CBS, Fox pilots add cast members

Billy Gardell joins 'Mike and Molly'; Harish Patel in 'Nirvana'

Billy Gardell has landed the male lead in CBS' Chuck Lorre comedy pilot "Mike and Molly," and veteran Bollywood actor Harish Patel has joined Fox's comedy pilot "Nirvana."

"Molly," from WBTV and executive producer Lorre, is a multicamera romantic comedy about Mike (Gardell), an overweight, charming police officer, and Molly, a pretty and plump woman, who meet at Overeaters Anonymous.

Gardell, a comedian repped by APA and AMI, recurred on NBC's "My Name Is Earl."

"Nirvana," from 20th TV, revolves around grown-up Indian-American brothers and their immigrant parents. Patel will play the father. He co-starred in the original "Nevermind Nirvana" pilot for NBC in 2004.

Patel has appeared in several films and theater productions in his native India and recently recurred on the long-running British soap "Coronation Street" and on HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."