Fox picks Posey for 'Jezebel'


Parker Posey is venturing into series television as the star of "The Return of Jezebel James," Amy Sherman-Palladino's comedy pilot for Fox.

Additionally, Matthew Lillard has been tapped to lead the ensemble in NBC's comedy pilot "Area 52," Anthony Anderson is set as one of the two leads in Fox's drama pilot "K-Ville," Katheryn Winnick will star in Fox's one-hour pilot "Nurses," and Christopher Sieber has landed a lead role on NBC's comedy pilot "Wildlife," lifting the contingency on the project.

"Jezebel," from Regency TV and writer-director Sherman-Palladino, centers on a successful children's book editor (Parker) who is newly single and, after learning she won't be able to conceive, asks her estranged younger sister to carry her baby for her.

Sherman-Palladino said she and husband Daniel Palladino, who are executive producing the pilot, have been big fans of Posey for years. They sent the "Jezebel" script to her knowing that the actress had turned down every pilot she had been offered in the past.

"I can't believe it's happening," Sherman-Palladino said of landing Posey. "Because it's a comedy, the character runs the gamut of emotions from laughing to flipping out to breaking your heart in 22 minutes, and only one in a zillion people has enough skill and charm to pull that off. Parker Posey is that person."

Posey most recently appeared in "Superman Returns" and is filming "The Eye."

Her upcoming features include "Broken English" and "Fay Grim," which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, and "Spring Breakdown." She is repped by CAA and Widescreen Management.

"Area 52," from NBC Uni TV Studio, revolves around a group of government employees in the Arizona desert who watch over an alien from outer space. Lillard will play Col. Steven Isaac, a rising Air Force officer who is ambitious and a little vulnerable. Lillard (CAA, Mosaic) recently signed on to star in Flipzide Studios' feature comedy "American Summer" (HR 2/13).

"K-Ville," from 20th Century Fox TV, revolves around cops in post-Katrina New Orleans. Anderson will play an experienced officer, an idealist who deeply believes that if they all pull together, they can bring the city back.

Anderson has been on a roll with an acclaimed turn on FX's "The Shield" and roles in such movies as "Hustle & Flow," "The Departed" and the upcoming "Transformers."

"Nurses," from 20th TV, is a comedic drama about the lives and loves of a team of nurses. Winnick will play what is considered the ensemble's central character, a young nurse with a wild past who comes to work at the hospital where her father is the chief. Winnick recently appeared in the feature "Failure to Launch."

"Wildlife," from NBC Uni TV and Conaco Prods., is a workplace comedy set in a wildlife animal park. Sieber will play the head zookeeper, a remarkably eccentric and egomaniacal character.

Broadway actor Sieber co-starred in the production of "Monty Python's Spamalot" as well as on the ABC comedy series "It's All Relative."