Oswalt, Johnston cast in NBC comedy pilot

Pair join Matthew Broderick in 'Beach Lane'

Actor-comedian Patton Oswalt and Kristen Johnston have landed roles on NBC's half-hour comedy pilot "Beach Lane."

Oswalt ("Ratatouille," "Big Fan") will star opposite Matthew Broderick in the project, playing James, a slacker with inherited wealth who's given the job of running a small Hamptons newspaper. James hires a renowned journalist (Broderick) to help turn the paper around.

Kristen Johnston ("3rd Rock from the Sun") also has been cast in a series regular role playing James' stepsister, a real estate agent. She's repped by Paradigm and the Hofflund Company.

"Lane" was created by Paul Simms ("Bored to Death," "The Larry Sanders Show") and produced by Lorne Michaels and Marci Klein. Oswalt is repped by CAA and Generate.

Also in pilot castings, newcomer Max Ehrich ("The Pregnancy Pact") has booked roles in two CBS pilots. The first, a quintuplets mockumentary titled "Quinn-Tuplets," has Ehrich playing Patrick opposite Dougray Scott and Molly Parker.

The second, "Team Spitz," has the young actor playing Jake, a cocky football quarterback in the drama about a high school coach at an upscale private school. Ehrich is repped by RKM Management and Coast to Coast.

In addition, Kyle Howard has landed a lead role in NBC's comedy pilot "Perfect Couples." Howard plays Dave, one-half of one of the three couples in the project, where each couple has a different definition of relationship perfection.

Howard joins Olivia Munn, who was previously cast. He is repped by Paradigm.

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