'CSI' actress nabs ABC pilot lead


Louise Lombard has landed the title role in ABC's drama pilot "Judy's Got a Gun."

Additionally, Sarah Clarke has been cast in NBC's untitled Shore/Blake drama pilot, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras has been added to ABC's drama pilot "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," Lucy Lawless has been tapped for one of the leads in ABC's drama pilot "Football Wives," Miriam Shor has joined CBS' drama pilot "Swingtown," and Fran Kranz has landed the lead in CBS' ensemble comedy pilot "The Captain."

  "Judy," from Touchstone TV, centers on Judy (Lombard), a suburban woman who balances being a single mother with being a detective investigating bizarre suburban crimes. Lombard, who co-stars on CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," is repped by Paradigm and Nine Yards Entertainment.

  The untitled Shore/Blake project, from NBC Universal TV Studio, is a light ensemble drama with procedural elements that centers on a female cop (Famke Janssen). Clarke will play her younger sister and best friend who sometimes gives her advice about cases. Clarke (Gersh, Levine Management) is best known for her role as Nina Myers on Fox's "24."

  "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," from Regency TV and Dutch Oven, centers on Jane (Jordana Brewster) and John (Martin Henderson) Smith, a married suburban couple who are spies. Wilson-Sampras (WMA, Brillstein-Grey) will play a neighbor, a promiscuous housewife who sets her sights on John. She most recently was seen in the feature "Shopgirl."

  "Football Wives," from Touchstone TV, revolves around the wives of professional football players. Lawless will play one of them; she's sexy but not as sophisticated as she thinks she is. "Xena: Warrior Princess" star Lawless (Endeavor) most recently appeared on the Sci Fi Channel's "Battlestar Galactica."

  "Swingtown," from CBS Paramount Network TV, revolves around 1970s married suburban couples practicing partner-swapping. Shor will play an insecure housewife who busies herself with block party organization and neighborhood politics. For Shor (Gersh, Handprint), the project is technically in second position to the ABC comedy "Big Day."

  "The Captain," from CBS Par TV, centers on an acclaimed young filmmaker (Kranz) struggling with writer's block who moves into the famous El Capitan apartment building and navigates through the eccentricities of his neighbors there. Kranz's feature credits include "The Village" and "Orange County."

In other pilot castings news:

  John Francis Daley has been cast in the ABC/20th TV comedy "The Call," about a team of unconventional paramedics who save people's lives while screwing up each other's. Daley, who has co-starred on such series as Fox's "Kitchen Confidential," ABC's "The Geena Davis Show" and NBC's "Freaks and Geeks," will play a naive trainee with zero practical experience.

  Ramon Rodriguez has joined the Fox/20th TV drama "Philadelphia General," a comedic drama about a team of nurses. He will play a confident and handsome male nurse. Rodriguez's series credits include ABC's "Day Break" and HBO's "The Wire."

  Yvonne Strzechowski has been tapped to co-star in the NBC/Warner Bros. TV drama "Chuck," about a nerdy computer tech (Zachary Levi) who has a database of government secrets downloaded into his brain. Australian-born Strezechowski (McKeon-Myones Management, Australia's Sue Barnett & Assoc.) will play the CIA agent assigned to his case.