With writers strike over, casting for pilots on a roll

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With the end of the writers strike, casting has picked up on some of the pilots ordered before and during the work stoppage.

Tim Pepper has been tapped as one of the two leads in the CBS comedy pilot "My Best Friend's Girl," and Bernardo De Paula has joined another NBC pilot, the comedy "Zip."

On the cable side, Dorian Brown is set as a lead in the ABC Family series "Roommates," while Michael Mosley has been added to A&E's drama pilot "Danny Fricke."

"Girl," from Sony Pictures TV and writer Mike Sikowitz, is a multicamera comedy about two male best friends who own a bike shop and whose relationship becomes complicated when one (Pepper) starts dating the other's ex-wife.

"Zip," from UMS, centers on Trip Stringer (Steven Weber), a guy with no money living in Beverly Hills who — with the help of his Latino partner, Hugo (De Paula), and a colorful cast of accomplice — concocts one scheme after another in the hopes of making it big and securing the glamorous Beverly Hills lifestyle for his three children.

De Paula ("Rescue Me") is repped by TalentWorks, Joan Sittenfield Management and attorney Karl Austen.

"Roommates," which revolves around a group of friends, recently was picked up to series by ABC Family subject to recasting one of the leads in the pilot. Brown has been tapped to play that character, Katie Mackey, replacing Megan Stevenson.

"Fricke," from SPT, centers on Detective Danny Fricke (Connie Nielsen), who is sleeping with her boss. She gets a big promotion and on her first case investigates a high-profile murder while dealing with the old-school detectives who work for her. Mosley ("Kidnapped") will play a well-educated cop who is a Mormon. He is repped by Gersh and Titan Talent.
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