New and returning series add character

Teri Polo, Josh Charles among recent TV castings

Former "Sports Night" co-stars Teri Polo and Josh Charles will play a newly married couple in an upcoming episode of NBC's "Law & Order: SVU."

In a slew of other casting news, Michael Cudlitz has come aboard and Benjamin McKenzie has officially joined the cast of NBC's drama pilot "LAPD," Lorna Scott has joined the CW's "Surviving Suburbia," Josh Stamberg has been cast in Lifetime's drama pilot "Drop Dead Diva," Charlie Saxton has come aboard HBO's hourlong pilot "Hung," Whitney Cummings has joined MyNetworkTV's new sketch-comedy series "The Tony Rock Project," and Bella Thorne has been added to NBC's drama series "My Own Worst Enemy."

In addition, Mei Melancon has landed a multiepisode arc on Showtime's "The L Word," and Krysten Ritter has joined AMC's "Breaking Bad" as a recurring.

On "SVU," Polo will play a newly remarried mother whose teenage son (Marshall Allman, "Prison Break") develops pedophilic feelings for his 5-year-old stepbrother. Charles plays Polo's new husband in the episode, which airs Sept. 30. Polo, who stars in ABC's drama pilot "Finnegan," is repped by Gersh and manager Bob McGowan. Charles co-starred on the first season of HBO's "In Treatment."

"LAPD," an ensemble cop drama from John Wells Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, follows a group of officers in Los Angeles. McKenzie ("The O.C.") will play Ben, a reserved rookie cop. He is repped by WMA and Management 360. Cudlitz ("Lost") will play John, Ben's training officer. He is repped by APA and manager Rick Ax.

"Suburbia," from MRC, centers on Keith (Bob Saget), a misanthropic family man in suburbia trying his best to be left alone. Scott will play Monica, the meddlesome neighbor of Keith and his wife (Cynthia Stevenson). Scott ("Wanted") is repped by Pantheon Talent Group and Brandon Kjar & Associates.

"Diva," from Sony TV, centers on Deb, a dead aspiring actress-model who is reincarnated in the body of Jane (Brooke Elliott), a chubby, brilliant attorney. Stamberg will play Jane's boss, J. Parker, a self-absorbed womanizer who is dismissive of Jane's trauma. Stamberg ("Over There") is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Suskin Management.

The dark comedy pilot "Hung" centers on Ray (Thomas Jane), a well-endowed struggling middle-age high school basketball coach who figures out a way to use his best asset. Saxton ("Lovely Bones") will play Damon, a fairly straight-laced and bright-eyed goth kid. He is repped by CAA and manager Edie Robb at Station 3 Entertainment.

"Tony Rock," which premieres Oct. 8, features the comedian observing the humorous habits of regular people. Cummings ("Made of Honor") will appear in the studio alongside Rock as well as participate in man-on-the-street segments. She is repped by New Wave.

In "L Word," which has its final-season bow early next year, Melancon will play a new social worker in a downtown L.A. shelter in six episodes. The actress, repped by Luber Roklin, also just booked a role in the upcoming film "Shrink" opposite Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams.

In Sony's "Breaking Bad," Ritter will play Jane, a cool girl with an edge who is very comfortable in her own skin and able to calm Jesse (Aaron Paul) down when he spins out of control. Ritter ("Confessions of a Shopaholic") is repped by Innovative, the Group Entertainment and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management.

"Enemy," from UMS, centers on Henry (Christian Slater), a mild-mannered suburban dad whose alter ego, Edward, is a suave spy. Thorne will play his daughter Ruthy, taking over the role previously held by Cierra Ramirez. The recasting follows Madchen Amick's replacing Yara Martinez as Slater's wife. Ten-year-old Thorne ("Dirty Sexy Money") is repped by manager Adam Griffin at Kritzer/Levine/Wilkins.