Platt, Lowell join ABC projects

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Oliver Platt has been tapped to star in ABC's comedy pilot "The Thick of It," while Chris Lowell is the latest to join ABC's potential "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff.

Additionally, Steve Howey has landed the lead in Fox's comedy pilot "The Beast," lifting the contingency on the pilot, James D'Arcy has been tapped to star in Fox's drama pilot "Them," Lacey Chabert has been cast as a lead in Fox's untitled Liz Meriwether comedy pilot, and Tim Peper has nabbed a lead in ABC's comedy pilot "Carpoolers."

"Thick," from Sony Pictures TV and BBC Worldwide TV, follows the workers in the office of a low-level congressman. Platt will play the chairman of the Party Committee. Platt, who earned two Emmy nominations for his role on "Huff," which was produced by Sony TV, next will appear in the features "The Ten" and "The Martian Child" and in ESPN's miniseries "The Bronx Is Burning."

Lowell is set to guest star in the "enhanced" two-hour episode of "Grey's" designed to serve as a springboard for a potential spinoff from the hit medical drama centered on Dr. Addison Shepherd (Kate Walsh). He joins previously cast Taye Diggs, Tim Daly and Paul Adelstein. Lowell's series credits include "Veronica Mars" and "Life As We Know It." He is repped by WMA.

"Beast," from CBS Paramount TV and FremantleMedia, centers on a womanizing veterinarian (Howey). Howey (Endeavor, manager Geordie Frey) co-starred on "Reba."

"Them," from CBS Par Network TV, centers on a sleeper cell of extraterrestrial terrorists who take the shape of humans. D'Arcy (CAA) will play the lead agent responsible for enforcing policy.

The untitled Liz Meriwether project, from 20th TV, centers on three sorority sisters (Chabert, Molly Stanton, Dorian Brown) who try to clean up their act after graduating from college. The project marks Chabert's first full-time series gig since "Party of Five." Chabert (Paradigm, the Collective) next will appear in the feature "Colors of Love" and the Lifetime movie "What If God Were the Sun?"

"Carpoolers," from ABC TV, centers on four suburban men, one of them played by Peper, who carpool to work.

In other pilot casting news:

P.J. Byrne ("Charlie Wilson's War") and Eric Winter ("Harold & Kumar 2") have joined CBS' one-hour pilot "Viva Laughlin," about a man (Lloyd Owen) who dreams of opening a casino. Byrne (Greene & Associates) will play his accountant and business manager. Winter (KSA, Brillstein-Grey) will play a police detective.

Thad Luckinbill (Innovative Artists, Industry Entertainment) has been added to the cast of CBS' cop soap "Protect and Serve."

Drew Sidora has been cast in Fox's dramedy "Nurses."

Taylor Momsen has been added to the CW's drama pilot "Gossip Girl."
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