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ABC's drama pilot "Eastwick" has found its second witch in Lindsay Price, Eric Christian Olsen has been tapped as the lead in ABC's untitled Ricky Blitt comedy pilot, Taylor Schilling has landed the lead in NBC's drama pilot "Mercy," and 9-year-old Dakota Goyo has been cast as the lead on ABC's untitled Daniel Cerone drama pilot.

Brad Henke also has been cast in the Cerone pilot, Amy Acker has joined ABC's "Happy Town," and LL Cool J has closed his deal to co-star on CBS' "NCIS: Legend."

In other pilot news, James Burrows has signed to direct two comedy pilots, Fox's "Absolutely Fabulous" and NBC's "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne," and the CW has given a pilot order to the drama "A Beautiful Life."

Based loosely on the 1987 feature film, the WBTV-produced "Eastwick" follows three young witches who come into their powers. The WMA-repped Price will play one of them, Joanna, a hardworking, shy reporter for the local newspaper. Price, whose casting is in second position to NBC's "Lipstick Jungle," joins fellow lead Jaime Ray Newman.

The untitled Ricky Blitt comedy, from WBTV, centers on a guy in his 30s (Olsen) who hasn't quite grown up and finds himself torn between his needy best friend and the newfound love of his life and her teen kids. Olsen ("Brothers & Sisters") is repped by UTA.

The UMS-produced "Mercy" is a comedic drama about three nurses bound together in friendship. Up-and-comer Schilling, repped by Gersh, will play the central role of Veronica Callahan, who works as nurse at Mercy Hospital after a tour in Iraq.

The Cerone project, from ABC Studios, centers on a low-level detective (Jimmy Wolk) whose genius 11-year-old brother (Goyo) helps him solve crimes. Canadian-born Goyo is repped by WMA and Thruline.

Henke will play the detective's partner and best friend.

In "Happy Town," a small-town murder mystery, Acker will play the wife of the lead, cop Tommy Conroy (Geoff Stults).

In the "NCIS" spinoff, from CBS Par, LL Cool J will play Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL who works in the undercover unit of NCIS in Los Angeles. The rapper-actor is repped by Endeavor and manager Jason Barrett.

ICM-repped Burrows will direct the Sony-produced "Ab Fab" — which revolves around neurotic fashion publicist Eddie (Kathryn Hahn) and her best friend Patsy (Kristen Johnston), an outrageous fashion editor — as well as UMS' cast-contingent "Payne," about a young woman's life in New York.

"Beautiful Life," from CBS Par and Katalyst, follows a group of young models living together in a co-ed residence in New York.

The project is based on the experiences of former model-turned-writer Adam Giaudrone. He penned the script under the supervision of "Swingtown" creator Mike Kelley and showrunner Carol Barbee. Kelley and Barbee are exec producing the pilot with Ashton Kutcher, who also began his career as a model, and Karey Burke.