HBO populates its comedy pilots


HBO is firming up the casts of its comedy pilots "Washingtonienne" and "How to Make It in America," adding Jason Dohring and Kate Burton to the former and Shannon Sossyman and Scott Mescudi to the latter.

"Washingtonienne," based on Jessica Cutler's book, revolves around the professional and personal lives of three twentysomething girls working on Capitol Hill.

Dohring (Innovative Artists and manager Joel Stevens) will play Spencer, a senior legislative assistant to a senator. Burton (Gersh Agency and Principal Entertainment) will play Joy, the senator's personal assistant.

"America" revolves around two enterprising downtown twentysomethings (Bryan Greenburg, Victor Rasuk) who hustle their way through New York determined to achieve the American Dream.

Sossyman will play Gingy, a gallery owner who is a close friend of the duo. Mescudi will play Domingo.(partialdiff)