Patterson lands in CW 'Aliens'


"Gilmore Girls" heartthrob Scott Patterson is staying in the CW fold with a starring role in the network's new comedy series "Aliens in America."

Meanwhile, Audra McDonald is set to co-star in another new series, ABC's anticipated medical drama "Private Practice."

"Aliens," from CBS Paramount Network TV and Warner Bros. TV, centers on the relationship between an unpopular 16-year-old boy from a Christian family in Wisconsin and an exchange student, a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim, who comes to live with them.

Patterson will play the American teen's dad. He replaces Patrick Breen, who played the role in the pilot.

For seven seasons, Patterson played Lorelai's (Lauren Graham) on-and-off boyfriend Luke Danes. The two reconciled in one of the memorable moments of the show's series finale in May.

Patterson, who next appears in "Saw IV," is repped by Evolution Entertainment and the law firm of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler.

The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, "Private Practice," from ABC Studios and Mark Gordon Prods., centers on neonatal surgeon, Addison Forbes Montgomery (Kate Walsh), who moves to Los Angeles and joins the private medical practice of her once-married, newly divorced medical school friends, Naomi and Sam Bennett.

McDonald will play Naomi Bennett, a role played by Merrin Dungey in the two-hour "Grey's" episode that launched "Practice." (Sam Bennett is played by Taye Diggs.)

Emmy-nominated McDonald recently co-starred on WB Network's "Bedford Diaries." She next appears in ABC's adaptation of the play "A Raisin in the Sun."