Ealy ABC's No. 1 'Suspect'
Empty"Sleeper Cell" star Michael Ealy has been tapped to play a lead in ABC's drama pilot "Suspect" for director Guy Ritchie.
Additionally, Dina Waters is set to co-star in ABC's comedy pilot "Family of the Year," Chris Wiehl has joined NBC's "Lipstick Jungle," Brooke Nevin has been added to the CW's drama presentation "Gravity," Jessica Collins has come aboard CBS' drama presentation "The Man," and Rachel Nichols has been cast in Fox's drama pilot "Them."
On the pilot-pickup front, the CW has given thumbs up to the comedy "M.I.L.F. and Cookies."
"Suspect," from Sony Pictures TV and 25 C Prods, is a fast-paced procedural drama analyzing a lineup of suspects to determine whom the perpetrator is. Ealy will play a smart cop dedicated to his job and determined to solve the crime.
Ealy most recently starred as undercover cop Darwyn in the Showtime miniseries "Sleeper Cell," for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.
"Family," from 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around 10-time family of the year winner, the Holloways. Waters (Gersh) will play the big, bland Mormon wife in the Holloways' rival family. Her credits include HBO's "Six Feet Under" and Fox's "Greg the Bunny."
"Lipstick," from NBC Uni TV Studio, revolves around a trio of power-hungry, rich professional women in New York. Wiehl (APA, Sanders/Armstrong) will play the husband of one of the women, played by Brooke Shields. His series credits include CBS' "Love Monkey" and ESPN's "Playmakers."
"Gravity," from CBS Paramount Network TV and DreamWorks TV, follows a sexy ensemble of rookie cops, one of them played by Nevin, and their training officers. Nevin (TalentWorks, manager Ellen Drantch-Billet) had a role on USA Network's "The 4400."
"Man," from CBS Par TV, centers on an undercover Los Angeles cop (LL Cool J) who juggles his job and taking care of a boy orphaned after one of his drug busts. Collins, whose credits include ABC's "The Nine," will play a member of the cop's team who works in counterintelligence.
"Them," from CBS Par TV and director Jonathan Mostow, revolves around an extraterrestrial sleeper cell. Nichols will play an all-American beauty who works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Her series credits include ABC's "Alias" and Fox's "The Inside."
In other pilot-casting news, Trieste Dunn ("United 93") has joined the Fox/Sony TV drama "Canterbury's Law," while Carter Jenkins (NBC's "Surface") and Ellen Woglom have come aboard the CBS/Sony TV musical "Viva Laughlin!"
"M.I.L.F.," from CBS Par TV and Overbrook Entertainment, is a single-camera comedy about four young, attractive single mothers living in a large apartment complex who realize that "it takes a village" to raise their kids and have a single life. The show is narrated by the complex's security guard.
Randi Mayem Singer penned the project, which is based on Jada Pinkett Smith's idea. Singer and Pinkett Smith also are executive producing with Will Smith and James Lassiter, Smith's partner at Overbrook.