Ulrich 'Back' on TV in CBS pilot push
EmptySkeet Ulrich has been tapped as the lead on CBS' drama pilot "Back."
In other CBS pilot castings, Bruce Greenwood, Miranda Otto, Kay Panabaker and Nick Eversman are set as the four leads in "A Marriage," Zoe McLellan will play the lead in "House Rules," Richard Coyle has joined "Miami Trauma" and Ashley Jensen has been added to "Accidentally on Purpose."
In other major pilot castings, Julie Gonzalo has landed the lead on NBC's drama "Day One," Minka Kelly has been tapped as the lead in the CW drama "Body Politic," Billy Zane has joined ABC's untitled Dave Hemingson drama and Whitney Cummings has landed the first role on the Ben Stiller-directed Fox comedy "The Station."
"Back," from CBS Par, centers on a man (Ulrich) who returns home to discover he was reported missing eight years earlier, after Sept. 11.
Ulrich ("Jericho") is repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment.
Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick's drama "Marriage," an anatomy of a marriage that works, revolves around Noah (Greenwood), his wife, Abby (Otto), and their two teen children (Panabaker, Eversman).
Greenwood, who next co-stars in the summer's big-screen "Star Trek," is repped by Gersh and Chuck Binder. Otto is with Gersh and Management 360.
ABC Studios' drama "Rules" follows the freshman class of Congress. Domain-repped McLellan ("Dirty Sexy Money") will play a quick-witted, newly minted congresswoman. Also set in a lead role is Anna Chlumsky, who plays an aide to the Speaker of the House.
On WBTV's "Trauma," about a team of trauma surgeons in Miami, Coyle will play one of the doctors.
CBS Par's comedy "Accidentally" stars Jenna Elfman as a movie critic who gets pregnant after a fling with a younger man. Jensen will play her best friend and co-worker.
The casting is in second position to ABC's "Ugly Betty," where Jensen is a regular, though there has been speculation she will leave the show at the end of this season.
UMS' "Day One" revolves around a group of neighbors in the aftermath of a global catastrophe. Gonzalo ("Eli Stone") will play Kelly, who is struggling with guilt over her inability to save her fiance's life. She is repped by WMA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins.
Also cast in the pilot are Derek Mio — repped by Greene & Associates and Susan Yoo — and Addison Timlin, whose characters are involved in a hostage situation.
"Politic," from CBS Par, is a look at Washington politics through the eyes of optimistic up-and-coming staffers.
It centers on Hope (Kelly), a Michigan girl who heads to D.C. after her mother's death and joins the staff of her long-lost father, Sen. Webster (Tim Matheson). Also tapped as a lead in the pilot is Jason Dohring ("Veronica Mars") who will play a Washington Post reporter.
The new gig doesn't preclude "Friday Night Lights" star Kelly from continuing as a recurring on the NBC/DirecTV series, which looks good for a fourth-season pickup.
Hemingson's legal drama is set at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm. Zane will play the firm's managing partner. Also cast in the pilot is Clancy Brown, who will play a senior partner.
20th TV's "Station" revolves around covert CIA operatives in South America, one of them played by Cummings ("Made of Honor").