Pilots find leading men, women
Gruffudd, Tunney, Reaser land CBS drama rolesIoan Gruffudd has been tapped as the male lead opposite Amy Smart in "The Meant to Be's," while Robin Tunney is set to star opposite Simon Baker in another CBS drama pilot, "The Mentalist."
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Reaser has landed the lead in CBS' drama pilot "Mythological Ex," and Dustin Milligan has become the first actor cast in the CW's spinoff of "Beverly Hills, 90210."
Additionally, Elaine Cassidy, Ryan Merriman and Samantha Noble are set to star in CBS' drama presentation "Harper's Island."
"Meant to Be's," from CBS Paramount, is a romantic drama about a dead woman (Smart) sent back to Earth to help people improve their lives. Gruffudd will play her tour guide and mentor.
Recently reprising his role as Reed Richards in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," Gruffudd will next be seen in "Secret of Moonacre." He is repped by Endeavor and the Firm.
The Warner Bros. TV-produced "Mentalist" centers on Patrick Jane (Baker), a mentalist who uses his skills of observation to solve crimes as an independent detective working with the police.
Tunney will play career-focused lead agent Teresa Lisbon. The actress, who starred on the first season of Fox's "Prison Break," will next be seen in Guillermo Arriaga's "The Burning Plain." She is repped by Gersh, Hyler Management and attorney David Weber.
"Ex," from 20th TV, is based on an Israeli format. It centers on Annabelle (Reaser), who learns from a psychic that she already has dated the man she's supposed to marry, so she revisits her past relationships in the hopes of finding him.
On the CBS Par-produced "90210" spinoff, penned by Rob Thomas, Milligan will play Ethan, a popular star athlete at West Beverly Hills High School. Last season, Milligan starred on the CW's "Runaway." He is repped by Gersh and Lucas Talent.
"Island," from CBS Par and director Jon Turteltaub, is a horror story that unfolds over the course of a season as a group of friends meet on an island off the Seattle coast for a destination wedding.
Merriman and Australian-born Noble will play the groom and the bride, while the Irish-born Cassidy will play the groom's childhood friend with a tragic past.