'Past Life' actress to star in NBC's 'Chase'
Kelli Giddish gets lead; Ben Chaplin, Casey Wilson join pilots
"Past Life" star Kelli Giddish has landed the lead in "Chase," Jerry Bruckheimer's drama pilot for NBC.
Additionally, Ben Chaplin is set to star in David E. Kelley's drama pilot "Kindreds" for NBC, and it's "Happy Endings" for "Saturday Night Live" alumna Casey Wilson, who landed a lead in the ABC comedy pilot six months after her ouster from NBC's late-night program.
In other pilot castings, "Wire" alum Domenick Lombardozzi is set to star opposite Laz Alonso in Fox's drama "Breakout Kings"; Eric Lange and Malcolm-Jamal Warner have landed lead roles in ABC's drama "True Blue"; comedy veterans Kurtwood Smith and Swoosie Kurtz have joined two high-profile CBS half-hour pilots, Chuck Lorre's "Mike and Molly" and Josh Schwartz's "Hitched," respectively; Leven Rambin, Vanessa Marano and Carlos Bernard of "24" fame have been added to ABC's dramedy series "Scoundrels"; and Valerie Cruz has been cast in "Off the Map," Shonda Rhimes' drama for ABC.
"Chase" centers on Annie Frost (Giddish), a U.S. marshal who heads up a Texas unit devoted to hunting down the U.S.' most dangerous fugitives.
Giddish, who played reincarnationist Kate McGinn on Fox's "Past Life," is repped by Paradigm and One Entertainment.
"Kindreds" revolves around Harry Korn, a curmudgeonly former patent lawyer, and his group of misfit associates who form an unconventional law practice. U.K. actor Chaplin (2009's "Dorian Grey") will play a high school biology teacher who hires Korn in a wrongful-termination case then goes to work for him as a part-time volunteer.
"Endings" revolves around a couple who, after breaking up at the altar, must figure out how they and their four friends can maintain their relationship. Wilson will play one of the friends, who is bitterly single.
"Kings" centers on a U.S. marshal (Alonso) who has hand-picked three criminals to help catch fugitives on the run.
Lombardozzi, repped by Gersh and Leverage, will play the marshal's tough-talking partner.
"Blue" revolves around a group of San Francisco homicide detectives who reunite to solve the murder of one of their own. Lange ("Lost") and "The Cosby Show" alum Warner will play two of them, a detective on suspension and the murdered cop's partner, respectively. Lange is repped by Domain and Jackson-Medavoy.
"Hitched," which Schwartz co-wrote with Matt Miller, revolves around a newlywed couple (Kristin Kreuk and Jack Carpenter) dealing with their family and friends. "That '70s Show" alum Smith will play the bride's father, a man who loves a loafer.
"Molly," written by Mark Roberts, is an ensemble revolving around a couple who struggles with overeating. "Pushing Daisies" alumna Kurtz, repped by Innovative and Creative Talent Group, will play Molly's mom.
Based on the New Zealand series "Outrageous Fortune," "Scoundrels" centers on the matriarch (Virginia Madsen) of a family of criminals who decides it's time for her brood to go straight after her husband (Neal McDonough) is sentenced to a long prison term.
The APA-repped Rambin and Marino will play the two daughters; Bernard will play a detective who closely follows every member of the clan.
"Map," penned by Jenna Bans, revolves around three doctors who leave the comfort of the U.S. to work at an isolated tropical clinic. Cruz, repped by Innovative and John Carrabino Management, will play a local, seen-it-all-and-over-it nurse at the clinic.
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