Pilots are picked up, pushed out and cast


Jimmy Wolk has landed the lead on ABC's untitled Daniel Cerone pilot and Joel McHale has been cast as the lead on NBC's comedy pilot "Community," which Anthony and Joe Russo have signed to direct.

Additionally, Jaime Ray Newman has landed one of the three leads on ABC's drama pilot "Eastwick," with Veronica Cartwright, who co-starred in the 1987 feature "The Witches of Eastwick," cast in a supporting role.

In other pilot castings, Liza Lapira and Marc Blucas have joined ABC's drama "See Cate Run," Dean Winters has been cast in the ABC drama "Happy Town," Aimee Garcia has joined NBC's drama "Trauma," and Matthew Yang King has been added to CBS' drama "Washington Field."

In pilot pickups, CBS has given a late order to "Ace in the Hole," a multicamera comedy starring Adam Carolla.

Meanwhile, a trio of pilots — CBS' drama "Confessions of a Contractor" and ABC's single-camera "Funny in Farsi" and "Planet Lucy" comedies — have been pushed. All had been picked up with contingencies (cast- contingent for "Contractor" and "Lucy" and director-contingent for "Farsi") that couldn't be met by the networks' Friday deadlines.

The Cerone project, from ABC Studios, centers on a low-level detective (Wolk) whose genius 11-year-old brother helps him solve crimes. Wolk recently toplined the CBS movie "Front of the Class."

The Sony-produced "Community" is described as "Stripes" at a community college and centers on Jeff (McHale), a lawyer who is back in school after his college degree is deemed invalid.

Based loosely on the film, "Eastwick" follows three young witches who come into their powers. Newman ("Made of Honor") will play one of them, Kat, a good-natured nurse and a mother of five. She is repped by Innovative and manager Joannie Burstein. Cartright is with Marshak/Zachary and Shadow.

The ABC Studios-produced "Cate" centers on C.C. (Amy Smart), a prosecuting attorney who will be a contender for president. Lapira ("21") will play an attorney who works with C.C. and is her roommate. Blucas ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") will play a campaign guru who sees C.C.'s potential.

In the mystery "Happy," about a small town rattled by the return of a serial kidnapper, Gersh-repped Winters will play a man whose daughter was kidnapped years ago.

On CBS Par's "Field," about an elite FBI team, King will play a bomb expert.

On UMS' medical drama, Garcia, repped by Don Buchwald & Associates and attorney Lev Ginsberg, will play the newest member of an EMT team.

"Ace" hails from CBS Par, BermanBraun and Jackhole Industries, Carolla's company with Jimmy Kimmel. It stars Carolla as a husband and father who works as a driving instructor.

Carolla penned the script with Kevin Hench. Hench and Kimmel will exec produce with Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun as well as Carolla and Kimmel's manager, James Dixon, and Jackhole's Daniel Kellison.

CBS' pickup came a day after Carolla's Los Angeles radio show was canceled as part of a format switch at the station. (partialdiff)