Garbage woman lands 'Connor'

Cooke cast in ABC series; Horton to helm NBC's 'Philanthropist' pilot

Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson is venturing into acting in a big way with a regular role next season on Fox's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."

Meanwhile, Josh Cooke has been tapped to star opposite Alan Tudyk in ABC's untitled David Kohan/Max Mutchnick comedy pilot.

Additionally, Peter Horton has been tapped to direct and exec produce the pilot for NBC's upcoming drama series "The Philanthropist."

On "Sarah Connor," from Warner Bros. TV, Scottish musician Manson will play Catherine Weaver, the CEO of a cutting-edge high-tech company.

The untitled Kohan/Mutchnick comedy, from WB TV, centers on two men — one straight (Cooke), one gay (Tudyk) — who are lifelong best friends and business partners. Cooke, who starred in CBS' comedy pilot "My Best Friend's Girl," is repped by APA and Untitled.

"Plan," from UMS, is a multicamera comedy about twentysomethings who try to figure out the next five years and beyond.

Sasso will play a recently divorced guy who decides to relive the 20s he never had.

Sasso ("College Road Trip") is repped by APA and Allman/Rae Management.

Paul Attanasio's "Courtroom K," from 20th TV, is a darkly comedic drama that revolves around a judge (Alfred Molina), a prosecutor (Michael Landes) and a public defender (Megan Dodds).

Bernthal will play a veteran police detective who is involved with the defender. Miller will play a social worker who gets into a conflict with the defender.

"Philanthropist," from UMS, centers on a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need.

Horton, who also helmed the pilots for "Grey's Anatomy" and "Dirty Sexy Money," will exec produce alongside showrunner David Eick and Charlie Corwin.

He is repped by WMA and attorney Tom Hoberman. (partialdiff)