ABC sees Locklear in 'Jayne'


Heather Locklear has closed a deal to play the title role in ABC's comedy pilot "See Jayne Run," and Jason Behr has landed the lead in Fox's drama pilot "Company Man," previously known as "NSA Innocent."

Additionally, Johann Urb and Brianna Brown have joined the CW comedy pilot "Dash 4 Cash."

"Jayne," from ABC TV Studio and Brillstein-Grey TV, centers on an accomplished alpha female (Locklear) working in the male-dominated world of investment banking who struggles to balance career and motherhood.

The project reunites Locklear with the network and the studio following her starring role in the ABC/ABC TV Studio comedy pilot "Women of a Certain Age" last year. Locklear, who most recently toplined Lifetime's original movie "Angels Fall," is repped by ICM and Brillstein-Grey.

"Man," from 20th Century Fox TV and Realtime Prods., centers on a family man (Behr) recruited by the National Security Agency as a spy within the defense contracting company he works for. Also cast in the pilot is Annie Wersching ("General Hospital") as his wife.

The pilot originally was scheduled to go into production two weeks ago with Stephen Moyer as the lead. Following a table read March 12, the production start date was pushed in order to rework and recast the lead (HR 3/13). The main character and his wife, a role that had not been cast, are now significantly younger. Other major tweaks also have been made to Bob Cochran and David Ehrman's original script by the project's executive producers, including Cochran, Joel Surnow and Howard Gordon.

"Roswell" alum Behr's (UTA, Robert Stein Management) upcoming features include "Skinwalkers," "Senseless" and "The Tattooist."

"Dash," from CBS Paramount Network TV and Grammnet Prods., is set behind the scenes of a racing TV reality show.

Urb (APA, Lena Roklin Management) will play a former frat boy and football jock who has partnered with his college roommate. Urb recurs on FX's "Dirt." Brown (Anonymous Content) will play a recently single pediatrician trying to recover from the demise of her long-term relationship.