Christensen, Cross journey to CBS' 'Hell'


Erika Christensen and David Cross have been tapped to co-star in CBS' comedy pilot "I'm in Hell." Meanwhile, former "American Idol" finalist Lisa Tucker has been cast in the Fox drama pilot "Born in the USA" and Janina Gavankar has been added to the CW comedy pilot "Dash 4 Cash."

  "I'm in Hell," from CBS Paramount Network TV, centers on a highflying Wall Street player (Jason Biggs) who dies in a BlackBerry-related car crash, but because hell is at full capacity, he is reassigned to Hell on Earth and must figure out a way to get by without his career and all the trappings of his former existence.

Christensen will play a nanny and love interest for Biggs' character who also is in the Hell on Earth program. Christensen, who co-stars on ABC's "Six Degrees," next appears in "Gardener of Eden," directed by Kevin Connolly and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, which is slated to premiere this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is repped by UTA and the Collective.

Emmy winner Cross will play Scott (the devil), a sharply dressed man who serves as an emissary from hell.

  "Born," from 19 Entertainment, is a half-hour primetime soap set in Philadelphia that deals with real-life issues of blue-collar families. Tucker will play a smart, beautiful and quiet girl with a good sense of humor.

The 17-year-old Tucker (CAA, Matt Sherman Management), an "Idol" finalist last season, also has appeared on Fox's "The O.C." and multiple episodes of Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101." When she was 11, she did a nine-month run in "The Lion King" at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

  "Dash," from CBS Par TV and Grammnet Prods., follows teams participating in a reality racing competition. Gavankar will play a contestant, an ex-beauty queen and newlywed. Gavankar (TalentWorks, Forster/Delaney Management, attorney Steven Younger) co-starred on Showtime's "The L Word."