Fox inks a leading lady to talent holding deal


Megan Dodds has inked a talent holding deal with Fox and 20th Century Fox TV to star in an hourlong series project.

The deal stems from Dodds' performance in the Fox/20th TV dramedy pilot "Courtroom K," which impressed executives at the network and studio.

"She just stood out," Fox head of casting Marcia Shulman said of the Juilliard-trained Dodds. "To me, she looks like a classic movie star, a woman from the 1940s. And she is just a terrific actress."

The pact with Dodds comes a week after Fox signed a talent deal with another thirtysomething actress of solid pedigree, Yale School of Drama alum Kathryn Hahn. "It's the year of strong women," Shulman said. "I think women are a great audience for television, and we should be servicing them."

Once a mostly testosterone-driven network, Fox has been opening its schedule more to shows targeting women with the runaway success of the female-skewing "American Idol."

Dodds co-starred in NBC's untitled Luke Reiter pilot and ABC's pilot "Gramercy Park."

For the past several years, Dodds has lived and worked in the U.K., doing theater and appearing on such BBC shows as "Spooks" (aka "MI-5") and "Viva Blackpool."

Dodds, repped by ICM and Thruline, also headlined "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" on London's West End, which also had a sold-out run off-Broadway. (partialdiff)