daybreak" and the upcoming feature "Pathfinder," will play the man's former fiancee.

"Swingtown," from CBS Par TV, revolves around 1970s married suburban couples practicing partner-swapping. Parrilla (Fox's "24," "Windfall") will play a sophisticated, smart woman of privileged upbringing married to a pilot (Grant Show).
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