Bridges to 'Practice'; Allen 'Held'


Emmy winner Beau Bridges has been tapped to star in Lifetime's drama pilot "Family Practice."

Meanwhile, Krista Allen is set to co-star opposite Jack Carpenter in Comedy Central's half-hour pilot "Held Up."

"Practice," from Sony Pictures TV and "Lost" co-creator Jeffrey Lieber, centers on a South Philly girl who becomes entangled personally and professionally with the affluent, Kennedyesque family members of one of the city's most prestigious law firms.

Bridges will play the family's patriarch, a brilliant, radical, Machiavellian lawyer who once defended the most controversial clients he could find. He is a peerless legal mind but not so successful as a father and a husband.

Bridges won Emmys for his roles in the telefilms "The Second Civil War," "Without Warning: The James Brady Story" and "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom."

He earned his 11th Emmy nomination this year for his guest-starring role on NBC's "My Name Is Earl."

Bridges is repped by CAA.

"Held Up," also from Sony Pictures TV, centers on Ray (Carpenter), a bored bank teller whose life changes dramatically when two teams of crazy robbers -- disguised as James Bond, Spider-Man, Batman and the Three Stooges -- hold up his branch.

Allen will play Ray's bossy, business suit-clad supervisor, whom Ray both lusts after and loathes. Having recommended against new security measures, she realizes she's going to get fired as a result of the bank robbery, so she orders Ray to thwart the crooks for as long as possible.

Allen, who co-starred on ABC's "What About Brian," is repped by APA, manager Will Ward at ROAR and attorney Marcy Morris.