'Past Life' actor to star in Fox comedy pilot

Ravi Patel joins 'Nirvana'; several other pilots flesh out casts

"Past Life" co-star Ravi Patel has been tapped as the lead in Fox's comedy pilot "Nirvana."

Additionally, Tommy Dewey is set to star opposite Sarah Chalke in ABC's "Freshmen," with Suzy Nakamura also cast in the comedy pilot; "Better Off Ted" co-star Malcolm Barrett has landed a lead in Fox's comedy pilot "Most Likely to Succeed"; veteran Patti LuPone has joined CBS' comedy pilot "Open Books"; and Eloise Mumford has landed a major role on Fox's Marc Webb-directed drama pilot "Midland."

"Nirvana" centers on an assimilated Indian-American (Patel) who lives with a white girlfriend (Rachael Leigh Cook) and clashes with his tyrannical immigrant parents.

Patel, repped by TalentWorks and Seven Summits, recently co-directed with sister Geeta Patel the documentary "One in a Billion," about love and marriage in Indian America, which will air on PBS. Patel is the second "Past Life" cast member to land a pilot this season, following Kelli Giddish's landing the lead on NBC's drama "Chase."

"Freshmen," from creator Greg Malins and executive producer Arianna Huffington, revolves around three first-year members of Congress -- Cameron (Dewey), Jane (Chalke) and Vince -- who live together in a Washington row house.

Cameron, an idealistic congressman from Illinois, is married to a demanding wife whose father financed his campaign and who is smitten with new roommate Jane. Dewey is segueing to "Freshmen" from another comedy about sharing living space, ABC Family's "Roommates."

Nakamura, repped by Innovative and Kass & Stokes, will play Cameron's chief of staff, a Washington veteran.

"Succeed" revolves around a group of friends who once were high school superstars but now face the reality of adulthood.

Barrett, repped by Gersh and Management 360, will play Oliver, once voted "most charming" but now pathetic and terrible with the ladies.

For Barrett, the project is formally in second position to ABC's "Ted," which is not expected to return. He is the third cast member of the quirky comedy to get a pilot this season after stars Jay Harrington and Andrea Anders.

"Books" centers on June (Laura Benanti), a book editor at a boutique New York publishing house. The Innovative-repped LuPone will play her tough-cookie mom.

"Midland" centers on a con artist (Jimmy Wolk) juggling two lives in two Texas cities with two different women, one of them played by up-and-comer Mumford, who is repped by Paradigm and Luber/Roklin.
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