Amber Tamblyn joins 'Unusuals'

Morris Chestnut, Jane Lynch, others also tapped for series

Amber Tamblyn has signed on as the female lead in ABC's drama presentation "The Unusuals."

In addition, Morris Chestnut has been cast in ABC's drama pilot "The Prince of Motor City," Stacy Keibler has joined ABC Family's "Samurai Girl," Jane Lynch and Kathleen Rose Perkins have come aboard ABC's comedy pilot "Never Better," and Joy Bryant, Sienna Guillory, Nelson Lee, Omar Metwally and Richie Coster have joined the cast of Fox's two-hour backdoor pilot "Virtuality."

"Unusuals," from Sony, is a dramedy set at a New York police precinct. Tamblyn will play Detective Casey Shraeger, a smart cop who also is the black sheep of her wealthy family. Tamblyn's most recent starring role on the small screen was in CBS' "Joan of Arcadia," also for Sony.

"Motor City," from ABC Studios, is a gothic family soap inspired by "Hamlet" that centers on Billy (Warren Christie), a young Harvard philosophy professor forced to return to Detroit to take over the family's auto company and reconnect with his ex-girlfriend, Meg (Piper Perabo). Chestnut ("The Game Plan") will play Meg's current boyfriend. He is repped by CAA and Kritzer Levine Wilkins.

"Samurai," from ABC Studios and Alloy Entertainment, centers on a 19-year-old Japanese girl named Heaven (Jamie Chung) who sets out to take down her adopted father's evil empire. Keibler will play Heaven's rival and ex-fiancee of her love interest, Jake (Brendan Fehr). "Samurai Girl," a six-hour "special event," airs in September.

Keibler ("What About Brian") is repped by ICM and attorney Brad Small.

"Better," from ABC Studios, centers on Keith (Damon Wayans), a recovering alcoholic trying to be a good husband and father. Lynch is playing Linda, Keith's Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. Perkins is playing Claire, an AA member who has a contentious relationship with Keith.

Lynch ("Julie & Julia") is repped by Domain. Perkins (TNT's "Truth in Advertising") is repped by Innovative and Trademark Talent.

"Virtuality," from UMS, is set aboard Earth's first starship, which is equipped with advanced virtual reality modules. Bryant is set as Alice Thibadeau, Lee is playing Kenji Yamaguchi, Guillory will portray Rika Goddard, Metwally is set as Dr. Eyal Meyer, and Coster was cast as Jimmy Johnson.

Bryant ("Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins") is repped by CAA and Untitled. Lee ("Blade: The Series") is repped by Stone Manners and attorney Geoffry Oblath.