Ambrose joining 'Jezebel'

Van Der Beek plays with 'Wives'

Lauren Ambrose is set to star opposite Parker Posey in Fox's comedy pilot "The Return of Jezebel James," while James Van Der Beek has joined ABC's drama pilot "Football Wives."

Additionally, Charles Esten will topline ABC's comedy pilot "American Family," Scott Wolf has landed the lead in ABC's untitled Sachs/Judah project, and Fred Goss, Jerry Minor and Jerry O'Connell have been tapped to star in ABC's comedy pilot "Carpoolers." Ray Stevenson is set for a lead role on CBS' "Babylon Fields," Molly Parker and Josh Hopkins have joined CBS' drama pilot "Swingtown," and Kathryn Hahn, Flex Alexander, Matthew Morrison and Jayma Mays have come aboard ABC's comedy pilot "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office."

"Jezebel," from Regency TV, centers on a single book editor (Posey) who can't conceive and asks her younger sister (Ambrose) to carry her baby. Ambrose, who co-starred on HBO's "Six Feet Under" as Claire Fisher, is repped by UTA, manager Michael Garnett and attorney Harris Hartman.

"Wives," from ABC TV Studio, follows the wives of professional football players. Van Der Beek will play a rookie. The former "Dawson's Creek" star (Gersh, Brillstein-Grey) did a two-episode arc on CBS' "Criminal Minds."

"Family," from Sony TV, centers on a pretentious yet clueless middle-class family. Esten (Stone Manners) will play the father. The actor has recurred on NBC's "The Office."

The untitled Sachs/Judah project, from ABC TV, follows the lives of co-workers at a top law firm. Wolf will play the leader of the Law Dogs litigating team. Also joining the project is Geoffrey Arend as a junior member of the team.

"Carpoolers," from ABC TV, DreamWorks TV and 3 Arts, follows four men — three of them played by Goss (CAA, Epiphany Alliance), Minor (APA, Odenkirk) and O'Connell — who carpool to work every day.

"Babylon," from 20th TV, is set in a town where the dead come back to life. Stevenson will play the town's chief detective, whose wife is also resurrected.

"Swingtown," from CBS Par TV, revolves around married couples in 1970s suburbia who experiment with partner-swapping. Parker will play a housewife with teen kids. Hopkins will play an ex-jock.

"Nice Girls," from 20th TV, is a workplace comedy. Morrison (Gersh) will play a struggling musician. Hahn (Gersh) will play a pregnant go-getter. Alexander (APA, Principato-Young) will play everybody's drinking buddy.