Several leads and a cohort for pilots


James D'Arcy has been tapped to star on CBS' drama pilot "The Eastmans"; Nick Kroll and Nora Zehetner have landed leads on Fox's comedy pilot "Cop House," directed and executive produced by Brett Ratner; and Scott Porter has joined Fox's drama pilot "Masterwork."

On the cable side, Aussie Andy Whitfield has landed the title role on Starz's drama series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," and former "Xena: Warrior Princess" star Lucy Lawless is returning to ancient times with a co-starring role on the series about the famous Roman gladiator, from producer Sam Raimi.

On WBTV's "Eastmans," about a complicated family of doctors, the U.K.-born D'Arcy will play the oldest of five Eastman children, a top vascular surgeon. He is repped by CAA and the U.K.'s Markham & Froggatt.

20th TV's "House" is set at a halfway house for troubled cops. Kroll will play an overzealous cop with an enormous ego and delusional fantasies. Zehetner will play the house psychologist, who runs group-therapy sessions.

20th TV's globe-trotting adventure "Masterwork" centers on an FBI agent (Matt Passmore), a specialist in the acquisition of stolen art. Porter will play his cohort, also an agent tracking down international art thieves.

On "Spartacus," which begins production Wednesday in New Zealand for a January premiere, Lawless will play Spartacus' owner.

Also cast in the series are Erin Cummings, Manu Bennett, Antonio Te Maioha, Craig Parker and Nick E. Tarabay.

"Spartacus," produced by Starz Media, will use virtual sets to re-create ancient Rome. It is executive produced by Raimi, Rob Tapert and Joshua Donen. (partialdiff)